Enemies to Lovers & School Rivals | The Risk by Elle Kennedy [ARC Review]

Posted February 21, 2019 by Zeee in Reviews0 Comments

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Genre: New Adult Romance

Enemies to Lovers & School Rivals | The Risk by Elle Kennedy [ARC Review]The Risk written by Elle Kennedy
Publisher Elle Kennedy Inc.
Publication Date: February 18, 2019
Genres: New Adult
Series: Briar U #2
Format: eARC
Pages: 432
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-flames
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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.

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My Thoughts

The Risk is one of my highly anticipated books of 2019 and I have to say I was a little letdown. Not because of the characters but because I expected more drama.

There was such hype surrounding The Risk. Especially after that revelation in The Chase and the mystery hero. Of course, I wanted it to be Jake Connelly because the sparks between Brenna and him were so apparent! And yes, I am so glad that Elle Kennedy picked Jakey to be the hero.

I liked the twist to the enemies to lovers romance because there was an added element – Briar U and Harvard are rivals and they were both fighting to be in the Frozen Four. Brenna is Briar U’s Hockey Team Coach’s daughter while Jakey is the team captain and number 1 player at Harvard. So yes, there is an added extra to the trope, which I absolutely love.

The Risk is where we find out why Brenna is the way she is – the real reason why and it’s really heartbreaking.

What I was iffy about is the on again off again “relationship” between Brenna and Jake. I just didn’t like Jake’s reactions and I wished that the third party who created issues did more? I guess to add a little bit more drama.

Elle Kennedy also adds interesting side characters and Hollis and Rupi are the ones that I could not help but adore! I wish they have their own book – or novella!

I really enjoyed The Risk and I am absolutely glad that Jake was the hero picked! I can’t wait to read the next book The Play and the blurb is hush-hush for now! I think the hero will be Hunter, though. Seriously, this guy needs his own HEA!


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Overall: 3.5





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About Elle Kennedy

Author Elle Kennedy

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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance 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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