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The Risk

Series: Briar U, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

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 this story

loved the story of jake and Brenna it was such fun to listen to and had me laughing out loud Brenna is a great female character and Jake is ideal for her. the narrators read it so well especially Brennas who put so much emotion in when tell the story about Eric have listened to it twice now and know I will do again

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Really didn’t do it for me

This was really missing something. Didn’t really feel the relationship and the whole book seemed a bit emotionally immature. Jake’s ego and selfishness were just really annoying. There’s something quite boring about two good looking universally adored people getting together. And I know it’s college life but the whole book was just obsessed with getting laid which was dull too. Perhaps I’ve just matured past these books? I used to love Elle Kennedy. Still love Sarina Bowen books though so maybe it’s just this particular series that’s a dud for me.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 28-12-19

The Risk

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
  • 14-05-19

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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  • A.Fernandez
  • 05-10-19

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
  • 09-08-19

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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  • Ap2514
  • 10-07-19

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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  • Breanna Rindahl
  • 27-06-19

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
  • 20-06-19

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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  • JM Saenz
  • 18-04-19

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Smiley face with heart emoji eyes! I truly enjoyed the book. The storyline kept on building and building on the emotions. In my opinion this book is better than the one before. I loved it and I anxiously waiting for the next installment in the series. The narration was great as well.

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  • Momasitta
  • 07-08-20

Awesome read

I loved The risk. It was so well written with excellent narrators. It held my attention. I stayed up all night listening and never wanted it to end. Thanks

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  • StrickDC
  • 31-07-20

No Risk, No Reward

Brenna and Jake are forces to be reckoned with and when they collide...kaboom! The banter is sharp and witty. The chemistry is smoldering. Their reluctant relationship pushes them out of their comfort zones. They soften and strengthen together. Their HEA was the fruition of their willingness to be vulnerable and trust each other. Not only with their fears and secrets, but with their hearts! The narrators brought these characters to life with great timing and intonation. They emotes the authors words and captured the heart of the story.