REVIEW: The Risk


After my mixed review of The Chase, I knew I really really looked forward to The Risk. I actually featured this book a few days ago for Can’t Wait Wednesday, and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC. I loved Elle’s work with Off-Campus (especially The Deal) and I really had high expectations for Brenna and Jake’s book. I knew that they were going to win me over completely even before the male love interest’s name was revealed (yeah, that was a whole thing), and let me tell you: it did not disappoint! 

My friends and I have been looking forward to The Risk since it was announced. We’ve saved Jake/Brenna related usernames on Twitter, URLs on Tumblr, and some designed cool video edits and others Tumblr graphics. A lot of us have actually changed our usernames on Twitter in relation to the book for the month of February, and mine is actually @brennelIy! So really, it’s pretty obvious that we’ve been looking forward to this book. Have I mentioned that we were looking forward to this book?!

Though The Risk follows the events of The Chase and the Off-Campus series, it pretty much could be read as a standalone. Brenna Jensen is the daughter of Briar’s Hockey team, and basically an all-around badass. She’s drop-dead gorgeous, shamelessly ambitious, and painstakingly driven, but under that exterior, she’s also a daughter who wants her dad’s acceptance again, and someone who just wants a career in sports without others discriminating her for her gender. Since the guy who’s interviewing her for a job is an avid fan of none other than Mr. Jake Connelly—who is her sworn eye candy enemy—she name-drops him as her boyfriend. Of course, he holds this over her head, after all, she tells him that she would never be associated with Harvard players (aka sworn enemies of Briar), but he agrees on one condition: for every fake date they have, he wants a real one.

God, I loved this book so much. I am so honored to have been sent the ARC by the publicist (Thanks, Nina!) and I really am so happy with the way The Risk turned out. I love Jake and Brenna’s dynamic as a couple, though I wish that they had more of the fake dating that was promised. I did like how their relationship dynamic formed way more than Summer and Fitzy’s because it felt so much more organic. Brenna and Jake have had so much sexual tension since however long they’ve known each other for, and it felt realistic that it escalated pretty quickly. I loved their banter, their snark and flirtatious moments. I love how this book wasn’t solely focused on their relationship, and really had more character moments than I ever wished for. The friendship between Summer and Brenna is off-the-charts, and it dealt with the main characters’ relationships with their parents.

The one-star drop comes from what I feel like could’ve been. As mentioned earlier, my friends and I have looked forward to this book for so long, and we really had a loooooot to say about what scenes might’ve been included that would’ve blown our minds off. A lot of it comes from the fake dating aspect that we thought would take up the majority of the novel, and the unnecessary love triangle that shouldn’t have been there. It’s not hard for a girl and a guy to be friends without falling in love. I felt a little hesitant to give it a five-star rating as well because of the way some mental health terms were used (readers, you probably know what I’m talking about), but it was a realistic way of showing how college students talk. I’ve never been in class without someone who didn’t make light of PTSD (ADHD in The Chase), so even if I was felt a little bit affected by that, it didn’t ruin my experience reading the book.

Brennelly is one of the two Elle Kennedy couples (other being Hannah/Garrett) that I would love a second book for. They stole the show in this series, and I really wish we could get more of them. Really, in the whole book, I just enjoyed their moments the most. There is a second sequel announced, and I have a suspicion it’s for Rupi and Mike, but hopefully, we’ll find out soon!

If you’re looking for a steamy, quick, and fun read, give a chance to Elle Kennedy’s work. Off-Campus and Briar U are some of the less-trashy new adult series I’ve read, and I am a huge sucker for enemies/rivals to lovers romance. Brenna and Connelly are my ultimate favorite couple of hers, and I feel so blessed to have been given an ARC. The book comes out in less than ten days too (on the 18th!), and I think that if you have a soft spot for this trope, and for cocky guys in general (I know I love them), you’ll enjoy this!

Got any new adult reads you’d like me to check out? Let me know in the comments below!

Title: The Risk (Briar U #2)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Fiction
Source: ARC via publicist
Publication Date: February 18, 2019
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Rating: 4/5


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10 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Risk

  1. I like Elle Kennedy. I read the first book and the series and enjoyed it.

    1. I’m planning on checking out her other series too after what she’s done with Briar U & Off-Campus. Can’t wait!

      1. Let us know how you like them. I’ll be curious to know. 😊

  2. Sounds like a trashy romance that ill love lol – nice review!

    1. Hahaha! *less* trashy for sure! I’m very attached to the characters so that’s a big plus!

  3. ah it’s always awesome when books meet or exceed your expectations! and I love organic relationships with banter and balanced with friendships and familial relationships. great review, and I look forward to reading this one!

    1. Yess, please let me know what you think! They’re definitely my favorite couple, especially snice I’m a sucker for E2L.

  4. Oh my god, I love the fake dating trope and was 100% ready to go get this and then I saw the love triangle and mental health representation issues… Should I just skip this one for now and read the first one instead?

    1. I think the love triangle situation + mental health rep is more prominent in the first book, but I definitely would suggest reading that (and the OC series) before this. Those aforementioned issues don’t really take up a lot of space in any of the novels, but it did make me hesitate a little bit!

  5. Oooooo! I LOVED the Deal. Can’t wait to read this one! Specially after I’ve read, it also features the fake dating trope!😂😍

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