Series: Love Me With Lies #1
Published by Self Pub Release date : Nov. 14, 2011
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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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.
Initial thoughts upon finishing this book:
- WTF? That’s how it ends?
- Why the hell isn’t Tonya answering my texts?
- My stomach feels like it has a rock in it and I feel sick.
- I want to start the next book in the series, but my sanity says otherwise.
I knew going in this book would wreck me. I KNEW IT. And I still wasn’t really prepared for it. I am super nervous to start Dirty Red next because it’s Leah’s book and I am so ready to hate her. LOL. I already do, but I know I’m going to even more. So, how do I even review this book? It is so messy, complicated, and FULL of angst. All things I have tried to stay away from in the past because I’m too old to feel the way I do right now: Emotionally ravaged, destroyed, and spent. Everyone has been telling me to read this series, so when Tonya rec’d it for our feature, I knew it was time. I also decided to make this series my series challenge for this month. So I have no excuses for not going on and finishing.
Olivia and Caleb have always had a tumultuous relationship, which we witness firsthand in a series of flashbacks. I liked seeing how they began, even though it was bittersweet because you know how it eventually ends. After 3 years, Olivia comes face to face with Caleb again and she is torn between running far away and walking right up to him. Imagine her surprise when he doesn’t even remember her! This is the perfect opportunity for Olivia to start fresh with Caleb, though her intentions aren’t completely honorable. So much of her life has revolved around Caleb and while she has tried to move on, it just hasn’t been possible. Olivia definitely isn’t the victim in this one though. She did some pretty manipulative things and she sought dirty revenge after being betrayed instead of communicating.
I liked Olivia and Caleb reconnecting, but I knew it was too good to be true, because Caleb has a girlfriend, Leah, who it seems he was quite serious about before the accident that took his memory. We didn’t get a ton of Leah in this book, but we did get just enough to know the woman will stop at nothing to keep what’s hers. She is manipulative and I hated how she could get so many people to bend to her will.
Caleb, on the other hand, is quite a complex character. I liked him and I didn’t. I didn’t understand some of his reasoning behind certain actions and I sure as heck didn’t like how he managed to incorporate himself into Olivia’s life towards the end of the book. That was a hot mess. College Caleb was okay and I liked seeing him go after Olivia so determinedly, even after she remained so closed off. I understand Olivia has ‘daddy issues’ if you will, but I wish she had trusted Caleb more to talk them out with him instead of making him feel she didn’t care.
The ending was a hard pill to swallow, even though it actually kind of worked. Olivia essentially gets the one thing she has been looking for throughout the book and needed, in order to be able to truly go forward. It definitely made me sad, but I appreciate the woman she’d become and how she wasn’t going to let the toxicity of lies consume her anymore.
I’m so nervous about Dirty Red, even though so many friends have really enjoyed it. And dangit. I just realized I forgot to buy wine.
Have you read this series? Am I going to survive it? Can you send me wine?
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