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.
Praise for Slashed
“Nothing is hotter than best friends who become lovers, and Tracy Wolff nailed it with Slashed. The story is sexy, emotional, and impossible to put down.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of the Pushing Limits series
“Tracy Wolff does it again. Slashed is a sexy, emotional, and touching ride with a huge splash of girl power! I loved getting to know this group of friends over the first two Extreme Risk books, and was thrilled to finally see Luc and Cam get their moment. I read it twice in four days!”—Sophia Henry, author of Delayed Penalty
“This fast-paced, friends to lovers, new adult sports romance was so entertaining I couldn’t put it down.”—Unquietly Me
“Slashed looks at fated lovers who fell into the gaping hole of disillusionment and doubt only to come away with the possibility of a promise of forever and a happily ever after.”—The Reading Cafe
“Once again I enjoyed this story by Tracy Wolff. . . . If you enjoy sporting reads, you should jump into this series and try it for yourself.”—Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
“My first book by Tracy Wolff—and I really liked it! . . . You don’t have to know or even like snowboarding to enjoy this book, nor do you have to have read the first two books in the series.”—Becky on Books and Quilts
“Slashed was a fine story. Both Cam and Luc were likable, and with their faults they felt real. There is enough drama and steamy scenes to make this an excellent fun and fast read.”—Total Book Geek
“Did I mention it’s also a second chance romance!? Just slay me now. I didn’t put the book down even once.”—Wild Heart Reviews
Keeps up the pace with with the Extreme Risk Series
This series just gets better and better. I was completely hooked with the first two books in this series and the third was just as good. This book really struck a chord with the best friends to lovers story line. Throw in some family drama and life long friends and you have a heartwarming, funny, thoughtful and provocative book that takes you through the gambit of emotions. Out of all of the characters I was really drawn to these two, both for their individual personalities and for the potential they brought together. You don't have to be an extreme sports fan to really get dragged into this story. Although we get to see some of that world what we really get to see is a world full of love, friendship and hope. The Luc and Cam come from different world but neither is perfect or really happy. In Cam's case we get to see the family dynamics of loving brothers and a father that did the best that he could. With Luc, we get to see a cold and lonely world for someone to grow up in. They both have to work hard to overcome the obstacles in their personal lives but they have their friendships and also each other to help them grow and deal with the lives they are given. I can't say strongly enough how much I'm hooked on this series and can't wait for more!
Love a happy ending
Although I loved this book, I have one complaint; it wasn't long enough!! I adore this series and have reread them multiple times. I was thrilled to see a happy ending for these two. I wish the book had been a little longer with more updates on the other couples. I'm sort of heartbroken that the series is over.
Can Stand Alone, but Better if Read in Order
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-- MY THOUGHTS >
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Colors, pose and expression lend to a moody, broody atmosphere. There's a strange highlighted section on his abs that distracts in a not-so pleasant way. The synopsis is a little confusing, so I'm hoping the story will read cleaner than the blurb.
As noted in book details, this is the third book in the series. This is obvious and evident by the history the characters already have together, but it tries to highlight past events in a way so you don't feel lost. Unfortunately, you still feel that there was much more to those important events than what was barely glanced over. The book is written in an alternating, first-person POV between Cam and Luc.
Luc's been in love with Cam since they were teenagers. Cam was in lust with Z, until Ophelia came along and she saw how happy O made Z. Cam and Luc are best friends, but the friendship is strained and tested over a drunken one-nighter together months ago. They try to rekindle or repair their relationship, but communication is terrible between them. Neither ever tells the other what they are feeling or thinking, causing miscommunications and way more conflicts than necessary. The plot is filled with friendship and plenty of drama that comes along with it. While the writing style is excellent and the sex scenes are hot, the overall inability of the main characters to maturely handle conflicts throughout the story became a bit annoying and tiresome. Predictability was average, no fun surprises.
The conclusion is abrupt, leaving the reader wondering what happened after June. I believe it could have greatly benefited from an epilogue. Overall, it is a pretty quick read with a promising plot. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read the other two books first and got to know them from the beginning.
Heat Level: 4 [R] ~ Score: 3.7 ~ Stars: 4