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Finding Olivia

(Trace + Olivia #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,807 ratings  ·  212 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 597 pages
Published August 27th 2013
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Katrina Passick Lumsden

I want to try and be nice, but the abuse of commas alone makes me feel less than generous toward the author. The story is banal, the characters are wooden stereotypes, the pacing is awful, and the plot is boring and predictable. It's NA fantasy smut without any of the fun. Even the sex scenes are fairly uninspired. And proper grammar? Fuhgedaboutit.

So here are some writing tips for this author and those of her ilk:

1. 'Intact' is one word.

2. 'Passed' and 'Past' are separate words with
4 stars on re-read . Still a really enjoyable read especially if you are in the mood for something sweet.

4.5 Stars

A beautiful story. Loved the H & h. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

Recommend if you are looking for a new adult book that is low on drama.

HEA (view spoiler)
Cheating/OW (view spoiler)
Any push/pull (view spoiler)
Any couple separation
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, laughs, and a list

I love this author
I feel rather bad giving Finding Olivia a two-star review since there were so many high marks for this book. Guess I don't like to follow a crowd.

Olivia really bothered me. She had a "spitfire" side, which just rubbed me the wrong way. She was snarky so often, that I never found her endearing side (which typically came out only when her and Trace were about to have sex) to be actually endearing. She kept saying how shy she was. I never got that impression. She was awkward and often overreacted
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I was really looking forward to read this book, just look at the cover it seems like it’s a happy summer read and doesn't have much drama in it, right? Most of all I wanted to read something without the usual “break each others heart after they got together” stuff so I started it.
Now I wish I’ve never found this book, it was nothing compared to my expectations and I didn’t have big ones
Kendall {Book Crazy}
I cannot believe this book was my first book by Micalea Smeltzer! I had heard of her before I read this book, but I'd never had the chance to read any of her books! I will definitely be putting them to the top of my TBR list now! This book was absolutely amazing! I knew I was going to love it as soon as I started reading the first page! The synopsis pulled me right in as it sounds quite light and fluffy, but it tells you that the book also has a bit of a dark side as well! Finding Olivia was a ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.

All Olivia Owens wanted to do is to live and be free – something her preacher father forbids her to do. So the moment she steps out of the house and went to college, she made herself a list.

Things I want to do:
1. Get Drunk
2. Fly in a hot air balloon
3. Go to the carnival
4. Go to a concert (even if it’s someone I’ve never heard of)
5. Go to a party
6. Lose my
Jacqueline's Reads
3.5 to 4 (Finding Your Self) STARS

Finding Olivia is a VERY SWEET tale about a young gal, finding herself by completing a to-do list.


Olivia is a preacher’s daughter and grew up in a strict household. She’s in college and realizes she never really lived life. She creates a list of 20 things she wants to do. Some things are like getting a tattoo, getting drunk and falling in love.

Trace is a typical guy. He’s a mechanic and sees Olivia on the side of the road stranded because of a flat tire.
I loved this book a lot! This was a beautiful story about finding oneself and love along the way.

Olivia was a girl who was raised to always be perfect in everything that she did. But doing what was expected of her, made Olivia feel as if she was really living her life and doing what she wanted to do. So she decided to go far away from home and try to start her life anew. She made a "Live List" and hoped to cross off all the items off her list. Her first year was barely interesting besides her
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
When I got this ARC I looked like an excited 5 year old. SOOOOOO not kidding!

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I was so excited and totally fangirling over it, and I was not disappointed. I absolutely love this author and her books, she is amazing!

Now... like all her books, Micalea has written amazing characters with a great story. You will love these characters and want more more more! The MCs are awesome & I have to tell you, I absolutely want to read a book about Avery. I absolutely LOVE her!!
Olivia is a fantastic
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I must mention that this is the third book I read by Micalea Smeltzer, I loved her Second Chance Series, but like it said: “third time is the charm” and I became a fan. There’s such a beauty on how honest Olivia’s journey is written that I fell completely in love with Smerlzer writing in this presentation. Words can’t describe how much I like the premise of the story of how a young woman will find herself throughout a “Live List” of things to accomplish, but what I liked the most was the ...more
Julia - The Romance Bibliophile
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 ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it took me more than a month to read this book. the first half of the book was extremely slow for me, and it just dragged and dragged and dragged and dragged. during the month or so that it took me to read the first half of this book, i skimmed through most of it. my reading speed was over 500 words per minute, so you can tell. and then on friday, i promised myself that i would finish this book no matter what. so i did.

some things i kinda liked, and others i really didn't. reading this book was
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. This book is just so good. The characters pull you in. The writing is superb. This book pulls you in and keeps you in. You want to read more and more. Even though I knew the end of the book was near, I was trying to slow down to keep the story going. I am wondering though, is there a book about Avery and Luca? I need to find this out.

This is a definite must read!! Get a copy, read the story, fall in love with the characters!!
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5.......cute, sweet angst and minimal drama.
Paula  Phillips
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Olivia Owens has a list of things that she wants to achieve, kind of like a bucket list. Going off to college was the freedom she had yearned for after growing up in a strict household as the preacher's daughter. The public saw a happy, loving husband and father, but behind doors, Olivia's father was cruel and mean to both Olivia and her mum. One night Olivia ends up with a flat tire on the side of the road and Trace Wentworth pulls up to help her out. Sparks fly between the two, and one thing ...more
Dec 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
FREE on Amazon today (12/23/2019)! ...more
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that getting a flat tire could completely change your life? Well, in this case Olivia sure didn’t. Growing up in a VERY strict household has held Olivia back from living her life to its full extent…that is until Trace, the ultimate Prince Charming stops to help her change her flat tire.

“Life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.”

Olivia is a twenty year old college sophomore who is living, but not really LIVING. She had an
Heather andrews
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story Trace holly hotness, "my eyes trailed down, over the white t-shirt glued to his chest, and stopped there. I could see black ink underneath the white shirt and licked my lips." Girl I'd lick my lips as well. Trace he's just the type of boy you can't help but fall in love with, "Olivia," he tilted my chin up, the green of his eyes searing my very soul. "I can assure you that sex can be very, very, good...when it's with the right person." His sexual innuendos seriously kill me, ...more
Lisa Survillas
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG, not sure it gets better than Trace! Olivia has been sheltered and put down her whole life. She goes away to college to learn to live and discover herself. When she meets Trace, her life changes. He helps her discover life and who she is.

I can't wait for book 2. I want more of Olivia and Trace and of course Avery needs a book as does Trent. Nora needs a HEA too!
Stephanie Gresham
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Olivia had a sheltered life growing up and when she finally moved out and went to college she made a 'live' list. Fate intervened and brought Trace into her life. He goes above and beyond for her and makes you fall in love. This is a great story that you can read over and over again!!
Nanea Perez
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I hope the author continues with Olivia and Trace's story and make this a book a series.
Whoo Gives A Hoot
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review...

This is the second time that I've read this book and I think that it has only gotten better with age. Back in 2013 I was just discovering my love for romance and Micalea Smeltzer. Although I have always loved to read it wasn't until late 2012 when I was gifted my first kindle that I really got into the romance genre. During this time I discovered so many new
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Finding Olivia is the first book in the Trace+ Olivia Series from Micalea Smeltzer.

Olive Owens has always asked herself how Far she would go to find herself. All she has ever wanted to do was live and make mistakes but her preacher father has made that impossible. However she does believe that her years in college will be her ticket into the real world and her chance to be wild and free. But, shes never
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finding Olivia is the first book in the Trace+Olivia Series by Micaela Smeltzer.
Olivia Owens is a 20 year old college student, a preachers daughter- judged by her strict father. Now shes free for the first time in her life. Shes a sophomore and wants to live her life.
Then she meets Trace Wentworth. Hes a 22 year old mechanic. Hes drawn to her, he cant help himself.
They discover love, laughs and a list on their way. Olivia is really great atb making lists.

Favorite Quote : " Life is not measured
Bookworms Devouring Words
That was the cutest and most intense novel Ive read this year.

That was the cutest and most intense novel Ive read this year.

I seriously can't express how amazing this read was. It had a bit of everything, I FELT everything, all emotions: I wanted to strangle a couple of character, Sadness for those who made me want to cry, love for every character, passion for Olivia and Trace, excitement for each event on Olivia's list, and complete dread. This novel pulled at every heartstring throughout
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feisty Girls
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~~~Joni’s Review~~~~
Olivia lived a very sheltered life as the daughter of a preacher, never allowed to experience the little things in life. The year before she leaves for college she makes a list of the things she wants to do and decides she will live. During her sophomore year she still hasn’t marked many things off her list. Fate steps in by way of a flat tire on the side of the road and a sexy stranger to help.
After a few meetings with Trace, Olivia decides she wants to share her list with
Maryna aka Ryna
Okay let me first say that I read this book only after I read The Road That Leads To Us. So where do I begin with this?

Oh my goodness I loved this book so much! I loved Micalea’s writing style so much! I adore the flow and feel of the books! I’m still swooning and my heart is still pounding from the story. Trace has wiggled his way onto my book boyfriend list. The story was totally awesome, but the main reason I loved about this book is because I can relate to a lot to Olivia. Olivia was given
Brina (Brina and the Books)
4 Stars

UPDATE: Finding Olivia and the rest of the 'Trace + Olivia' series underwent a complete a make-over. The stories are newly edited and each book were given a new set of covers.

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Finding Olivia became one of my favorite books ever since reading it for the first time. I couldn't wait to re-read it and I finally had the time to do so. The second time was almost as good as the first time. I knew the plot and the outcoming but there
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Micalea Smeltzer is a twenty-something author from Northern Virginia. She has four dogs, which is as crazy as it sounds. As a recent kidney transplant recipient she's dedicated to raising awareness around the effects of kidney disease, dialysis, and transplant as well as educating people on living donation. She enjoys writing about fantastical paranormal creatures and sexy rock stars. When she's ...more

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