Tuesday, November 5, 2013

[Review, Excerpt and Giveaway] - Thief (Love Me with Lies #3) by Tarryn Fisher

I am excited to be hosting a tour stop today for Tarryn Fisher's Thief
the amazing conclusion to one of my all-time favorite series.  
We have a review, excerpt and giveaway!  Enjoy all the Caleb-goodness!

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.

Broken people give broken love.  And we are all a little broken.  You just have to forgive and sew up the wounds love delivers and move on.

What a finish to a series that I hold very dear!  Tarryn Fisher amazed me when I read The Opportunist.  She infuriated me when I read Dirty Red.  But it all paid off in Thief.  Thief was one of my most anticipated books of the year.  I didn't know if this book would further torture my already shredded heart, or tone down the angst that had me missing copious amounts of sleep while staying up late to read this series.  Fisher did not disappoint.  Thief is a book about coming to terms with your past mistakes, true love and what you will do to ensure that love.  It is written flawlessly, slipping between past and present.  Not many authors could pull this off, but it is beautifully done in this book.

In Thief, we are treated to a present/past timeline.  More of Olivia's and Caleb's past is revealed through Caleb's PoV.  As much as I already loved Olivia, I think seeing her through Caleb's eyes made me love her just a little bit more.  Caleb's voice is fresh and adds a new layer to this story.  

Olivia. I lost her three times. The first was to impatience. The second was a lie so dense we couldn't work our way through it, and the third time, this time I've lost her to Noah.
Caleb is very honest in this book.  We see immediately that not only is Caleb trying to win Olivia back, but he's been trying to get her back for a very long time.  Unfortunately, something always obstructed his path to her.  Whether it was the heinous bitch, Dirty Red, Caleb's and Olivia's multiple mistakes, or Noah's introduction into Olivia's life, there was always some reason that prevented these star-crossed lovers from being together.  

I've got more of her in my veins than blood.

There are glimpses into Olivia's life with her husband Noah, and we see that it's not all sunshine and roses.  Caleb suffers through Olivia's relationship with Noah, and it's the one thing that was able to bring this impressive man to his knees.  He comes to the realization that any lies Olivia has told were only to protect herself.  Underneath the tough facade is a damaged young lady that fights tooth and nail for her chance at happiness.

But, Olivia loves you with her lies.  She lies about how she's feeling, how she's hurting, how she want you when she tells you she doesn't.  She lies to protect you and herself.

I wasn't sure how this book was going to turn out until I read the final pages.  Tarryn Fisher doesn't seem to be a fan of happy endings and she kept the suspense up right to the very end.  The ending!  Oh, the ending!  There is no possible better ending for this series than the one Fisher wrote.  It tied up the loose ends, and reminded me that in the real world, things don't work out exactly as you plan.  Yes, there is a lot of happiness and fan girl moments in this book, but life isn't all rainbows and unicorns, either.  Olivia doesn't get everything she wants out of her life.  It's no one's fault - it's just the way life goes.  Does Olivia get her happy ending?  I'm not going to spoil anything, but I think fan's of this strong, stubborn, amazing character will approve!

She might not be mine, but I'm hers.

Thank you, Tarryn Fisher, for giving us this beautiful, twisted and dark love story.  Caleb and Olivia will not soon be forgotten.  The characters of Olivia and Caleb are so completely built - they have many layers and a depth of soul which is uncommon in run-of-the-mill romance novels.  The writing, as always, is top notch and Fisher will continually keep you on your toes.  If you are a fan of dark, complicated romances with myriad twists and turns, then I strongly urge you to read this trilogy.   Fisher brings something fresh and new to the romance genre.  I can't wait to see what she's got up her sleeve next.

“What is it, Caleb? You’re scaring me.” 

“I need to talk to you about something,” I tried again. “I need to talk to my mother about something. Can you do that without being…” 

“Bitchy?” she offered. I nodded. 
“Should I be afraid?” I stood up and walked to the window, looking out at her precious roses. She had every shade of pink and red. It was a mess of thorns and color. I didn’t like roses. They reminded me of the women in my life; beautiful and bright, but if you touched them they made you bleed. 

 “Olivia is getting married today. I need you to talk me out of going to the church and stopping her.” The only indication that she’d heard me was the slight expansion of white around her irises. She opened her mouth and then abruptly closed it. “I’ll take that as your blessing.” I strode toward the door. My mother jumped up and blocked me. She was pretty stealthy in heels. 

“Caleb, honey … nothing good can come out of that. You and Olivia are-” 

“Don’t say it.” 

“Over,” she finished. “That was my non-bitchy version.” I grimaced. “It’s not over for me.” 

“It’s obviously over for her. She’s getting married.” She reached up and cupped my face in her hands. “I’m so sorry you’re hurting.” I didn’t say anything. She sighed and pulled me down on the couch to sit next to her. 

“I’m going to put aside my extreme dislike for that girl and tell you something that you might find useful.” I listened. If she was putting aside her dislike, I potentially had mind-blowing advice coming my way. 

 “Three things,” she said, patting my hand. “It’s okay that you love her. Don’t stop. If you turn your feelings off for her, you might turn everything off. That’s not good. Second, don’t wait for her. You have to live your life — you have a baby on the way.” She smiled at me sadly as I waited for the grand finale. “And finally … wait for her.” 

She laughed at the confused expression on my face. “Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you. Love is mean, but it’s good. It keeps us alive. If you need her, then wait. But, right now she’s getting married. It’s her day and you can’t ruin it.” 

Love is mean. I loved my mom — especially when she wasn’t being a bitch.

I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. 

I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the
rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?

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Please join Tarryn at her upcoming fan chat:

FAN CHAT WITH TARRYN FISHER Hosted by the PLN’s (Passionate Little Nutcases)
Ask Tarryn any questions you have! There will be some trivia questions for giveaways so come prepared with your copy of Thief! We look forward to chatting with you!

November 10th
9pm - 10pm EST

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Keep-Calm Read-Romance said...

I need to finish this series. Honestly, I'm still scared to read Dirty Red because I think she is just going to give me a stroke or heart attack from all the angst. LOL. But after reading your review of Thief I think I need to just get over my fears so I can find out what happens in the end.

Jamie said...

READ IT!! I wanted to pummel Dirty Red, but this whole series is SO very worth it :)

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