Ash Lewis has poured every last ounce of his blood, sweat, and tears into reaching the very top of the professional snowboarding world—until the unthinkable happens. After the biggest competition win of his career, Ash’s mother and father are killed in a tragic accident. Unable to handle the idea of going back out on the snow to pursue the dream his parents shared with him, Ash feels that he has no choice but to walk away from snowboarding forever. Then he meets Tansy Hampton.
Wild, fun, and impulsive, Tansy has a different look and a new passion every week. As a cancer survivor who spent the past several years waiting to die, Tansy has a fresh perspective on life—even if she doesn’t have a clue about what she actually wants to do with it. But she’s determined to find out, and that means making the most of her time while she still can.
From the very beginning, their chemistry is intense. But while Ash can’t stop chasing the ghosts of what can never be, Tansy stays firmly focused on the possibilities the world holds for her—and for them. She’s already picked up the pieces of one shattered life. Now she’s determined to help Ash do the same.
Well this just makes it official, I’m becoming a huge fan of the Extreme Risk Series. I loved getting to know Ash and Tansy.
Ash starts out this book as not the nice guy we met in Shredded. He’s hurting and understandably so.
“I’ve got to stay in control, got to keep it together. If I don’t, I’m afraid I’ll shatter into so many pieces they’ll never put me back together again.”
Tansy is living life to it’s fullest after the miracle of surviving cancer. She and Ash have a connection that is hard for both of them to stop even though they believe is not the time to be in a relationship.
“You need to know that I can’t give you security. I can’t give you promises of a happily ever after. I can’t give you anything, really, except for me, loving you, right now. That’s all I’ve got. Maybe all I’ll every have to give.”
This book was a good pace, had good banter and dialogue between the characters. It was a dual POV which is my favorite and NO cliffhanger.
I can’t wait to see what we have in store for the next book in this series. We have a few more snowboarders and I need their stories!
“Now, he’s just broken, you know? Just shattered.”
After the second book of this series, I am even more addicted to these bad boy snowboarders! Shredded ended with a monstrous cliffhanger involving Ash. I was really worried about Ash in the beginning of this book; he was abrasive and pretty much unlikeable. On the other hand, I adored Tansy from her first appearance in the book. She is a little fireball but so vulnerable. Their story is told from dual POVs, which was perfect. Both characters are hiding deep pain and loss that the reader needed to experience through their eyes.
There story is the perfect balance of angst and chemistry. I read this book in one afternoon, couldn’t put it down. Ash really emerges in this book and I admired his courage in the end. It was so amazing to see Z continue to grow. He is still hands down my favorite on the crew. There is no cliffhanger but I am praying this series is far from over!!
If you are looking for a different spin on a NA series, start this one!!
First Book In The Series
In the intense and exhilarating Extreme Risk series debut, a hotshot snowboarder and a rebel with a cause try to let go of the past—and find a future with 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 rash 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, she’s no Southern belle—and she’s not shy about being miserable in frozen, godforsaken Park City. But after nearly dying in the same drag-racing accident that killed her boyfriend, she needs a place to heal, both physically and emotionally. The last thing Ophelia wants right now is a boyfriend—especially one as rich and reckless as Z. But Ophelia soon discovers that he isn’t what he seems. If anything, Z may be even more damaged than she is.
Feeling alone in the world, Z and Ophelia find a connection unlike any they’ve ever known. But their tormented pasts pull them in every direction, forcing their relationship into a downhill slide before it even begins—unless they can find the strength in each other to trust, grow, and love again.
And for all of those who want the unedited version:
Tracy Wolff lives with four men, teaches writing to local college students and spends as much time as she can manage immersed in worlds of her own creation. Married to the alpha hero of her dreams for twelve years, she is the mother of three young sons who spend most of their time trying to make her as crazy as possible.
Tracy Wolff also writes as Tessa Adams