I have had The Opportunist on my kindle for soooooo long! Many people have raved about the series so I thought it was about time I discovered this Caleb phenomenon for myself! From the moment that guy stepped under the tree I was sold. I loved Caleb! He was cocky and sure of himself and he had me in the palm of his had, much like he had Olivia. I heard the rumours of hating a certain red head so it was with trepidation I started this story as I feared I may have hated Olivia too but to my surprise I loved her! I think the author’s writing had a lot to do with that. It flowed so effortlessly and Olivia was just an ordinary girl, hardened by her past and afraid to love and be loved. She didn’t know how to handle Caleb’s affection and kept him at arm’s length because of this.
I loved the early relationship between Olivia and Caleb, the snarky banter between them was great. I did wish we got more of their relationship the first time round so that I could really connect with Olivia when she met Caleb for the second time. They both harboured this all consuming love for each other and I felt we only got snippets of that at the beginning.
The premise of this book was original and I really enjoyed it. I was frantically telling Olivia all the way throughout the story just to tell him, to come clean that she knew him as I knew it was gonna explode but then I would laugh at myself as her keeping this secret is kinda the whole point
There was a twist near the end that I had considered and was pleased that I had guessed correctly as that just proved how much Caleb really did love Olivia. Yes I wasn’t happy with some of her actions, especially the whole Jessica situation but for some reason I couldn’t dislike Olivia, it did break my heart when Caleb and Olivia both acted foolishly and destroyed their relationship. I was mad at both of them at this point and I really need to know why Caleb done it!
So of course there was a time jump and this made me antsy.. a lot of time had passed but their strong feelings remained. The scene in Rome just about ended me, I am a self confessed lover of an HEA so I couldn’t get my head around their decision, they both admitted their feelings so I couldn’t understand why they weren’t skipping off into the sunset!! I was not best pleased
To my surprise I enjoyed this book with the roller coaster of events, usually I am a cut and dry kinda girl and I hate third parties and deception and lies but be it the hype, or the characters or the great writing, whatever the reason I was hooked!
I move on to Dirty Red now and this I do fear as my book besties have repeatedly warned me that I will hate Leah! Wish me luck, here goes nothing…
Caleb: “You are going to destroy me, you know that?” Olivia: I knew.
“My condo feels cold and empty without him. I would give it all up-the money, the fancy job, the condo…I could live in squalor with him and be happy.” ~ Olivia
“I think that after the first time you give your heart away, you never get it back. The rest of your life is just you pretending that you still have a heart.” ~ Caleb