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Published: 4th February 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Ophelia, Z
Date Read: 13th June - 17th June 2015
Date Read: 13th June - 17th June 2015
Synopsis:In this intense and exhilarating New Adult series debut, a hotshot snowboarder and a vulnerable rebel with a cause try to let go of the past—and find a future in 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 reckless behaviour 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 received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
What you can see of the guy I would say is a pretty good match to the male character Z which is good however, I do feel like it's a photoshopped body as it just doesn't look real enough for me. I love the use of simplistic colours as it makes the cover pop.
For me this book was a bit hit and miss for me as there was times when I was really enjoying it so much so I didn't want to put it down but then there was a lot of times when I just rolled my eyes at how unbelievable it was. The setting was great with the way in which it was written I was able to visualise the location. I loved the sport side of the story even if there was some terminology that I didn't understand I was still able to read between the lines and picture what was happening. I think what really let me down was I was thinking one thing was going to happen but in the end something else entirely happened which when reading back it didn't feel like it flowed as what the characters where thinking and then what they admitted didn't really match. Sometimes I could feel the chemistry between the two main characters but for the most of the time I just didn't get them as for me it all felt out of character. For me this book was a little too dark for me as the characters hardly seemed happy and yes I get they've both had difficult pasts so they're not going to be happy all the time but it would've helped me get through the book if they where happy at least a little bit more than what they where. The last half of the book was what really pulled the rating down for me as things happened that I felt was unforgivable. I also felt the ending was rushed and then the cliff hanger didn't even have anything to do with the two main characters so for me there was no real ending as in the end I don't believe Z and Ophelia whereas solid as what they make out to be.
Not a huge fan of the two main characters but the secondary characters where a lot more likeable. Ophelia was pretty annoying through out the book but what she did near the end really put me off her character. Z was like two completely different people as in the being he was a jerk and just a train wreck that I just can't stand which is probably why I found it hard to like him. Towards the end he came across as a sweet and caring person but by the end the damage was already done for me. Ash, Luc and Cam where far better than the two main characters so I'm glad they will get their own books but I'm scared that I'll end up hating them if I read their books.
Overall for me the two main characters let this book down so much so that I'm not sure if I can carry on with the series.