The Risk by Elle Kennedy

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: February 18, 2019

Synopsis: Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

Review: How does Elle Kennedy keep it up?! The comedy, the lust, and all the feels. I mean seriously, this was so much freakin’ fun to read. We get a glimpse of the chemistry between Brenna and Jake in The Chase (so read it if you haven’t), and I was really excited to see how it would play out. Brenna is a total badass. She’s a strong, beautiful woman that goes after what she wants. Jake Connelly is more than what he seems, which always makes for a good male lead. This is the epitome of New Adult, where the characters are trying to figure out their next steps in life, while simultaneously trying to figure out their love lives, plus all the other day-to-day necessities. Easy right?! WRONG. Which is why it’s one hell of a ride. If you want to laugh, lust, and feel that longing for amazing characters to just figure it out, well you should go read The Risk. RIGHT NOW!

Okay, so here’s what you’re going to do:

(1) Read all the Off Campus Series. 

You’ve already done that? WELP, then you know what’s up. Moving on. 

(2) Read The Chase, and be happy you’re finding yourself back in the Off-Campus world.

You’ve already done that too? I knew I liked you.

(3) Read The Risk! It’s out today, February 18th.

You’re reading it as we speak?! Great news, once you finish, you can move onto number four…

(4) Agonize over the fact that we have to wait until OCTOBER 7TH for the next book, The Play. Which entails rereading all of the above books, possibly more than once, and scouring instagram, twitter, and facebook for fellow readers, in order to discuss your obsession with these books, and how you don’t know if you can survive until getting the next one. I mean seriously only 241 DAYS to go!

Thanks to Elle Kennedy for the eARC, which means I actually started my count down from 252 days to go until The Play. Luckily it just gives me more time to reread!

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Rock Rebel by Tara Leigh

5 STARS!!!

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Release Date: December 11, 2018

Publisher: Forever Yours

Synopsis:

He’s a rock star with a secret; she’s a pop princess with a painful past, can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?

I’ve earned my bad reputation.

A few years ago, I was New York City’s hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now… I’m rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I’m an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.

They’re not entirely wrong. I don’t give a damn what other people think, and I’m all for breaking the rules… except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.

Rock gods don’t tour with pop princesses.

It’s not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity’s incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is… intriguing. But I’m convinced the skeletons in Verity’s closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we’re not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I’m determined to keep hidden.

Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .
But since when do I give a damn about the rules?

Review:

I’m just really loving the Nothing but Trouble series! Hot and flawed rock stars, strong and messy women, and just a lot of awesome friendships. Verity was such a powerful character, and I just loved her strength and growth. It can be really hard to accept your past, and move onto a better future, and her character did exactly that. I also appreciate Tara Leigh addressing the #metoo movements impact, and how grey the incidents can be. It’s confusing and troubling, but women are resilient and so very strong. Verity is a wonderful representation of that strength with her own unique situation full of highs and lows. The characters were just so human, and I LOVED that. I’d definitely recommend this series, and I can’t wait for Jett’s story next!

 

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***Thank you so much to Forever Yours and NetGalley for the chance to read this early by giving me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review!***

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

4 STARS!

The general plot of this book really intrigued me, as I love a good murder mystery. Valentine, the main character, lives her life in the shadow of her mother’s crime of murder over a decade ago. When new murders begin, she is of course the prime suspect. Oh, and let’s not forget the love triangle, which is making her life even more difficult! The historical setting, in the late 1800s, really interested me, because it played a part in how the story progressed and its characters reacted. I was also thoroughly impressed by the fact that I had no idea who the killer was! Not to mention the feminist themes that were thrown in. I really did enjoy this book. The only reason I wouldn’t give it five stars, is because of the readability. I felt like the book was going to wrap up, and then some other big event would happen. It seemed like some of the events could have been cut out, and the book would have been just as good. It was like there was just too much going on in the later part of the book, and I started to wonder if it would ever end. Overall, I enjoyed the story, and the happy ending was a pleasure.

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Counselor Considerations contain SPOILERS.

Do not read further if you don’t want to PLOT SPOILERS!

School Counselor Considerations:

Social/Emotional: Family: Mother put to death for murder, father travels for work, parents die Social: Judged for mother’s crime, strong friendships with males that are interested in more than friendship

College/Career: Desire to go to college, desire to work with change agents after high school, career planning

Academic: Valedictorian, Importance of high school and college, desire to be at school