THE OPPORTUNIST by Tarryn Fisher

 In Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance


Author: Tarryn Fisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: EBook, Print
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: November 14, 2011
Recommended Reading: AGE 18+

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OVERALL THOUGHTS: Oh this book (insert dramatic sigh)! I have an intense love AND hate relationship with this book.  It is an emotional, psychological mind tease.  It sucked me in and I wanted to break up with these characters because I feel they had damaged our relationship together but yet I am hooked on them like a junky.  I loved this book because the storytelling was brilliant and the storyline was so different from a “normal” romance novel.  I hated this book because of the ending. Some people might think it had to end the way it did, but I didn’t and I have been pouting about it like a big nerdy baby ever since.

[note color=”#e6bf99″]SYNOPSIS: Olivia Kaspen is a sharp-tongued manipulator used to always getting what she wants. With just one exception-Caleb Drake, the one she foolishly let slip away. After a chance encounter brings Caleb back into her life, Olivia finds herself wanting a second chance with her first love, and asking herself how far she is willing to go to get him back.  Her only problem is a red-head named Leah, Caleb’s new love. Olivia must fight for what was once hers, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.[/note]

THE LOWDOWN: These are two deeply flawed individuals who have an intense, psychotic love for one another but they both cannot help playing mind games and hurting each other.  I normally would hate girls like Olivia.  She comes off as a cold, calculating bitch. But she really isn’t. She is just a girl, wanting to be loved, but self-sabotages her relationships. Everyone can relate to self-sabotage.  It happens in almost every aspect of our lives. Olivia is the type of girl who feels everything on the inside, but never shows the emotion on the outside and she pays dearly for it.  She can be calculating and manipulative, but her actions were the result of her intense love for Caleb. Caleb starts off sounding like your typical male lead – hot, charming guy who can get any girl he wants but picks the one who initially doesn’t want anything to do with him.   The author then starts showing us the cracks in his armor and they are deep ones.

The story is written mainly from Olivia’s POV.  You get one chapter of Caleb’s POV and I disagreed with the placement of it in the story.  In fact, it probably didn’t even need to be written.  Everything he said in his one POV chapter could have waited until the end.  I understand why the author did it because it was a bombshell and showed cracks in Caleb’s character, but I feel it would have had an even more dramatic effect if it came at the end.  Regardless, both plot and character development were wonderfully written and executed.

The author does such a wonderful job twisting your emotions and you will feel every emotion with this book. I didn’t cry (sorry Tarryn Fisher, the tears were almost there), but there were times that I felt immensely sad and depressed. This is by no means a feel good read, ladies and gents.  Don’t get me wrong, I did have laugh out loud moments because the banter and chemistry between Caleb and Olivia was that good. But the beauty is that it makes you think about how your own decisions and reactions would have been if you were these characters and the consequences. If a book can get you deep in thought and ignite the majority of your emotions, then The Opportunist is a winner.

OVERALL THOUGHTS:  You have to read this book.  I can’t wait to hear how you loved or hated it.  PLEASE read it and then tell me your thoughts! Good news – there is another book in the series. Bad news (don’t know if it is bad or not) is that it is told from one of the supporting character’s POV.  Can’t wait to tell you what my thoughts are on it.

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