My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 reckless 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 high society, she’s no Southern belle—and she’s not shy about being miserable in frozen, godforsaken Park City. But laying low is her only option after her ex, a rich boy who couldn’t take no for an answer, nearly killed her in a jealous rage. Following that terrifying encounter, the last thing Ophelia needs is a boyfriend—especially one as rich and arrogant as Z. But Ophelia soon discovers that he isn’t what he seems. If anything, Z may be even more damaged than she is.
Tormented by their pasts and feeling alone in the world, Z and Ophelia find a connection unlike any they’ve ever known. But with Ophelia hiding the details of her life in Louisiana and Z’s death wish reaching terrifying new heights, their relationship seems to be going downhill before it even begins—unless they can find the strength in each other to trust, grow, and love again
I have never heard of this author, or this title before when I stumbled on it on netgalley. So I thought what the hell. Haven't read a book about a snowboarder, so why not. And I am so freakin glad I did. This book is so good. It was like little by little I slowly fell in love with this book until I was utterly infatuated with all things Shredded. All things Z. I couldn't get my head out of the book. The relation between Ophelia and Z is slow. It's got the immediate heat and smolder but a slow burn on the relationship..and it's perfect. It's the perfect build to a strong relationship. I love love love that Ophelia pulls back his layers and sees through his shit. I love he does the same with her. Forget the bet. Forget their pasts. They burn bright together. Your heart will break when you hear Z's story and the guilt he holds for it.. and you will be waiting with baited breath during all his runs.. All of theirs, not just his! Tracy does an amazing job with this book. Seriously amazing. And the end totally will rock your world. I can not wait to read book 2!
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