by Tarryn Fisher
Series: Love Me with Lies #2
Published by Tarryn Fisher Release date : December 21st 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Drama
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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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.
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.
The series review continues with Dirty Red, the second book in the Love Me with Lies series. If you missed my review of The Opportunist, go read that first before continuing here.
Dirty Red was my least favorite of the three in the Love Me with Lies series, but not because I didn’t enjoy it. On the contrary, I devoured this book in HOURS. My reasons for not liking this can be summed up by one word-
Yeah, Leah pretty much won that contest. Hands down.
The series continues with Leah’s story. We get small doses of her in the first book, The Opportunist, but here in Dirty Red, we see her life, her side of the story and just how vile she really is. She is the villain you absolutely love to hate. Not only is she vile, she’s a conniving, selfish and hateful (Insert your own bad word here). Olivia has her issues, sure, but this? No. This is a whole new level of ISSUES. Olivia at least has some dignity and did start to change. Leah does not. She takes pride in her conniving ways.
Leah makes Olivia look like a saint.
I think my fear when starting this was that I was somehow going to be TEAM LEAH at the end. I was terrified I was going to like her, or at least feel sorry for her in some way, shape or form. Fear not, because there was nothing, and I mean NOTHING, that had me feeling sorry for her. I don’t think I have loathed a character so much, ever. EVER. Even when her entire world started to crumble around her. She did it to herself. I just.. couldn’t bring myself to give even the smallest dose of sympathy. She is that terrible.
As with The Opportunist, the writing style continues with past and present. We see how Leah and Caleb met, her tricks and her childhood. Also along the same lines, there is so much more to the story. We see just how much Leah is involved from the start. The twists are just mind-boggling and just kept on coming. I love how intricate all the details are. The smallest of things are actually, huge. You must pay attention to everything.
What has been real eye-opening is finding out more about Caleb. We do find out some interesting things about his character in The Opportunist, but now we really get to SEE him. At this point, I was wondering what the HELL was so great about this guy that he has TWO woman stooping to such lows to get him.
I didn’t mention this before, but I loved the secondary characters too. There is Cammie, who is Olivia’s best friend, and now Sam, the nanny that Caleb hires. Sam, is a rare gem in this series. He is honest. Brutally honest. He holds nothing back when it comes to Leah and the situation, and I was so glad there was someone there to point it all out.
Oh, and the ending?
Yeah, I loved it. Be warned though, have the last book with you when you start this. Oh, and a drink. Because you’ll need it.
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