Tarryn Fisher – Love Me With Lies Series Reading Order

by Maryse on December 27, 2012 · 28 comments

in Reading Order Guide:

I LOVE this exciting, tumultuous, and often infuriating romance series. Err.. calling it a “romance” series makes me smirk, ’cause it’s so much more… gritty than that. When one of our fellow readers (Maria) described book #2 as an “anti-romance”, I laughed because this series is… sort of… exactly that.

An absolutely angsty love story, yes. It’s ALL about the love story, and the players will do ANYTHING for love. Put like that, it sounds sweet, right?  *smirk* confused Nope. This isn’t your sweet, indulgent romantic affair with a few “misunderstandings” to provide a little bit of tension. Selfish actions, and selfish thoughts abound, and it’s all about the tension. So let’s just call it an unconventional romance series. It’s risky and raw. A little dark and delicious. This series is the epitome of the old adage “All’s fair in love and war”. I swooned, I pined, I moped, and I cried. I reluctantly related to the characters, and was distressed for doing so. It’s that little devil on your shoulder tempting you to always do what you want, take what you want, circumstances be damned. And boy do the circumstances come back to haunt us. I mean… them. ;) So far, a brilliantly written, guilty pleasure, but it’s not just that.  There’s… growth, too. Sort of. Maybe. *grins* Or at least, a better understanding of where it all comes from, and I can’t wait for the grand finale!

Andie: Read The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher and you’ll know who Dirty Red is and why we can’t wait for her book

Yanira: Yay!!!!  Let the mindfk begin!!! …. What I really love about this series is that we get all the POV’s involved, so we’ll get the whole story and then we can judge if there’s a hero or a villain. At least my jury is still out impatiently waiting for the whole thing.

Susan: … I loved the story. But I’m depressed!!?? What does Dirty Red have to do with this? Is it a sequel? … Okay! Bought and started reading Dirty Red. NOW I get it!

Victoria: I love that Tarryn Fisher didn’t shy away from making the main character a b&tchy person!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Spoiled, selfish and self-centered is taken to a whole other level. I’m appalled, and yet it’s so good.

Kimmie: I know everyone say they liked The Opportunist, but I’m a little hesitant to read it based on what everyone is saying. I know its going to draw me in and the emotions and everything. Which is a good and bad thing hee hee. Is The Opportunist really going to stay with me?

Claudia: Oh My..I am totally addicted to The Opportunist and Dirty Red, you should read but remember..you are going to have so many questions..the writing is amazing!!

Johanna: Haha so am I!! I loved The Opportunist, it is a def must read.. It’s not your conventional love story if that’s what you were hoping for.. There is so much drama, lies. And backstabbing that you’ll feel compelled to throw your Nook/Kindle lol.

Taina: After reading your reaction months ago, I told myself I would not read it. …Bought it an left it fermenting in my kindle for 3 days. Started last night and finished today. I’m angry. Sad. Confused. Hurt. However, I am not disappointed. Yes…I read The Opportunist.

About book #1:

Olivia Kaspen is a sharp tongued manipulator used to always getting what she wants. With just one exception-Caleb Drake, the one she foolishly let slip away. After a chance encounter brings Caleb back into her life, Olivia finds herself wanting a second chance with her first love, and asking herself how far she is willing to go to get him back.  Her only problem is a red head named Leah, Caleb’s new love. Olivia must fight for what was once hers, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.


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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

patricia December 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I take it all back ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!! Ionosphere’s my “hard limits ” and this is it!!!!!!!!!!! Chop chooo that’s the crazy train guess who is on it? ????ME!!!!that’s who…Maryse tell her to hold up!!!!! This can’t be it what if this all blows up in our faces once she is done that’s it it’s. Permanent no redid…..I like how it plays out in my beepin mind we can’t trust that Decker Caleb!!!!””’ Oh man this is making me nuts….(shush it’s not polite to agree with negative comments…..teehee)

patricia December 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Wth was that? ??????? I know what that is what that was suppose to mean…auto correct got me ….I have had any wine yet

Claudia December 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

The title is perfect!! Loved!! Tarry is an amazing writer!

Maryse December 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

LOL!!!!!! Patricia that cracked me up. And it’s a perfect example of what happens to the readers of this series PERFECTLY!! Thank you for that.

No worries potential readers. It’s fun to go crazy with this one. Well… true. Some might beg to differ, at times. But as they say… it’s not over ’til it’s over, and there’s still one more book to go.

Maryse December 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

She sure is. Intense, and intelligent and … well. Pure guilty pleasure. Tarryn does good angst.


LucyLou December 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

OMG, I really enjoyed (no not enjoyed), lovingly suffered though these first 2 books. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED them, but I feel like I need therapy afterwards. The series name says it all; they are ALL a bunch of lying, obsessive crazies (except maybe Noah, but you never know, I’m sure Tarryn could fix him with the click of her keyboard). He He He!!! Give me more, more, more… hope Tarryn finishes the 3rd book soon!!!

Lindsay C December 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Oh man, I hope the title is not about stealing Olivia from sexy ghandi. I have a feeling we will be in for quite a treat!

Maryse December 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Dare I say that I want… Oh wait. Darn. That might be a spoiler. Neverrrrr mind. ;)

LucyLou December 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Could “Thief” really be our perfect, honorable, “boy scout” (lying, cheating, control freak) Caleb????? ;)

Monica Villanueva December 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM
    Maybe he is going to steal *spoiler*
Susan Perry December 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I “suffered” through both these books and then had to beg Tarryn to let me know when the third book was coming out. I am so excited about reading Caleb’s POV. I still haven’t decided who the villains are and who the heroes are or who belongs with whom. I loved every minute of reading them. I read both books in one day. I just couldn’t stop. Tarryn is a force to be reckoned with. Magnificent job!

LucyLou December 27, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Susan, Did your begging Tarryn work? Do you know when the third book is coming out? Share… Share…Share

Elizabeth December 27, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I just finished the opportunist and I feel like I need to go into professional therapy.. I don’t know if I can read Dirty Red…. I hate Leah!

Jen December 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM

For those of you that have read the first 2, should I wait for the 3rd one to come out before starting them? I am a hater of waiting for series books! I would rather just wait. Thanks!

Lisa76 December 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Book 1 left me reeling for days afterwards is Book 2 going to do the same thing???? I dont know if I can handle it. I’m nervous to start this one!

Maryse December 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Book two… helped me. Yes. I would certainly say if you enjoyed the story and are curious as to where it’s going, #2 answers… a lot. I did not cry. :)

LucyLou December 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I agree with Maryse. I didn’t cry either, but it was a great read and continued the story well. It also revealed a lot of unknown information from “The Opportunist”. Soooo glad Maryse discovered this series for us. :)

Megan Mayberry December 28, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I want to read book #2 so bad but it is not available on Nook :( That is one reason I wish I would have gotten a kindle nothing is ever available on nook! Grrrr

Tracey December 28, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I pretty much shout this from the rooftop but The Opportunist is my favorite all time book. That is saying much considering I devour books like they’re chocolate candies…seriously, I read on average a book a day and The Opportunist blew me away! I loved Dirty Red and fell in love with Caleb even more and I never thought that would be possible. I’m so excited for book #3 but I’m trying to put it out of my mind so I don’t die from frustration!

patricia December 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I think I love you Tracey….hehehe..I know exactly how you feel…I am however not looking forward to book 3 . Its like a shot you know you need it you don’t think to much about until they strap that rubber band thing around your arm and they jam you with a long needle…..you get the point….yes I am on the crazy train…crap

Michelle R December 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Its out for Nook now on Barnes & Noble…but now I am thinking I should reread 1 since I may have forgotten some things??

Kristina December 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Okay, okay, I am a little behind but I just finished The Opportunist. This book killed me just like you all said. Definitely up there with HTKARS and Thoughtless. I would read, then put it down because I was so angry, then two seconds later pick it back up because I couldn’t stop myself. Needless to say I just bought Dirty Red. I sooo want to keep reading but sooo not sure I can handle the roller coaster ride again. But who am I kidding…I can’t get off this ride yet. ;)

patricia December 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM

hahaha another one bites the dust……oh girl you are so gonna love the ride….not Leah we don’t like her..so glad to see someone else get on the crazy train

Becs February 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

OMG! I am soooo on the crazy train and am staying on til Caleb’s book comes out! CHOO CHOO!! Patricia: I also have had no wine. hahahaha

Becs February 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Oh and when Thief comes out, it’s only gonna get worse!

Sara J February 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

This is probably stupid, but I couldn’t bring myself to read Dirty Red. Didn’t want anything to do with Leah.. lol.. so my question is is it super necessary to read Dirty Red? Will I be totally lost if I skip it?? I hated how Opportunist ended and it turned me off of the next one, but this teaser sounds promising…

Nina February 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Sara, you should definetly read Dirty Red. I loved The Opportunist, but after I read it I was so emotionally wrecked that I couldn’t read Dirty Red. I read another book and then came back to Dirty Red. I should have read Dirty Red immediately. I hate Leah too….after this book…..I hate her MORE. You definetly have to read it though or you will probably be confused by Thief, since its going to pick up where Dirty Red left off. Tarryn Fisher has definetly wrecked me for angsty emotional reads. I still have not ever found anything as captivating and emotionally exhausting as this series. No other series has been able to meet my now extremely high standards. I love this series.

Lynn S February 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Does anyone have any idea when Thief will be released? I neeeeed to know that crazy woman, Leah doesn’t get away with ruining Caleb’s life. Meanwhile I’ve read True Love Story which was just beautiful. You have to read it.

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