Friday, June 5, 2015

REVIEW: Shattered (Extreme Risk #2) by Tracy Wolff

Ash Lewis has poured every last ounce of his blood, sweat, and tears into reaching the very top of the professional snowboarding world—until the unthinkable happens. After the biggest competition win of his career, Ash’s mother and father are killed in a tragic accident. Unable to handle the idea of going back out on the snow to pursue the dream his parents shared with him, Ash feels that he has no choice but to walk away from snowboarding forever. Then he meets Tansy Hampton.

Wild, fun, and impulsive, Tansy has a different look and a new passion every week. As a cancer survivor who spent the past several years waiting to die, Tansy has a fresh perspective on life—even if she doesn’t have a clue about what she actually wants to do with it. But she’s determined to find out, and that means making the most of her time while she still can.
From the very beginning, their chemistry is intense. But while Ash can’t stop chasing the ghosts of what can never be, Tansy stays firmly focused on the possibilities the world holds for her—and for them. She’s already picked up the pieces of one shattered life. Now she’s determined to help Ash do the same.

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!

*An ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
                                                              Releasing Sept 29th, 2015

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