★★★★ 1/2 stars
Date published: May 20th, 2014
Synopsis: The Extreme Risk series—Tracy Wolff’s edgy, emotional take on the New Adult genre—continues with the story of a lost soul and the fearless beauty who inspires him to take a flying leap back into life.
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.
What I Thought:
Tracy Wolff's books are fast becoming some of my favorites. I both loved and disliked her for how she set up Ash's book. First because she did it in Shredded. At the end. My emotions were a mix of happiness for Z and Ophelia and devastation for Ash and his family. I wasn't sure how to feel, but I knew I wanted to read Shattered right away.
I was already impressed with Tracy before, but this book was something different. I really liked Tansy. She's bubbly, persistent and I absolutely lover her attitude towards life. I think tansy would make a great best friend, even if she is younger than me. I need some of her personality to rub off on me sometimes. I know that her outlook on life comes after experiencing some hard knocks, but that just increased my admiration for her. Plus I wish I could dye my hair the way she does and wear all sorts of fashions.
Ash and his brother Logan stole and broke my heart. They are both trying to deal with such loss and Ash is struggling so hard to do what he thinks is right and fair. It was easy to understand where both of them were coming from. They were together yet not. Hopefully that makes sense. If not, when you read the book you'll see what I was trying to say.
Another benefit was seeing Z and Ophelia again. It was great to see them months to years down the line. The descriptions of the snowboarding sites took my breath away. I can't even walk in a straight line on concrete to save my life, but darned if I didn't want to risk my life going down a mountain by the time this book was finished.
I sincerely hope Tracy is writing another book in this series, perhaps featuring the delicious Luc and Cam. If not both of them, then definitely Luc. Tracy Wolff writes these amazing characters with amazing life stories. She has this way of placing them in your hearts and sad when the last page is finished. I just can't get enough of her books and characters.
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