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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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MY REVIEW

What can I say?! This book was a lot of fun. Ever since I finished The Chase, I’ve been dying to get my hands on the next Briar U story and man was it worth the wait. This book hit all the marks that I was looking for in a sports romance. We’ve got hotter than hot hockey players, amazing chemistry, a fun story-line filled with lots of heart and characters that just leave you begging for more. The Risk was all that and a bag of chips and was totally worth waiting for.

The Risk is the second book in the Briar U Series and it follows the story of Brenna and Jake. Brenna is one tough chick–damsel in distress she is not. Not only is Brenna a force to be reckoned with but she knows her hockey and she is hot stuff. Brenna is far from perfect, but has worked hard to make positive changes in her life. The last thing Brenna needs is Jake messing up her life and telling her what to do….Jake plays for the rival hockey team and let me tell you, he is all of that and then some. He’s arrogant and has ever right to be that way. And while Brenna can’t stand Jake, fate has other plans for these two. They are constantly put in each others paths and their chemistry is off the charts, undeniable. For the first time, Jake wants more than the status quo, if only he can get Brenna on board. The road to happily ever after for Brenna and Jake won’t be an easy one. Loyalties will be tested and the stakes will be higher than ever. If you want to see how Jake & Brenna’s story plays out, grab your copy of The Risk today!

Bottom line, The Risk was a ton of fun. The characters hooked me instantly and I’ve gotta say, I really enjoyed watching their story play out. I loved that their schools were rivals, so it added a bit of a forbidden flare to it. I loved the give and take between Brenna & Jake. Their chemistry was scorching hot and their banter was a total riot. I never knew what they were gonna say or what was going to happen next between these two. I loved that they kept me on my toes and that their relationship held such a realness to it. Both characters having to take a risk on one another. Whether it be because of a painful past or because they weren’t ready for the distractions a real relationship would bring. I loved watching these two go through the motions, watching them fall in love and fall apart, watching them decide if what they had was worth the risk or if it was time to let go. The Risk put my emotions through the ringer and I loved every single second of it. It had just the right amount of angst, drama, sexy good times and humor.

If you’re looking for a fun and sexy sports romance that’s filled with a lot of heart, then look no further. Give The Risk a try. I hope you’ll fall in love with these characters and their story just as I have.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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