The Dare by Elle Kennedy
Also in this series: The Chase, The Risk, The Play
Series: Briar U #4
Published by Independently Published by Author on June 16, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Self Purchased
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 the most recent release into the Briar U series by Elle Kennedy. This has been such a fun series, I have fallen in love with this whole Briar U world and from the very beginning of the story, this author sets the tone of the story so beautifully, and boy, the LAUGHS, I found this book beyond entertaining in multiple of forms. This author definitely writes this genre that I look for, where we get the drama, but its not overdone or overplayed, just fits well with the age of the characters that we see here.
The Dare is literally a story that starts off with a dare. Taylor is part of the sorority at Briar U, and she has certain insecurities concerning her appearance especially her weight and how she appears. When one of the heads of the sorority house, who despises, challenges her to a dare which is meant to embarrass her in the worst of ways, she has literally zero options except in hoping that the man that they are issuing the dare towards, will aid her. But surprisingly, Conor is more than willing to be her partner in crime. Conor is the playboy of the Briar U team, and definitely sleeps around but he is bored with it all. He wants more in his life, and then Taylor comes into his life, and they take on this “fake relationship” scheme, to trick people into thinking they are together, but what begins as a facade, only turns into something deeper than either expected to happen.
Yup, hungering for Conor Edwards is very, very bad. Because he’s exactly the kind of man who will break my heart. Even if he doesn’t mean to.
The Dare was a delicious story and I can tell you I was super eager for Conor’s book. I actually have always liked his character, he definitely has no shame in what he likes but he also has this charm to this personality that is so infectious and you became so endeared to him. Within this book, we so many more depths to his character that I just fell in love with very quickly. He actually has so many positive qualities to his character, and we see his darker past and how he is far from perfect despite the appearance of it. Taylor, struggles with confidence in herself and I have to say that I definitely related to this, or at least my younger self definitely would have been Taylor. She has this beautiful figure, but doesn’t have the confidence to embrace that beauty. But its her relationship with Conor and his hockey friends and teammates, that builds that confidence and I adored the growth within her character. Their romance is packed with some bumps in the road, but what I did admire in this book was seeing how in the end, they have such faith in each other at times. They both make some mistakes, but they learn and grow together from those mistakes and I admired seeing their romance blossom in such a way.
Overall I found The Dare to be a read of growth, embracing one’s self, and learning along the way to the road of happy ever after.