Trace + Olivia Series by Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 22, 2017
How far would you go to find yourself?
That’s the question that’s been haunting Olivia Owens for years.
All Olivia has ever wanted to do is live and make mistakes, but her preacher father has made that impossible. She believes that her years at college will be her ticket into the real world and her chance to be wild and spontaneous.
But she’s never been able to do it on her own.
At the start of her sophomore year, she only has four things crossed off her Live List, but that’s all about to change thanks to a chance encounter with Trace Wentworth. She’s about to learn that there’s more to this reformed bad boy than just his looks and panty dropping smile.
Trace can’t explain what it is that draws him to Olivia.
All he knows is that he wants to get to know the girl with the sad smile but sparkle in her eyes.
When she tells him about her list, he knows that this is his chance to get to know Olivia Owens. Trace is determined to show Olivia that she can do all the things she’s ever wanted to do. So, he begins to help her cross things off her list, even the more outlandish requests.
What happens along the way is more than what Olivia or Trace ever expected.
Love, laughs, and a list.
That’s the name of the game when you’re Finding Olivia.
This is the second time that I’ve read this book and I think that it has only gotten better with age. Back in 2013 I was just discovering my love for romance and Micalea Smeltzer. Although I have always loved to read it wasn’t until late 2012 when I was gifted my first kindle that I really got into the romance genre. During this time I discovered so many new authors, but Micalea Smeltzer was one of my favorites and I have continued to stalk…I mean follow her throughout the years. So when she announced that she was relaunching them with brand-new covers I jumped at the chance to re-read the entire series again!
Finding Olivia is a cute, sweet and hilariously binge-worthy story that readers will devoured time and time again. I absolutely adored Trace and Olivia’s story and I couldn’t get enough of these two. Their chemistry was undeniable and I loved the journey that this book takes its readers on. Its like have in a front seat view of a relationship coming together before our very eyes. This story is a MUST read and I cannot recommend it enough…oh and did you see this brand-new cover? What a COVER WH*RES dream to read a book that is equally amazing on the outside as it is on the inside!
How far would you go to reignite the spark you once had?
Two years later, Trace and Olivia are as much in love as they’ve always been. But the spark they once had for life is waning and Trace is determined that they find it again. His solution? A road trip. But he doesn’t tell Olivia the real reason they’re heading north.
Olivia is happy to go on a road trip and have more adventures with Trace. Besides, she needs a distraction from the soap opera her life has become. With college over, this is the perfect opportunity to chase down the carefree girl she once was.
But life isn’t a fairytale and you can only escape reality for so long.
Love, laughs, and a hidden agenda.
That’s the name of the game when you’re Chasing Olivia.
If you LOVED Finding Olivia then you better prepare yourself to fall in love all over again with Chasing Olivia, the next installment in Micalea Smeltzer’s Trace + Olivia series. Although I enjoyed reading Trace and Olivia’s first book I found myself falling more and more in love with them throughout this story. So much has happened to these two in the past two years that readers instantly become hooked and want to learn every new detail about these two! I once again found myself inhaling the works on each page. The author has such a beautiful way with words that hooks her readers in and doesn’t let them go until the very end.
Get ready for a romance overdrive (something I absolutely love in books) as Trace and Olivia go on a brand new adventure and discover parts of each other that they had no clue existed before. These two are even cuter then before and I cannot believe I haven’t read it again since the very first time back in 2013 (wow has it already been 4 years?!). It’s truly amazed me how many things I realize I have forgotten about this captivating read. In many ways it felt as if I was re-reading the book for the very first time all over again!
If you haven’t had the chance to fall in love with Trace + Olivia yet then I suggest you start the series today!
I’m drowning in the numbness. It’s pulling me under and I can’t see the surface. It’s easier to pretend I can’t feel. And the longer you pretend, the easier it is to believe. But he wants to save me. Only he can’t. I have to save myself…and I don’t know if I want to.
Rowan Sinclair’s life has been anything but easy. With an alcoholic mother and a sleazy stepfather, it’s been her responsibility to raise her younger siblings. At twenty-one she’s chained to a life she doesn’t want, but sees no other alternative. After all, what would happen to her brother and sister if she were to leave?
Trenton Wentworth sees the pain behind Rowan’s eyes. He wants nothing more than to make it disappear. To hold her. To love her. Except Rowan keeps everyone at a safe distance. But if there’s anyone that can break down the walls she’s built around herself, it’s Trent. So she avoids him at all costs. But Trent isn’t one to be easily evaded. He’s stubborn and determined. He’ll save this girl even if it costs him everything.
Love, lies, and deception.
That’s the name of the game when you’re Tempting Rowan.
As much as I loved and adored Trace and Olivia’s stories, Trenton and Rowan may have very well stolen my heart from these two. I didn’t think it was possible, but it happened and I couldn’t be more proud of Micalea Smeltzer because that just shows how much she has truly grown as a writer.
Once again (as I have mentioned in my other reviews for the series) this is only the second time that I have read Tempting Rowan and I feel as though I have gained a new understanding of this story. I really shouldn’t have started this book today because that meant that I neglected my adult responsibilities (homework, cooking dinner – who said Cheetos and orange juice aren’t a well balanced diet 😉). Let me just say that it was well WORTH it! This story has not only the romance factor but throws in that heart-wrenching feeling.
Although this story can technically be read as a standalone I strongly suggest reading them in order because the Trace + Olivia series would be nothing without Finding Olivia and Chasing Olivia!
Even tough girls need saving.
Jude Brooks is bad news. He’s the kind of guy that leaves behind a string of broken hearts and Tatum O’ Connor is not about to be one of those girls, despite all of Jude’s advances. They have a past, and Tatum’s determined to make sure they don’t have a future.
Unfortunately for her, “no” isn’t a word in Jude’s vocabulary.
The more she backs away, the more he pushes.
But what if he pushes too far?
Tatum’s hiding a pain that no one sees and holding on to a hurt that may never heal. Letting Jude into her heart could shatter her completely—and what if she opens up to Jude and he can’t handle her baggage?
Love is never easy—especially when the person you’re falling for is the person you blame for the worst event in your life.
Love, heartache, and despair.
That’s the name of the game when you’re Saving Tatum.
So turns out that I NEVER read this book when it first released…I totally meant to but it just seemed to slip my mind time and time again, but I can finally say I redeemed that! Micalea Smeltzer has indeed saved the best for last. Oh my goodness I am in love with Tatum and Jude’s story and I absolutely adored the journey that readers are taken on throughout this read. I could not put this story down and now I am left with sadness because the Trace + Olivia series is over, but she has continued to surprise readers as her writing career has grown! I seriously cannot help but recommend any and all of her phenomenal stories. She is a truly brilliant writer who will capture you wholeheartedly and will leave you in pieces at the very end!
About Micalea Smeltzer
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.