Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 14, 2011
Format: eBook, 429 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
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.
“Caleb was like a hurricane that swept through my life, stirring up things inside of me that I never knew existed. He is a longing I will never cure.”
“I think that after the first time you give your heart away, you never get it back. The rest of your life is just pretending that you still have a heart.”
I am not entirely sure how this book escaped my radar until just a couple weeks ago, but I’m really glad it did. Not for the reasons you think, though. It was amazing. It’s also part of a trilogy. Had I had to wait months between books, instead of mere minutes (yes, you read that right), I think I would have exploded. Literally. As it was, I could barely wait for the second (and third) books to download to my iPad before I dove right into them. I finished the entire trilogy in about a day and a half… during my lunch hour and after work. That’s perfectly normal, right?
I could tell from the blurb on Goodreads that this wasn’t going to be a light and fluffy romance. But, my word, I couldn’t have predicted it would be quite as intense… angsty… and, at times, absolutely gut-wrenching as it was. The writing had so much depth. The characters were so complex, so well-developed, so unpredictable. I was kept guessing as to what would come next the entire book. I LOVE that in a book. Predictable is nice sometimes, but so is reading something so unpredictable, so unlike anything I’d ever read up until that point.
So many lies. So many manipulations. So many misunderstandings. So many betrayals. So many missed chances.
Olivia was unstable. Manipulative. She had virtually no self-esteem. She was the other woman. I absolutely loved her. I rooted for her for the entire book. I wanted her to get Caleb back, at any cost. (I have no idea what this says about me as a person. I don’t think I want to know either.) Caleb was absolutely swoon-worthy. He was the college jock who always got what he wanted. After all, who wouldn’t give it to him? I hated Leah, his current girlfriend. Of course, I was supposed to hate her. Tarryn’s Goodreads profile states that she loves villains. She writes a damn good one here. The notes I made about Leah while reading this book weren’t flattering. I think I’ll let you use your imagination. They’re best left in the notes section of my Kindle app. Noah was such an incidental character in this book, but I connected with him. All that said, sorry Noah, you’re no Caleb.
This book was unputdownable. The twists were incredible. I didn’t see them coming a mile away. I understand why the book ended the way it did, but it still didn’t stop me from wanting to hurl my iPad across the room. Throughout the course of the trilogy, multiple people commented on the fact that what Olivia and Caleb had for each other wasn’t love, it was obsession. I can see both sides of this argument. But what I can say, without a doubt, is that I was utterly obsessed with this series: the characters, the storyline, the betrayals, the relationships. It was dark, intense, but in the best way possible.