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The Risk

Written by: Elle Kennedy
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Romance, New Adult
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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A sexy stand-alone novel from New York Times and international best-selling author Elle Kennedy.

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.

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

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I love elle Kennedy

I love elle Kennedy but the risk just didn’t do for me. I just didn’t connect with the story lines of the two protagonist. Most of Elle’s books leave me wanting more by the end but unfortunately this wasn’t the case with The Risk

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Loved this book!!

I think I actually loved this one even more than the first one in the series! Great story, perfect narration! I want MORE!!!! ❤️🎧

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  • A.Fernandez
  • 2019-10-05

Adorable

I absolutely loved this story. It may have taken a while for this couple to get together but when they finally did.. their chemistry was palpable. Their banter was cute, she was sassy, he was simply adorable.
Let’s not forget the sexy voice of Teddy Hamilton and sweet Ms. Virginia Rose, they did an amazing job.

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  • Susan Morgan
  • 2019-08-09

Teddy Hamilton and Virginia Rose score!

Teddy Hamilton and Virginia Rose gave a great performance of Elle Kennedy's latest Briar story.

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  • Ap2514
  • 2019-07-10

Another winner

After listening to the first book in this series I knew that I wanted more of these characters. And this second book definitely hits the mark. It’s not so much an enemies to lovers storyline as it is rivals to lovers.
As always, Teddy Hamilton does a wonderful job with the narration and I’m always a fan of Virginia Rose.

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  • Breanna Rindahl
  • 2019-06-27

Heartstrings

This book pulled at all my heartstrings. I cried so much during this book! Definitely a great book and amazing listen!! Love Teddy Hamilton!

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  • Lien
  • 2019-06-20

The chemistry!

I LOVED Brenna and Jake's flirty banter so much!!

I LOVED their blunt honesty every time they couldn't help themselves and told each other that they were hot. They both knew it and that confidence carried over to the reader. I could feel it and that honesty was so freaking attractive to me.

I LOVED that Jake was so touchy-feely all the time.

I LOVE Jake and omg I think I LOVE Brenna, the female main character even more than the male one, which basically never ever happens. They are officially my new favorite couple out of all the Elle Kennedy's books (that I've read), trumping Hannah and Garrett from The Deal.

Why I couldn't give the full 5 stars:
The ending was a huge let down to me. I wanted a cute or flirty banter scene with the main couple.
This one felt rushed - they made up and that was their last scene together. It left me so disappointed like, "that's it?". Their relationship reminded me somewhat of Connor and Rose's in Kiss the Sky, but all the drama at the end made me somehow forget their banter at the beginning which made the book so good.

The narration was great! The best yet but I'm only a newbie and listened to 3 audiobooks so far, so I don't have that many narrators to compare Teddy Hamilton and Virginia Rose to. Still, they were really good and I will listen to more works of them in the future!

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  • JM Saenz
  • 2019-04-18

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Smiley face with heart emoji eyes! I truly enjoyed the book. The storyline kept on building and building on the emotions. In my opinion this book is better than the one before. I loved it and I anxiously waiting for the next installment in the series.

The narration was great as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-14

Not for me

I usually love Elle Kennedy and her Brian U books are some of my all time favorites, but not this time. I found Brenna to be completely unlikeable. I didn't like the way she treated the people around her, or the way some of them treated her. The kicker for me was when she went to visit her cousin and had some time to kill alone in a quiet dorm room. She is supposed to be at a prestigious university and presumably has some actual work to do. Homework maybe? Instead Brenna chose to spend several hours scrolling through Tinder, just so guys could tell her how hot she is, even though she had no interest in meeting anyone. Her internal dialog was more about her hair, clothes and general hotness than any real substance. Even the heavenly voice of Teddy Hamilton couldn't save this one for me. Sorry. Done. Returning.

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  • Idelka
  • 2019-10-26

love love love this book!!!

Im completely in love with the book... everything about it is amazing, the love story between Jake & Brenna is beautiful. I love the hate love relationship they have. how they enjoy taunting each other. and the sarcasm is strong in this book. also love their interaction with the people in their life. the narrators are by far my favorite of all the books I have listened to so far. I really wish we can have more of their love story, my fav Audible so far..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-24

Wow! Had me clutching my pearls!

I love how Elle Kennedy is able to draw the world that is Briar U, and everyone in it. I felt like I was in the story routing for the different characters and feeling genuine emotion- bravo for this terrific masterpiece!

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  • Readaholic19
  • 2019-09-02

Book #2 in the Briar U Series Was Great!

I haven't read the previous Briar U book and read The Risk as a standalone. The narrators of the audiobook did such a wonderful job conveying Jake and Brenna! I love the sarcasm and humor that Elle Kennedy injects into all of her books, and this one was no exception. Brenna is sassy, in control and doesn't take crap from anyone. She's the hockey coach's daughter after all. Jake is the team captain of Harvard's hockey team and tells Brenna to quit hooking up with one of players on his team because he needs him to be focused. You could only imagine what happens next. Brenna certainly doesn't like being told what to do LOL!

The sizzling chemistry between Jake and Brenna roped me in right from the beginning. These two are so fun and I loved listening to their witty banter. It's not soon after they see each other a few times that they decide to quit fighting their attraction to one another. Kennedy always gives her characters so much depth, and this was no exception. Brenna has this tough exterior and definitely a lot of confidence, but she also has a tender underbelly and doesn't give her heart out so easily. I enjoyed watching her reveal herself to Jake and how sweet and kind Jake was to her.

I enjoyed this book very much and can't wait to read the rest of the series!