Monday, January 20, 2014

Shredded by Tracy Wolff

Author: Tracy Wolff

In this intense and exhilarating New Adult series debut, a hotshot snowboarder and a rebel with a cause try to let go of the past—and find a future with each other.

Twenty-one-year-old professional snowboarder Z Michaels is the bad boy of Park City, Utah. He’s always had his pick of any girl in town—and on the competition circuit. But underneath his cool exterior is a young man in turmoil, trying to take the edge off tragedy by overindulging in sex and shredding the slopes. In fact, Z’s rash behavior is a thinly veiled attempt to blunt his emotional suffering with physical pain.

Ophelia Richardson isn’t like any girl Z has ever met. Though she’s from New Orleans, she’s no Southern belle—and she’s not shy about being miserable in frozen, godforsaken Park City. But after nearly dying in the same drag-racing accident that killed her boyfriend, she needs a place to heal, both physically and emotionally. The last thing Ophelia wants right now is a boyfriend—especially one as rich and reckless as Z. But Ophelia soon discovers that he isn’t what he seems. If anything, Z may be even more damaged than she is.

Feeling alone in the world, Z and Ophelia find a connection unlike any they’ve ever known. But their tormented pasts pull them in every direction, forcing their relationship into a downhill slide before it even begins—unless they can find the strength in each other to trust, grow, and love again.

Tacey Wolff has a fantastic group of characters in Shredded! I loved the characters and thought that they were extremely well written! Z is just an emotionally damaged young man with too much money and fame. Although he snowboards purely for the adrenaline, his recklessness makes him famous. Because he IS good, and even more unbelievable when he is reckless. To make matters worse there is too many women willing to crawl into bed with him for a shot at the attention.

Ophelia is just as damaged. She is still recovering from a devastating accident that took the life of her boyfriend. She sees Z's recklessness as the same emotional and mental unstability that her previous boyfriend had.  Even knowing that he is a womanizer there is something that keeps drawing her towards him.

I absolutely loved the damaged bad boy who isn't what he seems. Truthfully I felt sorry for Z. With his kind of history it was amazing that he was even able to function as well as he did. Tracey Wolff was able to extract emotions for her characters effortlessly, and tel a wonderful story of love and redemption in the high adrenaline world of snow boarding.

I will be keeping an eye out for book #2 Shattered, because I can't wait to see where it goes from here!

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