New Release + Review – The Risk (Briar U, #2) by Elle Kennedy


A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes… 

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

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The Risk is my new FAVORITE addiction! Elle Kennedy completely blew me away with the amazing storyline and characters, and I loved her writing style and sense of humor. She managed to incorporate everything I love about new adult/college romances into The Risk, and I couldn’t have loved it more!

   The storyline was fantastic. Elle Kennedy writes the BEST hockey romances I’ve ever read, and The Risk has been one of my top favorites from her so far. I honestly don’t like or watch hockey, but I’m a sucker for a hockey romance, and The Risk has been one of the best ones yet. I was completely addicted and consumed with Jake and Brenna’s story from beginning to end, and loved every moment of the ride.

   The characters were phenomenal. Period. Jake and Brenna completely stole my heart, and I fell head over heels in love with them and their story. They have been two of my favorite characters that Elle Kennedy has written so far, and I loved them even more than I thought I would. I loved Jake and Brenna’s personalities, their sizzling chemistry together, and how their relationship progressed throughout. I loved reading The Risk from Jake and Brenna’s point of view, and all of their banter and interactions with each other. Simply put, Jake and Brenna were made for each other, and I loved going on their incredible journey with them. Most of the secondary characters were highly entertaining as well, and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. They added so much hilarious commentary and witty banter to the story, and I loved them dearly.

   The Risk was a fun, sexy, entertaining, and swoon-worthy standalone in the amazing and addictive Briar U series, and I would HIGHLY recommend it! Elle Kennedy has done an extraordinary job with the Briar U series so far, especially Jake and Brenna’s story in The Risk, and I’m so excited to read the next standalone in the series, The Play!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


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About Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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