Review: Shattered (Extreme Risk #3) by Tracy Wolff

No-Brainer

Title: Slashed
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 9/29/15
Length:   190 pages
Series:  Extreme Risk #3

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I think that we’ve all been waiting to see how the chemistry and miss-match between Luc and Cam would play out, and if we thought we’d get the obvious story – well i think we were all wrong.  We know that they’ve each been attracted and pining for one another for years, yet never admitted it.  Well, we learned that over the course of the other 2 installments, there was a drunken night where these 2 came together, and well, that’s not something that worked out well for them both.  As a result, they haven’t spoken in months, and it’s been horrible for everyone.

So it’s only after a day out on the lake, watching each other do tricks on a wakeboard that somehow the ice has been broken and the conversations start again.  There’s obvious discomfort, and obvious chemistry still, and you have to wonder what it’s going to take to bring them together.

Well, easy enough – it’s the fact that Cam walks in on her dad on the couch with her mom – who had walked out on the family (the mom that is) 17 years ago, and well, that never ends well.  Where else does Cam feel she can go – to Luc, and that gives us a level of really combustive chemistry.  You see the fire and sparks pretty much leaping off the pages between them, and we get some of the steamiest writing from Ms Wolff yet!  One would assume that it’s all easy and smooth from there, 2 best friends finally coming to terms with what they mean to each other, yet, there’s jealousy that makes it worse, and they find themselves further apart than before.

It’s not until something life changing, potentially career ending strikes one of them that we see what they truly mean to each other and if they are able to make it work.  The question that we’re all forced to ask – Cam who’s on the cusp of the best season of her life – will she get to see the successes that she’d due?  Luc – the guy who’s always been on the rim, good but not great – will he ever get his chance to shine? You want to hope for the best, but you don’t know if it’s going to happen for them.  So – that’s where this series seems to close out – we find closure and endings where we could only hope to see them.  Enjoy!

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