Author: S.C. Stephens
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Note: I received this book from Forever via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle . . .
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…
To completely honest, this isn’t the first book I’ve tried to read by S.C. Stephens. I tried to read Thoughtful, but I couldn’t finish it. It wasn’t the writing. The writing was great. It was the subject matter. I had a hard time with the love triangle in that one. That being said, I was very excited to get to read Furious Rush because I did like her writing and wanted a chance to experience it without a love triangle getting in my way.
Furious Rush was different from other sports romances I’ve read. It revolved around the world of motorcycle racing and was written from Kenzie’s point of view. I wasn’t sure how that would go at first. My husband watches motorcycle racing and I find it a little boring. Furious Rush wasn’t boring, though. It was exhilarating! The racing aspect of the story made everything feel fast-paced and risky. It also helped create a really cool forbidden love storyline that I loved.
Hayden and Kenzie’s relationship started out as a love-hate kind of thing. They had amazing chemistry off and on the track. I could feel the intensity of it every time they were around each other. Both of them had a lot to lose, and it amplified their connection. It was fun to experience Kenzie trying to hold back her feelings and do what was expected of her. She was a tough girl and wanted to be seen as an equal to the guys, but she also had a softer side. I really respected the way she dealt with her father. Hayden was a surprise. The way he came across in the first chapter wasn’t necessarily who he was. I liked getting to know his character and what drove him as the book went on. Hayden was actually a very decent and good guy.
The supporting characters in Furious Rush were great. They were all part of the racing world and added so much to the story. I especially loved Kenzie’s friends Miles and Nikki. (I would love to read a book about either of them!) The only character I didn’t get was Felicia, but I feel like she’s going to be explained in the next book in the series, or at least I hope so.
My only complaint about Furious Rush was the last 1/4 of the book. It took a turn I didn’t expect and I still can’t decide if I like. The ending was also a little abrupt. It felt like it could have been a cliffhanger or just “The End”. If it’s a cliffhanger, I’m really interested in seeing what comes next. If it’s “The End” of Kenzie’s story, I feel like I’m missing something. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what the blurb of book 2 is. 😉
Overall, I truly enjoyed reading Furious Rush. I loved the uniqueness of the story and the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next in S.C. Stephens’ world of motorcycle racing.