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THE RISK – An Elle Kennedy Review

Brenna stole my heart during The Chase with her outspoken personality and her no-filter way of life. I wasn’t sure there was a man alive at Briar to handle her and I was right. The hero to win over Brenna is none other than rival team captain Jake Connelly. Quick witted and just as dedicated to the sport as Brenna, Jake is the perfect match for her in every way. When he stops one of his teammates from hooking up with her, it sparks a war between the two of them that ONLY happens when two people have insane sexual tension. Watching these two dance around one another was so entertaining. The tension was so thick and their first kiss is powerful and all consuming.

I like that there was a bit of a switch here for the reasoning behind our couple not getting together. Where Brenna doesn’t want to be involved with the enemy, Jake has no problem admitting his attraction to Brenna and actively pursuing her. He’s not one to deny himself pleasures and Brenna is an enigma he wants to solve and conquer. Outside of that, Brenna has a vulnerability to her that Jake wants to cater to. They have so much in common and time spent between them is easy as they get to know one another. But as with any Romeo and Juliet-esque romance, there has to come the climax of there possibly never begin a HEA.

Now these two are H-O-T and they do have more sparks than anyone else I’ve read in some time. But more than that, the two of them just flow so well together. When Jake is convinced he needs to focus more on his hockey career rather than risk losing Brenna, I wanted to scream! He had been doing so amazingly! Brenna was opening up to the first man in her life in so long. But our tough girl took it in stride despite her heart breaking. No other spoilers but I’ll let you readers discover the HEA yourselves and feel all the warmth and goodness I did when these two final came to their senses. Throw in a dash of a new girl in the squad (Rupi..I LOVE YOU GIRL) and a tease of what book 3 will be about (OMG ELLE give me it now!) and The Risk is my next 5 star read for this year!


Get ready for another fun and flirty romance from
New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

theRiskCover.jpgA sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes…

Bad girl Brenna Jensen would never date a hockey player. It’s too much of a risk, and not just because her hockey-coach father would kill her if she ever got involved with one. She’s been there, done that, not looking for a repeat. But a certain college player has gotten under her skin. He’s cocky, insolent and all about the games…and yet resisting him is getting harder and harder…

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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!

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Get ready for another fun and flirty romance from
New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

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A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes…

Bad girl Brenna Jensen would never date a hockey player. It’s too much of a risk, and not just because her hockey-coach father would kill her if she ever got involved with one. She’s been there, done that, not looking for a repeat. But a certain college player has gotten under her skin. He’s cocky, insolent and all about the games…and yet resisting him is getting harder and harder…

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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!

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THE CHASE – An Elle Kennedy Review

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The Briar boys are back! We’ve all known and loved Fitzy, aka Colin Fitzgerald. The sexy tattooed gamer may be quiet but he’s always a winner with the ladies. But the one woman he can’t have? Summer. Not only is she his opposite, life of the party and extrovert extraordinaire, she’s also his buddy Dean’s baby sister. But when she moves in as their fourth roommate, things take an awkward turn when SUmmer’s crush becomes much more that Fitz ever planned for.

I loved that Summer’s persona may have been extrovert but she has layers and layers beyond her “Barbie”personality. Not only is she a passionate designer, she’s a dependable friend. She’s had feelings for Fitz for months and its time she did something about it. But an overheard conversation throws it all into a tailspin and suddenly she’s on one of their other roommates radar. Having to navigate Fitz and his denial of his feelings while figuring out just how she feels about Hunter proves difficult. Throw in a learning disability and a tough school market and Summer tries to keep a hold of all her strings which makes for a great read.

This is now light read. While there’s humor and the lightheartedness of a new adult romance Kennedy takes a step towards some heavy topics. Fitzy and Summer both struggle with stereotypes and their negative effects. Summer’s story also highly dives in to the #MeToo movement and the realities that females face, particularly college women. Finally, a large focus on Summer’s arc is her learning disability and how coming to terms with her struggle can eventually empower her to embrace her other strengths. A great dive back in to the new adult romance genre and I cant wait to see the next Briar U story!


Everyone says opposites attract.

And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.

And that his best friend has a crush on me.

And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.

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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!

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THE CHASE – An Elle Kennedy Excerpt Reveal

Everyone says opposites attract.

And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.

And that his best friend has a crush on me.

And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.

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“Dance with me?”

I want to say no.

But I also want to say yes.

I call this the Summer Dilemma—the frustrating, polar reactions this green-eyed, golden-haired goddess sparks in me.

Fuck yes and hell no.

Get naked with her. Run far, far away from her.

“Thanks, but I don’t like to dance.” I’m not lying. Dancing’s the worst.

Besides, when it comes to Summer Di Laurentis, my flight instinct always wins out.

“You’re no fun, Fitzy.” She makes a tsking noise, drawing my gaze to her lips. Full, pink, and glossy, with a tiny mole above the left side of her mouth.

It’s an extremely hot mouth.

Hell, everything about Summer is hot. She’s hands down the best-looking girl in the bar, and every dude in our vicinity is either staring enviously or glowering at me for being with her.

Not that I’m with her. We’re not together. I’m just standing next to her, with two feet of space between us. Which Summer keeps trying to bridge by leaning closer to me.

In her defense, she practically has to scream in my ear for me to hear her over the electronic dance music blasting through the room. I hate EDM, and I don’t like these kinds of bars, the ones with a dance floor and deafening music. Why the subterfuge? Just call your establishment a nightclub, if that’s what you want it to be. The owner of Gunner’s Pub should’ve called this place Gunner’s Club. Then I could’ve turned right around when I saw the sign and spared myself the shattered eardrums.

Not for the first time tonight, I curse my friends for dragging me to Brooklyn for New Year’s Eve. I’d way rather be at home, drinking a beer or two and watching the ball drop on TV. I’m low-key like that.

“You know, they warned me you were a curmudgeon, but I didn’t believe it until now.”

“Who’s they?” I ask suspiciously. “And hey, wait. I’m not a curmudgeon.”

“Hmmm, you’re right—the term is kind of dated. Let’s go with Groucho.”

“Let’s not.”

“No-Fun Police? Is that better?” Her expression is pure innocence. “Seriously, Fitz, what do you have against fun?”

An unwitting smile breaks free. “Got nothing against fun.”

“All right. Then what do you have against me?” she challenges. “Because every time I try talking to you, you run away.”

My smile fades. I shouldn’t be surprised that she’s calling me out in public. We’ve had a whopping total of two encounters, but that’s plenty of time for me to know she’s the type who thrives on drama.

I hate drama.

“Got nothing against you, either.” With a shrug, I ease away from the bar, prepared to do what she’s just accused me of—run.

A frustrated gleam fills her eyes. They’re big and green, the same shade as her older brother Dean’s eyes. And Dean’s the reason I force myself to stay put. He’s a good friend of mine. I can’t be a jackass to his sister, both out of respect for him, and for fear of my well-being. I’ve been on the ice when Dean’s gloves come off. He’s got a mean right hook.

“I mean it,” I say roughly. “I have nothing against you. We’re cool.”

“What? I didn’t hear the last part,” she says over the music.

I dip my mouth toward her ear, and I’m surprised that I barely have to bend my neck. She’s taller than the average chick, five-nine or ten, and since I’m six-two and used to towering over women, I find this refreshing.

“I said we’re cool,” I repeat, but I misjudged the distance between my lips and Summer’s ear. The two collide, and I feel a shiver run up her frame.

I shiver too, because my mouth is way too close to hers. She smells like heaven, some fascinating combo of flowers and jasmine and vanilla and—sandalwood, maybe? A man could get high on that fragrance. And don’t get me started on her dress. White, strapless, short. So short it barely grazes her lower thighs.

God fucking help me.


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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!

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STAY – A Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy Review

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Ooooh forbidden romance! *grabs tea and straps in for a sexy ride*

Welcome to Fetch, Inc. where your every wish is their command…except when your one wish is for your dog-walker to be the woman of your dreams….and your client to be the man you’ve had a crush on since you first understood what crushes even WERE.

Hailey is a no-holds-barred business woman when it comes to running and respecting her company, Fetch, an elite delivery and procurement organization. But she’s got an inkling that her top client is non other than hot hockey star Matt Eriksson. The man she’s now caught herself daydreaming about and flirting with! Can she cross the line she’s drawn herself and dare to enter in to a relationship that could risk her life’s work?

Matt can’t help but daydream that his personal assistant, aka HTE the Hottie, at Fetch is none other than the stunning woman that graces their website’s homepage. But when the girl of his dreams shows up to walk his dog he’s got no choice but to go after her like never before. He’s not looking for love after his wife left him and tore apart the home he had with his two beautiful little girls. But what harm could come from flirting with the woman who’s fulfilled his every daily need?

Let me just say that Matt and Hailey are H-O-T hot…the tension between these two is soooo delectable. Not only do they have the sexual chemistry to mix, but Hailey knows Matt inside and out from a new perspective; buy helping create the new home and life for him, she’s got insight where others don’t. And Matt has this natural ability to be sweet, charming, and devilishly naughty just when it’s called for to bring Hailey around to his side.

Definitely a sexy, fun read and I’m excited for more WAGs!

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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch–an anonymous virtual assistant service–is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting…until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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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!

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2016 GoodReads Challenge: Pt. 2

The year is over! And I’ve reached my third reading goal for 2016! I started out with a goal of 80, then 100, and now 115! Check out all my reads below and be sure to add them to your TBR piles for 2017!

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Click here to see the first 80 books from 2016!

I’m so excited for my reads and reviews coming up in 2017!!!

XOXO Nalla

Amazon Book Haul


I received a ton of gift cards for my birthday earlier this month so I figured it was time to buy some books I had been wanting to try and get more from my to-be-read list on Goodreads!

This haul features:

  • LEVELED by Jay Crownover; book 0.5 in the Saints of Denver Series
  • MISTER O by Lauren Blakely; kept seeing this online and it looks so steamy!
  • KING by T.M. Frazier; another one I saw all over the internet and wanted to give it a shot
  • PUCKED, PUCKED UP, PUCKED OVER, FOREVER PUCKED by Helena Hunting; I have been dying to read this series!!!
  • FLESH by Kylie Scott; duh it’s Kylie Scott and she’s amazing so of course I need to read this!
  • THE DEAL, THE MISTAKE, THE SCORE by Elle Kennedy; an author I’ve been dying to read (I have a few others by here already in my TBR pile) but my BFF is in love with serious so I’m giving it a shot!
  • TRUTH OR BEARD, GRIN AND BEARD IT by Penny Reid; BFF and I found these and they just seem hilarious so it was time to try em out!
  • A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sara J. Maas; I FINALLY HAVE THESE!!!!!!! Can’t wait to read!

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