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The Risk

Written by: Elle Kennedy
Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton,Virginia Rose
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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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Loved everything about this book!

I actually really enjoyed this book.. a lot! Jake and Brenna were so perfect together. I could relate a lot with Brenna - having gone to journalism school and also being a female working in the sports industry. I have zero complaints about this book. I thought it was fun, flirty and the serious parts were minimal in regards to them being a couple. It was an enjoyable read!

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Magnetic

This book was great fun. really couldn't put it down. wanted to binge and finish it all right away. can't wait to hear the rest.

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Love this book

Omg I loved the story line between Jake & Brenna!!! I would love to find out how the love between them grows with his NHL career and her last year of college! Elle Kennedy is by far my new favourite writer!

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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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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 2019-12-28

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Brenna & Jake
I totally loved that she was the coach’s daughter from a rival school. It really made for great listening.
The chemistry Jake and Brenna have, and that you know what some things are worth the risk. You can’t always protect yourself from yourself.

I love that this is kind of centered around hockey but not at the same time. It more about the people than the sport or even the universities. I can’t wait to dive into the next book if it is anything like the last two I know I will enjoy it.

The narration was awesome, then again its Teddy and he could narrate the phonebook and I would be in heaven.

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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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  • 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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  • rach
  • 2021-04-26

A little too cheesy

Not sure what I was expecting but the book was a little to cheesy for my taste. The narration was also extremely cringe at multiple points (especially the sex scenes). Wouldn’t really recommend but if you’re looking for a quick listen with some entertainment, this will do.

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  • La-long
  • 2021-03-24

So good!

This is probably my favorite Briar book to date. The chemistry between the characters is fantastic and largely believable. Virgina Rose was a fantastic narrator- after listening to this I will be checking out her other works as well!

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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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  • Britt Basse
  • 2019-06-29

This one deserves all the stars

I love this story as much as I love The Deal. And that is a lot since it is always in top 5 mentioning my to top 5 of ALL books I ever read💫

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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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