Review: Finding Olivia (Trace + Olivia, #1) by Micalea Smeltzer


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Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Publisher: Micalea Smeltzer

Available Formats: eBook, Paperback

Available At: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, etc.

Release Date: August 27, 2013


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.


I really enjoyed reading Trace and Olivia’s story in “Finding Olivia.” It was my first novel by Micalea Smeltzer, and it definitely will not be the last. Trace and Olivia were great main characters, and I loved their personalities and chemistry together. They balanced each other out well, and I liked how their relationship progressed. They were very relatable characters in some ways, and I enjoyed going on their journey with them. Trace was the entire package. He was sweet, thoughtful, and very attentive, but also had that bad boy vibe about him. Olivia was sweet and shy, but had her spitfire moments now and then. Sometimes I found her slightly annoying, but otherwise I liked her. I kind of wish the book had been told from both Trace and Olivia’s POV, instead of just Olivia’s, but I still enjoyed it. I also really liked many of the secondary characters, and I loved Olivia’s relationship with her mom and best friend, Avery. Her friend, Avery, was something else, and I definitely enjoyed the humor throughout this book. Olivia’s “father” was a real a**hole, and I was extremely happy he got what he deserved in the end. Some parts of the book were better than others, but overall it was a good read. I really enjoyed the first part of Trace and Olivia’s story, and I’m looking forward to reading the next!


FOUR “Trace + Olivia” Stars!

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~About the Author~

Micalea Smeltzer

Micalea Smeltzer

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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