Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: Slashed by Tracy Wolff

Book Blurb:

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.

My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Hearts

Genre: New Adult--

Luc has always been madly in love with Cam, even though she just treats him like a friend while she moons over their mutual friend Z. After a drunken night together that Cam tries hard to forget, Luc wants to distance himself from her, even going so far as to stop being friends. When Cam’s long lost mother shows up, Cam finds herself needing Luc. But are they able to get over their personal demons to really see each other?

I have really enjoyed this series. The books are technically stand-alones but they share the same group of characters and the events from previous books are mentioned in the next book so I recommend reading them in order. The stories are really quick reads, like one sitting kind of reads, and the writing so well paced and engaging that it makes my hour on the treadmill fly by which honestly I can say is hard to do. I really like this series and now that all the main characters have had their stories I wonder what will happen next because I am sad to say goodbye (especially to Z because he is my favorite). I hope there is another book so I can get a peak at the people I like so much.

My biggest complaint is that I felt like the book was over too soon. I wanted some more of a resolution but it was just a cut off. Yes, I can guess the drift of what the author wanted, but I like things spelled out for me and an epilogue never hurt anybody. There was one part where the story fast forwards 3 months and has a big crisis and then like 20 pages later it was over and I wanted more. I think this book was like 120ish pages and I could have easily had another 100 pages of story, but I guess this way the angst was kept to a minimal which was nice. Also, a lot of the conflict in the story was brought on by lack of communication, which I hate when that is used as a plot device, but I will let it go this time because I like the authors writing style and engaging characters.

I honestly did not like Cam even a little bit in the first two books in the series, but here I have a better understanding for her and even now I can actually say that I like her. I am so glad she was able to realize that her feelings for Z were not real and that she became friends with Ophelia made me ever so happy. She was a little oblivious when it came to dating and boys but what do you expect when you have no female role model. Luc I have always liked, so I was glad to see him have a story, but man did he screw things up pretty fierce repeatedly. Also, I can’t believe he was sleeping around in the 3 months they did not talk. He gets out of bed with a girl he doesn’t remember the name of and then expects Cam to fall into his arms later that same day after not speaking for 3 months. He was a little bit of a typical idiot man, but I forgive him.

Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to more from these extreme athletes. I may have to branch out and try some of the author's other series if I can't get more from these guys.

I received this title form the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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