The Play (Briar U #3) – Elle Kennedy

five stars black
Genre: New Adult Romance, Sports Romance
Pages: 422
Release Date: October 7, 2019


Haven’t read the previous novels? Check out my review for The Chase and The Risk.


A brand-new standalone novel in the New York Times bestselling Briar U series!

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 friendswith 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.


The Play is the perfect NA sport romance. Kennedy scores a hat trick with this trilogy.

The Play has big shoes to fill after The Risk. The Risk blew me away with how incredible it was. The Play lives up to its predecessor, but The Risk remains my favorite of the trilogy.

What makes The Play worthy of a five star rating is the characters. Demi and Hunter are red hot together. Kennedy takes her time developing Demi and Hunter’s relationship. Their interactions as friends and lead up to their inevitable hook up is fun and hot.

Demi is a fun and down to earth character at ease with her sexuality, while Hunter is a reformed player with an ironclad celibacy vow. Hunter’s celibacy vow makes his and Demi’s slow burn and passionate relationship swoon worthy.

Overall, The Play is the perfect NA sports romance. Kennedy proves that she is on top of the competition when it comes to this genre.


Have you read The Play? What did you think?

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