Dirty Red

Dirty Red

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by Tarryn Fisher
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016148595
Publisher:
Tarryn Fisher
Publication date:
12/21/2012
Series:
Love Me With Lies , #2
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
63,102
File size:
191 KB

Meet the Author

Tarryn Fisher was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently resides in Seattle with her family.

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Dirty Red 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont do reviews and i never give 5 stars but this witty, unique, and well written book deserves it. Beware: the third books release date hasnt been revealed but if you're hungry for more google the authors name and you' ll find an excerpt. You can thank me later ;)
ChelleMags More than 1 year ago
I had debated skipping this book because I really didn't care for Leah and I just wanted to move right on to Caleb's story. I am so very glad that I didn't skip it. While I still loathe Leah, at least this book gave me a better understanding of her, as a character. It also gave me a more in depth look at Caleb's character. As much as I love Caleb, he really is a very flawed individual. In The Opportunist, Caleb comes off as the sole wounded party in everything that transpires with both Olivia & Leah. But in reality he is at fault as much as they are. Honestly, they are all a bunch of liars and really don't deserve our pity at all. And yet against everything I hold dear, I do pity them - all of them. Considering the way these people keep hurting each other all in the name of "love", I shouldn't even care what happens to them. And yet again - I do! I care too much. I ache for them as I watch them all spiraling down into an abyss that can only lead to heartache and loneliness. There must be something seriously wrong with me that I so desperately want them all to be healed and to find the HEA that they deserve before they completely destroy each other. I of course immediately started reading Thief as soon as I finished this book. Dear God how can these relationships work???? I am completely addicted to these characters. I think I need to join a support group now.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Love Me With Lies series and what great series it is!!!!!  The Opportunist was an engrossing story that left you wanting MORE! !! Dirty Red was a unique, funny, sad, infuriating, gripping well written story.  Leah is someone you will love to HATE!  I kept waiting for something to be likable about her but I never did find it.  When she said she would do anything to keep her husband, she wasn't kidding!  The story just kept getting more and more involved and the twists and turns kept you on the edge of your seat. You will not be able to put it down.  There were times when I wanted to take my NOOK and throw it across the room because I was so angry at Leah for what she was doing, Caleb for not strangling her and Olivia because she was just so Olivia!  I am anxious to read the third book Thief to have more of Caleb and Olivia. This is a terrific summer series and if you miss it .... your loss!!!
ReneeWeaver More than 1 year ago
This is Book 2 in this series, I had to go from Book 1, The Opportunist straight to book 2, Dirty Red. The view from this book just fits perfect with The Opportunist. Without a spoiler alert I can say that I almost feel sorry for the main character in this book....ALMOST! Then there are moments and words the brilliant author writes that makes you think.... MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too excited about reading Leah' story, but I now know why she is crazy! I'm trying not to feel bad for, because of the way she treated her baby. But the way she was treated as a child you can kinda understand why she is so psycho! I can't wait to start reading the last book!
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, I really didn't want to read this book. I loathe Leah. She is just pure evil. I was wondering if I would find some shred of sympathy for her in this book, but...nope. Didn't happen. She reminded me of a child who's had a toy taken away from her. And don't get me started on her mothering skills. Unfortunately, I had to endure reading this book, because it's essential to the overall story. The writing was superb, but it was hard to read the story moving forward from her POV.  Suffer through it, because when you get to Thief, everything comes together beautifully.  Quotes: ~"Their story will never be over. She's married, you know? So, technically you have some time to make your husband fall in love with you."-pg 96 ~"You remind me of a cheap reality show, Leah. You're shallow, and you pretend to be stupid for God only knows what reason."-pg 237 ~"I didn't choose her," his voice breaks. "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."-pg 256
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megankylene More than 1 year ago
**This review contains spoilers if you have NOT read The Opportunist (Book 1)** I was extremely scared and apprehensive about reading this book. I hated HATED Leah in The Opportunist. Even though she made only brief appearances in book #1, she left quite the impression and a horrible taste in my mouth. Those feelings only intensified when I read Dirty Red. It's been more than a week since I read the book, and I'm still reeling and analyzing what the crap happened. Leah was another player in the Caleb and Olivia's lying game. I would argue she outplayed both Caleb and Olivia in this book. From the very first page, I was enraged and wanted to slap her. Why in the world did Caleb marry this monster? Her self-centeredness knows no bounds. She always thinks of herself. She is obsessed with Olivia even though Caleb and Olivia presumably don't speak. "What power does she have over him? I want to run at him, pound my fists against his chest for always mentally comparing me to her. Or am I the only mentally comparing myself to her? God, life is so messed up." "Caleb is looking at me, but he is not seeing me. I want to throw up. How fragile is my marriage, if all he has to do is look at her and I cease to exist?" Leah's dreadful character was somewhat redeemed (I still hate her with a passion). She grew up in a loveless household where her mother and father doted on her sister, Courtney, and treated Leah like she was a piece of trash. Courtney was popular in school, while Leah was an outcast. The tables turned after Leah took up for her sister after Courtney's best friend stabbed her in the back. Thus, manipulative, lying, self-absorbed Leah was born. "I liked how easily I could make boys follow me around by dangling sex in their faces. I liked the way their girlfriends came to school with puffy red eyes from crying, after they found out their boyfriends had cheated on them." I missed Olivia A LOT while reading Dirty Red. I missed her inner dialogue and her vodka-infused baths. I missed Olivia's Caleb. I missed them being together. Even though they were mostly absent from the present, the reader got glimpses into their story through Leah's POV. There were some pretty shocking revelations that had me gasping, awwwhing, and rooting for "Colivia." "I didn't choose her," his voice breaks. "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." I have Great Expectations for "Thief," Book #3. Finally, we'll get to hear Caleb's side of the story, and hopeful, Caleb and Olivia will have their happy ever after. If they don't get their HEA, I will 1.) die, 2.) write own ending and 3.) shun Tarryn Fisher for all of eternity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first book, but ONLY because this character is hard to like. She is a real freak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be free...it would be better free.
ChapterBreak More than 1 year ago
Wow, the book is kinda a mind-F**k. My friend put it great when she said you will need lots of chocolate and a mild anti-depressant to read this series, but I'm dark that way. I loved it!
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JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Love Me With Lies Series & is told from Leah’s POV. I absolutely adore Tarryn Fisher but I HATE LEAH with every fiber of my being. The first time I read this book, it took me a while to get into the book just because of how much I DESPISE her character….and TF’s writing only made me hate her MORE!! DR is told in the same style as the first book (The Opportunist) with past & present chapters. Leah has just given birth & true to her style she has not one iota of motherly instinct. She struggles with her feelings knowing that she already competes with Olivia’s memory & now she’ll compete with Estella, her own daughter. We find out how Caleb & Leah met & how their relationship started. We get a glimpse into Leah’s home life & her relationship with her parents. While I don’t like Leah as a person, it definitely shed light on to why she is the way she is. We also find out that she’s got secrets of her own & will use the worst one to hurt Caleb right to his core. I loved the character of Sam. I enjoyed his interactions with Leah mostly because he called her out on all her crap. I’ve said this before that this is one of my favorite series & the wait for book three (Thief) was killer but SO WORTH IT!! I cannot wait to read more of Tarryn Fisher’s work ¿ - I am more than sorry for what I’ve done. I married you when all along I belonged to someone else.-
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel. Could not put it down. Looking forward to finale.
dmrobinson More than 1 year ago
Damn that Dirty Red!! It has been several months since I read The Opportunist but it definitely did not take me any time at all to recall how much I truly loved to hate Leah aka Dirty Red. I remember being so pissed at Leah after reading The Opportunist that I couldn't bring myself to read a book that would just make me hate her more. Thinking about it now, though, it might have given me that much better of a perspective on her actions in The Opportunist. This book is primarily from Leah's point of view and really helped me dig into her psyche and why she is the way she is. But then again, it also didn't. I know, confusing. You just need to read it to understand. Truly, I felt very conflicted on my feelings for Leah. I didn't like her or the way she behaved but I also found myself empathizing with her and seeing sparks of potential in her. Tarryn Fisher is an amazing writer and she took me into Leah's world, showed me what made her so awful, and made me care and even feel a bit sorry for her while also hating her. I love it when an author can deliver a story that makes me feel so much! Some other parts of Dirty Red that I loved: the introduction of Sam, the 'manny', who was hired to help care for Estella, Leah and Caleb's daughter after Leah effs a few things up was a wonderful addition to the cast of characters. He was funny, sweet, and didn't put up with Leah's nonsense. I also like the way Tarryn Fisher flips back and forth between past and present. There is potential for that to be confusing, but I did not feel that way at all. What I wanted more of: more of Caleb and more of Olivia. This is definitely Leah's story; I just would have also loved a little more of Caleb and Olivia. Fortunately, Thief (Love Me With Lies #3) is already out and is told from Caleb's point of view and you can bet I'm going to read that one all night! Review copy provided for honest review
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Fabulously well written series!! Great characters - even the ones you can't help but hate.
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