The Risk 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…


The Risk – Elle Kennedy

The Risk

by Elle Kennedy

(Briar U #2)

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2019

The Risk – Elle Kennedy


The Risk – Elle Kennedy



Oh boy was I excited to read THE RISK. After meeting Brenna and Jake Connelly in The Chase I knew their story would be one of my most anticipated books of 2019.

The Risk started a little slow for me, but in the end it had EVERYTHING I love in a New Adult/College/Sports romance – just look at all these fabulous tropes. All my favorite tropes wrapped in one book.

At this point I can also confess that the novels in Briar U so far are my most favorite of all Elle Kennedy books, besides Him & US of course.

The forbidden aspect of Brenna and Jake’s love story totally worked for me, and I must say that Jake was all kinds of YUMMY!!! That boy was almost the most perfect boyfriend possible. I loved how he pushed Brenna’s buttons, but never overdid it, and always had an amazing insight into her personality. They really clicked.

Brenna was as feisty and spunky as I remembered her. Her confidence was a highlight of this book. There were a couple situations I wished she would have gone all out, but in the end she was true to herself. And I loved her for that. And going for what she wanted – Jake – really made my day.

In the end The Risk was a great addition to the Briar U series – and delivered in every way I hoped it would. I had tons of fun, LOLed many times, and just enjoyed reading a college sports romance that checked all my boxes.

I actually need more books like The Risk. More college romances with women that have fun, are spunky and just interesting in an unique way. And having guys like Jake by their sides doesn’t hurt. He was the epitome of a book boyfriend and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

The Risk – Elle Kennedy

The Risk – Elle Kennedy


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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A New York Times, USA 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.

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2 thoughts on “The Risk by Elle Kennedy

  1. I loved Brenna and Jake! I’m sorry this one started out slow for you, but I’m happy it ended up working out. I adored the whole thing. I pretty much love everything Elle Kennedy writes.

    1. I’m glad it worked out – I had such high hopes, which is never good I know but still 🙂 It was totally enjoyable and exactly what I needed. She doesn’t always work for me so I’m beyond excited that this new series checks all my boxes.

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