Extreme Risk - Book #1
by Tracey Wolff
Kindle Edition, 279 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own
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.
Wow ---- Okay, let me start by saying I need to learn a lot more about snowboarding. I love the X-Games but really have no idea what they are doing out there. They look good though.
This story is about Z and his past. There is a dark cloud that follows him. And when the cloud darkens it makes Z need that adrenaline rush to stop the darkness from taking over. It all centers around his sister April and Mother's death.
Ophelia enters Z's life and he is finding himself intrigued and very interested. Z can have any girl any time and any place but after meeting Ophelia he does not want any girl. So the goal is to get Ophelia interested. Z's first encounter with the new coffee house employee did not go so well.
Ophelia's past is sad. She moved to the lodge to start over. Her Aunt and Uncle own the lodge and gave her a job at the coffee house. Ophelia is trying to escape her high school boyfriend Remi's death and the scars it left her with emotionally and physically. But seeing Z and knowing his reputation made her mad at herself for being attracted to him. Another adrenaline junkie..... Just what she needs a bad boy with a death wish. Ophelia tries to put distance between her and Z but it does not work so well for her.
Z has caught Ophelia and after some bumps and a lot of bruises they seem happy. Z feels his dark cloud subsiding and seeks other ways to fight the ugly monster that is his past. Ophelia is working hard at remembering the good times with Remi and not the memories of the accident and the destruction it caused.
Together they will find happiness, peace, and tranquility with a shot of adrenaline for Z along the way.
The ending was surprising and sad. But it hooks you for that next Extreme Risk fix.
Rating: 4 STARS