The Risk; Briar U #2 (Series)
by Elle Kennedy (Author)
This review is from: February 11, 2019 By Kay Daniels (Kindle Edition-Goodreads)
How many ways are there to laugh? I could Google the answer, but instead, let me tell you just a few of the ways I engaged in LOLing my way through The Risk. I snickered, snorted, giggled, unlady-like gwafed, most likely brayed like a donkey, cackled, had bursts of uncontrollable bouts of laughter where I read and reread the same sentences over and over just so I could partake in tears-rolling-down-my-face laughing just to name a few. This book hit my funny bone in all the right spots and this is just the beginning of why I loved this book.
Brenna and Jake are two formidable characters who are evenly matched. Their wit, carisma, self-confidence, really just about everything about their person is so likeable it’s hard to find anything lacking about either one. It also makes for a great game of cat and mouse when you have two people so evenly matched in the witty brain game. Their chemistry is off the charts right from the get go. Even better, neither is ever offended from the sarcastic comments they throw at each other, which only amps up the tension between the two.
Their story really begins with Jake asking Brenna to back off from seeing one of his players. However Brenna doesn’t take directions from anyone.
“She’s bold and fierce, and those qualities combined with her beauty make her a force to be reckoned with.”-Jake
Their back and forth once Jack puts a kibosh on her booty call is a beautiful tango, but when Brenna, the unfathomable Brenna needs help landing an internship and her only ace in the hole is Jake, she does the one thing she never thought she’d do. She claims him as her boyfriend. Their fake relationship begins, however, their back and forth really began back when Jake began his meddling, but both are too proud to really own up to it.
Jake Connelly attends Harvard, the enemy of Briar- currently -since they are close to competing for the championships in hockey. Brenna’s father, Coach Jensen, coaches for Briar where Brenna also attends, so to say that Jake is the enemy is putting it mildly. Jake’s focus has always been hockey, since he was five years old. As current captain of the hockey team he’s looking out for his teammates, so when he confronts Brenna and asks her to leave one of his teammates alone it’s all in the interest of his team winning this years championship.
Hello, wave a red flag in front of a bull.
Little did he know that Brenna would end up back in his life numerous times after that encounter. Little did he know that Brenna would become more than just a girl he knew of from Briar. Little did he know that Brenna would ask him for a favor that would change everything going forward in his life.
“For some reason, the way Jake seems to get along with everyone rubs me the wrong way. It’s hard to think of him as THE ENEMY when faced with evidence that he might be a decent guy.”-Brenna
The Risk not only is filled with lots of laughs, but it has lots of heart. There was a point I had to set my ipad down and wipe my eyes, so definitely be prepared for an emotional ride.
Along with the tears of laughter and just plain tears, you’ll have bouts of anger. Brenna meets with one of the most sexist (you read that right, sexist, not sexiest-vowels are extremely important here) person I think I’ve ever had the chance of reading or meeting and honestly I’ve worked with several in my lifetime. This character tips the scales mega-douchiness. This is one more reason why I love Brenna’s character she is the bigger person., Be prepared through and hold on to whatever you are reading, because you are going to want to toss something.
Brenna and Jake make it through lots of obstacles all while consorting with “the enemy”, but at the end of the day is any of it realistic, can they really be more than just partners in crime? What they’ve had is fun, but could it ever be more than just helping each other out?
The Risk checked off every box on any list I could possibly come up with. It is a fantastic read.