Absolutely loved it! 😍😍
It’s not often a second book is better than the first in a series but The Risk was SO much better than The Chase, I was actually hesitant about buying it considering I didn’t enjoy the latter as much. But, I took a chance and the author once again did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this and I am definitely looking forward to the new book coming in October!!
A Very Caliente Couple
The Risk checked all my boxes!! Absolutely ADORED THIS COUPLE! JAKEY & HOTTIE!! Yes, YES, YESSS!!! Their chemistry was on fire!!!
I wish I had more stars to give than just 5
I wish I had more stars to give than just five.
How many ways are there to laugh? I could Google the answer, but instead, let me tell you just a few of the ways I engaged in LOLing my way through The Risk. I snickered, snorted, giggled, unlady-like gwafed, most likely brayed like a donkey, cackled, had bursts of uncontrollable bouts of laughter where I read and reread the same sentences over and over just so I could partake in tears-rolling-down-my-face laughing just to name a few. This book hit my funny bone in all the right spots and this is just the beginning of why I loved this book.
Brenna and Jake are two formidable characters who are evenly matched. Their wit, carisma, self-confidence, really just about everything about their person is so likeable it's hard to find anything lacking about either one. It also makes for a great game of cat and mouse when you have two people so evenly matched in the witty brain game. Their chemistry is off the charts right from the get go. Even better, neither is ever offended from the sarcastic comments they throw at each other, which only amps up the tension between the two.
Their story really begins with Jake asking Brenna to back off from seeing one of his players. However Brenna doesn't take directions from anyone.
"She's bold and fierce, and those qualities combined with her beauty make her a force to be reckoned with."-Jake
Their back and forth once Jack puts a kibosh on her booty call is a beautiful tango, but when Brenna, the unfathomable Brenna needs help landing an internship and her only ace in the hole is Jake, she does the one thing she never thought she'd do. She claims him as her boyfriend. Their fake relationship begins, however, their back and forth really began back when Jake began his meddling, but both are too proud to really own up to it.
Jake Connelly attends Harvard, the enemy of Briar- currently -since they are close to competing for the championships in hockey. Brenna's father, Coach Jensen, coaches for Briar where Brenna also attends, so to say that Jake is the enemy is putting it mildly. Jake's focus has always been hockey, since he was five years old. As current captain of the hockey team he's looking out for his teammates, so when he confronts Brenna and asks her to leave one of his teammates alone it's all in the interest of his team winning this years championship.
Hello, wave a red flag in front of a bull.
Little did he know that Brenna would end up back in his life numerous times after that encounter. Little did he know that Brenna would become more than just a girl he knew of from Briar. Little did he know that Brenna would ask him for a favor that would change everything going forward in his life.
"For some reason, the way Jake seems to get along with everyone rubs me the wrong way. It's hard to think of him as THE ENEMY when faced with evidence that he might be a decent guy."-Brenna
The Risk not only is filled with lots of laughs, but it has lots of heart. There was a point I had to set my ipad down and wipe my eyes, so definitely be prepared for an emotional ride.
Along with the tears of laughter and just plain tears, you'll have bouts of anger. Brenna meets with one of the most sexist (you read that right, sexist, not sexiest-vowels are extremely important here) person I think I've ever had the chance of reading or meeting and honestly I've worked with several in my lifetime. This character tips the scales mega-douchiness. This is one more reason why I love Brenna's character she is the bigger person., Be prepared through and hold on to whatever you are reading, because you are going to want to toss something.
Brenna and Jake make it through lots of obstacles all while consorting with "the enemy", but at the end of the day is any of it realistic, can they really be more than just partners in crime? What they've had is fun, but could it ever be more than just helping each other out?
The Risk checked off every box on any list I could possibly come up with. It is a fantastic read.
One of the best reads I have had in awhile ... very funny ... couldn’t put it down.
An awesome addition to the series!
Enemy-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes in romance, add it to an NA written by Elle Kennedy and we for sure have an amazing story to read. I fell in love with Brenna in her first scene in The Chase and couldn’t wait to read her story. She is everything I hoped and so much more, with so many layers to peel during the book. Jake was all of that we would expect, the cocky player, the clueless friend, and our hero. This book is magical, at the same time it’s a light read and you’ll truly enjoy it, it has darker and emotional moments that add depth to their love story and family relations. We have a lot of side stories with other players and I hope the next book will be about Hunter. I’ve been waiting for his story since he first appeared in Elle’s universe.
Chemistryi is hard to find and even harder to fight
I have been a huge fan since the ff-Campus series when the Deal came out, and was hooked by this hockey players! Usually, authors do not manage to keep the readers entertained after the second book, or hey do not manage to really differentiate the new characters from the formers, mostly you see them merge somehow, but Elle is not like that. Every single book is different, every single character is different, and stands on its own, and let me tell you, these two, these two were AMAZING!
It was so funny to follow their banter, but also I loved their deepness. They were not shallow they were confident but had issues, but you know what I loved the most about it? Even though they had issues we did not know about it. Elle did not make the story to evolve around that, and we found out only towards the end, and even then the story was not fixated on it. She did not need the heart-wrenching drama to make her book sell, no, them tearing each others' throats and drooling after each other was enough to do the job!
It was sexy, It was funny and I am once again mind blown. I loved that we saw Summer and Fitz, but I would have loved to see some of the OG characters, hopefully will come in the future books! I enjoyed Garret's singing praise, but please let's bring them home!
Indeed it is! I loved these two and I LOVED LOVED LOVED Brooks' and Hunter's presence, cannot wait to read their book *hoping the next one is one of theirs*.
I’m sorry Garrett. Jake Connelly STOLE my heart!
By I Love Story Time
WooHoo! The Risk was freakin' amaaazing! I am so in LOVE with this book! Just as the author said it would be, it was one wild ride that I did not want to get off of! The storyline, the characters, the creative dialogue... all PERFECTION!
This series is such a gem. There are so many wonderful characters that you fall in love with and want more from. Hunter, Mike, Nate, Brooks, Hazel... I want it all. More Briar U and definitely a Harvard spin off! I just can't get enough of this author's stories and her beloved characters.
Though I have loved all the hockey players, no one has come close to how I feel about Garrett Graham until now. Jake Connelly stole my heart! The confident way he carries himself, his witty personality, and that wicked, wicked mouth. He is so incredibly sexy. He made me want to lick my Kindle!
Brenna is a force to be reckoned with. She is strong, smart, and oozes sexuality. Brenna is the kind of girl that takes what she wants and doesn't apologize. The elusive, charismatic, team Captain didn't stand a chance against her!
I loved the forbidden love story between Jake and Brenna. Their chemistry was off the charts. Gah, the angst! I devoured every minute of it! Their sarcastic banter and flirty relationship was fun and made my heart sing.
The Risk had it all! It even had a bit of an emotional element to it that brought a tear or two to my eyes. It was so touching! *sigh* Elle Kennedy continues to be one of my most favorite authors. I can't wait for, The Play. I am dying to know who the hero and heroine will be. Eeeek! Counting down the days until October!
♥ Review by Lys
*4.5 Stars* SO GOOD!
I loved this story! I love the fake dating trope! Add to that hockey, college, off-the-charts chemistry, and a dash of enemies-to-lovers, and this book was sure to be something I enjoyed! It was so much fun and I really enjoyed the little twists sprinkled throughout the book. They drew me into the story even more.
I love sports and I know how rivalries go. They are brutal and sometimes unforgiving. Elle did a brilliant job at bringing this to life in this semi-forbidden romance.
Jake was so perfect. He was sexy, confident, but could also be a sweetheart and make me swoon at all the right moments. Brenna was just as perfect. She’s confident, strong, and refuses to give up when everything is against her. Their chemistry was off the charts and they had a lot to work through. I loved every bit of their story.
I absolutely can’t wait for the third book, The Play. Can it be October 7th right now please? If you haven’t read the first book in this series, The Chase, or the Off-Campus Series, do that now! They are so good and you’ll love the whole gang!
Grateful to have received a complimentary ARC copy to honestly review.