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The Risk

(Briar U #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  31,820 ratings  ·  2,930 reviews
A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes...

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 t
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 432 pages
Published February 18th 2019 by Elle Kennedy Inc.
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Nicqui I like the idea of Brenna and Mike but I want to see how steamy Brenna and Jake can get first before she has her happily ever after with Mike.

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Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

ARC provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

#1.) The Chase ★★★★★

I’m not sure what the world has done to deserve Elle Kennedy and all the amazing stories she keeps giving us set around this hockey team, but we are so damn blessed, friends. I hope she continues to write them forever. And The Risk was so sexy, so funny, and so phenomenal. Reading this was pure joy, and my biggest complaint is that I wish we had an extra epilogue, because I want and I need more. The Risk perfec
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳When enemies who have that witty banter and know that as rivals they must be far away, their attraction and emotional attachment is what makes them inseparable...

➳When I first read about Brenna and her fierce attitude, I knew that I would be drawn to her and her back story no matter what it may be. I think I might have hyped it up just a tad bit because I am not one hundred percent pleased with her story. Maybe it's because the story went very thoroughly into other aspects that did not invo
This book COMPLETELY lived up to all my expectations. Jake and Brenna are my new faves and this book has become my fave of the series. I swear I was grinning so stupidly during this entire book and all their scenes at the cuteness and the banter, it was all A+++++, I wish I could give it 10 stars tbh

ps: also I have to believe the next book is gonna be Hunter’s book. The only girl I can think of possibly as his love interest that was in this book is Hazel? It would make it an all Briar book again
Carol [Goodreads Addict]

The Risk is book two in the Briar U series by Elle Kennedy. We first met Brenna in the first book as she and Summer met and became close friends. I really liked her in that book but I love her in this one. She’s tough, snarky, and determined to succeed.

Brenna Jensen is the daughter of the hockey coach at Briar University. Her life has always revolved around hockey and she loves the sport. She loves everything about it. That is why she is majoring in sports journalism and is in h
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I am bummed to only be giving this book 3 stars. While I was reading the first book in Elle Kennedy's spinoff series, I was just dying to read Brenna and Jake's book. So, I eagerly awaited the release of The Risk. While I enjoyed the book overall, it wasn't exactly the hit that I was hoping for.

It's hard for me to describe why this one didn't work as well as I thought it would for me because there wasn't anything inherently wrong with the book. In fact, Kennedy's writing remains top-notch, and s
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

The second installment of the ”Briar U” series is a sexy and hilarious enemies-to-lovers romance. I happened to enjoy ”THE RISK” a lot more than the first book. The chemistry between Jake and Brenna was scorching hot. The sarcastic banter between them was entertaining and I think the forbidden romance angle spiced up their romance even more. Brenna's dad is the coach of Briar U's Hockey team and Jake is the captain of the Harvard hockey team.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh boy was I excited to read THE RISK. After meeting Brenna and Jake Connelly in The Chase I knew their story would be one of my most anticipated books of 2019.

The Risk started a little slow for me, but in the end it had EVERYTHING I love in a New Adult/College/Sports romance – just look at all these fabulous tropes. All my favorite tropes wrapped in one book.

At this point I can also confess that the novels in Briar U so far are my most favorite of all Elle Kennedy books, besides Him & US of cou
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’THE RISK’ is the second full length romance novel in Elle Kennedy’s ‘Briar U' which are a series of interconnected stand-alones. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives'

Brenna Jensen is the daughter of Chad who is Briar Hockey Team's coach and Summer's best friend who we met in THE CHASE. She doesn't let many people in, she's tough as nails, sassy, sexy and smart with a take no shit attitude. So to see her connection developing with Jake the captain and the star hockey player at Harvard Univ

|ARC kindly sent by the author in exchange of an honest review|

When we met Brenna in The Chase, I was instantly hooked. I needed more of her and I was dying to know her and get in her world -and I love her even more now!

I’m soft for characters like Brenna, all steel on the outside but very warm on the inside. Her backstory is quite interesting and a big mystery throughout the book but when it came down to gut us with the reveals, well, it was painful. I liked that her conflict with her father
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
As a big fan of Off Campus, I was looking forward to Briar U ever since it was announced. Sadly, I found the first book to be not on the same level as the main series. However, the little Brenna/Jake hints from The Chase really made me interested in this second installment.
The Risk was still... not as good as I hoped. It's not about the main relationship, which was pretty solid (not the Greatest but also way nicer than how Summer and Fitzy ended up).
The things I disliked are actually all little
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
4.5 stars

Those college sports romance books are so addictive! This one was so good and really enjoyable. Elle Kennedy’s sports romances are always so entertaining and fun to read.

Brenna and Jake are my favorite couple in this series! And I know that it’s only the second book, still I’m sure they will remain my favorite! There chemistry was undeniable. Their banters were so fun and entertaining. I loved how these two were so equal and compatible. They were so undeniably perfect. Brenna is feisty
This 2nd book in the Briar U series had me in stitches more than a few times! I absolutely love how the hockey team’s players are such great friends and they all have each other’s back!
In this story Jake is from the “enemy “ team, where as Brenna is the coach’s daughter from Briar U’s team! They keep their hook up from everyone but when major feelings begin to develop they aren’t sure what to do!

I loved this couple together! They had amazing chemistry!!! My only complaint was that I would have
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
It’s official. I’m hot for this girl.

Reading an Elle Kennedy book is like eating your favorite ice cream; it's a sweet treat that feels slightly naughty and you just love every minute of it. So what can I tell you about The Risk? I loved it! It was enemies to lovers goodness that I devoured from start to finish with a goofy smily on my face the entire time!

Ever since Jake and Brenna immediately caught my attention the second they appeared on the pages of The Chase. I love m
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars!
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Brenna Jensen lives in the small college town of Hastings where she attends Briar University. They are known for their hockey, and she's the daughter of Briar's head hockey coach. She's bold, fierce, and has a tough, bad girl reputation for not caring much what people think of her. She's confident, feisty, and beautiful, and is extremely selective about who she gives her time to. Lately she keeps running into a gorgeous, arrogant hockey player from Harvard n
Geri Reads
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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The Risk proves that no matter how many times a trope has been done to death, at the hands of a skilled writer, it will still feel fresh and new every single time. This book is Elle Kennedy in her element.

The Risk is Brenna and Jake's book. It's part forbidden love and part fake dating trope. Jake Connelly is the captain of the rival hockey team while Brenna is the coach's daughter of Briar U hockey. The
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I really thought the lowest I would ever go on a Kennedy read, particularly for Off Campus/Briar U books, would be a three. I thought THE MISTAKE would be that one outlier for me. But then THE RISK happened..

I mean, there was nothing awful or terrible to endure. Nothing that aggravated or annoyed me or even frustrated me. But I think that was the problem. I just didn't feel.. anything. Neither character felt particularly layered or interesting. Nor did I feel much chemistry between these two --
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!


^^Sorry, I had to get that out.

This is the story of Jake and Brenna, the star hockey player for Harvard and the daughter of the enemies coach. Their romance is forbidden because of a huge rivalry, but there's something between them that cannot be denied.

The Risk is the Elle Kennedy we know and love back again. Even though The Chase was not a win for me, Jake and Brenna were introduced in that story and I was always intrigue
Em Lost In Books
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, 2010-19, 2019
Well this was fun, very similar to The Deal and The Score. ...more
❤️ Paulette  Alphas Review
Title: ➳ ❤The Risk

Series ➳ Briar U 2#
Author: ➳ Elle Kennedy

Published February 18th 2019
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

ღ I can honestly say that in my personal opinion Elle Kennedy redeemed herself in my eyes, Cuz I really enjoy the 1st book in this series as I did this one

What can I say these books keep getting better & better, of course I finish this one & I’m ready to dive into the next one right away… that’s just how good this one was!!!! I know I’m late to crave of this series, but good news, I can jump in
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

In my opinion, no one writes a sports romance as impeccable as Elle Kennedy. The Risk is Briar U’s second instalment and was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Elle’s writing is always right on point and written with such precision, passion, thought and creativity. I absolutely loved The Risk from start to finish… it was positively perfect.

Brenna is the coach of Briar U’s Hockey team’s daughter and she is such a fierce and sassy character and I knew I was going to be drawn to her almos
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
If you follow me, you might have noticed that my feed has been littered with a lot of romance novels lately. The reason why is pretty straight-forward: when I’m tired or when my ADHD is acting up (let’s face it, it’s usually both), romance is my go-to genre. There’s just something so calming and smile-inducing in good romance novels, it’s like catnip when I’m running on three (okay, two) hours of sleep. Now what I want to know is how the fuck books like The Risk dare ruin my carefully-nurtured g ...more

After meeting Brenna in The Chase I knew she was going to be an amazing heroine of her own story. And I was not wrong! Especially when you add in the fact that her hero is none other than Jake Connely, captain of Brair U's rival hockey team. It's like Romeo and Juliet level of forbidden. But not even the wrath of Brenna's father, Briar's head hockey coach, could keep these two apart and the result was one hot connection between Bren
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️

The heroine was fantastic- strong, smart and witty. A great installment in the series!
This is more like 3.5 stars, but you know what? Jake Connelly and Brennelly deserve full 4 stars. Even though I felt like something was missing from the overall story, and the ending was ridiculously abrupt (I’m kinda mad, because what was that?) this book was really good. Brenna and Jake as a couple stole my freaking heart away and I love them. They belong together in every sense of the word, a couple that was matched so well. And this is EK’s best gift as an author: she really knows her charac ...more
Amy | Foxy Blogs

THE DATING GAME questions with Jake and Brenna:

”My father would skin me alive if I ever dated THE ENEMY. Dad and Jake’s coach, Daryl Pedersen, have been feuding for years. According to my father, Coach Pedersen sacrifices babies to Satan and performs blood magic in his spare time.”

”I like outsp
Wendys Wycked Words
Awesome !! I really love this series (and the previous one). Have to think about my rating a bit, since it started out so slow. Once I got halfway through, everything started to rock !! So 4, maybe 4,5 stars. Full review to come soon.... when RL isn't pulling me in all sorts of different directions :P

Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wohooo this was even better than the 1st book... Nope, Jake & Brenna was just so...

And I'm already excited for the 3rd book!!! 😜😜😜
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I won't even go into depth in what I know is my NA broken record -- the ending was too abrupt and sucked for me. Otherwise, I liked it. I liked the characters, I liked their progression into deeper feelings, I liked their chemistry, and I liked the side characters. The pacing was a little off at first, but not too bad. It was an enjoyable Romeo and Juliet college hockey player type read 😂

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Brenna and Jake's story. They've met thro
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time a new Elle Kennedy book comes out, I always want to drop everything and devour the book in one sitting. While real life did get in the way of this dream, I was able to devour this book in a couple of days and fall in love with Brenna and Jake's story.

Brenna is used to disappointing her father, no matter how hard she's tried to make a life for herself by getting into Briar and keeping good grades. When the opportunity of a lifetime comes to interview for a hockey news-casting program,
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A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just

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