Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: Slashed (Extreme Risk #3) by Tracy Wolff
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Slashed by Tracy Wolff
Series: Extreme Risk #3
Published by: Random House, Random House Flirt on Sept 29th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports
Source: Blog Tour
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About the Book:
Do nice guys always finish last?
In the new Extreme Risk novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff, a burnt-out underdog and a vulnerable tomboy defy the pressure to be perfect and go after what they really want.
Bighearted and easygoing, Luc Jennings is falling behind in a family of serious overachievers. While he may be decent enough at snowboarding to turn pro and rack up some sponsors, he’s never topped any podiums—unlike his friends Z, Ash, and Cam. Luc’s always been head over heels for Cam Bradley, but she’s never seen him as anything more than a friend. Now, after years of coming in second, Luc can’t take it anymore—especially if it means watching Cam chase another guy.
Cam hangs out almost exclusively with dudes, and that’s fine by her. She’d much rather be shredding at the Olympics than primping in the mirror. Cam’s wildest dreams have a way of coming true—except when it comes to getting her longtime crush and best friend, Z Michaels, to notice her. Then her mother suddenly shows up after being gone for, like, ever, and Cam’s whole world comes crashing down. Desperate for a place to lay low, she turns to the one person who’s always had her back.
Try as he might to move on, Luc could never leave Cam hanging. He lets her crash at his place—and it isn’t long before she winds up in his bed. With Cam running scared and her icy facade starting to melt at last, Luc’s determined to finally win the only prize that matters.
Slashed is the third book in the Extreme Risk series by Tracy Wolff and holy cow. If you’re a fan of sports, best friends to lovers story, really well written steamy sex scenes, and just overall really great stories, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It’s not necessary to read the previous two, you’ll be able to appreciate Slashed for Luc and Cam’s story as a stand alone.
This was my first journey into Tracy Wolff’s writing and I must say, I’m a little obsessed. The Extreme Risk series follows four best friends: Z, Ash, Luc, and Cam. The four of them are pro snowboarders, and they all kick some serious ass. Slashed follows Luc and Cam, and the chapters alternate between their perspectives, which is always a great format. Cam is the youngest of 7 siblings, and the only girl. Since she’s been little, it’s only been her brothers and her dad. When her mother suddenly shows up out of the blue, Cam ends up seeking comfort in her best friend.
Luc has been in love with Cam for years, but he’s never been able to say anything to her. She was in love with Z for so long, and Luc just doesn’t think he’s the kind of guy that Cam wants. But of course he’s going to be there for her when she doesn’t have anywhere else to go. In addition to figuring out what’s going on between him and Cam, Luc must deal with his own insecurities. He’s been training all summer to catch up with the skill level of his friends.
I fell in love with Cam and Luc pretty much right from the get go. Cam’s one of the boys, and she seems completely fine with that. The only thing is that she doesn’t feel particularly sexy or attractive, a lot of which has to do with her athletic snowboarder body. Even though she doesn’t feel sexy, and is really uncomfortable being traditionally feminine, she’s an over all confident woman. Even though Z ended up with Ophelia, Cam doesn’t see that as a reflection of her not being good enough or anything along those lines, which is really refreshing. Also, she knows she’s a good boarder, and is completely confident in her abilities, which makes me so happy to see in female characters.
I loved Luc as well, although he got on my nerves a little bit more than Cam does. Luc loves Cam, but not only does he not think he’s what Cam wants, he isn’t confident at all. He’s insecure about Z, even though he’s happily with Ophelia, he’s insecure about another boarder who hits on Cam at one point in the novel. Although in Luc’s defense, Cam was definitely being it on and she was 100% oblivious to it, so I could understand him being a little jealous. But every single problem Cam and Luc had throughout the novel could have been solved if they would have just talked to each other and been up front about everything instead of being really cryptic. Not that that’s all on Luc, but I think he was a little guiltier of this than Cam. But Luc isn’t just insecure about his love live, he’s insecure about his boarding as well, and that’s the part that I got really sick of really quickly. A good chunk of the novel was spent with Luc feeling like he isn’t as good of a boarder as his friends, and feeling like they’re going to easier tournaments so he won’t feel as bad, he just got so whiny throughout the book.
The writing was fantastic, the whole book was really well paced, and the relationship between Cam and Luc was just so realistic, and I was rooting for them so much, I really loved everything about this novel except for Luc’s tendency to whine. And that’s why I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 controllers. I’m definitely planning on checking out the rest of the series.
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