Tuesday 16 June 2020

✪ Elle Kennedy ✪ THE DARE ✪ #BriarU4 ✪

© Bianca ✰ Janeane 

• Book #4 in the #OffCampus Spin-Off series #BriarU
• 16 June 2020
4.125 Stars

Get ready for another binge-worthy romance from New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

College was supposed to be my chance to get over my ugly-duckling complex and spread my wings. Instead, I wound up in a sorority full of mean girls. I already have a hard time fitting in, so when my Kappa Chi sisters issue the challenge, I can’t say no.

The dare: seduce the hottest new hockey player in the junior class.

Conor Edwards is a regular at Greek Row partiesand in Greek Row sorority beds. Hes the one you fall for before you learn that guys like him don’t give girls like me a second glance. Except Mr. Popular throws me for a looprather than laughing in my face, he does me a solid by letting me take him upstairs to pretend were getting busy.

Even crazier, now he wants to keep pretending. Turns out Conor loves games, and he thinks it’s fun to pull the wool over my frenemies’ eyes.

But resisting his easy charm and surfer-boy hotness is darn near impossible. Though I’m realizing there’s much more to Conor’s story than his fan club can see.

And the longer this silly ruse goes on, the greater the danger of it all blowing up in my face.

Taylor has always had problems with her voluptous body.
What she doesn't understand yet is that guys love the way she looks.
Conor definitely does. That's why he first decides to help her win this stupid sorority bet - which was issued by stupid mean girl Abigail. She dared Taylor to seduce the hockey player. And Conor played along - pretending to sleep with Taylor - which he would love to actually do. But they're just friends for now. She's not really believing him when he says he's into her ... And he's not really in the market for a relationship anyway, plus he thinks he doesn't really belong in this Briar U rich-kid world.


We're finally back in that amazing Elle Kennedy hockey world!
Due to my Bookalzheimers, I completely forgot everything that happened in said hockey world in the previous books, I just know that I adored reading them!
Now it's Conor and Taylor's story.
And it was adorable!
Funny and sparky and sexy.
We also have some 'dangerous' things from our hero's past that might come calling.

I loved reading this book - just like every single Briar U and Off Limits book that came before.
Conor is so sweet with Taylor and they're so adorable together. And the other guys and girls from previous books are hilarious! I loved all the people!

But what I didn't like this time?! Ugh. Taylor. She was so effing insecure about her body. I get that. I'm fat too. But girl - jeez. It was too much. It took too much away from the story to have her always so insecure. Poor Conor. He constantly tells her how beautiful and how sexy she is. But she just doesn't believe it. It would've been enough to go with this storyline for a few chapters, maybe 30% of the book, but it goes on and on and on until we get another unnecessary drama part. The one about how Conor thinks he's not good enough for Taylor. He doesn't belong here. He's a bad guy and he has a bad past. Ugh. And then when it could be all over and happy endy, we go and get yet another drama to which the person reacts over-the-top ridiculous again. I really didn't like the 'drama' moments of this story at all. BUT I also loved everything else! All the people and the funny and sexy moments. It was just too much with the fat girl and bad boy shtick!

It was a great new adult college romance - I loved reading it - even though I complained a lot!☺

I can't wait to get more from this world - or any other world written by Elle Kennedy! GIMME!

THE DARE was an adorable & funny & sparky & sexy New Adult Hockey/College Romance! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Conor - this one is MINE! 

ARC received for an honest review

Woohooooo we are back in Elle Kennedy's hockey hottie world, and I couldn't be happier!
It seems an age since we have been here!


I love a fake romance story - we always know that it is going to be real by the end, it is just the journey we are taken on that is the fun.
Conor and Taylor's tale is the typical frat/sorority dare and follow through to stick it to the person who makes the bet.  I love the way Conor is all in from the start, and the spark and flirtations between the pair.

But gees, the thing that I wasn't such a fan of in this book was Taylor.  I like the story just fine, but I hated her "why is he with me blah blah blah" call the wambumlance stuff.  I get it girl, I am no model thin woman either, but holy heck if I heard you one more time saying stuff to Conor about it, I was going to reach into my Kindle and slap some sense into you.  He shows you over and over, and your insecurities were just OTT and ridiculous *rant over*
Conor also had his issues, but he eventually dealt with them like the (young) adult he is.  However then he was all "she's too good for me" ridiculousness and I may have facepalmed!
It sounds like I didn't like this story, but that's not true. I did like it, I just disliked their stupidness at times.  I guess that is also why I read very little NA these days, as I cannot deal with the immaturity of a lot of the NA characters, as I am an old fart!

But I would still read the takeaway menu if Elle Kennedy wrote it.

I loved seeing bits of the previous Briar U characters and where they are at now.  I want more.


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A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!