The Dare (Briar U #4) – Elle Kennedy

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Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 354
Release Date: June 17, 2020

Haven’t read the previous novels in this companion series? Check out my reviews for The Chase, The Risk, and The Play.


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.

The Dare is a
fun and cute new adult romance featuring one of my favourite tropes, fake dating.

By the second chapter I was laughing out loud. Kennedy’s comedy is on point, as always. The banter between Connor and Taylor is hilarious and sensual as both characters wrestle with personal demons while trying to reconcile their new found feelings for each other.

If you’re not a fan of sports romances than The Dare is for you. While Connor plays for the university hockey team, the story barely touches on the sport. Instead, the focus is on Connor and Taylor’s relationship and their personal battles.


The last hurtle the characters have to jump over before the end of the novel was kind of annoying, but it’s resolved quickly in a funny yet touching way making it worth the extra effort.

What I enjoyed most about The Dare was Kennedy’s focus on body image issues. Taylor struggles deeply with them and goes through a slow yet deliberate transformation by the end of the novel. It doesn’t feel forced. Instead, it’s an organic development I appreciated.

Overall, The Dare is a fantastic addition to the Briar U series. Connor and Taylor are perfect for each other and will have you laughing and swooning in no time.

*** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read The Dare? What did you think?


Scroll down for a short excerpt!

She regards me with a look. One I haven’t seen from her tonight—staring at me under heavy-lidded eyes her lips red and swollen from biting them as she moaned. There’re fathoms behind that mask, fascinating depths I’m becoming more eager to explore. For a fleeting moment, I think she wants me to kiss her. Then she blinks, and the moment’s gone.

“Conor Edwards, you’re a decent guy.”

I’ve been called worse. Doesn’t mean I don’t notice how totally delectable her cleavage looks when she rolls onto her side to face me. “That was the best fake sex I’ve ever had,” I say solemnly.

She snickers.

My gaze sweeps over her flushed cheeks, her flawless, glowing skin. Then it dips to her amazing cleavage again. I know what she’s going to say before I even voice the question, but it slips out of my mouth regardless.

“So, you want to fool around?”

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