Wow. Wow. Wow! My mind is still reeling from The Opportunist. One day removed from finishing it and I’m still at a loss for words. So many thoughts are rushing at me and I can’t stop replaying all of the events in my head, especially the ending.
I saw a ton of rave reviews several months ago and knew that I had to read this. However, I pushed it off fearing that there might be a cliffhanger (which there wasn’t) and wanted to wait closer to Dirty Red‘s release (2nd book in the series). I remember reading that this was a huge gut-wrenching story. I thought that I was prepared for it. I WAS NOT.
Olivia Kaspen has an underprivileged past and she has set her mind on overcoming it. School was her main priority until she met Caleb Drake. But, Olivia’s life isn’t a fairytale and their relationship was rocky from the start.
Olivia made a lot of decisions throughout their relationship that led to their breakup. But now, Caleb has forgotten all of it and “fate” has crossed their paths. Unfortunately, he has a girlfriend and Olivia has always had a penchant for sabotaging her own life in the name of keeping Caleb.
Early on I found myself understanding many of Olivia’s decisions. I’m not saying they were right; just that I related to her and why she did what she did. But as her lies began to unravel, I was so conflicted with my own feelings and emotions. To be quite honest, I still am. They both did things that changed their relationship forever but I was still always rooting for them because their love was so obvious.
I can’t get this story out of my head. In some ways I am completely devastated and in others I feel that everything worked out perfectly. It’s like I’m at war with my myself, which to me is the mark of a definite 5 star story.
And 5 stars it was. The writing was beautiful and the constant switch from present to past made the story reveal itself flawlessly. I was hooked from the first line and had to abandon everything to see how the story would unfold. It was an amazing story but definitely a punch in the gut!
You can also check out Madison’s review here! :)