Friday, September 26, 2014

✯Blog Tour Review w/Giveaway✯Saving Tatum (Trace & Olivia #4) by Micalea Smeltzer

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. 

The dead grass crunched beneath my feet as we trudged through the field. It was crazy to think that in a few short weeks spring would be here and the grass would soon be green. Spring was my favorite time of year. I loved the colors and flowers, even the smells. There was something so promising about spring—it was a new beginning.
Jude stopped in the middle of the field and spread the blanket out on the ground. “Sit,” he instructed.
With a reluctant sigh, I did as he told me. “Why are we out here?” I asked, drawing his sweatshirt closer to me as I shivered.
“I want you to see something.”
“Thanks for the non-answer,” I mumbled as he sat down beside me. He wiggled around until he got comfortable.
He chuckled, sweeping his hair from his eyes. “There’s something I want you to see,” he repeated, “be patient.”
You’d think Jude would know by now that I was the least patient person on the planet. Only a few minutes had past when I asked, “What are we waiting for?”
“Oh, Tate,” he chuckled, his eyes crinkling as he lay back, propping his body up with his elbows, “you’re something else.” Tilting his head, he continued, “Look around you, appreciate what’s right in front of you for a change. You need to slow down and enjoy life.”
“Look at you sounding so wise,” I commented, resisting the sudden urge to smile. I wanted to smile a lot around Jude and that scared me a bit.
He gasped, his eyes brightening. “I am wise.” He sat up and drew his knees up, draping his arms on top. “Now watch, here comes the surprise.”
For a moment, I wondered what he was talking about and then I realized we were watching the sunset. The sky deepened with hues of orange and red as the sun descended. My mouth fell open in awe as the meadow around us became awash with golden light. I didn’t speak and neither did he. For once, I was living in the moment, and maybe this moment wasn’t such a bad place to be.
There was calmness in the air around us as the last of sun’s rays fanned across the land. It didn’t take long for the sun to disappear and for the stars and moon to twinkle above us.
Without saying anything, we both lay back on the blanket, staring up at the sky above.
“Beautiful, isn’t it?” He whispered, his fingers brushing lightly against mine where we rested side by side.
“What?” I asked, trying to pick out any of the constellations.

 ✯✯5 Second Chance Stars!!✯✯

Micalea Smeltzer has done it to me again! I got the privilege of  beta reading this as well as other books from Micalea. And, again I felt useless because there wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. The only thing I didn't I didn't like was it's the last book in the Trace & Olivia Series. That absolutely destroys me. It's one of my favorite series. With that being said let me come back to Tatum & Jude.

Tatum had the perfect life. Until her brother died. Then, her mother checked out mentally. She was a shell. It's like she didn't exist. Her father started working so much that he was never home. Tatum found herself all alone. There was 1 person she held responsible for all this.. Jude Brooks. She hated him with everything she had and then some.

Fast forward a few years and now she's in her last year of college. You remember her  best friend Rowan. Yup, I still love her!! Well, she's going to be a nurse. Tatum asks Rowan if she can shadow her for her essay. Well, Rowan can't do it. But, luckily for Tatum, Jude jumps at the chance to help her. Even though she's totally 110% against it, Jude reminds her she doesn't really have another option.

Now, we only get Tatum's POV. Which stinks because I'd love to get into Jude's head. Even though we don't, Micalea still did an excellent job at making you feel what he was feeling. Jude can not for the life of him figure out why Tatum hates him. His mission is by the time she finishes shadowing him she'll like him. 

To do that she must drive with him to the nursing home. And, everyday they must ask each other 1 question. When I tell you some of the questions Jude would ask were so random and off the wall. But, Jude literally just wanted to know everything about Tatum that he could get.

Tatum is not prepared for what she was about to get. Jude is known for being a man-whore. But, when Jude is with his patients he's still his crazy self yes. But, the way he is with them is unlike anything she was prepared for. Every single one of them looked forward to him coming. He would spend extra time with every single one of them talking sports, TV you name it.It totally blows her mind!

Over the next few weeks Jude starts getting to Tatum. He's there every time she needs him. Tatum finally realizes he's not the person she thought he was all this time. Which confuses her even more. It's like everything and all the pain she went through & felt were all wrong. How did she let herself end up this way. Not that it was hard to do with the home life she had. 

She learns Jude home life was crappy too. With the exception of his grandparents. Now, he only has his grandfather left. It's his main reason for doing what he does. His grandfather has slight Alzheimer's and one day he knows who Jude is. The next he think he's Jude father.  Loosing his grandfather is not something he's willing to think about. Tatum falls in love with Jude's grandfather.

Like I said before both have had not so good family lives. Now, both of them are happy. Jude finally got the girl he's been in love with since forever. Tatum for the first time in forever is living her life. Spending time with Rowan & Trent as well as Jude and his grandfather. She is actually alive for the 1st time in awhile.

Then, a complete misunderstanding hit and Tatum is running for the hills. Jude is beyond himself. Rowan thinks Tatum is being stupid. Now, Tatum must make up her mind. Stay running and miserable. Or go and get her man. But, will he forgive her that easily.

This is a book that if you haven't read it yet, then you're crazy to have waited so long!! I have loved this whole series. This one was no different. Now, in true Micalea fashion with the men in this series have a candy of choice. Jude was no different except his candy is one of my favorites Gummy Bears. Now, I swear I never ever ever thought I'd say this. But, it's true. Jude Brooks has beaten out The Wentworth brothers!!! Yes, I know. But, it's true. We did still get them, Olivia & Rowan too. Which was nice because we got a glimpse of them. I'm stoked all of them are all in good places in their lives. I'm dying to read whatever Micalea puts out next.

About Micalea:
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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