5 Semi CROWNS
Elle Kennedy never disappoints, and I’m a sucker for her NA romances. What really sold me on The Play, though, was the chemistry that is so palpable between Demi and Hunter.
Hunter was absolutely hilarious. I loved his devotion to his cause, the antics and comedic moments that arose from his restriction. His interactions with Demi were clever and funny as friends and sweet and romantic as a couple. I also loved his interactions with his female roommates as much as I loved seeing all the guys from Briar Hockey team, present and past.
Demi was an enjoyable character. I loved her sense of independence and her understanding and compassion for others. More than anything I loved how smart she was. She was just a fun character and her banter with Hunter is amazing.
I think what I loved about them most, though, is the evolution of their characters. They grew as people, and once they were able to take their own independence futures into their head, they were able to become this solid couple.
Friends to lovers is generally a hard trope for me. The conflict is normally heavily contrived or it is almost nonexistent. And while this conflict is not have nor unexpected, the journey of Hunter and Demi as characters, watching their evolution as people and eventually as a couple was fantastic. Their chemistry, intellectually as well as physically, kept me engaged from the beginning and I found myself laughing and smiling over this feel good romance.
Elle Kennedy can do no wrong one it comes to the Briar U world. It is filled to the brim with lovable characters and romantic storylines. It is just pure entertainment, and The Play exemplifies all of this and more. Definitely a must read.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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 friends with 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.
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About Elle Kennedy:
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 currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!