Goodreads Rating: 4.30 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Publication Date: February 18th 2019
Publisher: Self published
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.
When this book landed on my kindle, I literally squealed in delight because I’m dying to read Brenna’s story! Brenna Jensen is the daughter of the Briar Hockey Team’s coach and Summer’s best friend. She’s a sassy, bold and fierce lady. It’s impossible not to love her and one of the most amusing heroines I’ve encountered. We’re all guessing who’ll be her love interest and it’s a relief it’s Jake Connelly, the captain of the Harvard Hockey Team (the Briar’s biggest rival in the National Hockey tournament).
The last thing Brenna wants is fraternizing with the enemy. However, the chemistry between her and Jake is explosive and oozing with sexual tension. As an aspiring sports journalist, she wants to land an internship at HockeyNet and asked Jake’s help to be her fake boyfriend. In exchange, Jake wants a real date.
You’re in a treat for an enemies / fake dating to lovers. I live Brenna and Jake’s sexual tension! They’re such a perfect pair and their bickering amused me. As much as I love Jake, Brenna takes the spotlight. I love her personality. In spite of vulnerability, she remained as the cool and tough chick in difficult situations.
She and her father had a strained relationship because of stubborness and she learned the hard way. I’d be lying if I say it didn’t make me emotional. I was and the father-daughter relationship greatly progressed.
As always, Ms. Kennedy is amazing writing sports romance. She never misses a detail on Hockey as we get more games. I was never a fan of the sport but she makes me want to watch because of her books. This book opens up about sexism in sports. Some people belittle women as if we cannot excel. WRONG. Women can dominate in sports or in any field of work and that’s what our heroine shown in this book. A true class act and it’ll be her stepping stone on success.
The Risk is a solid installment to the Briar U series. I had a fun time swooning, laughing and crying over Brenna, Jake and the rest of the characters. Can I mention how batshit hilarious Hollis and Rupi are? They’re so entertaining! I can’t wait for The Play on October. ❤