Shredded: An Extreme Risk Novel

Shredded: An Extreme Risk Novel

by Tracy Wolff

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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 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!”
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804176842
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Extreme Risk , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 165,403
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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Chapter 1

I’m halfway up the mountain on the magic carpet when it hits me that it’s dark. Really dark, not just getting dark. Which sucks because it means I’m done. That was the last run. No more boarding tonight since all of the good runs close down once it hits full dark.

Normally that’s not a problem—I’ve been out here for seven hours already and my body could use a break, especially since my toes started going numb over an hour ago.

But tonight I’m not ready to go in. Not now, when my skin feels itchy and too tight and my brain is spinning with the need to forget—

I cut the thought off as I exit the ski lift at the top of the mountain and unhook my gear. Instead I concentrate on unbuckling my board and checking the screws at the bottom of it to make sure there’s no damage. I totally barged that last run—which was banging at the time—but I carved the last few rails hard. My board took most of the impact, and I want to make sure it’s still solid.

Turns out it is, and I’m just sliding it into the equipment rack to the right of the lift when Cam steps onto the snow behind me. She’s as excited as I’ve ever seen her. “Dude, that last run was wicked! I’ve never seen you do that inverted triple cork before.”

“That’s ’cuz there are too many gaffers around here to get in the way.” The last thing I need is to get tangled up with a tourist who doesn’t know what he’s doing—that’s how shit turns ugly, fast. But today I couldn’t stop myself from busting out. From the second I woke up this morning there’s been this force building inside me, pressing down on my chest until I feel like I’m drowning. On days like this, taking it out on the powder is the only way I can breathe.

But the run’s shutting down—Cam was the last one up—and the feeling’s back, worse than before. I’m standing here, wind kicking up, fresh air all around me, and still I’m suffocating.

Beside me, Cam dumps her stuff next to mine, then heads for the bench where we normally wait for Lucas and Ash to finish up at the half-pipe. I follow her, but the second I sit down next to her the itchiness gets worse. As does the throbbing at the base of my neck.

Nope, sitting here in the dark, waiting, isn’t going to do it for me tonight. Maybe if I’d brought some weed to mellow me out, but my stash is at home. When I’d left the house this morning, I’d told myself I could handle it. That today was just another day.

What a f***ing joke that is. I feel like I’m going to explode.

I start to stand up again, to pace off the energy that’s slamming at me from the inside, but Cam stops me with a hand on my arm. “I’m serious. That trick was freakin’ amazing. How long have you been working on it?”

“I don’t know.”

“You probably started trying to do it yesterday.” She shakes her head, looks disgusted. “I’ve been trying to do a 900—any kind of 900—for months now, and we both know how well that’s going.”

I bite my tongue to keep from pointing out that she’s a girl—that no matter how strong she is and no matter how much she practices, I’m going to be able to do things she can’t. Not because I’m a better boarder, because I’m not. She’s totally sick on a snowboard. But testosterone is just one of those things. I’m physically stronger than her, so I can catch bigger air, do more complicated tricks.

“I’m serious,” she continues. “One of these days I’m going to figure out how to do that move.”

“No doubt.”

“Hey.” She punches my shoulder. “Don’t patronize me.”

“Do I look like I’m in the mood to patronize anyone?” Right now, the pressure’s so bad I can barely talk, barely breathe.

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Shredded: An Extreme Risk Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
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.
psee More than 1 year ago
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.
Tishia More than 1 year ago
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.
Missy9700 More than 1 year ago
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!
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
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). 
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## NO, Just no. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I couldn't stand the hero. I don't like heroes who are arrogant, cocky and have absolutely no regard for life. How can any woman fall for a guy who has been inside THAT many women. No, just gross. And we are to believe that after that much variety, he can be satisfied, not to mention faithful to one woman? Pffft....not bloody likely. I have to agree with one thing though. I hope Cam takes a long walk off a short pier. If she ends up being Luc's heroine in his book, I won't be interested.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This book was completely intense.  The two main characters are both incredibly damaged by their past and the losses they've endured. At first I approached this as a NA novel but about half way through it became so enthralling and fast paced that the NA genre didn't even enter into the way I was reading this book.  The writing was so engaging that I felt like I was experiencing their pain right along with them.  Z was a really hot leading man and being damaged just made him that much more lovable.  Ophelia (absolutely love the name)  is the perfect woman to put him back together while he in turn puts her back together too.  It's awesome to watch these two solitary characters work their way to becoming one.  You don't get the unrealistic feel that it's all going to be wine and roses in their future but you know that they will at least have each other when the going gets tough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very solid story with fun characters. Can't wait for the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It took some time getting used to first person aspect. I loved the character's and their very emotional journey. Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me going, cant wait for the next one to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story but the discription is completely wrong. Ophelia is not a high society girl and the ex isn't jealous. A little repetitive but interesting storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a fantastic book i cant wait to buy the next one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These boys are hot
gigglesalwayz More than 1 year ago
Z Michaels is the town bad boy and hot shot snowboarder. He's had a tragic childhood. The only thing that has helped him through all of this is his best friends, Ash, Cam, and Luc. And Ash's parents has been there for him when his own wasn't. He doesn't like dealing with what happened, so he's learned to deal with it. And the way he deals is by doing very dangerous tricks with his snowboard. But things start to change some when he meets Ophelia. Ophelia Richardson is the new girl in town. She also has a pass she dealing with. Before she even meets Z she's heard all about him except his past. She wants nothing to do with him because he reminds her of her ex. But as she gets to know him she realizes that his masks that he wears and his attitude reminds her of herself. And the more they hang out the more she likes him. But the big question is can they both put there past behind them to a make a go at a relationship? Will Z's daredevil stunts chase Ophelia away? I really liked this book. I couldn't put it down once I really started reading it. I can't wait to read the second book in this series. I am also looking forward to reading other books by Tracy. I recommend this book to others to read. I think I might be adding Tracy to my list of favorite authors.
Clarista More than 1 year ago
Great book! I wasn't sure how good this book would be when I bought it on sale for $.99 but I was surprised at how much I liked it. The characters were great. Definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Wolff is one of my go-to authors- awesome story, well develped characters, emotiins & lots of steam- Thank You!
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Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
PostFromMegan1 Finished up Shredded, the first book in the Extreme Risk series by Tracy Wolff this week. I actually read this series out of order, if you remember I reviewed book one, Shattered a few months ago. Thankfully I don't think reading them out of order took anything away from the story, but I would suggest you try to read Shredded first. This book is written in duel points of view between our hero, Z and our heroine, Ophelia. Ophelia seemed realistic and as a character I could relate to her. While I really liked both our main characters, Z was certainly my favorite. I read a little bit about him in book 2, but wasn't sure if I would love him in his own book. Z just seems so cocky. Well I'm happy to say, Z is cocky, but I loved it. I think I loved him more in this book than I did Ash in his book. Z is just so protective and he falls so hard and fast, just the way I like my heroes. Tracy Wolff has a way of giving characters secrets then slowly giving the readers hints into what those secrets may be. Sometimes, those hints are painfully slow comings and what is suppose to be suspense and wonder just ends up annoyance. Shredded doesn't quite reach that level, but there were a few times when I just wanted to scream, "Tell us already!". I'm interested to see where this series goes, because the stuff with Cam is going to hit a head at some point and honestly I don't want her to end up with Luc, he deserves better. He deserves to find a hot wonderful chick to fall in love with and never think of Cam again. Then Cam can just go away... is it obvious I don't really like her. :) Alright, enough of me talking about this circle of friends as if they are my won. I'll let you read the series, starting with Shredded and decide what you think of everyone.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Great Read That I Devoured In One Sitting!  4 “Turns and Stuff” Stars! The Review:  This was a different kind of read for me. I don’t usually read sports related reads, not because I don’t like them, they’ve just never been a priority on my list. But when I read the blurb for this one and the hero was a snowboarder, I just couldn’t resist. And I wasn’t disappointed. This was a fast, sweet read with a bit of angsts thrown in to make it an all-around fun read. I loved the mountain scenery, I enjoyed the characters and I really liked the story. Story/Characters...  Ophelia has moved from New Orleans to Utah after a heartbreaking past that’s left her shaken. She needs to regroup and find herself once again and try to leave the events from a year ago, behind her. Working for her aunt and uncle at their ski resort, hooking up is the last thing on her mind, especially when notorious playboy with a streak of bad, walks in and starts hitting on her. Z is known for his risk taking “turns and stuff” on the slopes as he snowboards his way through competitions and has the potential to be selected for the Olympics. He’s also known for his playboy ways and one night stands. He and his friends are at the mountain lodge for the snow and the training but that doesn’t stop him from grazing the vast fields of snow-bunnies, taking a different girl to his bed every night and partying hard every chance he gets. He’s running from a tragic past, one he feels guilt for and numbing the pain and living it up are his exits. What he doesn’t expect is to find the beauty behind the bar so captivating and when she flat out rejects him, going so far as to pour coffee all over him, he’s intrigued and amused. Ophelia and Z rocked their scenes together. These two were smokin’ hot from the start with their heated looks and verbal foreplay. There wasn’t much in the way of sex scenes but there was enough sexual tension to captivate me and pull me right in. Ophelia and Z were fun and wild in their slow build towards a romance and I enjoyed every minute of it. The writing was smart, the scenes were sweet and fun and there was just enough angst thrown in with their pasts that it kept me glued to the pages, wondering where it was all going to lead.  Ophelia was a delight to read. She was strong and snarky and she was smart. She had standards and her character was challenging. I loved her interactions with Z and his friends.  Z was a hot mess. His past ate at him on a daily basis and he used partying and hook ups to numb the pain but what he really liked most of all was the adrenaline fueled risks he took on the slopes. This guy had absolutely no care for his safety at all and though the risks he took made him seem more alive and adventurous than most characters we read, it was also sad because you knew there was something dark lurking behind all that disregard for his life. He was testing fate and there was a deep part of him that didn’t care if he came out the loser. I loved how these two changed each other and found a solace in one another. Ophelia needed that connection again and Z needed someone to pull him from the dark corners of his heart and mind. I also loved the side characters. Z’s group of snowboarding friends rounded the story out and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! Wish List... There were only two things that I really had a problem with in this book. I loved that the author tried to include the name of the book, shredded, in the verbiage the characters used, but wow was there a LOT of times it was used. To many, in my opinion. And though I enjoyed the snowboarding terms, learning what tricks were called, I had to look them up so I understood what was being said. This didn’t annoy me so much as pull me from the story a little so I could properly imagine what was being played out.  The Wrap Up:  All in all this was a great read. It was never slow and it kept me interested all the way through and I even got the butterflies a couple of times so that instantly gives it a higher rating. I’m excited to go on to the next book and see what happens after that heartbreaking ending. Ash’s story is next and I’m sure it’s going to be a doozie! NOTE: *Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews*  Shredded is book one in the Extreme Risk series and is a New Adult, Sports Romance written by Tracy Wolff. In exchange for an honest review, I was gifted a copy from the Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through NetGalley.
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