Audiobook Review: The Risk (Briar U, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Risk by Elle Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 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


The following ratings are out of 5:
Narrator: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💚🖤💙💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: 😎☺️🙃😚😍

The heroine: Brenna Jensen – daughter of the hockey coach at Briar U and student there as well. She is best friends with Summer from The Chase. She is not averse to hooking up with an athlete, but she refuses to date them, especially if they are “The enemy”. Friends with benefits are more her thing.

The Hero: Jake Connolly – Star hockey player for Harvard (rivals to Briar). He is tall, good looking and muscular. He is also a notorious player off the ice and has already signed a big contract with the NHL. He wants to win the game against Briar so he has knuckled down on the guys and their “extra-curricular” activities.

The Story: Brenna hooked up a few times with one of Jake’s teammates and though she didn’t care if she saw him again, she got furious when Jake told him not to see Brenna anymore, she is even angrier when she is out one night and hears a girl in the restroom and it sounds like Jake isn’t taking his own advice not to indulge with the opposite sex.

The book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narration is done by Teddy Hamilton and Virginia Rose. Teddy is one of my favorite narrators. He has a sexy voice and it doesn’t sound like he is reading, he is a voice actor instead of just a narrator. Virginia Rose has an intelligent sounding feminine voice and does a great job as well.

There is a lot about the rivalry between Briar U and Harvard, including the fact that Brenna’s father and the coach for Harvard attended Yale together and were teammates and didn’t like each other. Brenna felt her father would kill her if she dated a Harvard hockey player. Though I loved how she was attracted to Jake from the beginning, though she wouldn’t admit it to herself.

I also loved that this was a true sports romance, with a play by play of the most important game. Hockey is fun for that since the guys on opposite teams give each other the business trying to anger the other and get them to make mistakes. Not to mention the fights. This was a fun one and I would definitely read this one again.


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