Review: Saving Tatum (Trace + Olivia, #4) 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: September 18, 2014


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.

Unfortunately for her, “no” isn’t a word in Jude’s vocabulary.

The more she backs away, the more he pushes.

But what if he pushes too far?

Tatum’s hiding a pain that no one sees and holding on to a hurt that may never heal. Letting Jude into her heart could shatter her completely—and what if she opens up to Jude and he can’t handle her baggage?

Love is never easy—especially when the person you’re falling for is the person you blame for the worst event in your life.

Love, heartache, and despair.

That’s the name of the game when you’re Saving Tatum.

This can be read as a standalone.


I really enjoyed reading “Saving Tatum” and thought it was an excellent way to end the Trace + Olivia series by the ever so talented, Micalea Smeltzer. I loved her writing style and the storyline and characters she created with Jude and Tatum. I loved their personalities and chemistry together, and although they got off to a rocky start, they were able to overcome all of that and find each other in the end. They both had to deal with difficult situations with their family, among other things, but I was so glad they had each other through it all. Jude and Tatum were both strong-willed and stubborn – sometimes to a fault – but they were perfect for each other, and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome to their story. Jude’s grandpa was a sweetheart, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. I also loved finding out what happened to the other couples from previous books in the series. Some of the best parts of “Saving Tatum” were towards the end, and I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion. I am a sucker for epilogues, especially when they are well done like this one, and the ending completely made the book for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire Trace + Olivia series, and I am so glad that I gave it a chance!


FOUR “Humorous and Heartfelt” 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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