#Review “The Dare” by Elle Kennedy

The fourth and final book in the New York Times and international bestselling Briar U series from Elle Kennedy is coming June 16, 2020!

Aundi’s Musings…

5 Dare Crowns

This is the perfect conclusion to the Briar U series. I have loved every one of these stories; the humor, the relationships, the ups and the downs were all done spectacularly always leaving you with a smile on your face. And The Dare is no different Elle has crafted a beautifully written Fake Relationship Romance that will have your heart aching and then smiling with Elle’s signature humor interlaced throughout. You will not want this story to end!  

His husky laughter elicits another shiver. I need to stop being so…aware of him. It’s like my body has locked in on his frequency and now responds to his every move, every sound. 

I love Conner his character is endearingly sweet and so funny. Conner has dual sides to him that are at a constant battle. He wants to come off as easy going and happy all the time. But his inner demons sneak up on him from time to time, that duality gave him so many more layers. You could easily have written him off as a player but when he meets Tyler, she intrigues him in a way that no one else ever has. He was all in with her from the start and didn’t even question what was going on. His constant reassurances to Tayler made my soul weep, it was seriously the sweetest thing to read. He was always trying to build her up and get her to see herself how he saw her (Insert all the swooning). 

“Feel how hard I am?” He groans softly.

“That’s all you. You’re the stuff of my fantasies.”

Tayler had her own demons she was having to deal with throughout. I felt for her on a soul deep level, and it’s this visceral connection that had my heart aching for her. I wanted to so badly to reach into this story and shake this girl to get her to understand just how awesome she is. Tayler is the type of character that you immediately like, she’s sweet, funny and so smart. She knows what she wants in life and she is determined to get it. Conner was an unexpected detour on the road she was on. But he is was most assuredly a hot sweaty detour. 

And before I can blink, he kisses me, all his regret and conviction distilled into the warm engulfing sensation of our lips meeting. 

Elle is without a doubt Queen of College Romances, she has created such a consuming series with Briar U. Every new story pulls you in from the prologue and holds you captivated until the very last word. Conner and Taylor are angsty perfection, their road is not an easy one, but it is wholly them. And I loved every second of it. Were there times I wanted to reach in a shake some sense into them, of course. But that just makes for a more engrossing story. If you love College Romances than look no further! 

Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary Copy. 

Sarah’s Musings…


BRIAR U is one of my very favorite worlds, like I want Elle Kennedy to write in it forever, and this particular couple was definitely different from previous ones.

Connor is charming. He says absolutely every single thing a man should say to a woman. You literally can’t help but love him, and I enjoyed that he had his own insecurities and issues that made him feel unworthy, even though they manifested differently.

Taylor will be relatable to any female who deals with body insecurities. I loved that her insecurities came in a subliminal manner, which is generally how it goes, and was then exacerbated by petty females. Her character definitely shed a lot of light on body image issues. I found myself feeling empathetic with her and her plights.

That being said, I didn’t feel there was substantial growth between the characters. The insecurities they both have continue to come up time and again, even very close to the very end. What kind of saved the story for me was the relationship between Connor and Taylor. When they are good, they are so good. I enjoyed their chemistry and banter. I also LIVED for the ending. It held some very relevant themes females struggle with, and I loved that she took her future in her hands with the support of those who loved her.

Was this my favorite of the series? No, it wasn’t, but it was well written, and it held a lot of merit in terms of social issues plaguing females in today’s world. Definitely worth a read.

ARC review


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.

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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!

Happy reading,


  1. I’ve been wanting to read this series for so long. I really need to fix that.

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