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Trace + Olivia Series Boxed Set Kindle Edition
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Second, each book is better than the last. Micaela did a great job writing these stories.
Each story follows a couple. The first two follow the same couple while the last two are different couples. What I loved most about this boxed set was that even though they were romantic novels, they also each had a more serious topic that was explored. It reminded me of reality. It wasn't all flowers and chocolates, or miscommunication leading to break up. It was more like something you would see in real life. Each story dived into the serious element and showed us how each couple with able to deal and overcome.
I also liked how each story related to each other. We were able to see past characters show up and see where they are at. The characters themselves could be so funny at times. I caught myself laughing out loud, then reading the quote to my boyfriend and laughing all over again. It is rare to find books that make me laugh that hard.
At the same time, these books could be serious and insightful. There were a few different quotes that made me pause and think "wow this is so true" or "I never thought of it that way." with the serious topics, I found myself tearing up and physically cringing at times. I can recall one book that made me wish the situation would hurry up and be over because my heart couldn't handle it.
Usually this is the part where I go and do things I didn't like about the story, but there really wasn't anything in the box set that I didn't like. I didn't notice any type of grammar or spelling errors. I also really enjoy the way the books were written. With that being said I would 100 percent recommend this box set to others.
"Oh my God! Are you crying? What did he do to you? Do I need to chase his ass down and cut his *penis* off, then force feed it to him?”
“The world is big, we’re the ones that pretend it’s small.”
Writing style: 5/5
**A copy was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review**
*Reviewed for SBR Blogs*
Finding Olivia (Book 1)
Olivia has led a very sheltered life as the daughter of a strict preacher. When she leaves home for college, she makes her “Live List”. I loved the concept of this list. She has missed out on so much that she makes a list of things that she wants to do to “live”.
Trace is a fun-loving goofball! I love his sense of humor and how he can find the good in every situation. He is really good for Olivia. He helps her to break out of her shell. He knows all too well the pressure your family can put on you.
The attraction and chemistry between Trace and Olivia is instant. Olivia feels a deep instinct telling her that Trace is the one to share her secrets with. I had fun laughing with these two as they try to complete the items on the “Live List”. Trace is insistent with some of the activities.
Of course there is drama and it gets really bad. I cried for these two characters and what they get put through. Their relationship gets tested and prevails.
I am loving all the supporting characters. They help make the book a masterpiece.
Chasing Olivia (Book 2)
The story of Trace and Olivia continues 2 years later. They are feeling a little stagnant. Trace receives bad news and decides they need to get away for a while. He suggests a road trip. This will be their chance to be spontaneous again and “live” a little. But Trace has an ulterior motive.
Trace and Olivia continue to crack me up. Olivia gets very embarrassed by some of Trace’s remarks and leads to great entertainment. I love their relationship. It is so easy and they just sync.
There are ups and downs in the story. New character additions and some that leave. I cried so much at the end of this book. It was just beautiful. You can feel all the heart that the author put into this story.
Tempting Rowan (Book 3)
This is the story of Rowan and Trent, Trace’s brother. Rowan and Trent have a long and somewhat sad history. Trent has never understood what made Rowan stop speaking to him. But he is sure going to find out. She is the one for him and he is going to do whatever it takes to make her see it. Rowan has secrets that she has to keep at all costs. That means staying away from Trent.
Trent is just as funny as Trace. I loved his character. He is so not what I thought he would be from the glimpses of him from the previous 2 books. He is really family oriented. He is great with Dane, his nephew. I find the fact that he has a ferret named Bartholomew hilarious.
Rowan is doing the best she can. She has had a really terrible upbringing. She has to be the caretaker for her siblings and she rarely has time for herself. But she wouldn’t trade it for the world. She is a very strong character. She has taken on so much responsibility for someone so young.
The chemistry between Rowan and Trent is combustible. They are very well matched characters. The storyline flows effortlessly and will keep you pulled into the book. I didn’t see the twists that sent the story in a different direction. I laughed and cried throughout the story. Truly beautiful.
Saving Tatum (Book 4)
Tatum and Jude have a rocky history. Tatum has lived through hell the last several years. And she blames Jude. Jude doesn’t understand her hatred for him. But he is determined to prove to her he is not the person she believes him to be.
Tatum is alone. Her parents are no longer there for her emotionally. She truly believes that she is not destined for a HEA. She uses a lot of defense mechanisms to keep people at arms length. She is really good friends with Rowan, but still only lets her in so far.
Jude has not had the best past either. Neither of his parents could be bothered with him and he was raised by his grandparents. He has a great relationship with his grandfather. He loves helping people. He truly is one of the good guys that girls dream about. He is also somewhat of a goofball.
Jude is finally able to crack Tatum’s walls and the result is beautiful. Their relationship is truly amazing. They become each other’s lifelines. The ending was a tear jerker. I laughed and cried through this story.
There are new characters added to the series and I am hoping to get a few more books out of this series or a spin-off. There are a few stories that could be told.
Reviewed for FMR Book Grind
This series was amazing and I absolutely loved it. The first two books, Finding Olivia and Chasing Olivia are about the same couple, Olivia and Trace. I loved these two and I loved how their story wasn't like the normal "fall in love quickly and be all mushy-gushy with each other". Trace actually helps bring Olivia out of her shell and discover who she can really be. He helps her with her "Live List" and captures her heart while doing it. I instantly fell in love with Trace and Olivia's relationship. While in Chasing Olivia, they set out for a road trip to try to keep the relationship sailing and to remember why they fell in love in first place. You will absolutely fall in love with Olivia's best friend, Avery, as she will have you laughing through the whole book!
Tempting Rowan follows high school sweethearts, Trent and Rowan. Trent is Trace's little brother and of course he is amazing just like him! Rowan comes for a horrible household, and has some secrets that could ruin her future with Trent. She has loved him since as long as she can remember and decides to give him a second chance. Will they be able to finally be together, or will Rowan's past come back to haunt her?
Saving Tatum is about Tatum and Jude. You first meet Tatum in Saving Rowan, and I'm very happy that she got her own story. Tatum has hated Jude because she blamed him for her brothers death. 7 years later, that hate is still there, but now Tatum needs Jude's help with a paper. After shadowing Jude for this project, her view of him slowly starts to change. Jude knows that he has already fallen in love with her, but she is too afraid to admit her feelings to him. One night changes everything for both of them, and it takes Tatum a while to get a grip of reality!
While I loved the whole series, Trace and Olivia have my heart. <3
Finding Olivia: This is a story about a girl named Olivia who was raised to always be perfect. When she went away to college, she decided to start her life anew. There she meets Trace, who has suffered a tragedy in his life. There was something that drew Olivia and Trace to each other and the story that ensues from their chance meeting was wonderful. The book followed them on journey from a friendship that grew into love. The story had a great flow to it and all the characters were fantastic. I loved that the book showed their relationship as it grew. This book had everything-it made me laugh and cry. It was truly amazing! Definitely a must-read.
Chasing Olivia: This is a continuation of Olivia's and Trace's story. It is set two years after Finding Olivia ended. Olivia and Trace are just in love as ever. They have settled into a mundane live and Trace suggests a road trip to bring some spice back in their lives. There are some hidden but pure intentions as to why they are going on this trip. I just loved this journey that they were on in this book. There were parts that were sad and emotional but also some funny parts that I couldn't stop laughing. Micalea did a fantastic job with this follow-up to Trace and Olivia's story. I loved everything about this book and couldn't get enough! A great ending to Trace's and Olivia's story!
Tempting Rowan: This book is about Rowan and Trace's brother Trent. Trent and Rowan have known each other for a long time. They have gone their separate ways but have never forgotten about each other and stopped loving each other. Trent does his best to get Rowan back and it seemed to have worked. But their relationship is not without some bumps and when Trent finds out the secret that Rowan has been keeping, it seems that everything will change. I was so enamored with this book from the first page. The characters were fantastic and the chemistry between Trent and Rowan was sizzling. I loved everything about this book-the writing, the characters,the storyline. You will laugh and cry but this is an amazing read.
Saving Tatum: Once again, Micalea wrote a story and characters that are great. This books focuses on Jude and Tatum. In the beginning, there is a love-hate relationship between the two. Tatum is not a fan of Jude but he is so enamored with her. She soon discovered that the Jude she sees is completely different from the one she begins to know. The reasoning as to why she hates him so much does not seem to hold up anymore. As the story progresses, their relationship does too. Jude and Tatum were a wonderful couple. I loved how he was able to bring Tatum of her sad state and let her become "herself" once again. Of course there is happiness and laughter as well as sadness and anger. Jude's and Tatum's story was wonderful and such a great ending to this fantastic series.
You will not be disappointed with this series. Amazing stories filled with such heart. It is definitely one I would recommend.
Finding Olivia ~5 Stars
This is such a great read. I had problems putting it down, even to go to sleep. I picked it right back up to finish it, as soon as I woke up. I absolutely love this story and the characters in it.
Olivia Owens is a twenty year old college student. She’s trying to find herself and figure out who she is. She grew up not being allowed to do anything. Her preacher father wanted perfection. She is shy and quiet.
All it takes is a chance meeting when she gets a flat tire and a hot guy pulling over. Everything changes for her.
Trace Wentworth is a twenty-two year old mechanic. He is hot, but there is so much more to him than that. Like, his love of ketchup. He is instantly attracted to Olivia.
Trace helps Olivia with so much, and not just with her “Live List”.
“Life isn’t about perfection, perfection doesn’t exist.”
These characters grow so much in this book. They are perfect for each other. Yes, they have some bumps in the road, most are minor, but they do have a major bump also. And Trace doesn’t leave Olivia’s side the entire time.
I will be staring Chasing Olivia right now.
I’m kicking myself for not reading this sooner.
Chasing Olivia ~ 5 Stars
This is the second book in this series. You do need to read Finding Olivia first. This is a continuation of Trace and Olivia’s story. I absolutely love these characters and their story.
This book finds them on a road trip to recapture their adventures. It’s a great road trip for them and exactly what they needed, especially after learning some bad news. This news had me crying a few times in this book.
I loved both weddings. Both were awesome and amazing.
“I promise to make every day of our lives together better than the one before it. I know we’re going to have ups and downs, life’s a roller coaster and that’s expected, but I’m always going to look for the bright side…even in the darkest situations.”
And they have a dark situation, that’s for sure.
The letter to Olivia had me crying. I wish the letter to Trace would have been in the book as well.
These two are perfect for each other. Both have grown and changed so much since the start of Finding Olivia. I’m glad they both are following their dreams!
This is definitely a series, and author, I will continue to read!
Tempting Rowan ~ 5 Stars
This is the third book in this series. This can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you read them in order. I have loved all three books! Micalea Smeltzer is now on my automatic read list. All three of these books will have your eyes leaking and you will love all the characters, I promise. The first two books were about Trace and Olivia. This is about Trent, Trace’s younger brother, and Rowan. It starts around two years after Chasing Olivia ends.
Rowan Sinclair is a twenty-one year old college student. She’s not a normal twenty-one year old. All she does is go to class, work, study, and take care of her two younger siblings. Her mom is an abusive alcoholic. She has no clue who her father is, and her stepdad is a handsy creep! She does a great job taking care of Ivy and Tristan. She doesn’t love herself though. The years of verbal abuse from her mom has caused her to think she really is every bad thing her mom has called her. Plus the secrets she carries weigh her down with guilt. She can’t tell them though.
Trent Wentworth has been in love with Rowan since they were sixteen. Now he is going to make her see that she is it for him and always will be. He will break down her walls.
“I don’t’ care what you say, I know you feel whatever this is that we have. Don’t think for a minute that I haven’t noticed the way your breath falters when I get too close or how your eyes flash with desire. I definitely can’t forget the way you responded to me last night. You can’t deny that you liked it when I kissed you.”
I was worried when her big secret came out, and even more worried at the very end. At least until I read the epilogue.
This is a great read!
Saving Tatum ~ 5 Stars
This is the fourth book in this series. I do recommend that you read them in order. Even though the main characters are different, they are all in the books. I absolutely have loved all four of these books. They are a great read, and you definitely won’t be disappointed with them.
Tatum O’Connor lost her brother, Graham, seven years ago. She also lost both her parents that night. They aren’t dead though. Her mom is lost inside her head, and her dad is never around. She blames Jude for her brother’s death.
If her best friend, Rowan, wasn’t also best friends with Jude, she would never see or talk to him.
Jude Brooks has wanted Tatum since she kicked him in the balls when they were in high school. He is a man-whore. But he’s a great guy.
Tatum needs help with a paper and Rowan can’t help her. Jude volunteers.
Things change for both of them. Tatum has some harsh realizations. When she finally realizes the truth, it almost breaks her. She is strong though, and getting stronger, with Jude’s help.
“I was connected to him in a way I knew I’d never be with anyone else. I hadn’t been looking for the one, or anyone for that matter, but love doesn’t wait til you think you’re ready. It comes along when you least expect it and turns your life upside down. It sends you on a journey of epic proportions and changes the course of your life. It completes you.”
I absolutely love Pap.
I would love an update on Jude and his family, as well as Tatum and her parents!