Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

How far would you go to reconnect with the person you love? The answer for Olivia Kaspen is as far as it takes. Olivia Kaspen sees her old ex (and love of her life) in a store -- only to realize that he has lost his memory. Seeing this as an opportunity to slip back into his life, she cannot back away. This is not the first time she has done crazy things to gain his attention, only he doesn't remember. He has forgot thier past relationship including all of her past lies and mistakes. Lies and mistakes that pushed them a part.

Now, Olivia does what she can to hide thier past while forming a new future with Caleb. Only problem? Red, aka Leah, Caleb's current girlfriend who does remember everything. And of course, the invetiable problem that Caleb's memory could return at any morment.

This book will take you on a crazy ride with no gurantee that you will like what you find at the end. Don't let that scary you away because this book is worth the crazy. Fisher does an amazing job capture the different characters and showing thier flaws. They all -- all -- have some serious flaws and she doesn't shy away from exposing them. In fact, the main character, Olivia, does some really messed up thing in the name of love.

I couldn't put this book down. From start to finish, I was drawn into Olivia and Caleb's relationship. Olivia and Caleb have one of those whirlwind relationships that I loved. Fisher does an awesome job of forming thier relationship and showing how it builds through the years. Caleb was swoon (with his slight accent) and I can understand why the ladies were so smitten. But like all things built on lies, things start to unravel. And Fisher, also does a good job of slowly pulling the rug and piecing the truth together for the reader.

At one point the POV changed along with the narrator. I had no clue what was going on because everything had been in first person and now it was in third. That annoyed me slightly, but after that chapter was over everyting went back to normal. So be prepared for that random chapter -- and don't let it throw you ditoo much. Also, with everything that was built on in the beginnning the last few chapters seemed rushed in comparision.

Give this book of chance, if you're looking for something a little different. If you like twists, a good flaw, writting that flows, and an non-traditional ending, pick up this book.


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