Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Release Boost: Trace + Olivia Series Boxed Set

Title: Trace + Olivia Series Boxed Set
Series: Trace + Olivia #1-4
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: New Adult
 Release Date: July 30, 2015


Finding Olivia: How far would you go to find yourself? That’s the question that’s been haunting Olivia Owens for years.

Chasing Olivia: 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.

Tempting Rowan: 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.

Saving Tatum: 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.

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My Reviews

Finding Olivia: Olivia is the daughter of the local town preacher and lives under his strict rules, never able to please him. When it comes time to go off to college, she chooses to go away so that she can find out who she is without an overbearing father looking down at her. The night before she leaves she writes down a list of things she wants to do while she lives life to the fullest. 

Meeting Trace was fate. As he repairs her car, she realizes she has butterflies swooning when it comes to him and together they begin to cross items off her Live List. 

I absolutely LOVED Trace. He was such a great guy and had a great sense of humor. I loved how he encouraged Olivia and how he jumped right in with helping her cross items off her list. 

Although Finding Olivia has it's lightheartedness to it, it does have it's fair share of drama also and Trace and Olivia go through a lot of hardships and obstacles to be together. 

This was the perfect start to this series and I look forward to the rest of the books. 

Chasing Olivia: Chasing Olivia is once again about the same couple, Trace and Olivia, and takes place two years after Finding Olivia. Trace and Olivia are trying to rekindle the romance in their relationship. In order to do so they head out on a road trip in order to remember what exactly brought them together and how hard they fought to be together.

I was once again in love with Trace, just as I was in the first book. Also, Avery, Olivia's best friend, never failed to make me laugh out loud. She is such a wonderful secondary character. There were some new characters introduced to the series and some readers said goodbye to. 

Smeltzer puts her heart into her books and you can tell by the well-written characters, the wonderful plots, and the secondary characters that grab your attention just as much as the leads. Once again she has managed to capture my heart with this book and leave me swooning!

Tempting Rowan: Tempting Rowan is the story of Rowan and Trent. Trent is Trace's little brother and just as incredible and swoon worthy as Trace. Rowan and Trent are high school sweethearts and Rowan has grown up in an absolutely terrible home. Rowan has a past that threatens Trent and Rowan's future together and Rowan quits speaking to Trent. Trent fights for Rowan but Rowan tries to stay away from Trent because of the secrets she keeps. No matter how much she loves him, her secrets must stay hidden - or so she believes. 

From the glimpses of Trent from the previous books, I liked his character so I was glad to see him get his own book. In his own story you see that he is very family oriented and he truly is a great guy especially when it comes to taking care of his nephew.

I truly felt for Rowan, but she is such a strong and amazing character and her and Trent are so suitable to one another and a great match. I really love this series and this is another incredible addition to it!

Saving Tatum: For the last several years Tatum, a character we were introduced to in Tempting Rowan, has hated Jude. Jude for his part has no idea why she has such a deep hatred of him or blames him for her brother's death. 

When Tatum has to shadow Jude for a paper, Jude gets the perfect opportunity to set out to prove to Tatum that he is not the guy that he believes her to be. 

Both Tatum and Jude have difficult pasts and both have issues with their parents. Each one has their own defense mechanisms and yet they are drawn to one another despite everything. I enjoyed seeing Tatum and Jude together. I thought Tatum was an interesting character in the previous book, Tempting Rowan, and Smeltzer shows that to be true in this book.

This entire series is a hit and I've enjoyed reading each book. Each couple is wonderfully paired and will make you fall in love with them, including this couple. 



“No, no, no, no!” I beat my steering wheel with the heel of my hand. “No! You’ve got to be kidding me!” I pulled off the road, my tire bumping along.
I put my car in park and climbed out to assess the damage.
My feet crunched on the gravel scattered alongside the road.
Immediately, the oily burnt smell of my peeling tire met me.
Calling this a flat tire didn’t do it justice. This was complete and utter carnage.
I looked behind me, at the trail of tire pieces leading straight to my car, like a path of breadcrumbs.
It was starting to get dark and this wasn’t exactly the safest road.
I was also a twenty-year-old girl, ripe for the picking.
I kicked the side of my car. “I don’t have time for this!”
I stalked around the back, to the trunk, lifting it and looking for the necessary tools to change a tire.
Which was pointless because, unfortunately, I didn’t know the first thing about changing a tire. My father had made sure that I only knew how to do a woman’s work.
I slammed the trunk closed and stalked back to the driver’s side, pulling at the ends of my hair. I glared at the offending nail, that had to be four inches long, sticking out of the tire. How many nails did people drive over a day and I was the one to get a flat freakin’ tire?
Not cool.
Not at all.
I opened the door and reached for my phone to call my roommate to come pick me up.
The sky was darkening and I didn’t want to be stranded here.
I wrapped my lightweight jacket tighter around my body, as the wind gusted around me, blowing leaves off of the nearby trees. I watched the red, yellow, and orange leaves fall down and scatter over my car. One, unfortunately, got caught in my hair. I reached up and pulled it out before letting it drift to the ground.
Gravel crunched behind me. I turned quickly, to see a guy getting out of a black car that looked like something old, but classic.
I hadn’t even heard him pullover.
I backed a step away, thinking he might be a murderer, or a rapist.
But when I got a look at his face I was stunned.
He was tall, with a lean body, but muscular. He had short, dark brown, almost black, hair and the greenest eyes I had ever seen. Five o’ clock shadow covered his cheeks and chin. My eyes trailed down, over the white t-shirt glued to his chest, and stopped there. I could see black ink underneath the white shirt and licked my lips. The fact that he had tattoos only made him hotter. To protect against the cold, he was wearing a long-sleeved plaid shirt.
“Uh—can I help you?” He asked, smiling pleasantly at me, and putting my earlier fears about him being a murderer or rapist completely to rest.
Help? With what? I needed help?
He grinned crookedly, tilting his head. “With your tire. Do you need some help?”
He had the deepest, huskiest, voice I had ever heard. I shivered at the sound. I was pretty sure I’d be happy for him to help me with a lot of things, and none of them included my tire.
“Help would be great,” I blushed, ducking my head.
He chuckled. “You do have a spare, right?”
“Yeah, it’s in the trunk,” I pointed, like he didn’t know where the trunk was.
He grabbed the spare, and all the necessary tools and sat down, next to the ruined tire.
“I—uh—would’ve changed it myself, but—uh—my dad never taught me,” I ran my fingers nervously through my wavy brown hair. “He said something about it not being appropriate for a girl to do and if I ever got a flat tire, I better hope Prince Charming came along. My dad’s very—uh—old fashioned,” I stammered.
He looked up at me. “Does that make me Prince Charming?” He grinned.
“Oh—uhm—Prince Charming is fictional, so I guess not, and he-uh-usually rides a white horse or something… I think.”
Somebody, stamp AWKWARD across my forehead already.
The guy threw his head back and laughed. “I guess a shiny black '69 Camaro doesn’t count as a white horse. You watch a lot of Disney movies or something?”
“No,” I blushed tomato red. “At least not anymore.”
“You’re funny,” he squinted up at me, shielding his eyes from the orange glow of the setting sun.
“I hope that’s a good thing,” I muttered. Unfortunately, I wasn’t trying to be funny.
“It’s a very good thing-” He paused, waiting for my name.
“Oh—uh—Olivia. Olivia Owens.”
“I’m Trace,” he reached a hand up to me and I took it. It was warm and calloused, swallowing mine whole. “Trace Wentworth,” he grinned when my hand jerked at his touch.

Author Bio

Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

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