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The Play

Written by: Elle Kennedy
Narrated by: Ana Osorio, Teddy Hamilton
Series: Briar U, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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A brand-new stand-alone novel in the New York Times best-selling Briar U series!

What I learned after last year’s distractions cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need a new philosophy: hockey and school now, women later. Which means that I, Hunter Davenport, am officially going celibate...no matter how hard that makes things. 

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that says I can’t be friends with a woman. And I won’t lie - my new classmate Demi Davis is one cool chick. Her smart mouth is hot as hell, and so is the rest of her, but the fact that she’s got a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her. 

Except three months into our friendship, Demi is single and looking for a rebound. 

And she’s making a play for me. 

Avoiding her is impossible. We’re paired up on a yearlong school project, but I’m confident I can resist her. We’d never work, anyway. Our backgrounds are too different, our goals aren’t aligned, and her parents hate my guts. 

Hooking up is a very bad idea. Now I just have to convince my body - and my heart.

©2019 Elle Kennedy (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Dar
  • 2020-02-07

Slow, smoldering, burn to ignition!

The narrators couldn’t have been more perfect for the telling of Hunter and Demi’s story! The dual narration was spot on with conveying the emotions, the thoughts, and the feelings of the characters. Perfection 😊
OMG, I loved Demi so much!!!! Smart, insightful, self-aware, and so much fun! She was also serious, determined, and had that bit of vulnerability and humility that makes everyone like her. She’s realist, but not pessimistic, and she speaks her mind. She has her soft spots, her blind spots, and her fears, but she faces things head on. Watching her grow, develop, and become her own woman was a joy and a delight. And watching her getting to show her sexy side with Hunter was off the charts, super duper, extra spicy sexiness!

Of course we all knew Hunter, he was the one done wrong by, the one who seemed determined to self-destruct, in previous books in the series. But he has matured now, and he had set new goals for himself. Watching him being his fun-loving, but not self-imploding, self was also a joy. So satisfying to see Hunter become his own man, to shed off his baggage, and let the kind, sweet, person he is, have a chance to shine. And it came as no surprise the man was a dynamo in-between the sheets, on the ice, and that one time in a brawl

Opposites attract, friends to lovers, whichever way you want to look at it, Demi and Hunter had a slow burn, that ran fiery hot before it even ignited. Once it did, it never lost any heat, and the hearts were engaged from the beginning, it just took them a bit to come to that realization <3

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  • 2019-12-29

The Play

Demi & Hunter
This was an interesting book, I couldn’t get enough I never wanted to press pause. This couple went from friends to lovers and those are truly my favorite kinds of stories. I loved the other two books but I think this might just be my favorite.

Demi is so outgoing and Hunter is so set in his ways he doesn’t even see her coming. The humor in this book was great too. I love that it wasn’t too serious. They could poke fun and it was still sexy.

There was this one very serious scene and I am glad it was in here because it showed Demi’s depth as a character not that we didn’t already see it but it was just that little extra push.

I LOVED the narration, it’s no secret Teddy is a favorite of mine but it was Ana Osorio that hit it out of the park for me. I don’t think I have listened to her before or if I have I never put two and two together. I will be looking for more books by her you can’t bet your booty.

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  • Denise
  • 2020-01-20

Just okay.

Elle Kennedy is my go to author for an escape from reality. This book however is not her best work. This was a stand alone book, however since she kept referring to previous characters and relationships I think it is helpful to have listened or read her previous works in this series. I listened through Audible Escape, so I did not use money or a credit. This is worthy for Audible Escape, but I would not buy or use a credit.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-01-16

Missed the mark

I was so disappointed in this book! It wasn’t awful, but it just wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. I can’t really put my finger on why. I didn’t love the journey I guess. The boyfriend and being cheated (not by Hunter)on bugged me a lot! I was hoping for more from Hunter’s story. We have waited so long to get it. It’s still good and if you love Elle Kennedy and these characters it’s definitely worth it. I listened on audible and did not love the female narrator.

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  • Lori E.
  • 2020-05-15

Teddy Hamilton's narration was the best part!

I hesitated to write this review, but I was disappointed with this audiobook. Teddy Hamilton's narration was wonderful! He does a great job with tone and inflection. I lose myself in the story and feel what the characters are feeling whenever he narrates. Plus his voice is wonderful to listen to! The female narrator was a disappointment. Her voice was fine, but she mispronounced words frequently. I found myself cringing and waiting for it each chapter she narrated. I also thought she used the wrong emotion or tone many times. Her narration actually distracted me from the story.

I am a fan of Elle Kennedy and her Off-Campus series were some of the first audiobooks I loved. I purchased this book even though I did not like the second Briar U as much as the The Chase. Then this book sat in my library for four months and I couldn't get into the story. I finally listened to the whole thing and it felt like a chore. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. There were parts that I thought were unnecessary and others that I would have appreciated more details. For example, Hunter's relationship with his parents. It's discussed but there were no scenes with his parents. Demi's interactions with her parents were frequent, but her relationship with her father confused me. Demi's father treats her like she is smart and strong one minute and then belittles her the next?

I didn't feel warm and fuzzy and satisfied at the end of this book. I just felt relieved it was over.

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  • Debbie
  • 2020-05-13

Just right

I absolutely fell in love with this book immediately. Both narrators brought the characters to life.

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  • Lenoreo @ Celebrity Readers
  • 2020-05-11

Entertaining, but missing something extra...

3.5 stars — Overall I was definitely entertained, but I wasn’t quite as sucked in as other books in this series. That might have just been me, and my mental state at the moment, it’s hard to tell these days. I also left this review as just notes for freaking ever, and now I’m too lazy to make it more articulate, so apologies…

I honestly picked this book from my TBR because I was under the false impression that Demi was of Indian background…probably because of Rupi. She is not. She is half cuban half black. Which is still diversity, so yay, but just doesn’t fit my April theme.

Narrators: Teddy Hamilton was solid as always. Ana Osorio had increasing problems with correct pronunciation (like saying chast instead of chaste). I thought she sounded very much like Demi for me, and her emotion and pacing was great. But I found it super hard to differentiate voices (they weren’t always consistent), and to differentiate thoughts in her head vs dialogue.

Demi was fun. She was spunky and sassy, and I appreciated how she stood up for herself, especially against Nico and her father. Now saying all that, I was not sure about the whole TJ thing at the end…it felt…like using something serious just as a plot point. I was kind of disappointed in that to be honest. And frankly, Demi really didn’t seem to care or be close to any of her friends. I never felt like she had a really tight relationship with anyone, which definitely happens…it just felt surface. I hope she grows from the experience.

Hunter was a bit flatter than I had been expecting, but he was also deeper. I found the history of his family to be really fascinating, in particular how that affected him and his choices. He almost had a bit too-good-to-be-true thing going on with him. He was super supportive of Demi, fairly respectful of women (even if he used to be a playboy), hardworking…which is not to say that there aren’t guys out there like that, but he was just missing some flaws to make him more real I guess.

I really enjoyed their friendship and how easy it was. I loved the way they teased one another, they made me laugh so much. I definitely felt the steamy chemistry between them, but it didn’t blow me away. It felt more telling than showing.

The Tindr thing kinda made me sad for society…this book is very much about beautiful people. Makes me feel sad for unusual people.

I really enjoyed the team antics, especially surrounding Pablo Eggscobar. That made me laugh so much. It was honestly one of my favourite aspects of the story.

And I will admit that the glimpses of Connor in this book has me excited for his book next. I just hope I’m in a better frame of mine when it releases!

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  • J and M
  • 2020-05-04

Totally absorbed

This was my first Elle Kennedy book. I came across it on a fluke. It looked interesting, so I pulled the trigger. And, I was not disappointed. I’ve listened to and enjoyed Teddy Hamilton many times. He always delivers. But, I had also never heard Ana Osario. She was a breath of fresh air. This book had twists and turns and just kept me engaged. Nothing too over the top. I do have to agree with 1 reviewer about the dad or parents holding out love for Nico and siding with him over HS daughter. Usually those situations are ones that make fathers gather male relatives to confront someone about in these cultures, not ignore it or dismiss it. BUT, overall, it seemed a story about these particular characters and was most entertaining all the way around.

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  • jshelds
  • 2020-05-03

Best book of series, but not best performance

This book is hilarious. The wit and banter is amazing. I couldn't stop listening but the female voice left something to be desired. Hard to follow dialogue because she doesn't change her. voice tone, and sounds like she is smiling the whole time, almost regardless of scene. Also, there were times it sounded like she was just reading as opposed to acting. That aside, it wasn't enough to take away from how great this book is. I do wish there was a little more hockey action, but still very solid.

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  • LoveBooksLady
  • 2020-04-19

Hunter and Demi

Another good book by Elle Kennedy

I absolutely love the briar boys. And hunters story is sweet.

I feel like this book has trigger warnings it brings up topics like:
Cheating, suicide and mental disorders

I feel like this book is better for audible escape. I have mixed emotions..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-09

Classic Elle Kennedy, but poor audio editing

I enjoyed this one (far more than The Risk, which I didn't even finish because I found the female lead so unlikeable). It was great to get Hunter's story and I enjoyed Demi's character as well. I loved the banter and antics of the Briar U hockey team. So funny. Teddy Hamilton was outstanding as always. He is definitely one of my favorite narrators and filled Hunter's character with heart and humor. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like the two narrators coordinated at all, performing each other's characters quite differently. My biggest complaint was the many, many blatant mispronunciations by Ana Osorio. It got so bad I started keeping a list. Some of the words were really common like "executive," and, ironically, "egregious," while others just showed a lack of research, such as how to properly pronounce "Greenwich" Connecticut, her boyfriend's home town. Ana's parts could have really used some editing as each mispronunciation pulled me out of the story.