on July 21, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Note to Self
Love is patient; love is kind.
Love doesn't boast or brag.
There's no arrogance in love;
it's never rude, crude, or indecent-it's not self absorbed.
Love isn't easily upset.
Love doesn't tally wrongs.
Love trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.
Love will never become obsolete.
I'll fight for her.
Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.
I was thinking back to my feelings at the end of The Opportunist. I was remembering how gutted I was, sobbing like a baby. Here’s the link to that review: The Opportunist
My husband looking concerned that maybe it was his fault. I could literally see the wheel spinning in his head. Did he do something? Forget something? Oh wait she was reading…yes that’s it. It’s just a book. Just a book? Well he obviously never read a Tarryn Fisher book! That woman! I want to hug her and smack her. My favorite thing about reading is finding that story that makes me feel. It can be any kind of feeling happiness, humor, sadness, grief, confusion, anger. I’m not picky I just want you touch something inside of me. Every now and then I come across a story that just throws me up again a wall. It shakes my world. It makes me question stuff. I feel awkward or unhinged. I want to keep reading but I also want to stop. I want to yell at my husband and then crawl in his lap for a snuggle.
That’s what Tarryn’s writing does to me. It makes my crazy come out.
The Opportunist was told through Olivia’s eyes. It was her account of her relationship gone to hell and back and then to hell again with Caleb. She meets Caleb in college doesn’t want to date him but ultimately can’t resist. She’s an emotionally scared individual and Caleb spends the majority of their relationship trying to break through her barriers. She finally lets him in and that’s when all hell breaks loose the first time. Fast forward a few years and Caleb and Olivia meet again only this time Caleb has amnesia. Olivia thinks this might be an opportunity for them to start over. Only Caleb is lying about his amnesia. Oh and he has a girlfriend too. What a doozy that girlfriend is too! Leah…..I will never look at another Leah the same again. Lots of lies and nastiness later and they are once again apart. Fast forward to the end of the book and que waterworks when Caleb essentially kisses Olivia good bye forever and pushes her into the arms of another man, Noah.
That’s not the end though, nope there is so much more to tell. Because don’t you know that Leah needs her story told. She played a HUGE part in Olivia and Caleb’s ultimate demise. See my review of here: Dirty Red
Dirty Red is all Leah and all Caleb. Yes you get bits of Olivia but this story is really about the two of them. You see Leah is pregnant and Caleb is the stand up guy she knows him to be but all is not well in that house. Shoot all is not well in the crazy red head of Leah’s. By the end of Dirty Red we were shocked at all the confessions. Finally the story of Caleb and Olivia might not be over. Or is it? This is where Thief comes in.
Caleb seems to come full circle in Thief. He’s finally realized that he can’t live without Olivia. However, there are still way too many lies, obstacles, and people in their way. Starting with Olivia’s husband Noah. Caleb doesn’t care though. He’ll stop at nothing to get her back….or so he hopes.
She has the kind of love that can stain your soul, make you beg not to have one, just to escape the spell she’s put you under. I’ve tried to break myself of her over and over, but it’s pointless. I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood.
Caleb spends a lot of time reflecting on their shared past. Starting with his pov of their first meeting and subsequent date.
I stared into her cold, blue eyes and knew I’d just met the kind of girl books are written about.
This story is the ultimate roller coaster. It takes you so high up you’re gasping for breath, then it drops you so quickly you go into shock. You struggle to keep your arms up because you feel daring but you can’t because the twists and turns force you to hold on. Just when you think the ride is over it yanks you back, smacks you with some reality and starts the climb all over again. That’s what Thief was for me.
She might not be mine, but I’m hers. It’s no use even fighting it anymore. I just keep falling flat on my face and then rolling toward her.
He can’t stay away. He doesn’t want to anymore. He knows that he’ll never love another. He knows that if he has to he’ll live alone forever. He wants to fight for her. There’s only one question, does Olivia feel the same way after all these years?
There was a point in the book where I had to stop and contemplate what I had just read. It was one sentence and wow it was so powerful. 3 words stopped me in my tracks. I started thinking about my own relationship. I love my husband. I have always loved my husband but these 3 words couldn’t be more true.
Love is mean.
I’m not sure I even want to elaborate on it. Just think about it. Take a minute. I’ll wait…
There is a famous bible quote about love that I’m sure many of you know.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;
it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails…But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7,13
I would love to believe all those words, but the reality is that love is mean too. Love makes us do crazy things, irrational things. Things we never saw our self doing. Things that embarrass and humiliate. Things we know better then to do.
For me Thief was a fictional story with crazy characters, funny characters, strong characters, characters you love and characters you love to hate. I also found Thief to be realistic not everyone gets a happy ending. I was so content with the ending that I cried about it. Not sad tears. Not happy tears. Just contented tears. I thought it ended beautifully. It ended the way Caleb and Olivia’s story should have ended. Their relationship was not about rainbows and unicorns and happily ever afters. Their story was way more real then that and that’s the ending you get.
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