If you haven’t read the book, the review might contain minor spoilers.
First thoughts after reading: I need a Jake Connelly in my life ♥
Elle Kennedy has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her Off-campus series stole my heart. I was really sad when it ended, but fortunately she started writing a spin-off series. I was so so so so excited. The Chase was amazing, Fitzy and Summer clicked together so well. But this review is not about them, it’s about Brenna and Jake. It is about the second book of Briar U. The Risk is amazing, cute and hot. But let’s start from the beginning.
After reading The Chase I wished that Jake would be Brenna’s love interest. There were other possibilities, but still I hoped. When I think back to reading the story I have a huge smile on my face, because that’s how it makes me feel.
Brenna is such a great character. She doesn’t take shit from anyone. I love her sarcasm and attitude. She overcame some stressful events in the past. When I’ve learned what her major is, I wanted to do a happy dance. She is exactly my kind of person. She is tough on the surface, but deep down she is sensitive. I get her; she doesn’t want to let her vulnerability show. In some ways, she is like me. She doesn’t open up to just anyone. She chooses that person carefully. I really like that she wouldn’t let anybody get her down. She fights for what she wants.
The character I fell in love with most is Jake. Yes, he IS selfish. Yes, hockey ALWAYS comes first, but he has so many layers. I’ve already liked his character in The Chase. But in The Risk, he stole my heart completely for multiple reasons. Honestly, I can’t come up with one bad thing about him. He is confident, but in a healthy way and he lets it show. He cares a lot about his family and friends. He is that type of character who doesn’t even need to try and you fall in love with him anyway.
I love Elle’s writing style. Her books are so easy to read. Once I started reading, it was hard to put it down. The tension between Brenna and Jake was great. I was expecting them to jump each other the second they were alone, but luckily they didn’t. I love how Brenna slowly opened up to him, showed him her vulnerability and started to trust him. I found myself sighing dreamily. I really like their relationship. I could talk about it all day and more.
One thing or I’ll rather say person, annoyed the hell out of me. It is Rupi. Honestly, I would just scratch her out of the story. If a guy acted the way she did, all hell would break loose. With her, everyone was laughing, thought that it’s cute or something. Personally I hated those parts. I felt sad for Mike. Why the hell would he even consider talking to such person? I still don’t get it.
The only problem with Elle’s books for me is the forced drama. Everything was so nice, happy and then? At that moment I wanted to throw my kindle across the room. It made me so furious because why would you do that to them?
I love how Elle is able to incorporate serious problems into her books with such simplicity. This part of the story really made me think about the issue. It is real, it is there, but mostly nobody cares.
The Risk is a great read. The story is straightforward with no major surprises, but I enjoyed it so much thanks to the characters I’ve already loved, as well as new characters and my most favorite sport – hockey. I recommend it to everyone who wants a fast read with great writing style and likable characters.
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.