THE RISK by Elle Kennedy [Review by Silver]

THE RISK by Elle Kennedy [★★★★☆ – 4.5/5]

Let me start off by saying that I’ve been a fan of Elle Kennedy’s books for a few years now so last week when I found out I was one of the lucky few who received an ARC of The Risk I went sort of crazy with excitement. The wait for it was a #struggle to be honest (seriously I have never experienced this feeling in anticipation for a book before).

I had pretty high expectations for this book not gonna lie. The setup for Brenna and Jake’s story in The Chase (Briar U #1) was so intriguing. Especially because ever since The Risk was announced as Brenna’s book for the first 6 months we didn’t even know if her love interest would be Jake or not! But alas EK put us #brennelly shippers out of our misery over a month before the release date by confirming it in her newsletter. (Sign up for that here btw for all the latest updates, you will not regret it!)

After reading it I can honestly say that The Risk is probably one of the best sports romances I have read so far. EK definitely has the title for “New Adult Sports Romance Queen”. I loved how she can take a trope as overdone as “enemies/rivals-to-lovers” and still put a unique twist on it. It’s what I love about all her books actually.

Brenna and Jake’s relationship was so fun to see develop. These two characters were so independent and so interesting on their own and seeing their development was the best part of the book. They are definitely the most mature of all the Off-Campus/Briar U characters, and this fact made them so intriguing.

For Jake, it was nice to see a character so focused and passionate about hockey to the point that he felt he would never have time for a serious girlfriend. It was nice to see that him learning that he doesn’t need to give up one thing for the other but rather learn how to make time for both. Brenna was bad ass as usual and her take-no-shit/unapologetic attitude was so refreshing to read.

Another part I really enjoyed were the subplots in the book. One thing I love about the Off-campus/Briar U books is how realistically the college environment is portrayed. The fun banter between friends and the pranks were so much fun to read. I love how EK can stay unbiased with all her characters – good or bad they’re her characters and it really seems like she can’t hate on any of them. A character that I surprisingly really liked was Brooks Weston. He has a lot of issues that’s for sure but that’s what made him so captivating (here’s hoping he gets a book in the future!)

The only problem I had with the book was the pacing. The beginning and especially the end seemed to go too fast. The ending especially seemed too abrupt and I feel the book would have benefitted with maybe another scene or two with our main couple. The epilogue could have been better too, it seemed like it was written very last minute and felt rushed.

All that said I’m not lying when I say I read this book in one sitting (but is that really surprising considering how much I was looking forward to this book?). It’s fun, exciting, and just overall a great read. I feel as if this couple has ruined me for all other book couples – I don’t know how I will ever get over them. Is it too early to petition for a #Brennelly sequel? I can’t wait to see more of Brenna and Jake, but for now I guess I will go re-read The Risk.

If you’re looking for a fun, quick, refreshing new adult read then this book is definitely for you. Check it out on February 18th you will not be disappointed!

xo – Silver Grace

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Pranked by love-Sunniva Dee Cover reveal

Title: Pranked by Love
Series: #LovePranks #2
Author: Sunniva Dee
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Monika MacFarlane, 
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Release Date: February 26, 2019
Blurb
Two households, both
alike in dignity… hit a serious snag in their ongoing prank war last
semester.
The Blossoms of #246
and the Dudes of #247 each lost a member to flippin’ Love. (Insert eye-roll
here.)
The
lovebirds/turncoats now plan to move out of their houses and in with each
other. But true prankster talents like Kitty are few and far between, so the
remaining Blossoms are going to make damn sure there’s no shacking up before
Kitty has the perfect replacement for herself.
The Blossoms and the
Dudes agree on very little, but everyone agrees on this: there can be no more
pranks-turned-lovers between the two arch-fratenemy houses.
Yep, everyone
agrees.
Almost everyone.

Guess who the next book is about?
Excerpt
VISIT TO THE IOTA FRAT MANSION
K-Pop opens
the door, candy eyes as bright as ever and flawless features drawn up in a
mischievous smile. He’s wearing rabbit ears, but I know better than to ask.
They’re of the kind that are stuck to a hood so that his whole head is covered
in fake grey fur. The ears are long and soft-looking with pink centers. I want
to pet him.
“My, my,
my,” he mimics every Dude ever opening the door for a Blossom. “What have we
here? Picasso come here and see what we have here. It’s the Blossom who wants
to suck you off!”
“How about
you shut your face?” I ask sweetly. The last time I was here, I magically
avoided the Pirate Punch. The Dude Den’s most infamous concoction consists of
every type of alcohol available. That and jam. Any jam. Unfortunately, even
though I avoided it, I was still lit by the time I ended up in his room.
“Saki is
here to lick your prick!” K-Pop hollers.
“Oh my God,
you’re so stupid,” I say. “Where is he?”
One thing
never fails in 247: every Dude that’s not the one you ask for will appear in
the doorway. Guns is wearing a Viking helmet. Lucian pokes his head out behind
him with wet hair and a comb sticking straight up from it. “Hey, Blossom.
What’s up?”
“She’s here
to—”
“Long Dick,
if you don’t shut your trap, I’ll pour all this paint down your throat.” I hold
up the goddamn ochre. “You know what? I’m too busy for this. I’m going to just
leave the paint here and get going.”
“That
wasn’t the deal, I believe.”
I scrunch
my eyes shut and open them slowly at the melodious, too intimate voice. Finding
a pair of stunning grey eyes above me, I straighten and give Picasso the
stare-down he deserves.
“I’m not as
anal as you, so sorry for forgetting the exact manner in which I am to return
the ochre. Let’s see.” I pucker my mouth like I’m thinking. I’m not gonna lie
and say I don’t enjoy it when his gaze sinks to watch my lips. “Nope, I’ve got
nothing. Unless you wanted me to pour it right on your precious painting
myself?”
He lets out
a small snort and hooks his finger for me to follow him. I’m not too chicken to
obey. And up the stairs of the Dude mansion we go… sober.
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Author Bio
Sunniva Dee
is an Amazon top 100 bestselling author with an eclectic taste in books. Born
and raised in Norway, Sunniva lived in the United States for 17 years before
returning to the mothership. She currently dwells at the midst of a glittering
Nordic winter, where she sucks inspiration from trolls and barn gnomes and cold
little mermaids popping their heads out of the fjords. Oh, and Spotify. Always
Spotify.
Sunniva
dabbles in literary romance, romantic comedy, contemporary romance, young adult
fiction, new adult fiction, dark romance, and paranormal. Unlike some authors,
she was not raised by fairies, and unlike others, she’s not also a musician.
But she boasts a ridiculous sense of humor and an obsession with furry mammals,
both evident in the #1 bestseller, the rom-com Love by Pranks. She’s currently
finishing up book 2 in the #LovePranks series, Pranked by Love, which releases
February 26th. 
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Legend by Sawyer Bennett, IT’S LIVE

Legend (Arizona Vengeance, Book #3)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: February 5, 2019

 

Synopsis:
The Arizona Vengeance is hockey’s hottest new team. But hockey’s hottest goalie is learning that even the best players sometimes need an assist.

Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I am Legend Bay.

Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present, and not one I was expecting.

As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.

But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .

Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.

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About the Author:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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Sawyer Bennett reveals her new Jameson Security series

SAWYER BENNETT REVEALS NEW ROMANTIC SUSPENSE SERIES WITH A HUGE $500 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

This May, join the alpha males of Jameson Force Security as they do the dirty jobs no one else wants to do. Kynan McGrath leads the charge in this Wicked Horse Vegas spin off series, featuring former military special forces doing what they do best…whatever it takes to get the job done. Rescues, protection services, undercover and covert military operations, espionage, surveillance–the darker, the dirtier, the more dangerous, the better.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play for the Jameson team. Sometimes the most dangerous situations are matters of the heart. And as Kynan McGrath is about to learn, a second chance at love can change everything.

KEEP READING for details on the first three books of this all new romantic suspense series, plus ENTER TO WIN a $500 Amazon gift card!


Code Name: Genesis

May 7, 2019

Years ago, they were in love. She was an up-and-coming superstar and he was the devilishly handsome security professional hired to keep her safe. They fell hard and fast, no matter how they tried to resist one another. But not everyone around them was happy about their relationship, and a string of lies and deceit destroyed what they once had.

Having just taken the helm of a nationally renowned protective services company, Kynan McGrath is looking to rebrand and revamp his career. The newly crowned Jameson Force Security is moving from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to the mountainous steel town of Pittsburgh, and the last thing Kynan has time for is to deal with his past.

More than a decade has passed since their split, but even a bruised and battered heart remembers its first love. So when Joslyn Meyers comes to him for help, Kynan reluctantly agrees to keep her safe from a terrifying stalker who keeps threatening her life.

As the danger they face continues to intensify, Kynan realizes he’ll stop at nothing to protect the woman who turned her back on him all those years ago. Because one thing is certain—no matter how hard he tries to convince himself otherwise, Joslyn still has his heart.

Preorder Code Name: Genesis


Code Name: Sentinel

September 10, 2019

Cruce Britton has left his presidential detail with the Secret Service to re-settle in Pittsburgh. He’s started a new job at Jameson Force Security and is adjusting to life in the private sector. But when energy scientist Barrett Alexander is targeted for the classified secrets she holds, Cruce finds himself on the fast track back to Washington. And on an even faster track to losing his heart.
 
 

Preorder Code Name: Sentinel


Code Name: Heist

January 7, 2020

Saint Bellinger doesn’t live up to his name. He may be a savior to some, but he’s a devil to most. Sindaria “Sin” Westin, however, lives up to her name every chance she gets. And when Jameson Security Force is hired to take down a ring of highly specialized thieves, Sin may find the Saint she never knew she needed.
 
 
 

Preorder Code Name: Heist


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About the Author:

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

Connect with Sawyer:

Remedy By Kaylee Ryan

Title: Remedy
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: New Adult/Brother’s Best Friend
Release Date: January 15, 2019

Blurb

It took one night with her to know she was my forever.
It took one minute for me to climb out of bed and drive away from her.
It’s taken me three years to confess that leaving her behind was the biggest mistake of my life.

I won’t stop until she knows what she means to me. I’ll convince her to listen to her heart.

It took one night for all of my dreams to come true.
It took one morning, waking up alone, for those same dreams to come crashing down around me.
It’s taken me three years to confess that night changed me forever.

He says this time is different, but how do I open my heart up to a man who’s already ripped it to shreds?

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Author Bio
Kaylee Ryan is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling
author.  When she’s not spinning tales of happily ever after, she’s
reading or spending time with family.  Born and raised an Ohio girl,
Kaylee resides in Cincinnati with her husband and their son.
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Remedy by Kaylee Ryan, cover reveal

Title: Remedy
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: New Adult/Brother’s Best Friend
Cover Design: Sommer Stein, 
Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Release Date: January 15, 2019

Blurb

It took one night with her to know she was my forever.
It took one minute for me to climb out of bed and drive away from her.
It’s taken me three years to confess that leaving her behind was the biggest
mistake of my life.

I won’t stop until she knows what she means to me. I’ll convince her to listen
to her heart.

It took one night for all of my dreams to come true.
It took one morning, waking up alone, for those same dreams to come crashing
down around me.
It’s taken me three years to confess that night changed me forever.

He says this time is different, but how do I open my heart
up to a man who’s already ripped it to shreds?

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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / APPLE BOOKS
GOOGLE PLAY

Trailer

Author Bio
Kaylee Ryan is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling
author.  When she’s not spinning tales of happily ever after, she’s
reading or spending time with family.  Born and raised an Ohio girl,
Kaylee resides in Cincinnati with her husband and their son.
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Jock Rule Cover Reveal @SaraNey

 

 

 

 

Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy.

He’s a rough. Dirty. Giant. Hair so unruly, and a beard so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch.

The first time Sasquatch lays eyes on Theodora “Teddy” Johnson across the keg at a party one night on Jock Row, she’d been relegated to the sidelines by her jock hungry “friends.”

Week-after-week, he watches beautiful but bashful Teddy getting overshadowed, and overlooked. Sasquatch finally broad shoulders his way through the crowd, offering to to be her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet? He’s a goner.

Teaching her the RULES for winning a jock will be the easy part. Not falling in love with her is going to be a losing game.

 

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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