My rating: 4 of 5 stars
➳When enemies who have that witty banter and know that as rivals they must be far away, their attraction and emotional attachment is what makes them inseparable…
➳When I first read about Brenna and her fierce attitude, I knew that I would be drawn to her and her back story no matter what it may be. I think I might have hyped it up just a tad bit because I am not one hundred percent pleased with her story. Maybe it’s because the story went very thoroughly into other aspects that did not involve themselves with Brenna and Jake? Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge supporter of Elle’s writing but this one book in particular is one that did not go up there in the radar for me. When the pages would turn and Brenna and Jake were together, everything would change. The ambiance of the fictional world felt different in a way that made progress to the story. In the beginning it was rather slow for me, but once the claws came out from that original Brenna I fell in love with in The Chase, I knew that the party was just starting.
➳The affection I have towards Jake is one that has found quite an interest to my heart in a way no other character has done before. The reason being is because his attitude at a college life is one that is so refreshing to read about. College romances in general are refreshing to read due to the fact that it’s the start of a youth’s life when things are becoming independent and the liberty of doing things and their sexuality expands. It’s the time to discover, the time to make regrets and make memories that will forever be engraved in your head. Elle Kennedy is the one ideal author who thoroughly knows how to do that. She spoils her readers with this fictional world filled with sexual steam, and lot’s of sexy hockey players, something that I personally rather miss **wink wink** But in general, Jake Connelly, the Harvard hockey team captain is the head of everyone and he knows when a distraction is arising. In this case, this distraction we are talking about is Brenna. The Briar hockey coach’s daughter, the off limits gal who should know better than to mess with her school’s rival. But hey, you know what they say about the foribdden? It’s too dam delicious to pass out on.
➳Once the touching begins, and the teasing still is at play for the “fake” portion of the relationship, Brenna and Jake learn that their “relationship” is one that they have never been able to feel or understand with their previous partners. This one of a kind relationship is what makes Jake crave her touch and her affection and attention towards him, and it is also the one thing that makes Brenna question what she is doing due to her past relationship with a former boyfriend from were she is originally from. Her past is always there to haunt her, asking and chasing her for the bad, and thankfully Jake and her father are there to prevent any sort of emotional damage from happening. Jake knows that this protective side he suddenly has towards her is due to the affection he slowly begins to have towards Brenna;
“Damn, she smells so good. I breathe in the scent of her shamppo, sweet with a mere trace of spice. Which is funny, because Brenna is the exact opposite– spicy, with a hint of sweetness. I like the spice, though. I like it a lot…”
➳A lot can be said about characters that have that emotional past that prevents them from moving forward with their lives. Brenna is that strong individual that portrays that in a way that you find compassion towards her. But she also hides that inner innocence of needing someone to protect her and defend her. She needs no man in her life to demonstrate how strong she is but having Jake by her side is the one thing she slowly learns how to open her heart and let him in, even if it’s difficult for her to admit those feelings that bloom for Jake.
➳Overall, Elle has created another novel that brings the life of the Briar boys to a whole new technicolor point of view. I laughed, I shed a few tears, and I lusted over Jake. But most importantly, I truly did enjoy that witty banter between him and Brenna that will have you wanting more of their story. Elle already has the third installment in the works called The Play and I think I may have an idea as to whom it may be about? But I am not one hundred percent sure. We just have to wait and see…
➳ARC kindly provided by the publicist, in exchange for an honest review…
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!