Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: Shredded by Tracy Wolff

Rating:★★★★ stars
Date published: February 4th, 2014
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

I find it ironic that I shiver just thinking of snow but will read about it in a heart beat if it features a hot guy. Honestly I didn't start this book with high expectations because I was expecting it to be a typical NA sports romance which focuses more on the bedroom than romance or the sport.  I can happily tell you I was glad to be proven wrong. This is one NA novel that focuses on the journey of two people as much as their relationship with each other, which is refreshing.

Ophelia and Z are really two people who make an imperfectly perfect couple.  They shouldn't work together but do.  I liked how even though the initial chemistry between the two was fast and hot, it didn't consume them.  Instead it turned into a slow burn that revealed so much about their pasts.  I really wanted to give them both big hugs.  Especially Z.  It's hard to like yourself or understand that you do deserve good things when those who should protect you and love you fail you.

I loved reading and learning about some of the tricks Z, Cam , Ash, and Lucas did.  I've always admired what people can do with snow and a board, even if I wouldn't dare to try it myself. Balance and rhythm aren't always my friend. There are a couple of moments where I was torn between wanting to hug Z and hitting him hard.  He's truly a good man and I think he comes to realize it.

When it comes to emotions, this book had them in spades.  I laughed aloud, held my breath in shock, and cried.  It's hard not to fell into Ophelia and Z's journey to finding each other but also learning to live with their pasts.  Just so you know this book ends on a shocker, just not necessarily one that's for Ophelia and Z but that affects them all the same. I immediately scrambled to find out when the next book comes out, which is in April.  I think I can survive until then.

Apparently Tracy Wolff has been writing for quite a while.  All it took was a novel about a hot snowboarder and girl looking to find solace and peace form their pasts to hook me and make me a fan.

*ARC provided by the publisher through netgalley*



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