Shattered: An Extreme Risk Novel

Shattered: An Extreme Risk Novel

by Tracy Wolff

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ISBN-13: 9780804177757
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Series: Extreme Risk , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 120,877
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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“How can I help you?” Ash asks, leaning against the counter with a smile that doesn’t quite reach his eyes.

I swallow a little, try to talk, but my throat suddenly feels like a desert. But who can blame me? I’ve seen pictures of Ash Lewis—of course I have. He’s one of the most talented, and popular, snowboarders in the world and he’s been on a million magazine covers. Or at least he was, before he walked away from last year’s X Games, the 2014 Winter Olympics and everything in between. Since then, nobody seems to know what Ash is doing, or who he’s doing it with.

After the assignment came in, I spent an hour Googling him during the snowtrain ride up here. I’d wanted to read about him, to figure out what makes him tick so I could prepare myself for this meeting. Instead I found myself staring at picture after picture of him—some in full snowboarding gear, some in regular clothes, some with his shirt off. I even saw a few of him in the half-pipe wearing nothing but his underwear and snowboarding boots.
I might have spent a little too long staring at those pictures. But again, who can blame me? I’ve never seen anyone rock a pair of red boxers the way Ash Lewis can. Even when it’s twenty degrees out.

And still, all that research—all those pictures—haven’t prepared me for my first face-to-face meeting with the guy. How could they when they didn’t capture the deep, crazy blue of his eyes, a blue that reminds me of the water off Maui, where my parents took me for my sixteenth birthday.

And then there’s his jaw and cheekbones, both of which look like they could cut glass.

And his biceps, which look even bigger in real life.

And those jeans, with the strategically placed tears at the top of his right thigh and over his left knee.


I cut myself off before I end up drowning in my own praises—or is that my drool?—for Ash Lewis. He’s hot enough that I totally could, but that’s not why I’m here. I have much more important business to deal with than trying to find the perfect color to describe his blond hair.

With that thought in mind, I clear my throat, try to remember the spiel I worked up on the train. But I’m so nervous that nothing’s coming. This is my first big assignment, the first time anyone’s trusted me to do this on my own. And while I know it has more to do with my proximity to Park City than it does faith in my abilities, I’m determined not to blow it. This is too important for me to make a mistake.

“Hey,” Ash says, laying a hand over mine where it rests, trembling, on the counter. “Everything okay?”

“Yeah,” I squeak out. “Everything’s fine.” Except for the fact that Ash freaking Lewis is rubbing his thumb softly over the back of my hand. That is definitely something, but I don’t think fine is the right word.

“Good.” He reaches up and tugs on a lock of my messily cut hair. “You look good in pink.”

“Umm . . . thanks?”

He laughs. “You’re welcome.”

He stares at me expectantly , and there’s a part of my brain that is shouting at me to speak. To tell him why I came. But the rest of my brain is barely functioning. It’s too dazed by the fact that he touched me. That he complimented me. That he’s looking at me, even now, one brow raised inquisitively while those eyes of his—those crazy, beautiful eyes—rake over me from top to toe.

“So,” Ash says after a minute where I continue to gaze blankly at him. “Is there something I can help you with?”

About a million inappropriate answers float through my head, but—thank God—so does the right one. Just the thought of why I’m here, of Timmy, snaps me to attention and finally, finally, gets the blood flowing to my brain again.

“Actually, I was hoping I could talk to you for a few minutes.”

That eyebrow of his goes even higher. “You want to . . . talk?”

“Umm, yeah. If this isn’t a good time, I can come back later . . . ”

“No, this is fine. This afternoon seems to be pretty slow around here.”

“Great.” I smile a little in relief. This is turning out to be easier than I thought it would be. I mean, as long as I remember to breathe. And not to look him in the eye for longer than a second or two. And don’t swallow my own tongue. If I do all that, then it should be easy-peasy. Or at least, that’s the story I’m sticking to.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It infuriates me when publishers put out books, take our money and have no content! This is a known issues, deal with it. Unfortunately, this is a bad reflection on the author. I spoke with online help today and they suggest I wait one to two weeks for the issue to be addressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## This was a fantastic read. I LOVED the alternating POVs. That is so much better because we get to know what both characters are thinking. What I didn't like was that once again the heroine had to be decribed as so unattractive. It seemed difficult to fathom that this super hot guy is so attracted to her. So skinny her bones were showing, scars all over, very pale complexion, hair shorter than an inch in blue, purple and fire engine red? Come on. Why does the woman always have to have all the flaws? And the guy is always physical perfection. Every woman eyes him as he walks by. Every waitress flirts with him, blah, blah. Man, that sh*t gets old. Albeit deducting a star for that, I'm sure I'll read again because the rest was awesome. I've read these 1st two books in one day, but will skip the third. Just read that Cam is the heroine in that book and I just don't like her. At all.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Shattered, An Extreme Risk Novel, Tracy Wolff Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews I loved the first in this series, Shredded. Its based around characters who are Olympic standard snowboarders, and though I know nothing of this sport it didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. At the end of the last book Ash has just been told his parents and younger brother had been in an accident. His parents died and Logan, who's just fourteen, is paralysed from the waist down. Ash has given up boarding to look after him, vowing not to do a sport that Logan can no longer enjoy. Logan is a great character and I felt for him. As a wheelchair user myself I know only too well how over protective family can be, and Logan's feeling a bit trapped by it all, but can't get that through to Ash. Ash feels its all his fault as they were on the way to watch him, so its a spiral of guilt and problems the two are stuck in. Ash's friends have been trying to get him to board again in the months since the accident but to no avail. Then along comes Tansy, a tiny slip of a girl who moves something in Ash. She's from the make-a-wish foundation, and has a request from a dying child who wants to meet Ash. They don't get off well, but by some odd circumstances they end up together on a boarding trip to Chile, with the sick child and his parents and health carer. Ash is really attracted to Tansy and she to him, but what she doesn't tell him is she's a cancer survivor currently in remission. At nineteen she's been in and out of treatment for ten years, so add to her overprotective parents the fact she has none of the usual teen experiences of boyfriends, parties and clubbing. Her sister is great, younger in years but older in experience, she sends Tansy some porn sites to educate her about sex – that was really funny...I felt for Ash too – she's kept quiet because she didn't want to be thought of as Cancer Girl – where people treat you differently though they don't mean to. You lose your sense of self and become someone unreal. Been there, done that, and understood perfectly where Tansy was coming from! I don't know if Tracey has experience of herself or someone close with cancer or wheelchair use, but as someone who's in both categories ( 19 years past the time I should have died) I feel she's done both those parts incredibly well. Of course one moment everything’s going swimmingly and Ash is snowboarding for Timmy, the dying child, who is having a great time, and Tansy is enjoying her first romance and sexual encounters, when the bomb drops and it all goes wrong. Again its handled really well, I can imagine and empathise with all of the characters in how they react. Its a great read, hot sex, adventure and a great romance too. Stars: five, one to keep. ARC supplied via Netgalley
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Bittersweet and edgy with sharp jagged shards, Shattered by Tracy Wolff is the journey of one confident and accomplished, snowboarding “legend” who is imploding from within over self-manifested guilt, true grief and overwhelming responsibility. Ash feels responsible for the death of his parents and the paralyzing injuries his young brother must deal with for the rest of his life. Tansy is a cancer survivor and an advocate for the “Make A Wish Foundation” on a mission to grant a dying boy his wish to meet his biggest hero, Ash Lewis, but “that” Ash is gone, a shell of himself. Gone is the level-headed, fearless man who took life by the horns and reveled in its rewards. In its place is a man so lost in his own world of pain that he fails to see what he is doing to those around him. Strong to a fault, Tansy is as determined to see her mission through as Ash is to denying his worthiness of adoration from anyone. But there are sparks that ignite between these two that may be just what Ash needs to rejoin the world and the friends he left behind. Will Tansy convince Ash that everything is not about him, that he is alive and has so much yet to give? There are people who need him, the “him” he is keeping locked away, will Ash learn to open his heart and let go of the past? My hat is off to Tracy Wolff, who has created a world filled with heart, humor, turmoil and second chances. She tells a tale of love, loss and misguided blame and the pain it causes everyone. Ash is a wonderful character, the change in him is devastating to see, having met him in book one of this amazing series. Tansy is a breath of fresh air, innocent, damaged, but still living life to the fullest in her own quirky way. Ms. Wolff has tackled extremely emotional topics with heart, as she reveals the strength of two boys, each facing a journey that no child should have to face and makes them human, alive and shining brilliantly, if given the chance. I laughed, I cried and I got angry at how unfair life can be. For an author to so completely immerse me in her world, hanging on every word and scene, is the sign of wonderful storytelling. Tracy Wolff has raised her own bar another notch higher.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Tracy Wolff blew me away with Shattered. Her extraordinary ability to bring such a realistic depiction of life tragedies while masterfully capturing the pure essence of the human heart. Why did that blow me away, well Wolff also manages to bring us an extreme sport, action packed, romance. Shattered is story telling at its best!  Shattered is the perfect name for this story. Ash Lewis is a snowboarder, whose life was forever changed when his parents died in a car crash, leaving him guardian of his now paralyzed brother. Guilty and racked with loss, Ash abandons his boarding passion. Tansy Hampton is a cancer survivor. Personally understanding the loss of your childhood due to illness. Tansy now works for the Make a Wish Foundation to give those terminally ill children their dreams. Tansy's first assignment is to convince Ash Lewis to grant a child his dying see Ash, his hero, snowboard in person  The story beautifully reveals two difficult journeys of two amazing children. One child is dealing with his own mortality, losing the battle with cancer. The other child is dealing with being paralyzed and the loss of his parents. Wolff captures the heart ache but also amazing strength of each child's marvelous fortitude.  Wolff tackles so many intensely charged situations but still hold true to the extreme sport theme. She provides a rocky and difficult romance, that will also touch your heart and keep you invested till the very end. You can't help but be moved by this emotionally jarring, extremely touching story. I would swear that Wolff has personal experience in similar circumstance to bring such realism to her characters plights. This is a must read!!!  I also recommend that if you ever have the opportunity to participate with the Make a Wish Foundation or the Ronald McDonald Foundation, that you take it. It is a life alternating experience.
psee More than 1 year ago
5 Extremely Worth the Read Stars I was crushed at the end of the first book when we learn Ash's parents and brother were in an accident. This book picks up shortly after the accident. Ash is not himself as he struggles to deal with his world being turned upside down and the guilt he deals with because of it. No longer snowboarding he seeks solace in random hookups. He mistakes Tansy for another random hookup when she approaches him to help with a make a wish for a young boy dying from cancer. With some wrangling from his great friends which make another appearance in this book along with his brother, he goes along with the plan. Tansy has had her own issues dealing with her past and is glad someone finally sees her for herself. She falls hard for Ash and along the way he does the same. Because she understands where Logan is coming from, she helps Ash interact with his brother. I really loved Tansy as a heroine. She is sweet, she is a fighter and she is just likable. The interactions of Ash and the gang with Timmy the make a wish child are so touching. Ash and his struggles make you really feel and connect with him. I love how everything comes down at the end. I figured something along that line was inevitable but I loved the way Wolff gave you just enough drama to have you eagerly turning the pages to find out what will happen but doesn't draw it out so much to make you frustrated. Seriously I cannot say enough good things about this book and I seriously cannot wait for the next book as I am certain we will finally get Luc and Cam's story. I think it could get pretty interesting especially since Cam still seems to have feelings for Z. Thanks to the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with sexy, damaged snowboarders! Yum!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An emotional, sweet, gem of a read, Shattered was a fantastic New Adult romance. I absolutely loved this book! It was deeply emotional, sweetly romantic, and a truly enjoyable read. Loved it! Tansy was a lovely heroine. She was very strong and, after years of fighting cancer, she was determined to live life to the fullest. She wasn't the type to back down and was willing to go after what she wanted. Lively and entertaining, she was an imminently likable character. I thought she was great. Ash was also wonderful. Like Tansy, he had a lot going on. He was in the middle of grieving over his parents' deaths, figuring out how to care for his injured brother, and just trying to keep his life together. And, through it all, he was a sweet guy who was very loyal and protective of those he loved. He was amazing and I adored him. The romance was both sweet and steamy. I thought Tansy and Ash were perfect together. I liked how they were both exactly what the other needed, and how they helped each other become stronger. And, the chemistry between them was constantly sizzling. There was some serious steaminess going on. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot moved quickly and I was hooked the entire way through. I liked how the emotions were portrayed so clearly, in a way that drew me into the characters. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was so sweet. I can't wait to read more from this series! Shattered was a brilliant New Adult romance that I absolutely loved. I enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. It was emotional, sweet, romantic, and I loved every bit of it. Romance lovers, this book is a must read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
burns_erin More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This is second book in Wolf's Extreme Risk Series. At the end of Shredded Ash Lewis receives a call informing him that his brother is in surgery and his parents are dead. This book starts with Ash having thrown his career away and working in the rental shop, going down the same meaningless sex path Z, from the previous book was on. There he meets Tansy, a 19-year-old virgin who has spent the last decade battling rhabdomyosarcoma. She's got wild hair and a crazy love of life, which leads her to try to get him, involved with Make-A-Wish. As might be expected of this sort of angsty situation, Ash refuses to snowboard anymore because his brother is paralyzed and no longer can. This book was much better than the first of the series, Shredded. The mix between child-like and adult-like behaviors was much more appropriate and the slang was toned down to levels that are more manageable, so the book didn't seem to drag as much. Tansy and Ash were both characters you can have empathy for. Tansy is trying so hard to determine her identity now that she feels her identity is no longer just girl with cancer. Ash, who wasn't exactly Mr. Irresponsibility before, is still struggling to cope with now being the guardian for his younger brother. They felt like real people. And it was really nice to see Z being the grown up semi reasonable one. I did have a few quibbles. First, there was a big continuity issue, in the last book, Z's sister is named, April, this book Ash is calling her Lily. Second, their resolution, while sweet, was just too fast. What I want, but probably won't get, is the book 6-8 years from now with everyone settled, happy and grown up, and Logan is getting his HAE. I really want Logan's story, but instead we'll probably get Cam and Luc's story, which I just don't want. Luc's such a sweet guy I want a real HAE for him, and not just for him to get to be Cam's second choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series , great story with the right amount of romance and drama .
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Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Awesome!! I'm almost speechless about this book. It deals with some pretty heavy subjects but does it in a way that leaves you hopeful and wanting more. These characters are wild, colorful, and life loving but at one time or another everyone deals with issues that can either shatter them or make them stronger. This is a story about coming out stronger on the other side. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend this book to everyone.
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I loved this book from beginning to end will be reading all of the book from this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Multi-layered story, well eveloped characters & lots of steam! Ms. Wolff is one if my go-to authors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want a refund
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. I know there have to be more stories for the rest of the group and can't wait for those to come out.
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slsNY More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This is the second book in the Extreme Risk series. Ash is a professional snowboarder and Olympic contender. An accident on the way to one of his competitions claims the lives of his parents and leaves his little brother paralyzed from the waist down. Seven months later, Ash is brother's guardian, struggling with himself, priorities and doing what he thinks is best for Logan. He has given up snowboarding, much to the dismay of Tansy, a Make A Wish representative who desperately wants to make a young boy's dying wish come true. An emotional tale of two brothers learning how to be just that again; how something so small can mean the world to someone else; discovering who you are after spending most of your life just trying to stay alive; grabbing joy when you can without worrying about the "what if."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faced with his own struggles, he has a sibling to finish raising through no fault of his own. Giving up his dreams of boarding for fear of hurting himself and leaving his sister alone in the world is trying. He feels so very responsible and behaves unselfishly.
csingh More than 1 year ago
Tracy Wolff's books are fast becoming some of my favorites.  I both loved and disliked her for how she set up Ash's book.  First because she did it in Shredded.  At the end.  My emotions were a mix of happiness for Z and Ophelia and devastation for Ash and his family.  I wasn't sure how to feel, but I knew I wanted to read Shattered right away.  I was already impressed with Tracy before, but this book was something different.  I really liked Tansy.  She's bubbly, persistent and I absolutely lover her attitude towards life.  I think tansy would make a great best friend, even if she is younger than me.  I need some of her personality to rub off on me sometimes.  I know that her outlook on life comes after experiencing some hard knocks, but that just increased my admiration for her.  Plus I wish I could dye my hair the way she does and wear all sorts of fashions. Ash and his brother Logan stole and broke my heart.  They are both trying to deal with such loss and Ash is struggling so hard to do what he thinks is right and fair.  It was easy to understand where both of them were coming from.  They were together yet not.  Hopefully that makes sense.  If not, when you read the book you'll see what  I was trying to say. Another benefit was seeing Z and Ophelia again.  It was great to see them months to years down the line.  The descriptions of the snowboarding sites took my breath away.  I can't even walk in a straight line on concrete to save my life, but darned if I didn't want to risk my life going down a mountain by the time this book was finished. I sincerely hope Tracy is writing another book in this series, perhaps featuring the delicious Luc and Cam.  If not both of them, then definitely Luc.  Tracy Wolff writes these amazing characters with amazing life stories.  She has this way of placing them in your hearts and sad when the last page is finished.  I just can't get enough of her books and characters.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
After finished Shredded I was looking forward to Shattered but I did put it off for a bit because I expected it to be extremely emotional and difficult to read.  Shattered far surpassed any of my expectations.  This is a New Adult novel, now I'm not a big fan of New Adult but Shredded caught my attention and I fell in love with these crazy, snowboarding extremists!  There was no way I wasn't going to read Shattered after that and I'm so glad I did.  This isn't your typical NA genre novel.  This is so much deeper.  This book deals with real life issues, not just angsty post-teens that are trying to find themselves.  These characters have their lives ripped apart and through their  friendship and love find a way to pull it back together.  Ash & Tansy are incredible lead characters, neither are whole but they don't give up, they don't do the "why me's" that you would expect with their situations.  That take really horrible events and use them to become the  strong individuals that they are.  They bring each other past the pain and together find ways to be whole and move forward.  The emotions that you experience during this book run the gambit, it's no holds barred emotional roller coaster time.  You get the extreme highs from the thrills of adrenaline junkies to the crashing lows of love lost through trauma and illness.  I could not put this book down and went through a couple of boxes of tissues.   This is an all around fantastic read so don't be put off by the genre and miss out on something truly special.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Tansy is such an amazing heroine, with a fresh new lease on life. Ash is living the greatest high of his life, then his parents die and he free falls. This two characters are opposite, but need one another to live a normal life. Ms. Wolff has written this book in first person and that is a writing style that I don't enjoy. If you are a fan of first person writing, I do recommend this book for you. I give this book a score of 1 finger up and 7 toes. NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome novel in the Extreme Series! Now the wait is on for Luc and Cam’s book! This book was extremely poignant and I am so impressed with this writer in how she addresses grief and living with it along with guilt. Great two person POV. Character development is spot on and the story line is phenomenal. I loved how she painted the POV of Logan who is a terrified 14 year old kid now facing a new future paralyzed and how he still wants to be seen as who he once was in his brother’s eyes. It was extremely touching. Great chemistry between the main characters Ash and Tansy. Both hard headed and stubborn, they are tailor made for each other and will assist each other so much in both of their recovery’s. The question was still left unanswered if Ash will return to the sport full time, but I’m sure this author will cover that in the next installment, for which I can’t wait!