Thief by Tarryn Fisher (Love Me with Lies #3)
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 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.
Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published July 20, 2013
Current Goodreads Rating: 4.39 Stars
I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people's emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains. Three of my favorites are Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories.
I love rain, Coke, Starbucks and sarcasm. I hate bad adjectives and the word "smolder". If you read my book-I love you. If you hate my book-I still love you, but please don't be mean to me; I'm half badass, half cry baby.
The details are so juicy in all of these that it's hard to remember any flaws, but before I get lost in my praise for this book I want to point out the main reason it lost a star. Repetition. This is the first book that has used certain phrasings and circumstances from previous in verbatim. I know it was necessary sometimes because it was quickly used to be expanded on, but it's never fun reading through something and getting deja vu. I've read books with alternating perspectives before and became pissed that I wasted my time reading something that only held maybe 10% new insight.
Realizing that though made me appreciate that this repetition actually pointed out a pro for this book. Thief only contained maybe three instances that made up less than 1% of this book being repetitive. How this author created this entire series to me, intertwining three different points of view being so vastly different from each other but ending in the same results, is even more impressive realizing how complicated this would be to write. My favorite part of this series was the different perspectives because especially with Leah, I would have never guessed she would have really gone that far, even farther than what I was already viewing as too far! I thought she was screwed up from Olivia's perspective, but that didn't even begin to capture her black heart. I loved how each story complemented one another so well and you never ran out of layers being torn through to reveal yet another dimension to these people's screwed up lives.
I felt like Thief was written mostly to answer all the outstanding questions (which makes sense since its the last in the series). The end result was pretty predictable, even though there was a point that I would have been okay with Noah being at the end with her.
A last reason why I didn't round my review up to five stars is...after three books all they get together is a measly chapter and an epilogue? That's it? It was almost whiplash with how quickly things unraveled and righted themselves, from the Christmas trip till the end. I did enjoy the many resolutions and I realized even though they haven't been exclusive the entire book, they kind of have been, so it wasn't just the last few chapters that held their relationship :)
Happy Reading and a wish that no one finds themselves to be a Leah in between an Olivia and Caleb!
"Lies—it sounds demented to want a woman’s lies. But, Olivia loves you with her lies. She lies about how she’s feeling, how she’s hurting, how she wants you when she tells you she doesn’t. She lies to protect you and herself."
“The hairline cracks in her personality were more pieces of art than flaws. I loved flawed art. Michelangelo’s statue of Lorenzo with its warped base that rose to accommodate his foot, the Mona Lisa’s missing eyebrows. Flaws were seriously underrated. They were beautiful if you looked at them just so.”
“You broke your own moral code. I figured if someone like you would fight for me, I might actually be worth something.”