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Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: Slashed (Extreme Risk #3) by Tracy Wolff

Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: Slashed (Extreme Risk #3) by Tracy Wolff

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Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: Slashed (Extreme Risk #3) by Tracy WolffSlashed by Tracy Wolff
Series: Extreme Risk #3
Published by: Random House, Random House Flirt on Sept 29th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports
Pages: 217
Format: eARC
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

My Rating

rate 4

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“Who’s next?” Ophelia asks.

“I am,” Luc tells her, grabbing his own wakeboard and jumping over the side of the boat without even bothering to buckle in.

What. The. Hell.

“That was amazing!” Tansy exclaims, moving over to sit next to me. “I want to be able to do all the tricks you did!”

“It’s not as easy as Cam made it look,” Ash tells her as we wait for Luc to strap in—something that’s much harder to do when you’re in the lake instead of in the boat.

“Well, obviously.” Tansy rolls her eyes at him. “It’s not like I think I’m going to go out there and be able to do that tomorrow. But I want to learn.”

“I’ll be happy to teach you,” I tell her, even as I put a placating hand on Ash’s shoulder. The guy means well, but he’s super-protective of her. Which I get—he’s already lost his parents and had his little brother paralyzed. The last thing he wants is anything to happen to Tansy, who’s kind of already had her miracle since she beat cancer, twice. But he can’t keep her in a box, all wrapped up in cotton, either. The girl needs to breathe a little. And since she’s hanging out with a bunch of extreme sports fanatics, is it really such a surprise that she wants to try some of the things we do?

“Yay! When can we start?”

“Today. We’ll try some basic stuff later, okay?”

“Absolutely!”

Ash looks like he wants to argue, but I lean in and whisper, “I promise, nothing crazy. Just grabbing the rope and standing up while Z goes slow, okay?”

He doesn’t look happy, but he nods reluctantly. “Promise?”

“Pinky promise.” I hold my pinky out, then laugh a little when he actually wraps his little finger around mine like we used to do when we were kids.

“Ready any time you are,” Luc calls.

“Shred it!” Z calls back. He starts moving, not quite as slowly as he did for me—the sexist—but it still takes a couple minutes for him to get up to speed.

As soon as he does, Luc rolls to his feet. And then he’s stomping it, nailing trick after trick after trick in a way he’s never been able to on a snowboard. It’s freaking amazing to watch—the air he catches is absolutely sick—and the way he spins is crazy. Like there’s no way he should be able to do what he does, at least not without a kicker to go off of. But he does it, again and again.

We’re all watching now, oohing and aahing, and I can’t help wondering when he got this good. When’s he been practicing? And with whom? We haven’t been out on the water in a couple of months, and the last time we were out, he could only do about half these tricks.

I’m still wondering about it when Z decides he’s had enough and slows the boat down. Luc lets go, falling back into the water with a grin and a shout.

“No offense, Cam, but maybe I want Luc to teach me,” Tansy says, eyes wide with awe.

“No offense taken. I think I want him to teach me, too.”

It’s a weird space to be in. Not that Luc isn’t talented and not like he can’t do a lot of things better than me, but nothing on a board. He’s a talented all-around athlete, but when it comes to boarding—snowboarding or surfing or wakeboarding—he’s always been just a little bit behind the rest of us. Just a little bit weaker. Still great, just not as great.

A quick glance at Ash tells me he’s having the same thoughts I am. Which is kind of a relief, if I’m being honest. Because if I was the only one who didn’t know Luc was working on this, if I’d been the only one he hadn’t told, I’d feel even worse about how things are between us. But if he hasn’t told anyone, maybe it’s just his thing. Maybe he just wanted it to be a surprise. Still weird, but maybe not as weird?

When we stop, I reach down to help him into the boat, but he shrugs me off, and climbs into the boat without any help at all. His biceps bulge a little as he pulls himself up, and I watch before I can stop myself. For a second, just a second, I flash back to the night we spent together—to the way his biceps flexed and tightened as he thrust into me again and again.

My cheeks heat at the thought, and this time I’m the one to yank my eyes away from his.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Tracy Wolff

New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff lives in Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.