The Dare - Elle Kennedy (Briar U #4)
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.
Have you ever read a book and wondered - 'oh I think I've already read this story before? That's kind of how I felt while reading this.
And while it's definitely well written with witty characters and fun romance, it's still fairly predictable. Maybe I'm reading too many college romance and should take a break and try something else for a change XD
This series is one of my favorite go to for college and sports romance. My most favorite book being The Risk (Book 2 in this series). I had high hopes for this, considering its got an interesting fake dating trope, with innocent heroines and playboy heroes.
One of the things I appreciated was that even though we are made aware that Conor is a playboy, we don't have to actually sit around reading him being a playboy. The story starts off right from the dare.
Conor Edwards is a hockey player and a bored playboy. He's tired of being objectified as treated as a conquest. He wants to be appreciated as well (I'm impressed ).
Taylor (don't remember her last name) wants to be more self confident and desirable. She's dealing with body image issues as she's always had trouble with her curves drawing unwanted attention. She's never been in the spotlight and hates it. But she wants a chance to have a normal college life (*sigh* Like we've never heard of that one before). She is in a sorority house and gets a dare at one of the parties to seduce hotshot Conor into a hookup.
We have a fake dating trope that turns into a friends to lovers. I liked the progression. The story remains gripping and fun. The highlights of this book were the witty banter these two exchange, I laughed out loud at multiple points in this book. If you're in search of a predictable funny romcom read that's light on the emotional spectrum- this is it.
For the downsides of this book, let's see. There's two major points that made me want to snooze on the book.
One, the insecurities of the leads that's repeated over and over again. See, I get it. Everyone is dealing with their own demons and fight back in their own way. I'm not against it, but as a reader, I got bored reading about it without seeing any change in them until maybe the end.
Second, the lack of trust both these characters share. And it's understandable because they just met and etc, but after they exchange those three big words I expected more. I wanted them to go to each other when life throws a wrench, not away from each other. I wanted them to be close enough to share their deepest fears and fight it together. In the book, the couple break up twice and I'm giving you three guesses as to why.
*Spoiler alerts* First its the guy's insecurity and he pushes her away. Second, its the girl's insecurity and she pushes him away.
I hold a lot of respect for this author as she writes fairly amazing college romances, so fingers crossed, I love her next work more!