Shredded: An Extreme Risk Novel [NOOK Book]

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In the intense and exhilarating Extreme Risk series debut, a hotshot snowboarder and a rebel with a cause try to let go of the past—and find a future with each other.
 
Twenty-one-year-old professional snowboarder Z Michaels is the bad boy of Park City, Utah. He’s always had his pick of any girl in town—and on the competition circuit. But underneath his cool exterior is a young man in turmoil, trying to take the edge off tragedy by ...
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Overview

In the intense and exhilarating Extreme Risk series debut, a hotshot snowboarder and a rebel with a cause try to let go of the past—and find a future with each other.
 
Twenty-one-year-old professional snowboarder Z Michaels is the bad boy of Park City, Utah. He’s always had his pick of any girl in town—and on the competition circuit. But underneath his cool exterior is a young man in turmoil, trying to take the edge off tragedy by overindulging in sex and shredding the slopes. In fact, Z’s rash behavior is a thinly veiled attempt to blunt his emotional suffering with physical pain.
 
Ophelia Richardson isn’t like any girl Z has ever met. Though she’s from New Orleans, she’s no Southern belle—and she’s not shy about being miserable in frozen, godforsaken Park City. But after nearly dying in the same drag-racing accident that killed her boyfriend, she needs a place to heal, both physically and emotionally. The last thing Ophelia wants right now is a boyfriend—especially one as rich and reckless as Z. But Ophelia soon discovers that he isn’t what he seems. If anything, Z may be even more damaged than she is.
 
Feeling alone in the world, Z and Ophelia find a connection unlike any they’ve ever known. But their tormented pasts pull them in every direction, forcing their relationship into a downhill slide before it even begins—unless they can find the strength in each other to trust, grow, and love again.

Praise for Shredded

“Z from Tracy Wolff’s Shredded is so hot he will melt your heart!”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

Shredded features two gorgeously damaged characters and an amazingly written story that kept me on the edge of my seat! Love it!”—Toni Aleo, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Assassins series

“A blazing story from start to finish!”Fresh Fiction
 
“Much love to this story!”Examiner.com
 
“I absolutely loved this book, and can’t wait for everyone else to read it.”Bookish Things and More
 
“Emotionally gripping with characters you won’t soon forget, Shredded will grab your attention and keep it throughout and leave you eagerly anticipating the next book.”Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in this series.”Kinky Book Club
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804176842
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Extreme Risk
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 43
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Tracy Wolff
New York Times and USA Today 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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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    3.5 "Really, that did not just happen" Stars Shred

    3.5 "Really, that did not just happen" Stars




    Shredded is a story about pro snowboarder Z, and Ophelia, a young girl trying to start over after something horrible. Z is your typical alpha male, I can have any girl type character. But he is also broken due to something that happened when he was a kid. He has great friends that help him along the way, but it is clear that he is somewhat self destructive and does what he pleases. 




    The book starts with him going after the hot new girl working at the coffee shop, Ophelia. She is feisty and initially doesn't buy what he is selling and that only intrigues him further. Along the way he is protective and looks of for Ophelia and she decides maybe he deserves a shot, and perhaps she can get past old hurts and give this a try with Z. The only problem is he reminds her so much of her past and the hurt she experienced. 




    Shredded was a quick easy read. I have enjoyed other books of Wolff's in the past. This one was leaving me frustrated by the ending, and also wanting more throughout the story. I find that based on their pasts, Z and Ophelia were able to progress way too quickly in their relationship. I also was irked with too-many-of-these-type-of-phrases. Normally they are fine in a story, but there were just too many this time around. Finally the Epilogue, which by the way I am a huge fan of Epilogues, left me wishing it was never included. What the heck was that. I am totally frustrated with the ending. It came out of left field and just was there. Not very happy right now and honestly I am not even sure I want to read the next book. Uggh. I was coasting along just fine til that last line.




    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    This was a good read. Ophelia and Z story is how two people with

    This was a good read. Ophelia and Z story is how two people with broken hearts, can over come there fears and learn to love again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    Shredded is the first book in the Extreme Risk series by Tracy W

    Shredded is the first book in the Extreme Risk series by Tracy Wolff. This book is about a popular, professional snowboarder named Z. He is the talk of the town. Everyone knows who is he, and half the women have been in his bed. He is reckless and arrogant, but deep down he has a vulnerable side. He's had a tough childhood, and experienced things that no child should have to deal with. These experiences have made him into the kind of man that doesn't let anyone in close, and is the reason he doesn't do relationships.

    After a horrifying experience of her own, Ophelia moves to Park City to run from her past. Ophelia is likable for the most part – she is a sassy heroine with attitude. I will say though, that some of her stubbornness pisses me off toward the end. I was surprised that she hooked up with Z so quickly in this book, considering what she knew of “the bet”. She was surprisingly quick to let that issue go.

    Although I tend to like my books to have more sexual tension leading up to the main event, I liked her relationship with Z. They were good together and had some great chemistry. I loved the dual points of view because Z had so much going on in his head. I also liked Z's friends, well – except Cam. The other 2, I'm sure, will have great books in the series as well. I already know the next book in this series is about Ash. Speaking of which, there is a big cliffhanger at the end of this book but it doesn't really affect Z and Ophelia. It's a big set up for the next book.

    I agree with a couple of the other reviewers who say that the synopsis needs to be tweaked a bit. I wasn't aware of any “jealous rage” by her ex. Overall though, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those 18 and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchan

    I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
    Very well written....great character building and I really felt the relationship build between Z and O! Loved and will high recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

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    I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchan

    I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, so here it is. WOW, what a great story but the end will leave you breathless. It is full of emotional pain and heartache. Z, Ash, Luc and Cam are professional snowboarders. While Z tries to use pain to help him deal with his painful past, his best friends try to help him through it. Ophelia is the new girl at the ski resort and when Z sees her, he only has one thing on his mind. But she has heard about his man-whore ways and she is not interested. But she does notice that he is hiding something. When she realizes that is is pain, she can feel it because she is dealing with her own pain. While Z deals with his pain by using extreme snowboarding, Ophelia tries to stay away from him. But she is drawn to him. Will she give in to him and they help each other move on from the past? Will Z continue to torture himself to help relieve the pain? Can his friends help him to understand he is not alone? This is the second book by Tracy Wolff for me and I love it.  Can't wait for Shattered (book 2). 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    An intense and emotional New Adult romance, Shredded was a fanta

    An intense and emotional New Adult romance, Shredded was a fantastic read. I absolutely loved this book! From the hot romance to the dark secrets, this book was amazing.

    Ophelia was a lovely heroine. She was realistic and likable. I loved how she was just not going to take crap from anyone. My only problem with her was that she tended to be a bit judgmental. But, she knew when to admit she was wrong. I ended up really liking her.

    Z was so sweet. His past has a horrible secret, once that haunted him and had him living with a death wish. So, he was reckless, impulsive, and prone to doing life-threatening stunts. But, behind all that guilt, he was a truly good guy who cared deeply for his loved ones. He was perfectly flawed and I adored him.

    The romance was wonderful. Ophelia and Z were so sweet together. I loved how, despite both of their pasts and both of their reluctance, they still fell for each other anyway. And, the chemistry between them was hot. Definitely some steamy moments.

    The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were a ton of tense moments that had me on the edge of my seat, due to Z's fondness for extremely dangerous stunts. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was a perfect wrap up for Ophelia and Z's story, as well as a fantastic lead in to Ash's story, which is coming up next in the series. Can't wait to read it!

    Shredded was a brilliant New Adult romance. I completely and totally loved this book! Every bit of it was wonderful. Romance lovers, this book is not to be missed.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Seriously!?!

    I wish people would stop writing the whole d*** book in their review. Seriously? I dont want to know what happens before i can actually buy the book. I want to know if its worth the read or not. No thanks guys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Fantastic

    A lot of books r great. But this puts you in it. It makes u remember we all have hidden demons . N if lucky might find someone to get through them with. I cried,laughed . N Icries thinking of the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Z....

    I love Z. Good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    HOT

    This book is so HOT! I couldn't stop reading it!

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

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    Unique Setting, But a Blah Heroine

    I was drawn to this book the moment I saw that super sexy cover! It's a superficial reason, but I can't help myself! I just wish that what was between the pages was as distinctive as the cover. Ultimately, this wasn't a bad read, just nothing that set itself apart from other NA reads.

    Set in the exhilarating world of snowboarding, Ms. Wolff vividly depicts the action-packed and carefree way of life for these athletes and the on the edge tricks they do. Into this exciting group of adrenaline junkies comes the playboy Z with a past full of heartbreak. He's been running from his past and drowning his misery in meaningless sex, dangerous tricks, and purposely failing. His demeanor has made him the King of the slopes but not the kind of man for commitment, which was okay with him until he met Ophelia. She hates him from the get-go but their connection almost too quickly evolves into a surprisingly emotional relationship full of sexual tension. Z is the sexy yet stereotypical bad boy you can't help but be drawn to no matter what he does and while I enjoyed him I never really felt we got to know him too deeply, nor did I find his relationship with Ophelia compelling. I was drawn to his body but never felt we got too far into his mind. Ultimately I was more intrigued by the secondary characters and the brief glimpses we got of them, though I still enjoyed Z much more than Ophelia.

    Ophelia too is running from tragedy, hiding from the pain of her past, and has sworn off adrenaline junkies. While an early meeting with Z ends with coffee down his pants, their relationship takes off from there. By running from her past we're left with a character I never felt I got to know too deeply which made the connection to Z less meaningful than what I like in my romances. She was definitely the least colorful of all the characters and left me feeling disappointed in her presentation.

    Ultimately, I applaud Ms. Wolff on her unique setting and vividly depicted sports world and its (at times) too much snowboarding terminology. The story too was a bit slow at first as Z was on his path of self-destruction with momentum that didn't pick up until half-way through. While the insta-love felt a bit superficial this time around, I was still rooting for Z and Ophelia to work through their pain and reach their HEA in a conclusion that ends with a cliffhanger for other characters. This was a good start to what promises to be a satisfying series and I look forward to the next installment in the Extreme Risk series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    I liked this book, but I thought I would like it a lot more. Z i

    I liked this book, but I thought I would like it a lot more. Z is a womanizer. He uses women for sex and nothing more. Of course, he meets Ophelia and that all changes. Now he feels some kind of pull toward her. I just didn't really feel any kind of chemistry between the two. They made a good couple, but I didn't see why they had this "need" for each other. You do later find out they have a "common" history, but I didn't really feel that that justified this strong love they develop for each other. The book does end with a peek into the next book in the series. It did leave me wanting to know what happens to Ash (Z's close friend) next. Hopefully, Ash has a much better chemistry with his love interest. 












    **I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Good but

    SPOILERS


    I really liked it especially with the olympics going on but that ending just killed it. It made me depressed and i dont think it should have ended that way. The author should have ended with a HEA instead of that. And opened the second book with that....now I'm just depressed. 3 stars bc the romance was good. It would have been good if she hadnt stuck her sub character in tragedy. It needed a feel good ending since you were on edge the entire time bc the hero is an adrenline junkie.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    Shredded brings together two fundamentally flawed characters in

    Shredded brings together two fundamentally flawed characters in a way that is totally predictable. 

    Z Michaels is a snowboarder known for big air, amazing tricks, and playing fast and loose with his personal life. He's the resident bad boy of Park City, Utah. Running from his heart-breaking childhood, he doesn't care what people think of him now, he just wants to board his way.

    Ophelia Richardson has a past of her own that she's trying to get away from. Moving from New Orleans to Park City is a much needed change. After surviving a horrible accident she just needs to move on but she doesn't know how. Working in her family's ski lodge, she has heard everything there is to know about Z. He's impulsive, arrogant, and flat-out sexy. She knows she should stay away from him but what her mind and her heart tell her are two different things.

    Shredded is one of those books that's been done before and million times and million different ways. There are two troubled characters that come together to form a connection they had no idea they could feel. There's insta-love, hot sex, and just your average romantic tropes. There's nothing really special in this book that really made me fall in love with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Great author!!!

    I had never read anything Tracy wolff had wrote untill I read this book and let me tell she is an amazing author, I love love love this book and cant wait to shattered comes out I already have it pre ordered!!!!

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Grab your board and prepare for an incredible ride. Shredded com

    Grab your board and prepare for an incredible ride. Shredded combines the thrill of extreme sports with an moving, breathtaking and intoxicating story.




    Ophelia Richardson heads to Park City to help her aunt and uncle run a ski lodge. She is running from her past but it seems the she's caught herself in a loop of similar circumstances.




    Z Michaels is on the top of the snowboarding circuit. Pulling runs no one would dare try. He has an unbreakable facade he presents to everyone around him. But the beauty behind the coffee bar seems to see right through him.




    Pulse pounding action and a brilliant and enthralling story, Shredded made me want to hit the slopes. Tracy Wolff takes us on a marvelous ride, giving us a front row seat for this rocky romance that is balanced with the perfect amount of heart ache but lets not forget about the sizzling sexual heat.




    Don't miss Shredded, the first amazing story in the Extreme Risk series. 




    I received this ARC copy of Shredded from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication February 4, 2014.

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    Posted February 4, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. Seriously, I

    I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. Seriously, I love these guys!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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