REVIEW: ELLE KENNEDY – THE DARE

REVIEW: ELLE KENNEDY – THE DAREThe Dare by Elle Kennedy
Also by this author: The Score, The Chase
Also in this series: The Chase, The Risk
Series: Briar U #4
on June 16, 2020
Genres: sports romance, New Adult
Tropes: Body Issues, Fake Relationship
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Cliffhanger: No

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four-half-stars

College was supposed to be my chance to get over my ugly-duckling complex and spread my wings. Instead, I wound up in a sorority full of mean girls. I already have a hard time fitting in, so when my Kappa Chi sisters issue the challenge, I can’t say no.

The dare: seduce the hottest new hockey player in the junior class.

Conor Edwards is a regular at Greek Row parties…and in Greek Row sorority beds. He’s the one you fall for before you learn that guys like him don’t give girls like me a second glance. Except Mr. Popular throws me for a loop—rather than laughing in my face, he does me a solid by letting me take him upstairs to pretend we’re getting busy.

Even crazier, now he wants to keep pretending. Turns out Conor loves games, and he thinks it’s fun to pull the wool over my frenemies’ eyes.

But resisting his easy charm and surfer-boy hotness is darn near impossible. Though I’m realizing there’s much more to Conor’s story than his fan club can see.

And the longer this silly ruse goes on, the greater the danger of it all blowing up in my face.

THE DARE

by Elle Kennedy

What I love most about Elle Kennedy’s books is that she always packs issues into her books that most people can relate to, even if you currently don’t or never have experienced them. They are still close to life. In THE DARE we meet a new female character, Taylor, who has been insecure about her curvy body since she was a kid.

Being bullied in her sorority at Briar U is nothing new for her. Neither are the douchebags that talk to her cleavage instead of her face.

“Wanna dance?” he then asks, leaning toward my chest like he’s speaking into the box at a fast food drive-thru.
“Sorry,” I retort, “they don’t dance.”

Behind those curves is a bright, whip-smart, snarky young woman who just feels real and authentic. I loved that so much about her. The guy who sees all that and more hides his insecurities behind a golden boy smile and looks. He was raised dirt-poor and only good fortune made it possible for him to go to an Ivy league school. He never feels he belongs, really.

No matter how good I look in a suit, though, I still feel like they can smell it on me. The stench of poverty.

Connor was such a lovable goofball with so much empathy and goodness in him. And while it seemed that he and Taylor didn’t have much in common on the outside they complemented one another like puzzle pieces. Watching them grow together, realizing their worth through the other one’s eyes, was just perfect. The empowerment in their relationship was front and center.

Taylor Marsh has no idea how cool she is, and that’s a fucking shame.

And oh how I loved all of the side characters. Connor’s roommates were the bomb. We also get a little Hunter and Demi. Taylor’s best friend is somebody who everybody should have in their life. She was T’s sister from another mister and always had her back.

If I have one niggle it’s the repetitiveness of the characters insecurities. It was mentioned pretty much in every chapter and I guess that can get a little exhausting. This reader wasn’t too bothered but I wanted to mention it since I did notice it.

Elle Kennedy is my unicorn author. Her books are my fix for when life is taxing. She always makes me laugh and the fake sex scene including a “Was it good for you?” had me in stitches for minutes. But make no mistake, despite the lightness of her books they don’t lack depth. This author combines entertainment and wisdom in her books. THE DARE is an utterly enjoyable, sweet, steamy story with endearing characters that will put a smile on your face until it hurts.

Sometimes we make all the wrong decisions, end up in all the wrong places, and still find exactly where we’re supposed to be. Conor’s my happy accident. My wrong place, wrong time, exactly right guy. He taught me how to love myself against my best efforts, showed me an image of myself I’d never believed was there. Strong. Beautiful. Confident.

About Elle Kennedy

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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four-half-stars

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