In Review: The Play (Briar U #3) by Elle Kennedy

Posted October 23, 2019 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: The Play (Briar U #3) by Elle KennedyThe Play by Elle Kennedy
Series: Briar U #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 7, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 422 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:

What I learned after last year’s distractions cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need a new philosophy: hockey and school now, women later. Which means that I, Hunter Davenport, am officially going celibate…no matter how hard that makes things.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that says I can’t be friends with a woman. And I won’t lie—my new classmate Demi Davis is one cool chick. Her smart mouth is hot as hell, and so is the rest of her, but the fact that she’s got a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her.

Except three months into our friendship, Demi is single and looking for a rebound.

And she’s making a play for me.

Avoiding her is impossible. We’re paired up on a yearlong school project, but I’m confident I can resist her. We’d never work, anyway. Our backgrounds are too different, our goals aren’t aligned, and her parents hate my guts.

Hooking up is a very bad idea. Now I just have to convince my body—and my heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Let’s be honest, Elle Kennedy could publish her grocery list and I’d be waiting with grabby hands. And I’d probably give it five stars. I love her books. It doesn’t matter the genre or the trope. I adore her writing and characters every single time. Unsurprisingly, The Play was no exception.

Honestly, this blurb had me with the mere mention of a celibate hero. I’m here for it. Celibate heroes and virgin heroes are my catnip. (Also, somewhat surprisingly, I’ve found myself fond of a bad in bed hero here recently. But that’s a post for another time.) Basically what I’m saying is I like things a little out of the norm. And Hunter fit the bill. I flipping loved Demi, too. Her boyfriend at the start of the book? Not so much. He needed to go for a number of reasons. Thankfully he wasn’t around all that long.

Y’all know friends to lovers is basically catnip for me. Hunter and Demi gave good friends to lovers in The Play. Their chemistry and banter made this book. They were perfect for each other. Their story was low angst and low drama and I couldn’t get enough of it. It was so nice to see Hunter get his HEA after what went down in The Chase. I love this group of friends and this series as a whole. I’m ready for another book or another spinoff, Elle! When can I have it? 😂

Favorite Quotes:

“Women like that don’t come along often, so trust me when I say you need to lock it down, ASAP. If you don’t make an effort to keep her, you’ll lose her.”

About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated 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 publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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