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The Play

(Briar U #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,844 ratings  ·  510 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 H 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.

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Feb 06, 2019 added it
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:
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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 was put
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
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
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
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.

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 !!

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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
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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
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

shre ♡
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.
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, favourite

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
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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 really mean
Milica's Bookshelf
'The Play' is definitely the best part 'Briar U' series, at least for me.

I loved it! Especially the fact that Demi is a POC, its nice to get some diversity :). Also, I love Hollis and Rupi in the extended epilogue whuch was freakn nuts btw. Overall, it was great to catch up with everyone and even though Elle says that this is the last book in the series I am holding out for more!

Edit October 3rd, 2019
So this is not about Rupi and I don't think the heroine is Indian :(. I honestly thought she would be since the cover girl looked brown, but none of the reviews mention
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
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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 then I’ll
Bookgasms Book Blog
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula, missy, shelly
BOOM! Did you hear that? That was Elle Kennedy dropping the mic on another AH-MAZING N/A story and the finale to her Briar U series. The Play was the perfect mic drop as Kennedy signed, sealed and delivered the best damn story in the series!! Hunter and Demi were FIRE!! They were sexy and banterific and filled to the brim with the comedic snark that we love from this author. And we haven't even touched their chemistry! Demi and Hunter's sexual tension was palpable. Thisnwas hands down the hottes ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
#1 the chase ★★★
#2 the risk ★★★★
#3 the play ★★★

this was fun, entertaining, and all, but plot wise it was rather flat. even when there was a conflict, it was more about the characters having inner struggles with themselves which then affected their relationship and not them dealing with one same issue as a couple. the good thing about this is that both of our main characters had a notable development.

on the flip side, their romance was a bit lackluster. they started off as friends. then when the
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Elle Kennedy has my heart taking off into a full sprint every single time with her Briar U series. I just can't get enough of the addictive goodness surrounding this group of Briar athletes and their romantic escapades. The Play fell right in line with all of my favorite Elle Kennedy sports romances that have come before it, a deliciously sexy love story that was so well written, SO damn FUNNY, and so completely unputdownable. I just adored it. 

Who doesn't love a friends to lovers SPORTS romance
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Elle Kennedy never disappoints, and I’m a sucker for her NA romances. What really sold me on The Play, though, was the chemistry that is so palpable between Demi and Hunter.

Hunter was absolutely hilarious. I loved his devotion to his cause, the antics and comedic moments that arose from his restriction. His interactions with Demi were clever and funny as friends and sweet and romantic as a couple. I also loved his interactions with his female roommates as much as
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
Oct 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
elle, i am tremendously disappointed; after two great books i thought this was going to be perfect as well but it was not like that at all.
demi, the protagonist; was dull, boring and not just that, she's supposed to be a latina hA. she describes salsa as a verb (i threw up in my mouth), she's assumed to be a latina because she wears hoop earrings or because she eats food from cuba??? she doesn't even speak spanish??
the day i get to see a TRUE latinx in a book, born and raised in latin america (
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
the only reason I'm not giving it one star is because hunter was a softie and he deserves better!

a note of advice to every white author out there- please research well if you're gonna write poc/lgbt+ characters.... don't stereotype them..... interview actual real poc and get to know about their culture, not just use your characters to get them "woke" points.
The Play was a solid 4 - Star read!

Messy & spoilery review incoming: this is basically me word vomiting my thoughts. It’s not in order und as mentioned pretty messy :D
Like my mom always says, know your worth. Make them work for it.

— My favorite Demi & Hunter scenes:
↠ when Hunter was helping Demi with Tinder. How he analyze which picture to use and what caption. I feel like that was so on point! Then when Demi was looking at the messages of all her matches and Hunter replied with “Isn
Meghan March
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....

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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 off

Oct 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
everyone: elle kennedy doesn't have even one poc character

elle kennedy : writes the most stereotyped, clichéd, offensive poc character in na

everyone: wait

I haven't read this and I'm not planning on doing so. I know that he calls her mami and that's already too much for me. Also this author is lesbophobic, don't support her.
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Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soooooo good ugh I have so much to say but I'll write it all in my full review closer to release day. Y'all get ready for this one bc it is just too much of everything in the best way possible!
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
It's the disappointment I never saw coming...

I had numerous issues with this book and I had feels that were...also there.

I guess I lied a little in the beginning as I was expecting to be disappointed on some level, given how freaking hyped I'd been for Hunter's book since The Chase, hell, since he appeared in Off Campus series as Dean's protege of sorts.

I'm suffering from a mild case of cognitive dissonance here if I'm being honest. I LOVED the characters. Hunter was soft, cute and overall a g
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
r.i.p pablo the egg. you were the real hero of this book
Angie Elle
After: 3.5 stars

ARC from the Author

If you’re a New Adult reader, you probably don’t need this introduction, but being the responsible blogger I am, I’m giving it to you anyway. The Play is the third book in Elle Kennedy’s Briar U series, which is a spin off of her wildly popular Off Campus series. Every book in this series is so addictive and fun, and Elle Kennedy really shows she’s the queen of the genre with each new release. There was so much to love about this book, but unfortunately a few t
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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

Other books in the series

Briar U (3 books)
  • The Chase (Briar U, #1)
  • The Risk (Briar U, #2)
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