Extreme Risk # 3
Extreme Risk # 3
By: Tracy Wolff
Releasing Sept 29th, 2015
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.
My Thoughts:You could probably get away with not reading the first two books in the series, because I was able to read this and not felt lost. However, it might enhance your reading pleasure if you read the previous books. Okay, that's is out of the way let's dive into my thoughts of Slashed.
So, we are hanging out with Luc and Cam in this story. We have the typical friends to lovers trope. They have been friends forever. Luc has loved Cam forever, but Cam never quite notice Luc. When they get together it's a little rocky. All right, their communication skills needs work, because it's one big misunderstanding after another. Each of them has insecurities that hinder the relationship. Luc's insecurities are related that he feels like he's never going to be good enough, and Cam has abandonment issues. So yeah, it's rough start for their relationship.
I want to touch on Cam's mother coming back into the picture, because I can relate to Cam not wanting a relationship with her mother. Her mother has been gone for 17 years of her life with no contact, and she shows up out of the blue and Cam needs to play nice. I struggle with this part of the story not because it wasn't resolved. I'm okay with issue not getting resolved, because it take years for forgiveness to take place. I with Cam for being bitch towards her mom, I think a lot of my feelings stem from my mother leaving my life and decided she wanted to come back to family after three years. I had a hard time forgiving my mother, and it took years. So, to see cam having this happen to her life, I completely understand and I like that it wasn't resolved. I would have been more upset had it magically been resolved, because that is a long time to be out of someone's life to expect forgiveness. Moving on.
Overall, I enjoyed Slashed. Even though Luc and Cam had major communication problems at least they had good friends to intervene in their lives. Yes, I would liked to have an epilogue to know what happen later, but it is what it is. Hopefully, we get to see Luc and Cam in the next book and maybe some of things I would like to know would be reveal. If not, I guess that would be oh well.
Copy provided by Random House via NetGalley
Excerpt From Slashed:
“Who’s next?” Ophelia asks.
“I am,” Luc tells her, grabbing his own wakeboard and jumping over the side of the boat without even bothering to buckle in.
What. The. Hell.
“That was amazing!” Tansy exclaims, moving over to sit next to me. “I want to be able to do all the tricks you did!”
“It’s not as easy as Cam made it look,” Ash tells her as we wait for Luc to strap in—something that’s much harder to do when you’re in the lake instead of in the boat.
“Well, obviously.” Tansy rolls her eyes at him. “It’s not like I think I’m going to go out there and be able to do that tomorrow. But I want to learn.”
“I’ll be happy to teach you,” I tell her, even as I put a placating hand on Ash’s shoulder. The guy means well, but he’s super-protective of her. Which I get—he’s already lost his parents and had his little brother paralyzed. The last thing he wants is anything to happen to Tansy, who’s kind of already had her miracle since she beat cancer, twice. But he can’t keep her in a box, all wrapped up in cotton, either. The girl needs to breathe a little. And since she’s hanging out with a bunch of extreme sports fanatics, is it really such a surprise that she wants to try some of the things we do?
“Yay! When can we start?”
“Today. We’ll try some basic stuff later, okay?”
Ash looks like he wants to argue, but I lean in and whisper, “I promise, nothing crazy. Just grabbing the rope and standing up while Z goes slow, okay?”
He doesn’t look happy, but he nods reluctantly. “Promise?”
“Pinky promise.” I hold my pinky out, then laugh a little when he actually wraps his little finger around mine like we used to do when we were kids.
“Ready any time you are,” Luc calls.
“Shred it!” Z calls back. He starts moving, not quite as slowly as he did for me—the sexist—but it still takes a couple minutes for him to get up to speed.
As soon as he does, Luc rolls to his feet. And then he’s stomping it, nailing trick after trick after trick in a way he’s never been able to on a snowboard. It’s freaking amazing to watch—the air he catches is absolutely sick—and the way he spins is crazy. Like there’s no way he should be able to do what he does, at least not without a kicker to go off of. But he does it, again and again.
We’re all watching now, oohing and aahing, and I can’t help wondering when he got this good. We haven’t been out on the water in a couple of months, and the last time we were out, he could only do about half these tricks.
I’m still wondering about it when Z decides he’s had enough and slows the boat down. Luc lets go, falling back into the water with a grin and a shout.
“No offense, Cam, but maybe I want Luc to teach me,” Tansy says, eyes wide with awe.
“No offense taken. I think I want him to teach me, too.”
It’s a weird space to be in. Not that Luc isn’t talented and not like he can’t do a lot of things better than me, but nothing on a board. He’s a talented all-around athlete, but when it comes to boarding—snowboarding or surfing or wakeboarding—he’s always been just a little bit behind the rest of us. Just a little bit weaker. Still great, just not great.
A quick glance at Ash tells me he’s having the same thoughts I am. Which is kind of a relief, if I’m being honest. Because if I was the only one who didn’t know Luc was working on this, if I’d been the only one he hadn’t told, I’d feel even worse about how things are between us. But if he hasn’t told anyone, maybe it’s just his thing. Maybe he just wanted it to be a surprise. Still weird, but maybe not weird?
When we stop, I reach down to help him into the boat, but he shrugs me off, and climbs into the boat without any help at all. His biceps bulge a little as he pulls himself up, and I watch before I can stop myself. For a second, just a second, I flash back to the night we spent together—to the way his biceps flexed and tightened as he thrust into me again and again.
My cheeks heat at the thought, and this time I’m the one to yank my eyes away from his.
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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.
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