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…
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. (Goodreads)
When I think of hockey and romance the first author that comes to mind is Elle Kennedy. With The Risk, Kennedy brings readers back to the world of Briar U. The Risk can be read as a standalone but personally I suggest reading the first book in the series, The Chase. We are originally exposed to the main character in The Chase and while it’s not necessary to have that background information it’s a nice introduction.
Brenna Jensen might be one of my favourite characters written by Elle Kennedy yet. She’s fierce, confident and has a come-back for just about every comment thrown her way. Jake Connelly is the captain of Harvard’s hockey team (otherwise known as the enemy) but seems to be the only one who doesn’t back down to Brenna. The dialogue between the two of them was at times exhausting to read, but in the best way. If you enjoy the enemies to lover’s trope then you will find great pleasure in reading this one.
While I really enjoyed the romantic storyline between Brenna and Jake, it was the really Brenna’s growth as a character that brought this story to a different level for me. The relationship between Brenna and her father was such an interesting part of the story and I love how Kennedy tackled the issues Brenna was facing. Kennedy has a way of writing very dimensional heroines. While Brenna is confident and strong, she also has her flaws, challenges and insecurities. I think that many readers will find Brenna and some of the issues she has to overcome very relatable.
Overall, I really enjoyed jumping back into the Briar U world. If you’ve read The Chase, The Risk or any of the Off-Campus Series let me know if you’re a fan in the comments below! If you haven’t had a chance and you’re a fan of both hockey and romance I suggest you add these books to your TBR list right away.