Title: Shredded (Extreme Risk #1)
Author: Tracy Wolff
Source: Received from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
In this intense and exhilarating New Adult series debut, a hotshot snowboarder and a vulnerable rebel with a cause try to let go of the past—and find a future in each other.
Twenty-one-year-old professional snowboarder Z Michaels is the bad boy of Park City, Utah. He’s always had his pick of any girl in town—and on the competition circuit. But underneath his cool exterior is a young man in turmoil, trying to take the edge off tragedy by overindulging in sex and shredding the slopes. In fact, Z’s reckless behavior is a thinly veiled attempt to blunt his emotional suffering with physical pain.
Ophelia Richardson isn’t like any girl Z has ever met. Though she’s from New Orleans high society, she’s no Southern belle—and she’s not shy about being miserable in frozen, godforsaken Park City. But laying low is her only option after her ex, a rich boy who couldn’t take no for an answer, nearly killed her in a jealous rage. Following that terrifying encounter, the last thing Ophelia needs is a boyfriend—especially one as rich and arrogant as Z. But Ophelia soon discovers that he isn’t what he seems. If anything, Z may be even more damaged than she is.
Tormented by their pasts and feeling alone in the world, Z and Ophelia find a connection unlike any they’ve ever known. But with Ophelia hiding the details of her life in Louisiana and Z’s death wish reaching terrifying new heights, their relationship seems to be going downhill before it even begins—unless they can find the strength in each other to trust, grow, and love again.
Shredded is the first book in the Extreme Risk series by Tracy Wolff. This book is about a popular, professional snowboarder named Z. He is the talk of the town. Everyone knows who is he, and half the women have been in his bed. He is reckless and arrogant, but deep down he has a vulnerable side. He's had a tough childhood, and experienced things that no child should have to deal with. These experiences have made him into the kind of man that doesn't let anyone in close, and is the reason he doesn't do relationships.
After a horrifying experience of her own, Ophelia moves to Park City to run from her past. Ophelia is likable for the most part – she is a sassy heroine with attitude. I will say though, that some of her stubbornness pisses me off toward the end. I was surprised that she hooked up with Z so quickly in this book, considering what she knew of “the bet”. She was surprisingly quick to let that issue go.
Although I tend to like my books to have more sexual tension leading up to the main event, I liked her relationship with Z. They were good together and had some great chemistry. I loved the dual points of view because Z had so much going on in his head. I also liked Z's friends, well – except Cam. The other 2, I'm sure, will have great books in the series as well. I already know the next book in this series is about Ash. Speaking of which, there is a big cliffhanger at the end of this book but it doesn't really affect Z and Ophelia. It's a big set up for the next book.
I agree with a couple of the other reviewers who say that the synopsis needs to be tweaked a bit. I wasn't aware of any “jealous rage” by her ex. Overall though, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those 18 and over.
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