Review: Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher

February 11, 2015 Review 2

Review: Dirty Red by Tarryn FisherDirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
Series: Love Me with Lies #2
Published by Self Published on December 21st 2012
Pages: 265
Source: Purchased on Kindle
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Dear Opportunist,

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he's mine I'll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn't ever think about you anymore. I won't let him go....ever.

Dirty Red

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn't. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

 My Thoughts & Review
It’s no secret that The Opportunist was one of my favorite reads of 2014, I completely fell in love with the story, the characters and Tarryn Fisher’s writing. Don’t even ask me why I waited an entire year to pick up Dirty Red because I have no idea but as soon as I started I knew I was just as captivated by the story as I was The Opportunist.

I knew going into this book that Leah was the main character so I expected to despise her just as much as I did in The Opportunist. She was cutthroat, conniving, selfish and I wanted her to keep her grubby hands off Caleb! I had no idea that I would feel SYMPATHETIC towards her reading this… my skin crawls just thinking that sometimes my heart squeezed for her a bit! Leah is 10x worse in Dirty Red than she was in The Opportunist, I mean she is warped. She does everything, everything, with an agenda … including having a baby and it made want to scream so many times throughout the story. And then, on the other hand, sometimes I felt so SAD for her. She had a terrible childhood, she was neglected of attention and love and that has obviously played a huge part in the way she is today. During her flashbacks, I felt so awful about the way she was treated. And then she’d do something fucked up and be back at square one. She was infuriating. We really got to see a different side of Caleb with his daughter. I loved how affectionate and loving he was to her and basically playing the role of two parents when he could. AND SAM! Haha, I really did enjoy Sam. He was a terrific Nanny, and one of the few people to really put Leah in her place. The odd thing I found was that Olivia was like a totally different character to me in Dirty Red. I guess because she isn’t the main character in this novel, we are seeing her in a different light but she just seemed so different!

Dirty Red had me in the same reading zone that The Opportunist did. I couldn’t put this down, and every spare minute I had I had my Kindle out to read it. Tarryn Fisher is a phenomenal writer – I mean phenomenal. I detested Leah in the first book and while I still detest her, the fact that Tarryn Fisher could even squeeze a little bit of sympathy out of me for her is a wonderful display of how great she is at character building and storytelling.

I was really surprised at the ending. I shouldn’t even BE surprised anymore reading this series because of the crazy roads it seems to go down but I was legitimately left with my mouth hanging open at the end of this book .. I couldn’t believe where this story was going! I immediately went and downloaded Thief – something I haven’t done for as long as I can remember.

If you haven’t read The Opportunist, or if you have and are hanging back from reading Dirty Red – DO IT! This series will completely suck you in. I am so attached to these characters, even though I cannot stand half of them, I just need to see where they end up and what else they will do for love.


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