Also by this author: The Score, The Chase
Also in this series: The Chase, The Play
Series: Briar U
on February 18th 2019
Genres: New Adult, sports romance
Format: eARC
Source: Nina Bocci
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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.



True story: When I took this pic with a bottle of RAIN by Marc Jacobs I hadn’t even started reading THE RISK yet. So it totally tickled my funny bone when I found out what a staggering amount of rain in this book is. 


When Elle Kennedy introduced us to team captain of Harvard’s hockey team Jake Connelly in the first Briar U book, THE CHASE, I knew instantly I’d need a book with this cocky, gorgeous, smart-mouthed man. And I couldn’t imagine a better heroine for him than the daughter of Briar U’s hockey team coach, Brenna, so I was hoping, sending prayers, eating my veggies, and generally being a good girl.

There are two type of bitches. The ones you hate because they create nothing but drama and are malevolent and green with jealousy. Then there are the ones like Brenna. The ball busting, snarky kind who wields her tongue like a sword and cuts you down with a single swipe of it. They also don’t take offense being called one. You are in awe because while they are irritating, they are equally hilarious. Brenna is my spirit animal and I want to be her when I grow up.

I breathe in the scent of her shampoo, sweet with a mere trace of spice. Which is funny, because Brenna is the exact opposite—spicy, with a hint of sweetness. I like the spice, though. I like it a lot.

I loved her for being outspoken, sassy, funny, strong, tough and behind her prickliness was a soft core and a big heart. She has grit, ambition and stamina to go after what she wants to do with her life although there are obstacles in the male dominated field of sport journalism. There is also a big wound caused by the first boy she loved and her distant relationship with her dad, that still festers inside her. And it festers because she doesn’t need to talk about it, mainly because she stays out of relationships. Until Jake. He is the first one who gets his hooks in.

Jake brings my head forward and slants his lips over mine, and it’s the kind of kiss that’s been missing from my life for so long. One that starts off as a slow burn, a soft meeting of lips and the feather-light flick of the tongue. It’s like he’s laying the groundwork for something fierce. He’s building a fire, each teasing kiss serving as the kindling, until finally he unleashes a groan, drives the kiss deeper, and the fire engulfs us.

The have insane chemistry and their relationship grows from a wild and sexy attraction into something more and I loved how they got there. Adversaries at first, their respect for each other increases soon which causes all kinds of problems, especially for Brenna. All of a sudden the lines are blurring and she doesn’t now any longer where her loyalties lie.

Brenna and Jake are made from the same cloth, so most of the things I said about Brenna, go for Jake. He is focused, driven and  Jake pays a lot of attention to what Brenna says or doesn’t say and he wants to know everything about her. I loved that he didn’t push her, he waited for her to come around. What I adored most about him though was that he totally got off on her busting his balls. He had so much fun with her sass and snark. These two just made perfect sense to me.

“And men are the stupid ones?” 
“Are you calling me stupid when I’m giving you a blowjob? Because to that I say, I rest my case.”

Towards the end he has a temporary loss of brain cells but since he actually grovelled profusely I forgave him.

I didn’t like Jake’s best friend Hazel very much but his hockey team mate and roomie, Brooks “Bubble Butt” Weston was hilarious and I’m sure I busted a vessel laughing so hard when he dropped his pants to have people judge his butt. I hope we get a book about him and maybe he will be paired up with Hazel. It happened before that Elle made me fall in love with a heroine I disliked at first.

“I have a bubble butt, you guys. I feel like my whole life has been a lie.”

THE RISK has become a new favorite, along with THE DEAL and THE SCORE. It totally lived up to my expectations and Ms Kennedy proves yet again why she is one of my favorite NA authors. She is the queen of sexy, funny banter. She writes modern, relevant stories with lovable characters that will make you laugh, think and hurt a little. If you are new to her books, please pick up her OFF CAMPUS or BRIAR U series.

About Elle Kennedy

A New York TimesUSA 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance 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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