4 YOLO Stars
Well this was a delight! I had read the first book, Shredded, in this series and it had been an OK read. So I was on the fence as to whether to continue with this series or not. Obviously, I decided to give it another try. Glad that I did, I really enjoyed this one!
It was so much better. While there was insta-lust between Ash Lewis, hot professional snowboarder and Tansy Hampton, cancer survivor, the pace of their relationship was measured and realistic.
This book dealt with some very serious and depressing issues of cancer, dying, survivor's guilt and how to heal and move on from tragic and life altering events. Ash was truly a likable character and his transformation from the first book, where it ended with a devastating blow to his life, was so well done. The poor guy was on edge, racked with guilt and struggling to do the right thing. While he's barely hanging on, he meets Tansy who is a force to be reckoned with. She's spent the past 10 years of her life fighting for survival from the type of cancer that she was not expected to survive. Tansy is now trying to embrace life and figure out who she is.
Ash and Tansy, even with their own personal battles, are good for each other. Of course, there are some sad and very real moments and a bit of angst but it was all very well done. And two secondary characters were absolute gems: Logan, Ash's younger brother who is trying to face life in a wheelchair and Timmy, a young teen who has weeks, if not days to live. Both of these characters, both mere teens, really have a mature way of showing the importance of not sweating the small stuff, of taking life by the balls and squeezing every once of happiness there is to be had!
If you want a little adventure, a dose of reality in the gift of life and a sweet romance, you'll enjoy this read. While it's the second book in the series and the ending of the first book is integral to this story, this could be read as a standalone. And I will say, I'm looking forward to the next book!