Series: Trace & Olivia #1
Published by Self-Published on 27th August 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
REVIEWED BY LIZ
*I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Enjoyable is an understatement. This was a first experiencing the fabulous writing style of Micalea Smeltzer. Yes, I cannot believe it myself, knowing (shamefully admitting) I have two other books of hers on my Kindle. Ms. Smeltzer has a magical way with her words. I have never been so attracted to adjectives (seems silly but oh so true) and the clear vivid descriptions take you effortlessly on this journey with Trace & Olivia. The story just came alive amongst the pages. Everything flowed, and nothing seemed out of place.
“I found myself scooting closer to him. It was like he was the sun and I was a flower, stretching up to reach his rays.”
We come from all walks of life. Some breeze through life without a worry and others are dealt with the short end of the stick.
Meet Olivia, she’s a good girl, of course her dad’s a preacher! Without a doubt, coming from this type of background, her world is somewhat sheltered and strict rules are to be abided by…
Her escape from this so-called sheltered life is to plan to attend college far enough away to start anew. She begins by creating a “Live List”. Yes, it’s just like a “Bucket List” but the difference is she’s not dying; she’s trying to experience life – Live!
CASTING FOR OLIVIA (Lily Allen)
Olivia’s roommate, Avery, total opposites, develop a wonderful friendship.
Avery speaks her mind, if she doesn’t like you she surely will make it known.
She takes risks and doesn’t regret anything. She has great fashion sense, but one of her drawbacks is being committed.
“Filter yourself, Avery, Filter.”
CASTING FOR AVERY (Kate Mara)
“From the moment I met Trace, he was my undoing.”
“I kissed his chest and my body arched against his. I felt like I was an instrument and Trace knew how to pluck all the right strings to make my body string.”
Introducing Trace – – – – He’s mysterious, ridiculously off the charts handsome (has a panty-dropper smile) , and accomplished.
“Those lips should be illegal and I hadn’t even had a taste yet.”
He’s loyal, hardworking and his life changes when he runs into Olivia. He had gut feeling it was meant to be. They both came from different worlds, which just might intercept fate. Are they truly soul mates? Will either of them let the other know what their past involves? Will both their worlds crumble before them before the moment passes?
“I closed my eyes and wished for everything, anything, and nothing at all.”
“Inhale the future, exhale the past.”
CASTING FOR TRACE (James Marsden)
I tremendously enjoyed this story; it was a recipe of a bit of mystery, love, and friendship. It wasn’t stale just simply vibrant and kept you interest from beginning to end!
“I lived. I died. I came back. I moved on.”
“I was closing the door when he exclaimed, “Oh Olivia!” “Yeah?”. I opened the door wide and leaned my head inside. The panty dropper smile graced his lips, causing a fire to erupt inside me. “I hope you dream of me.” My heart skipped a beat, and he chuckled, having caused the desired effect. “And I hope we’re doing all kinds of naughty things,” he added and then began to laugh at my bug eyed reaction. “I hate you” I hissed “Hate is such a passionate word, Olivia,” he grinned, reaching up to push his dark hair out of his eyes, causing my mouth to water. I wanted to be the one pushing that hair out of his eyes. I eased my head back out of the car, but before I closed the door, I hissed “And I hope you dream of me passionately shoving my foot up your cocky ass.”