***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***Finding Olivia by Micalea Smeltzer
Series: Trace + Olivia, #1
Published by Self-Published on August 28, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult
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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.
PERFECTION – Is what Olivia Owens was brought up to be at all times by her strict pastor father. Any little imperfections were constantly pounded verbally into her head, so when she gets the chance to go away to college, Olivia moves as far as she can from home. She makes a list of “Things I Want to Do” and hopes that she’ll be able to finally experience LIFE and LIVE.
Olivia is in her sophomore year of college and by now has only crossed off 4 things from her list. She still hasn’t done the things she wanted, because her fears and shyness holds her back from embracing her freedom. It takes a flat tire on the side of the road to change things up for Olivia. She meets sexy as hell Trace Wentworth that night. Trace stops to help change Olivia’s tire and is instantly intrigued and attracted to Olivia. Olivia is all awkwardness around Trace but feels safe around him. A chance encounter soon turns into friendship. Olivia finds herself telling Trace about her list and even showing it to him. Trace wants to get to know Olivia more and offers to help her complete the list. Olivia starts to embrace LIFE and LIVES with the help of Trace. What started as friendship turns into something more when these two slowly work their way through the list.
Trace! Oh Trace! How you rocked my world. I loved me some Trace. All that confidence, the constant five o’clock shadow, the plaid shirts, tats and how he treated Olivia just made me melt in a puddle. I want my own Trace. Trace made this book for me. I was completely head over heels in love with him. He spoke his mind. I enjoyed when he’d call Olivia out on things and point them out to her. He treated her with kid gloves but then at the same time knew when to give her that extra nudge to get her out of her comfort zone. He also had me laughing. Some of the things that came out of his mouth was just too funny.
Now for Olivia she was OK for me! I liked her and then I didn’t like her at times. Her character comes off really uptight and judgmental at the beginning. I was not feeling her at all and then part way through she grew on me and I started enjoying her more. I love the one scene that she puts a hurting on someone who deserves it. I wanted to get up and high five her butt! I enjoyed watching her transition and discovering things about herself. It was fun experiencing all those first with her.
OMG..I love the secondary characters in this book. Avery was my girl. I totally want to hang out with her. She was another highlight of this book for me. Her character was so funny and lovable. She’s the kind of girlfriend I want having my back. I hope we get a story for her and Luca. I would love to see how they end up. Also loved the whole thing with Olivia’s mom and Nick, Avery’s brother. And Trent..oh Trent with your dimples. I hope we get your book too eventually. Overall I liked this book. It left me with a smile. I will definitely pick up more books by this author.
★★ Book was read in September 2013. I own my own personal eBook copy. ★★
Finding Olivia ~ Excerpt
I walked around to the front of the building. The large garage door was open, exactly like when I’d been here to get my car fixed.
Music was playing loudly, the lyrics saying something about blowing the roof off the place.
I stepped inside, looking around, hoping that Trace didn’t scare me like last time.
I walked around a car and saw him.
He was completely oblivious to me, and I put my hand over my mouth, to stifle my giggle. He was dancing like…well…there were no words to describe Trace’s dancing style. It was interesting to say the least. In fact, I wasn’t sure if it could be considered dancing.
He held a metal car part in his hands while shaking his whole body.
This was not dancing; it was more like a seizure.
I kept my mouth covered so that I could watch him longer.
It would be cute if it wasn’t so funny.
He hadn’t been lying when he said he liked to dance, but he was right when he said he sucked. The man had no rhythm whatsoever.
He turned and spotted me.
And holy hell, I had been too taken by the dancing to notice he was shirtless.
Shirtless and coated in a sheen of sweat.
I had never seen a man’s chest like Trace’s. It was lean and tan, but muscular, just like his arms. A light dusting of dark hair started at the bottom of his naval, and disappeared under the edge of his boxers, that I spied above the edge of his jeans.
I covered my eyes and turned around like I had caught him naked.
I was the epitome of smooth.
His chuckle rumbled through my body and I let my hand drop. Slowly, I turned back around to face him.
He’d turned the music down, and leaned against the car he was working on, grinning cheekily at me.
“You’re early,” he pushed his hair out of his eyes. I was discovering it was a nervous habit for him.
“And you’re naked,” the words slipped out of my mouth before I could stop them.
His smile grew. “I’m not quite naked yet, but if you’d like to help me get there, that’s fine by me.”
Oh. My. God.
Books in this Series:
- Finding Olivia (Trace + Olivia, #1)
- Chasing Olivia (Trace + Olivia, #2)
- Tempting Rowan (Trace + Olivia, #3)
- Saving Tatum (Trace + Olivia, #4)
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