Slashed by Tracy Wolff ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday

Luc and Cam's story is here in the third book of the Extreme Risk series! I love Tracy's writing and closed this one with a satisfied sigh!
Title: Slashed
Author: Tracy Wolff
Series: Extreme Risk #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 29th 2015
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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.

It has been over twelve months since the release of the first two books in this series, and I was excited to dive back into the lives of the snowboarding champs: Z, Ash, Luc and Cam. Slashed is Luc and Cam’s story, where two best friends explore their feelings and realise that they have something more than just friendship.

Cam is one of the best female snowboarders in the world. She’s focused on her career and loves to hang out with her friends. They are all close and they begin this story on the water wake boarding. I love to hit the water myself, so I found it easy to relate to the characters in this one! Luc has lived in the shadows of his friends, but has harboured feelings for Cam for a long time. They had a moment where Cam fled, and now he is afraid of trying again.

What I discovered about Luc and Cam was that they were both reserved and scared of being rejected. They haven’t been a priority in their parents’ lives. Luc’s mother was more concerned about his sister and her career. Cam’s mother has been absent for 17 years and her father was quick to push Cam away. They both feel alone and Cam turns to her best friend despite the rift in their relationship.

Slashed was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for both Luc and Cam. There was a definite connection and the passion between them was hot, but then one or both of them would withdraw into their shells. It was sad to see that they thought that they weren’t good enough in a few instances. Their stubbornness tears them apart, but there’s no denying that they belong together.

Once again I enjoyed this story by Tracy Wolff. I didn’t find it as heart wrenching as the previous books, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. I had an inkling that the twist was coming, but it didn’t affect the way I felt about the story. I love how close the friends are and support each other with everything they do. I always enjoy the alternating perspectives so I can get inside both characters minds. If you enjoy sporting reads, you should jump into this series and try it for yourself.

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

He’s always so careful with me, always so tender, and I don’t know how to deal with it. How to react. The whole world treats me like I’m titanium—tough and hard and impossible to break. Even my family. Even my best friends. But not Luc. Not right now.
No, he’s treating me like I’m soft. Like I’m breakable. Like I matter. And I don’t know how to react to that.

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Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

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