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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.


BOOK REVIEW: The Risk

Elle Kennedy

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"Want to make out some more before we go?" Jake's tone is boyishly hopeful.
"Nope."
His gaze turns devilish. "How about a blowjob?"
“Aw, I appreciate the offer, but I don't have a penis.”

I can never resist the ‘fake relationship’ trope, even more so when the characters can’t stand one another, and Elle Kennedy is one of those authors I can always count on to deliver a story that is satisfying in every possible way. A seamless blend of great banter and flaming-hot sexual tension between two carefully crafted characters who love to hate each other—this is one of those stories you find yourself smiling all the way through, turning the pages with genuine glee because you can’t get enough of every single thing about it. I laughed and swooned and loved every minute of it, beginning to end.

Being the daughter of the three-time championship-winning head coach of the Briar University hockey team has meant that Brenna Jensen has always known her hockey. She now dreams of making a career in sports journalism, but as a woman in a male-dominated industry, she knows all too well that success will not come easily or always depend on her skill set. So when her ability to secure a summer internship at a leading sports network is suddenly contingent on her closeness to one of hockey’s top rising stars and her college’s ‘enemy numero uno’, Brenna has no other choice but to fake it. But the hard part comes later when she has to convince the arrogant devil to help her with the ruse by pretending to be her boyfriend.

As captain of the Harvard hockey team and its star forward, Jake Connelly knows that leading his team to the national championship will depend on a lot more than just his talent on the ice. He is determined not to allow anyone to mess with his players’ heads, even if it means stopping the beautiful daughter of a rival team’s head coach from hooking up with one of his teammates.

“So tell me, what’s more important to you—getting mind-fucked by Brenna Jensen or beating her team?”
“Beating her team.”
“Then let’s beat them. Do what needs to be done.”

When his attempt at ‘cockblocking’ backfires and is seen as an all-out declaration of war by the lady in question, the only way to stop ‘the enemy’ from seducing any more of his players out of sheer vindictiveness is to keep her close. Very very close. Regardless of their rivalry, he jumps at the opportunity to play her fake boyfriend. But their attraction to one another is no game, so when he sees a chance to turn the chemistry between them into reality, Jake decides not to let the feisty, gorgeous woman slip through his fingers. And for every fake date she asks of him, he demands a real one.

“A fake date.”
“Well, in return, I want a real one.”
“A real what?”
“A real date. You get a fake date, I get a real one.”

As always, Elle Kennedy does a fantastic job turning a well-known scenario into sheer magic simply by allowing her characters’ emotions full expression. The steamy sexual tension between Brenna and Jake is reflected in their every interaction—be it heated bickering or good ol’ sexy times—and while their chemistry is delicious, the surprisingly tender love story at its centre is the true prize. Moving, sexy, and wonderfully witty, books like these are my catnip, but it is Elle Kennedy’s writing that will forever keep me coming back for more.

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Whoa!!! Thank you so much for this incredible chance Elle and Natasha! I’d love to hold those pretties!

I absolutely love your review! It was captivating from start to finish! I haven’t read these books yet but I need to pick them up ASAP! I love sports romances and this sounds like one heck of an incredible book. I love how Elle incorporated the fake relationship trope into this book. It’s so intriguing. Brenna and Jake both have ulterior motives for this fake relationship but as time goes on the chemistry between them seems hard to deny. I cannot wait to see how their story ends! Thank you for this amazing chance.

I’m 45% in and loving Jake and Brenna, the banter between them is The Best and the chemistry is off the charts!! I can’t get enough of them 🥰😍
Thanks so much for the chance 😘😘

Gods! I love Elle’s books and I’m so excited to read The Risk. I love your review, Natasha. <3 Thanks for the chance.

I love Elle Kennedy! She has some of the best college romcoms out there. Thank you so much for this giveaway!! 💚💚

This is such a beautiful serie. Elle have the best characters and drama that you can’t put down the book until you finish it.
Great review, just by reading it I want to read the books all over again! Thank you

I love both these books and I can’t wait for The Play. I also love your reviews, Natasha, they’re a pleasure to read.

I have yet to come across an Elle Kennedy novel I don’t love. So happy she decided to write an Off-Campus spin off series!

I love your reviews as always! This book was so good, I can not wait for the third one they had me in stitches through out the book.

If I didn’t already want to read this book, your review would make me jump up and buy it. Elle Kennedy never disappoints and these covers are gorgeous!

Ohhh great review. It sounds so good! I love a good sport romance! I also like a good enemies to lovers romance!

I loved this one!! I’m always so excited for the next release in this series. Beautiful review as always, Natasha. 🙂

I love Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series, and I’m so excited to continue to read about the next generation at Briar with this new series. I can’t wait to read it! :-D

This book was well worth the wait! Brenna and Jake gave me all the feels and more! Mahalo Nui Loa for this Awesome Chance at the give away!

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