by Tarryn Fisher
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.
When I picked up this book I honestly didn't know what to expect. What I knew was it was the first in a series and the last one, Thief, got fabulous reviews. Also, it was a 99 cent one-click for me so I decided--where could I go wrong. Let me just say this book was just...W.O.W. As soon as I thought I knew where something was headed it went the other way. I was always on my toes wondering if Olivia would get it together, and waiting to see if Caleb would finally see Leah as the scum she was.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Olivia Kaspen is a beautiful woman that really only uses that fact when she is trying to win over Caleb. She had a heartbreaking childhood that really made me so absolutely heartbroken for her. As the story went on though, I found myself loving and hating her. Olivia was a damaged and deceitful individual at times but at least she knew it. Never once did Olivia pretend to be this perfect and pure soul. I think that is why I continued to give her my attention. It was like watching a trainwreck happening in slow motion and I just couldn't look away.
When Caleb came along the chemistry was instantly there--no matter how much Olivia tried to deny it. Which, boy did she ever! I loved Caleb! His wits, patience and snarky ass attitude were so perfectly matched for Olivia. Sooo many times I thought to myself- "Just give in! Let him love you, dummy!" Alas, things were never that simple. Although their worlds continued to crash into one another as time went on (both in their lives and in the story.) Their worlds were also pulled apart or secured with a roadblock by the name of Leah.
Leah, siiigh, Leah. The "perfect," pretty, popular and wealthy clone-like character. There really wasn't much to like about her at all and that was the biggest thing I disliked about Caleb. He was always just stuck with her and it drove me insane.
There were some things about this book that I absolutely loved but I will name what I didn't love first. Trust me, that list isn't very long at all but it needs to be said.
First off, I felt there was a lot going on at times. There was one big thing we had to wait to find out and every time I thought we were about to find out--something else was added to the mix. This book went from past to present almost every chapter. Honestly, I did not mind this at all in the beginning. Every piece of information I felt was vital to really understand their past. Unfortunately though, not every piece was as necessary and it kind of lost my attention in certain parts. I just felt like I needed to be given just a litttttle bit of juicy details to proceed but never was rewarded until the end. Olivia was also one thing I didn't like. There were times I absolutely loved her but other times I just wanted her to soften up or drop her "hard ass" facade for just a minute or two.
The things I loved though were far greater. I loved that this was like nothing before that I've read. I really felt like I was reading something completely different and it was one of the reasons I kept reading. I do love that Olivia never once hid her bitchier side and owned up to her thing she did. Aside from the story itself that I truly was fascinated and pulled into- I have to mention the writing!! Tarryn did a fabulous job at every turn. You could even tell the atmosphere of the time frame based on the way she wrote it. As a writer, I love reading a piece that does things that make me left in shock.
So overall, I loved this book and I would most definitely recommend this for someone looking for one hell of a ride! In my mind this book is a great one and that's why I gave it: