Title: Dirty Red
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Series: Love Me With Lies #2
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: December 21, 2012
My Rating: 4 Stars
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.
Dirty Red is the second installation to the series Love Me With Lies, which started with The Opportunist, Olivia's story. Before reading this book, I was actually surprised to see that it was about Leah because authors rarely write a second book about the antagonist in the first book. I was really interested though, and based on how much I enjoyed reading the first book, I knew I would like, if not love this one, so I immediately delved into it.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I believe it to be excellent based on several points. First, I was gritting my teeth almost throughout the entire novel to keep myself from screaming out loud and hurling my phone across the room like a crazy woman. That's how awesome Tarryn Fisher is at projecting the evil bitch Leah. Second, the book, like the first, has alternating past and present chapters, allowing readers to delve in to Leah's past. Because of that, I came to understand why Leah is the way she is. There is a reason established for her bitchiness - not that it's enough excuse for it, but at least we can somehow understand it. Third, Leah stayed evil throughout the whole story. There's no unrealistic sudden change of behavior. Well, she might have changed, but just a teeny, tiny bit, which kept the book very realistic. Fourth, the book is entertaining as crap because of Sam. I was smiling at almost every Sam - Leah conversation! This funny side to it made the story not just about revenge or anger, but also about humor. Last, I really admire Leah. Don't get me wrong, I hate her for her bitchiness. But even though she's evil, annoying and cold-hearted at times, she, on a positive note, is determined, smart, a fighter, stands her ground and doesn't back down - characteristics that should be present in every women.
I really enjoyed this, and I'm now even more excited for the third book, Thief, which is Caleb's story! EEEP!! Anyway, if you haven't already, I recommend you to read the first book, The Opportunist, and join the whole world in praising this series!
“Love is illogical. You fall into it like a manhole. Then you're just stuck. You die in love more than you live in love.”
“Leah: 'How do I get him to come home?'
Sam: 'Get a new personality and learn to shut the fuck up.”
“I have done a number of things to keep this man. I have lied and cheated. I have been sexy and meek, fierce and vulnerable. I have been everything but myself.”
“That was the absolute worst thing about love; no matter how hard you tried, you could never forget the person who had your heart.”
“A woman should never have to fight so hard to be with a man. He should just want her.”
“Hate is suck a prodigious feeling. It´s hot and oppressive like fire. It starts by burning through your God-given reason until there is nothing left of it but a mound of ash. It moves on to your humanity next, hot tongues flicking across the few remaining threads of innocence until they melt into each other and morph into something ugly. Then, in the rubble of what you were, hate plants a seed of bitterness. The seed grows to a vine chokes what it touches.”
Labels: 4 Stars, Contemporary, New Adult, Review, Romance