Series: Extreme Risk #2
Publisher: Flirt on May 20, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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The Extreme Risk series—Tracy Wolff’s edgy, emotional take on the New Adult genre—continues with the story of a lost soul and the fearless beauty who inspires him to take a flying leap back into life.
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.
Check out my review of Shredded (Extreme Risk #1)
I absolutely adored Shredded and the emphasis on snowboarding in this series. After the cliffhanger/lead-in at the end of Shredded, I couldn’t not pick this one up!
Shattered is Ash’s novel and follows his life after his parents die and his brother becomes paralyzed in an accident on the way to watch Ash at a competition. Ash has decided to give up snowboarding because of it and to take care of his little brother. Tansy is a cancer survivor working for a company that grants terminal children a wish. Her first assignment is to get Ash Lewis to agree to board one last time so the little boy, Timmy, can have his wish. However, it isn’t easy at all because Ash refuses to get back on a board. After some conniving planning from his manager, though, and a mysterious donor, Ash and his gang are off to grant little Timmy his wish.
Like Shredded, Shattered is big on following Ash’s emotional journey after a tragedy. The story was compelling and heartfelt and it made me feel everything from anger to sadness. The characters were very relatable and realistic and the events in the novel were as well. We see a lot of internal struggle in this novel like we did in Shredded, although snowboarding doesn’t have quite as big of an impact in this installment.
Tansy was a unique character. She was spontaneous ad lived her life to the fullest because it was a privilege for her–she was in remission from a deadly cancer. I liked her enthusiasm for life and for helping kids like Timmy who reminded her of herself. She didn’t let much get her down and she refused to be a burden for anyone. She always had me smiling.
“It feels weird to stand here knowing that this time my friends are watching me. Worrying about me. That this time everyone thinks I’m the one who might freak out. Not that I plan on doing that. No way, no how. I’ve got to stay in control, got to keep it together. If I don’t, I’m afraid I’ll shatter into so many pieces they’ll never put me back together again. It’s been a month since the accident and every day feels like the first one. Like the shock is brand new again and again and again.”
Ash was suffering in this novel because he basically lost his life as he knew it. He gave up everything to care for his little brother. In this, he was selfless and selfish. The line between those blurred a lot in this novel for Ash. He was using the accident and his brother as an excused for a majority of the novel and it took a while for him to snap out of it. Ash grew a lot over the course of the novel and I enjoyed watching that growth from saddened, depressed victim to the stronger, determined Ash we saw in Shredded.
“She’s so tiny, so fragile against me, and I can’t help feeling like I need to protect her. Even more surprising is the fact that I want to.”
The romance in this novel was one of those sweet ones you can’t help but love. Tansy had an interesting effect on Ash because she pushed him to be more than the man-whore that he had turned into. They had some problems because of Ash’s inability to deal with sadness but that really didn’t stop the chemistry. Tansy pushed Ash to be better. She helped him crawl out of the hole of depression that he was sinking into. While they did eventually have a physical relationship, the emotional connection that they shared was much more evident over the course of the novel.
Logan was Ash’s little brother and the source of a lot of conflict in Ash’s life. The accident left Logan paralyzed from the waist down. The conflict between the two brothers came from Ash not being able to see Logan as Logan instead of as the kid affected by the accident. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship hit rock bottom and heal. It gave a familial feel to the novel to see the two boys hang onto each other after the tragedy of losing their parents.
Shattered was another emotional novel from Tracy Wolff about learning to live after tragedies, learning to life life to the fullest, and the supportive effects of those who love you.