Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Finding Olivia by Micalea Smeltzer

They (whoever they are) always say that you can't judge a book by its cover, but don't we all do just that?  I will admit that I bought Finding Olivia because of the cover.  It has the beautiful Kim Tallman on the cover.  And it was designed by Regina Wamba who create the most gorgeous covers I've ever seen.  So of course, I had to buy it.

But guess what!?!  Not only did I love the cover, but I loved the book too.  Micalea Smeltzer created such wonderful characters.  Olivia...you can't help but love her.  And Trace!  (sigh)  Trace may be every girl's dream.  The interaction between them is fun, playful, full of love.  It's just real!

And who knew that a flat tire could change your life?  It certainly changed Olivia and Trace's lives. 

Every decision, every moment, has the opportunity to change the course of our lives.
One moment can change everything.
For me, that moment was when I met Trace.
Olivia Owens lived a very sheltered life as a preacher's daughter and all she ever wanted was to live, to make mistakes, to find herself.  She goes away to college to get away from that life and she makes a "Live List", all the things that she wants to do that has never been able to do.  But by the start of her sophomore year of college, she still only has 4 things crossed off her list.  When a flat tire leads her to Trace, her whole life changes but so does his. 
Olivia hasn't told anyone about her list, but for some reason, she tells Trace.  And it's probably the best decision she has ever made as he not only helps her cross things off the list, but he saves her life! 
"Don't do that," he murmured,
reaching up to brush my long hair
behind my ear. 
"Never hide your face from me."

If you are looking for characters you'll love, you'll find them here.  I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I even giggled a few times.  This is definitely one worth reading.  I'm so glad I judged a book by it's cover.
This was the first thing I've read by Micalea Smeltzer, but it won't be the last.
Here is the book blurb:
New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers 18+.

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.
And to learn more about Micalea Smeltzer, you can find her on Facebook:
You can purchase Finding Olivia on Amazon for just $2.99 currently.  Sorry for you Nook folks, but it is not yet available for Nook. 
I hope you love it as much as I did!  5 stars!!
Happy Reading!

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