Series: Briar U, #4
Published by Elle Kennedy Inc. on June 16th 2020
Genres: New Adult, Sports Romance
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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 parties…and in Greek Row sorority beds. He’s 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 loop—rather than laughing in my face, he does me a solid by letting me take him upstairs to pretend we’re 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.
Get ready for another binge-worthy romance from New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy!
I’m always ecstatic to return to Hastings and Briar U. The Dare gives us the opportunity to learn more about Conor Edwards, who stood out in The Play as a troublemaker and the unwitting instigator of romance for Demi and Hunter. The Dare also introduces the reader to sorority girl Taylor Marsh, and a new favorite couple emerges from this unexpected addition to the series.
As the hockey season is winding down, the boys continue to fight for their choice in a mascot, a pig, and sorority parties continue to bring together coeds. The “hook-up” of Conor and Taylor initiates Taylor’s introduction to hockey sparking one of the funniest descriptions of the sport:
“As I understand it, hockey is basically a bunch of first graders fighting over a little black puck while the referee tries to keep them from killing each other. It’s cute.”
Taylor comes to the story with very real hang-ups. Issues with her body and her looks, but she smart and confident in other ways, and Conor is the perfect match. These two are unsuspectingly similar. Oh, there are aspects of opposites attract, but mostly I saw how incredible these flawed, and slightly broken they are, and how their differences really balance them. This is what I loved most about them and their forced (thanks Abigail !) fake relationship. Bringing them together is a particularly fun and smart brainchild of Elle Kennedy’s. Their connection is undeniable, no matter how many times they try to screw it up. Their story is sweet, full of humor, and very sexy.
The Dare is another not to miss addition to the Briar U series from Elle Kennedy! 5 stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
I am a huge sucker for YA. The transition from young adulthood into the people these characters are supposed to be is quite amazing. The angst, the drama, the newness of it all. Elle Kennedy rocks this genre! And she rocked this book, too!
You fall in love with Taylor as the timid sorority girl who hasn’t yet figured out exactly who she is, but she has a pretty good idea so far. While she doesn’t fully see herself as others might, she’s quite an amazing girl (especially when she realizes her worth and find her voice – LOVED that part!). I think that’s what makes her such a perfect complement to Conor, the notorious womanizer. Taylor knocks him flat on his butt; he certainly wasn’t expecting her.
They take a sorority dar made out of spite and turn it into something fun for them…until they realize there is far more between them than just a dare. And that is exactly when all the fun and feels start. That’s when Conor swoops in and steals your heart.
As always, I love Elle Kennedy’s writing. She draws you into the pages of her book and won’t let you leave until she shares where the characters are going to take their lives. She’s a great storyteller, and you will never be remiss in spending some quality time with her and her writing.
~Review by Loredana
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