Series: Briar U #2
Genres: New Adult
Setting: Boston, MA
Also in this series: The Chase
Also by this author: The Score, Us, Addicted, The Goal, Midnight Target, Midnight Rescue, The Chase
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.
The Risk is part enemies to lovers part fake relationship all in a college hockey setting. I love Elle Kennedy and her Briar University guys. Now, I also love her Harvard guys!
Rain makes things wet. Somebody call the Nobel Prize judging committee.
Brenna is the daughter of the Briar hockey team’s coach and therefore the sworn enemy of the Harvard hockey team. Brenna isn’t close with her dad any more, but she still will always be his daughter; that means she will NOT be fooling around with the captain of the Harvard team. Brenna is a very free spirit kind of girl. She doesn’t ‘do’ relationships. She has a solid amount of self confidence and knows she is gorgeous. This made her a little unrelateable to me. She is the type of gorgeous that guys literally drool over. She knows it, too. I don’t know how to relate to a girl like that so she felt a little distant from me. However, when she realized that Jake might just be her ‘in’ to a coveted internship, she lies and tells the man in charge that Jake is her boyfriend.
Jake is an accomplished hockey player who is already signed with the NHL and isn’t going to let this girl wreck his team his senior year! I liked Jake because he is smart and sassy (I know, not a word we usually use to describe guys, but it fits!). He enjoys messing with Brenna-its like a battle of wills. They have great banter. He is determined to not let this girl wreck his senior season by messing with his teammates. He didn’t count on being attracted to her though. These two are hilarious! Both of them have quick humor and razor sharp comebacks. It made this such a fun read.
According to my father, Coach Pederson sacrifices babies to Satan and performs blood magic in his spare time.
Jake quickly became one of my favorite book boyfriends. He is smart enough for Harvard, respected by his teammates, humble about his future, and dedicated to his sport because he loves it. All of that makes him so hot in my book. Brenna wasn’t my favorite heroine but that is kind of the theme of this series. These girls are a bit harder to like. Normally, its the guys who are doucebags and come around. In Briar U, its the girls who are tougher for me to like. Weird, right? But oddly, its a nice change of pace. Also, the slight backstory of Brenna’s ex was interesting. I think everyone knows a story like his from their hometown so it really was relevant and important. I also loved that she got out of that relationship!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: enemies to lovers, fake relationship, college, hockey
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
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