The Risk (Briar U #2)
by Elle Kennedy
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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.
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It’s official—I need more Jake Connelly and Brenna Jensen.
Kennedy doesn’t disappoint whenever she writes amazing stories about
these near-perfect and wonderfully captivating hockey players. I’m not
sure how she does it, or why we even deserve these fictional boyfriends,
but we’re indeed blessed, fellow college and sports romance loving
friends. The Risk is such a good combination of sexy and sweet,
with an emotionally satisfying and joyously humourous setting. It uses
the enemies to lovers trope without fault, while adding forbidden
romance and pretend dating to make this epic.
She’s bold and fierce, and those qualities combined with her beauty make her a force to be reckoned with.
Relationships aren’t Brenna Jensen’s top priority.
She’s content keeping hookups casual, shattering eager hearts and moving
forward in life. But Jake Connelly is proving himself to be difficult
to resist with an irresistible charm and delicious self-assuredness that
draws her towards him. When Brenna finds herself caught within an
impossible situation, she enlists Jake to be her pretend boyfriend, but
for every fake date, he wants a real date.
I mean, my heart certainly knows what it wants. It wants Jake Connelly. But news flash—my heart is reckless and stupid.
Brenna is my newest favourite heroine in this
series. She’s sassy, witty and confident, despite the survivor’s guilt
she harbours and the awful things she experienced from her past. Beneath
her fierceness there’s a guarded sense of vulnerability we receive
glimpses of. And a wonderfully compassionate, somewhat unexpected loving
heart that makes this woman real and easy to appreciate. I didn’t think
it would be possible to love her more, but that happened. From her
teenage struggles, strained relationship and questions of self-worth,
watching Brenna overcome these hardships but still be one boss lady made
me admire her tenacity.
Being Harvard’s hockey team captain,
Jake is naturally cocky without being overbearing; a womaniser with a
hidden sweet, romantic side. And despite having secured a position with
Edmonton’s Oilers next season, Jake is determined to push his college
team to victory. I adore a cocksure, assertive athlete without the
douche attitude—it only makes this hero even more appealing and
irresistible. Jake will have your undying attention and affection,
stuttering and stammering and falling all over yourself because you’re
smitten as hell. I, along with Brenna, couldn’t resist everything about
him—his wit and charm, his charisma and confidence and passion for
everything he dedicates himself to.
“I like having you like this,” I whisper. “On your back. Legs spread.”
Chemistry between these two has been brewing for
such a long ass time and even when they’re bickering and disagreeing on
something, the banter is absolute perfection. They have this perfect
amount of push and pull, hard and soft, honesty and hesitancy with some
of the hottest and sexiest scenes together that is brimming with so much
passion it singes the pages. I almost spontaneously combusted reading
that secretive bedroom romp!
I love that this author constantly
raises the question and concern of misogyny inside the world of sports
journalism. Sadly, Brenna experiences this dreadful behaviour firsthand
while trying to enter the field. And even worse, real life women are
subjected to unwarranted sexism everyday. We’ve all heard the “jokes”,
the mumbled comments and unacceptable outbursts. Brenna and other women
attempt to dismantle the toxic environment, something I’m grateful for
and profoundly proud of.
I’m officially his groupie. But that’s okay, because he’s my groupie. We root for each other.
The Risk lived up to my expectations, but
there’s little things that pulled my rating down. I was loving every
moment until we started heading towards the epilogue. Jake annoyed me
when he thought out of his arse instead of with what is an intelligent
brain (sometimes), but I still forgave his choices (I’m weak for
Connelly, don’t judge me). I felt the epilogue wrapped up quickly and
focused more on personal achievements rather than relationship
progression. Damn it, I want more Jake, okay?! Otherwise, this is such a
perfect treat, as always, from Elle Kennedy. It reminded me so much of
her other series, Off-Campus, as it emanated a similar vibe. I’m dying to have more Hunter and wouldn’t object to Brooks, so I can’t wait for The Play!