February 19, 2019

The Risk by Elle Kennedy Review

The Risk by Elle Kennedy

Release Date: February 18, 2019

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A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author 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.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve written a review. It’s been so long that the entire format of my blog hosting website has changed and I have no idea how to navigate this new layout. 😳 Hopefully this posts with everything intact but if something looks wonky or is missing, please excuse me just this once. 😘

The Risk is a sexy & fun continuation of Elle Kennedy’s Briar U series. (An Off Campus Series spin-off) 

This story follows Brenna who is the daughter of Briar’s hockey coach and Jake who is the star player for a rival team. Super cute hockey rivalry aside, these two didn’t seem like a perfect pair to me in the beginning. Their flirtations in the previous book (The Chase) was entertaining but I honestly wasn’t dying to read their story like I have with most of the other Briar couples.

Once I started to read about Brenna and Jake I started getting the same vibes I got with my favorite Briar pairings and found myself totally wrapped up in their story. Jake reminded me a lot of Garrett from The Deal. He’s an alpha male with a heart of gold just like my other favorite hockey captain.

Brenna is in a league of her own. She didn’t remind me of any of the previous characters in this bookiverse. (Is that a word? It should be. 😜) She knows exactly who she is and makes no excuses for it. She’s strong and independent but incredibly loyal and that’s what made me love her.

Overall The Risk is a good read. It has steamy scenes, including a particularly steamy one in the back seat of a car, and swoon worthy romance. The characters are unique and engaging. But what makes this book a good read is also what made me wrestle with myself internally on what rating I should personally give it. I had to ask myself in the end if I truly felt the same way after reading The Risk as I did with The Deal or The Score and I couldn’t honestly say yes. It took me a while to figure out just why that was and I’ve realized that maybe it’s because I didn’t personally fall in love with these characters as much as I did with ones in the past. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t great characters because they are! I just can’t honestly say that I love Jake more than I love Garrett or Dean. 😉

I give The Risk 4.5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars.

Xo – K

*I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

Elle currently writes 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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