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The Play

(Briar U #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  31,339 ratings  ·  2,669 reviews
A brand-new standalone novel in the New York Times bestselling 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 ho
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 422 pages
Published October 7th 2019 by Elle Kennedy, Inc
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Mary No. Elle stated in her instagram stories that we have never met the girl mc of The Play. So it's not Rupi and Hollis or Hazel.…moreNo. Elle stated in her instagram stories that we have never met the girl mc of The Play. So it's not Rupi and Hollis or Hazel.(less)

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Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, I think it’s time Elle and I take a break.

After wondering what was it that I didn’t like about this book, it came very clear the lack of friendship. The lack of emotion.

I don’t like comparing but there’s a vast difference between the Briar series and the Off-Campus. With the first series, Garrett, Logan, Tucker and Dean… they were friends. There was this warm feeling all over the books and while there are books within the series I like more than others, I felt the deep emotions in all four
I never thought I'd be sitting down and writing a two star review for this book. I absolutely love the Off-Campus series and those books hold a special place in my heart. The Briar U series has been a lot of fun so far and I really enjoyed Summer and Brenna's books, but I found myself really struggling to get through this one. Really struggling. Here's why:

-I felt no connection with Hunter and Demi. Unlike the previous books and the Off-Campus series, I didn't really feel like they were that co
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
24993460-SX540 THE-PLAY
is the third full length new adult, romance book in Elle Kennedy's 'Briar U' series. But can be read as a complete stand-alone. Spoken in Dual POV's.

MY REVIEW AND OTHERS: can also be found on my blog:

OMG I was so excited when this hit my kindle! Other than work, life went on hold!

After their last disastrous hockey season which all went up in smoke last year, which we read about in The Risk all Hunter wanted to do w
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Play was the perfect NA college novel. A friends to lovers romance that was lighthearted, fun, cute and sweet.

Honestly, The Play was the perfect example for why I enjoy Elle Kennedy’s NA romances so much. Lots of jocks, good looking, smart, kind, and funny guys who enjoy college, parties and girls, but also work their asses off on the ice, and off – lol. And the women are feisty, sassy and smart, and know how to keep the hockey players/jocks on their toes.

Demi and Hunter were the ultimate co
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oct 9, 2019:
I think I'm going to have to sit with this book for a bit before I rate it. On the one hand, I adore Hunter and Demi's friendship and their sloooooow slide to a relationship. On the other, some of the details of this book frustrated me and feel.... off, somehow.

Mar 14, 2019:
I WAS RIGHT. This is officially Hunter's book (announced on Elle's IG).

Feb 21, 2019:
It's definitely not about Rupi (or Hazel). Elle has said we've never met the girl in The Play. It's someone new.

Feb 10, 2019:
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

The moment our mouths make contact, a hot shiver rolls through me and settles between my legs. My dick is thick, heavy against my thigh. Motherfucker. This kiss is everything.

”THE PLAY” is by far my favorite installment of the Briar U series. Since the first book, I have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on Hunter Davenport’s story. I knew that it was not going to disappoint, and I’m happy to confirm it was well worth the wait! This boo
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This was entertaining and the dialogues were really fun, but I had many issues with this book. First of all, I couldn’t get over how good they were as friends!! I just couldn’t see them as anything more. There relationship should’ve stayed platonic because I really didn’t feel their romance.

I also didn’t enjoy the end. It literally came out of nowhere. Such an important subject shouldn’t have been used like that, as a way to end the book with and to show how perfect Demi was and how lov
❤️ Paulette's  Alphas Review
Title: ➳ ❤The Play
Series ➳ Briar U 3#
Author: ➳ Elle Kennedy
Published October 7th 2019

👄What a wild & crazy ride! I fell head over heal for Hunter Davenport when we were introduced to in The Chase.
I hope & 🙏🙏 for Hunter to get his own book & thankfully Elle Kennedy heard those 🙏🙏

💎Hunter Davenport is now that captain of his college hockey team, He feels guilty for his hand in Briar not making it to the national championship last year! So, Hunter Makes a vowel to his self that he is going to mai
Wendys Wycked Words

I love Elle Kennedy's writing style and I adore her sports series. The "Off Campus" series, is definitely one of my favorites and this spin-off is turning out to be one as well ;) I had a blast finally reading Hunter's story and I happy to say that Elle found the perfect girl for him !!

who's that girl gif - Google zoeken

Those of you, who have read the previous book, know all about the "fuck up" that was last season. Hunter, being the team captain of "Briar U", is taking things very seriously and personally... So he vowed that the
h o l l i s
Okay, it's official. I'm tapping out of this series. I've clearly outgrown it or maybe it's just the genre itself. I don't know. I love hockey romances, enjoy ensemble casts that lean heavily on hijinks as the comic relief, but while I did recently reread (and love, again) the series that spawned this one, nothing since THE CHASE has worked. So I guess that was the fluke.

This is everything that you would expect it to be, both as a fan and from what it says on the box. It's got a reformed playboy
Sarina Bowen
Loved it! Hunter and Demi have great chemistry. And the Briar U crew was in rare form. (The coach was particularly funny in this one.) Oh, and Pablo was a great touch.
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You’re a fun date.” “This isn’t a date.” She tips her head in challenge.
“Then why are you giving me the Penis Eyes?”
“I’m not.”
“I know Penis Eyes when I see ’em.”

Elle Kennedy knows how to hit the spot just right when it comes to her addictive NA Sports romance. She's able to combine quirky humor with deliciously steamy romance and create page-turning books that seems to get better with each new one in this series. I know I said this when I finished the The Risk, but I real
shre ♡
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
it was going well until the last fourth of the book.

can authors PLEASE stop using important and serious topics (i.e. suicide) to further a plot point and (in the case of this book) highlight the main characters achievements while completely ignoring the significance of the actual topic? it’s not cute.

the three stars are mainly for hunter, bucky, and pablo.
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You can't go wrong with Elle Kennedy, I love her books so much and this one is another fantastic read!I adore this series and the characters!The Play is refreshing and I loved the connection between the characters!


Everything felt realistic and I liked how things started!The romance was one of the best parts in the story! Demi and Hunter stole my heart, I enjoyed their sexual tension!I had a smile most of the time!

If you are looking for a captivating
Once again I thoroughly enjoyed another instalment of the Briar- U series! This is the third book and it’s Hunter and Demi’s story!

I will admit that I wasn’t big on Hunter in the last book. To me he was way to easy with his sexual favours... basically way too promiscuous for my taste!!! In this book though he has taken a vow of celibacy so he can focus on playing hockey! He is now the team captain, and I will admit that I was able to see another side to Hunter... I began to like what I was seein
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

I don’t know if my reading tastes have changed or if Elle Kennedy has lost her touch. Maybe a little bit of both? I used to DEVOUR her books and cry that there weren’t more. But this Briar U series has been a face plant for me. The pacing was off for me. The first 50% of this book was so beyond boring and slow for me. The second 50% was much better but felt incredibly rushed. I liked Demi as a heroine, but Hunter as a hero felt sanitized. He had no personality, it was so weird to me. Ov
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
this is fun, entertaining, and all, but plot wise its rather flat. even when theres a conflict, its more about the characters having inner struggles with themselves and not them dealing with one same issue as a couple. the good thing about this is that both of our main characters have a notable development.

on the flip side, their romance is a bit lackluster. they starts off as friends. then when they become a couple, nothing really changes except that this time they can bang each other whenever
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I. Loved. This!!! The Play might be my new favorite of the Briar U series. I freaking adored Hunter and Demi!!

Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.
shirley ♡

I’ve wanted to read Hunter’s book since I read the chase, you can imagine how excited I was when this book came out.

This book was a disappointment to me. I was excited when I read that Demi was Cuban, then I read this book and what a disappointment.

The Cuban/Latino culture in this book was just.....


First of all, Despacito IS NOT salsa. It is Pop/Reggaeton and second of all, mothers don’t call their daughters “mami” that’s creepy af.

It was nice to see the off-campus gang in this book but
by far the best book in this series

this book had a lot of going on for itself but my favorite is that for the most part of reading it I had a huge smile on my face...

Garrett & Hannah are my fav couple from this bunch but....but I feel all kind of special feels for Hunter & Demi...

Look, the simple way to say it is..if you like to read New Adult..just read this book!

* happy & feelgood read
* great banter
* amazing characters
* laugh out laud dialogue

Hunter babe... I really like you...

Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: part-of-a-series, arc
Ever since I was introduced to Hunter Davenport in The Chase and how he got his heart broken I couldn’t wait to get his book. I felt so bad for him and how he behaved in The Risk showed he needed a change. In behavior and what he wanted to do in life.

In The Play Hunter is celibate and very dedicated to succeeding while focusing on his main goal which is hockey. It’s going great also when he gets paired up with Demi for Psych class doing a project. Their bantering is awesome and so funny. I enjoy
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

I haven’t been in love with an entire series this much before. Not sure how, but Elle Kennedy always creates the perfect college romance and somehow we deserve the absolute delight of reading her brilliant stories! The Play delivered a delicious slow-burn, friends to lovers combined friends with benefits romance that left me emotionally gratified and romantically satisfied. Filled with humour, some favourite past faces (I fucking wept over Dean and Jake), the sassiest heroines and the greatest h
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

L.J. Shen
In The Chase Hunter had his heart broken
In The Risk his man-whoring ways got his wrist broken.
Now, he's back, he's sworn to celibacy, and he might have just met his match....

THE PLAY is live! Get yours:
Amazon | Apple | Nook | Kobo

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 Daven

Edit - 2/11/2020

I think it just hit me that the reason I gave this book 5 stars was due to the fact that there were people of different ethnicities in the book but in my ignorance, I never realized how stereotypical the author made the POC characters out to be. The only reason I loved Rupi was because she was an Indian girl, but in reality, the girl was hella annoying. I am reading other reviews about this book and not that I am well versed in the Latin culture specifically in this case; Colombi
Jun 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: new-adult
elle kennedy legit based her latino characters on gloria from modern family and said that's enough latino representation for today oof. as a latina, i am disgusted at the half assed attempt of rep she tried to incorporate in her series. at this point, i'm glad that 98% of her characters are straight caucasians because gurl here has no clue on how to write minorities nor interest whatsoever in doing so.

the play was actually boring and unnecessarily long for a new adult book.. i mean almost 500 pa
Lau Novas
This is exactly what I´m looking for when I pick a college romance: a fun and light story full of surrealist scenes and sassy characters. I don't know if I was in the right mood, or that Hunter Davenport (H) has the same humour as me, but I couldn't stop laughing.

“Hunter!” Rupi shrieks. “Get out of there already. You’ll use up all the hot water and I want to shower before bed!”

A groan lodges in my throat, which feels raw and achy from all the heavy panting I just did.

“Go away,” I growl at the
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars ⭐️
Amy | Foxy Blogs

THE DATING GAME questions with Hunter and Demi:

”After last season’s disastrous end, I vowed to make hockey my top priority. When you’re not having sex, working out is imperative for your sanity.”

”It’s only until the end of the season which will put me at one full year of celibacy once I cross the finish line. And th
Penny Reid
Oct 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
In The Chase Hunter had his heart broken
In The Risk his man-whoring ways got his wrist broken.
Now, he's back, he's sworn to celibacy, and he might have just met his match....

THE PLAY is live! Get yours:
Amazon | Apple | Nook | Kobo

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 Daven

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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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