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.
Review: The first book I ever read of Tracy Wolff was Tie Me Down, and I loved it. Tie Me Down was one of her erotic romances and if you want to dip your toes into erotic romance, I would strongly suggest that as a first foray. So, when I saw that Tracy Wolff had a book that needed to be reviewed, I jumped, no I leaped at the chance to be able to read one of her books. Her books give me that feeling in the pit of my stomach that only a author that knows how to pull emotions out of her characters so that the reader will know and understand and feel herself. I love that. I love that feeling, I love the satisfaction after the book is finished and I sit there sad that it’s the end of the book, and happy with the way it ended, and happy that two people have reached and gotten what they want and need from themselves and each other.
I’m not here to write about her erotic romances though, I’m here to write about Slashed, her third novel in the Extreme Risk series. If the reader hasn’t read any of the other novels, no worries, the author provides enough back story that the reader can follow the plot. Each book seems to be it’s own novel and reading the other books isn’t necessary to truly enjoy the book.
Luc is under the misguided belief that he’s not good enough for anybody and he’s not good enough to participate in snowboarding. He feels this despite his natural talent with the sport and the love and support of his friends. His home life has led him to these beliefs and I get so angry when the people who are supposed to love and protect and nurture children, fail in this endeavor, and it leads to low self esteem. Cam however, has been guided, nurtured, and loved and along with natural talent, has become one heck of an athlete.
It’s been a while since I read a book where the characters were younger then twenty five, so I loved that these characters were only twenty one or twenty two. Remember being that age? OK? Not being able to articulate feelings? Misunderstandings among friends and lovers? Yeah, that happens a lot in this book. They’re kids, but eventually they get it together and grow and mature. I liked that, that the characters are smart enough to learn from their mistakes and are able to move forward with their lives. I wish that happened more in real life.
Give Tracy a chance. Her work is phenomenal and I think she has something for everybody.
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.