Also by this author: The Score, The Chase
Also in this series: The Chase, The Risk
Series: Briar U #3
on October 7, 2019
Genres: sports romance, New Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Nina Bocci
Buy on Amazon
Cliffhanger: No


What I learned after last year’s distractions cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need a new philosophy: hockey and school now, women later. Which means that I, Hunter Davenport, am officially going celibate…no matter how hard that makes things.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that says I can’t be friends with a woman. And I won’t lie—my new classmate Demi Davis is one cool chick. Her smart mouth is hot as hell, and so is the rest of her, but the fact that she’s got a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her.

Except three months into our friendship, Demi is single and looking for a rebound.

And she’s making a play for me.

Avoiding her is impossible. We’re paired up on a yearlong school project, but I’m confident I can resist her. We’d never work, anyway. Our backgrounds are too different, our goals aren’t aligned, and her parents hate my guts.

Hooking up is a very bad idea. Now I just have to convince my body—and my heart.


by Elle Kennedy

There are many talented authors out there but for me Elle Kennedy is one of the best when it comes to College Romance/New Adult Romance/Sports Romance and I’ll read anything, literally ANYTHING she writes. So when I started this one I read every free minute I had (which is a feat with school just having started again).

In THE PLAY we finally get Hunter’s story and boy, I was not expecting to love him the way I did. I was a little worried that he’d be bitter, the way he acted after Summer and Fitzy went behind his back. But no! He gave me Dean vibes with his goofy sense of humor. I tumbled into love with him.

“Everything gets me aroused, Bee. The feel of the wind on my face gets me aroused. Bumping into a table gets me aroused.”

Hunter was the was the full package – smart, kind, hilarious, sweet, entertaining and honest. He gave me so many laughs and favorite scenes throughout the story. There is his handling of Pablo Eggscobar, the boiled egg the team was tasked to take care of, his self imposed sex drought, or when he and Demi were locked up in jail and he took a picture of her.

“What’s a boner between friends, right?”

Demi is being introduced as a new character and the heroine of this story. In the beginning she can’t help to think that Hunter is the stereotypical hockey player with puck bunnies lining up to get in his pants. She couldn’t be farther from the truth because Hunter has been celibate for a couple of months after the disastrous ending of the team’s hockey season, blaming himself for it. I have to say I was pretty impressed that he resisted as long as he did but that Demi had a boyfriend definitely helped. Anyhoo…Demi…her dad wants her to follow in his footsteps and go to med school but Demi has a completely different idea of what her future is going to look like. Her passion is psychology, she only needs to grow the cojones to tell her dad.

When her boyfriend becomes her ex-boyfriend Demi is hurt and I loved Hunter for being such a wonderful friend. In that regard Demi really showed backbone and it was then, when her dad was taking her ex’s side and she stood up to him that I fell in love with her too. Speaking of, I thought Demi’s parents were jerks. I didn’t think they had a lot of redeeming qualities when they defended a young man who hurt their daughter so deeply. Ugh.

A laugh tickles my throat. This girl is something else. She cracks me up. And she’s so fucking beautiful.

Demi and Hunter’s connection is so palpable – their friendship is amazing, so laid back and natural and I loved how important it was to Hunter that he didn’t want to ruin it. But there is also a spark, an explosive chemistry that is just waiting to be ignited. And when it does? Oh my! So good, so hot, so sweet.

Gales of laughter shake my body. I love this guy. We have so much fun together, no matter the circumstances. We could be studying or sitting in a jail cell or lying naked in bed, and he’d never fail to crack me up.

We get to catch up with most of the Off-Campus characters which was a treat and I loved to visit with them and see where they are in life now. There are also a couple of characters that have huge potential to get their own books and a front runner is Conor, the man-ho that actually reminds me even more of Dean. That guy begs to be brought down to his knees!

I loved Summer and Fitzy, I worshiped Brenna and Jake but I think my favorites are Hunter and Demi. I’m walking on clouds after finishing this book and in my opinion Elle Kennedy did these two justice. I laughed, I giggled, I swooned – this story was so much fun. There was no unnecessary drama, only delightful banter, awesome characters and a sweet slow burn romance written in Ms. Kennedy’s crisp, impeccable writing style. I think the author said that this would be the last installment in the Briar U series (for now) but there is potential for a new series. So let’s see what happens!


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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