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.
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I read the book originally, but I decided to buy the Audible version! I was not disappointed! This version does Tarryn's book justice!
"I loved it!"
You know those books that make you feel like the wind has been knocked out of you once you finish it? That I-can't-pick-up-another-book-just-yet-cuz-I-need-to-think kind of feeling? Yeah, that's this one for sure.
What can I say about Olivia? She's that imperfect heroine that we can't help but both love and hate. She's so familiar yet we scratch our heads trying to figure out how anyone can do the things that she does.
And Caleb is nothing but the complete opposite as her. They are both drawn to each other like a moth to a flame, but they are both toxic for each other.
Tarryn Fisher's writing is exquisite. She knows just how to envoke every emotion under the moon - make your heart swell and break and beat and die all in one sentence. In the end, she tells the truth - how does this love story end? - reality prevails.
The narrator did an excellent job at bringing the characters to life.
I had a grand time at highlighting all my favorite lines in the book and I must have marked a million. A few of my favorites are as follows:
“I think that after the first time you give your heart away, you never get it back. The rest of your life is just you pretending that you still have a heart.”
“You will remember every day for the rest of your life because I was the one and you threw me away." And then he left.
He was my crack. I could never get enough, and when I had him I was already thinking about when I could have him next.
I had now officially secured my front row seat on the train to Hell. Choo choo
"Amazing book...amazing audible"
Have you ever read anything from Tarryn Fisher yet? Listen to me and listen good...you need to get to Amazon and get a Tarryn Fisher book immediately. She has such a unique style. This was the first Tarryn book I read and I am so glad I had a chance to listen to the audible. It has been over a year since I read this book so the audible was like a whole new experience! It was like reading (or listening) to a new book!
Olivia, Caleb and Leah are a few character you will always remember. They will all go to any lengths to get what they wants. Olivia's biggest problem is Leah. The new woman in Caleb's life. This woman will make you want to hurt another human, like you have never wanted before. Leah is absolutely deplorable, the scum of the earth, but as you read more and more Tarryn books, you will learn, she can write some crazy women like no one else.
The narrator Andi was fantastic. She was able to do Caleb's British accent and the bitchy Leah like no one's business! I am so looking forward to Dirty Red. Oh this Leah is going to have me losing it! But I just can't wait!!!!
Yes - She's did an amazing job! Also listened to her read A Stone In The Sea
Very innovative, I enjoyed all 3 books. I have never run across. different books. dealing with different perspectives like this
"I've read this book several times"
And the audible version is the icing on the cake!
The narrator did a great job, made my heart skip more than once. I just love this story and Tarry's writing..this a book that will always stay with me and I will always go back to read or listen..
...on to DIRTY Red.....
"If I could give more than 5 stars I would!!!!"
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars because it deserves it, one of the best books I have ever read! I didn’t clean, cook or pay attention to any member of my household, I couldn’t put this book down! It had everything. Love, betrayal, amnesia, weddings, backstabbing, jealousy and more love! I felt everything the characters were feeling and felt myself rooting for each character at a different time. I loved that the chapters were told from different characters points of view and that the story changed between past and present so that we could make our own opinions as we went along in the book. The ending was bittersweet and I was glad there was a sequel so that the story could be wrapped up more securely for me. Amazing book and the ending was perfect!
Andi Arndt was an amazing narrator during this story. She took this story to life, and hooked me from Chapter 1.
"OH MY GOD!!!!!"
I have been waiting for this series to be available on audiobooks. This series you must listen. They are phenomenal.
"STAR CROSSED LOVE...BUT FATE WASN'T IN A GOOD MOOD"
This is an emotional train wreck of a love story which alternates in flashbacks to College years when Caleb and Olivia first meet and the cold aloof persona Olivia takes when being pursued by Caleb. This is due to her nightmare upbringing which has left her with 'issues' that not even Caleb can overcome. And also their Class differences - a handsome rich Jock and a poor uptight Virgin. It's constantly flashing forward/back in time telling a story of obsessive love and the lengths and depths Olivia and Leah (his present day girlfriend) sink to in order to keep Caleb.
The only person I felt truly sorry for was Caleb as there was always someone pulling his strings with secrets, lies, manipulation and hidden agendas all of her own. Both girls/women were 'me me me' bitches until the end when one of them finally grew a conscience, made the ultimate sacrifice and walked away..... for love. And then it turns out Caleb too had lied.
The story spans years, is full of angst, twists and regrets and I felt so angry, sad and bad for the lost opportunities that Olivia and Caleb had squandered with the naïveté of youth, pride, jealousy, anger, hurt feelings or just bad timings. They fought instead of neutered, struck out instead of hugged and withheld instead of shared. There's no real passion, or romance, or sex but longing looks and the sense of their soul deep connection...... until the end when the selfless sacrifice was made too late.
Told from Olivia's POV by a fairly good narrator.
Worth a credit? Mmmm that's a difficult question, it's an enjoyable but frustrating YA/NA romance that goes on to become a vicious poisonous web of lies and deceit by all parties as they mature and grow and I'll have to download the remaining books to find the elusive HEA. I gave it 4 stars because it was well written, unpredictable and somehow addictive, but it didn't give me, or leave me, with that feel good feeling.... it was a tragedy. So you decide - are you in the mood for Romeo and Juliet?
"Not What I Expected"
It was a double-edged sword scenario. I liked that the characters were flawed because that made them more realistic but their flaws were also annoying because I wanted to close the story with a happy ending and the flaws prevented that from happening.
The character development and interesting plots
I didn't have a favorite
YES...the book ended with many of the characters settling for less than what they wanted but trying to find happiness with something else. I'm curious to see how that works out.
Tarryn Fisher has claimed the title as my absolute favorite author. I love how her characters are not ditzy ....yet they are so so flawed in other ways. Just as the few other books I have read by her do, this story claims your emotions and keeps you on edge. You spend the whole story trying to decide if she deserves what's happened to her. Each time it changes from past back to present, you ache to hear more of the back story to get more answers. After being left in awe by Mudvein, I was expecting disappointment with this one. I was NOT disappointed. This had a similar emotional appeal and forced you to empathise with the characters. I do blame the tears on my current hormonal state though. I should be careful when timing my reading of her books from now on.
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