Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.
As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense–and strictly forbidden–attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…
eCopy kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review. All opinions are completely my own.
Hayden and Mackenzie clash from the get-go and I have to say that my dislike for the female lead made me take Hayden’s side every single time. She came across as high and mighty, with no room for budging. Whereas, Hayden’s character came across as honest, caring, and emotionally connected. This is the second book from S.C. Stephens that I’ve tried to read. Honestly, I stopped reading Thoughtless at only 25% because the heroine wasn’t likable. That being said, I went into this book with higher hopes, and I can say that there are some bright moments in Furious Rush.
The theme of having a male and female motorcycle racing story line is unique and I have not read anything like it. When Hayden and Mackenzie got along and when they were pushing each other on the track – it showed us that maybe there was more to Mackenzie than what she portrays to everyone else. The pace did pick up a little over halfway through and there were scenes that were filled with both high-energy and high emotion. Those were my favorite moments. Unfortunately, they were few and far between and what I found throughout the book was a heroine that I couldn’t support and a hero that I wanted to punch for not walking away.
To all the S.C. Stephens fans that enjoyed Thoughtless, then I think this story might be for you. I am probably in the minority, but I’m wavering between a 2.5 and a 3 rating because the characters fell flat for me and so much more could have been done with them. I do not know if this is a continuing series, but there are unanswered questions at the end of the book and hopefully you can get answers if there is another book.
2.5 – 3 Stars
About the Author
S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.
Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.
In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.