Review: Tempting Rowan (Trace + Olivia, #3) 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: May 2, 2014


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.

Rowan Sinclair’s life has been anything but easy. With an alcoholic mother and a sleazy stepfather, it’s been her responsibility to raise her younger siblings. At twenty-one she’s chained to a life she doesn’t want, but sees no other alternative. After all, what would happen to her brother and sister if she were to leave?

Trenton Wentworth sees the pain behind Rowan’s eyes. He wants nothing more than to make it disappear. To hold her. To love her. Except Rowan keeps everyone at a safe distance. But if there’s anyone that can break down the walls she’s built around herself, it’s Trent. So she avoids him at all costs. But Trent isn’t one to be easily evaded. He’s stubborn and determined. He’ll save this girl even if it costs him everything.

Love, lies, and deception.

That’s the name of the game when you’re Tempting Rowan.

Note: This is book three in the Trace + Olivia series but follows new characters. You do not need to read the first two books in the series to read this one. If you’d like to, they are:
Finding Olivia (Book One)
Chasing Olivia (Book Two)

This is a standalone.


“Tempting Rowan” was an emotional roller coaster for me; almost too much of one for my liking. I enjoyed reading about Trent and Rowan’s story, and thought their characters were good – Trent more so than Rowan. She had to deal with a lot of crap with her family, and secrets she had to keep hidden from those she truly loved. There was definitely a lot of drama and emotion throughout this book, some better than others. And there were also quite a few surprises as well, some good and others not so good. I did enjoy the fact that I was able to see past couples and characters from the previous two books in the Trace + Olivia series. I did like the ending and it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but  I wish it could have been a little different – although that’s just a personal preference. I hate to give books lower ratings if I really don’t have to, but I pride myself on being honest, and unfortunately this book was just missing something for me. Nothing against the author, because I immensely enjoyed the first two books in the series and I really love her writing style, but this one missed the mark for me.  With all of that being said, I am looking forward to reading Tatum’s story in the last book of the Trace + Olivia series, “Saving Tatum.”

Rating: 3 STARS

~About the Author~

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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