Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Furious Rush

Author: S.C. Stephens
On Sale: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Trade Paperback: $12.99 USD
eBook: $4.99 USD

Audio: $22.98 USD

The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the #1 bestselling author of the Thoughtless novels!

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...

Mackenzie Cox is the good girl, the one that doesn't go against what her father wants and who isn't willing to blow her chance at becoming a great racer like he was. Hayden is the bad boy, the illegal street racer that laughs in the face of the official racing rules. When Hayden comes into Kenzie's world she isn't happy, and wants nothing to do with him. 

The electricity they have while on the track can't be denied, though, and neither can the fact that they both race better together. Practicing after hours seems the best way to deal with this competitive heat, but when that electricity starts to become more than just competition they don't know what to do. There's no way they can be together, not with their team rules, and not when Kenzie isn't sure she can actually trust Hayden. Yet neither of them are willing to walk away from what they share. 

This is kind of a hard review to write because I have many conflicting emotions about this book. I was instantly drawn to the blurb and intrigued about a heroine that's part of a male-dominated sport. And Hayden definitely interested me with his implied bad boy ways. Going in I was expecting a strong connection between the two, which we got, and a push and pull kind of relationship. I was happy with how the author made the romance an enemies-to-lovers kind of connection and it kept me captivated for a big part of the book. But the enemies part of the story kind of lost me. 

I found the beginning hard to get into because of the conflict between Hayden and Kenzie. It just felt awkward to read and like their hate for each other was an immature school ground kind of thing. During the moments when they were arguing or throwing insults at each other it made me not like Kenzie very much and that carried through the whole book to where I could never like her much after that. Her character came off as too judgmental and bitchy for me, and even though it was only in those parts I couldn't seem to get my initial thoughts on her out of my head. 

The whole middle and end, minus the very end, was what had me liking the book. I loved when the competitiveness came out in Kenzie and Hayden and how it led to them finally doing something about the attraction between them. It was fun to read about Hayden getting Kenzie to take a chance on life and stop hiding in her bubble of rules. As a couple I loved them and the sexiness they brought to the book.

Hayden was my favorite character. I mean, who doesn't love a hot bad boy with a sweet side? His character brought a little mystery to the story and it had me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out if my theories about him were correct. I wasn't expecting the suspense aspect to be apart of the story but I really liked it and how it had me enthralled. 

The very end kind of lost me again and left me confused. I'm honestly not even sure if that was the end of these character and the author just wants to leave us on this ambiguous type ending or if there's going to be another book where I'll finally get my answers. I'll be on the look out for it! 

Bottom line, I did enjoy this story and even with the few issues I had it's a definite recommend from me. I think many people will find it as intriguing as I did and I can't wait for everyone to read it and meet Hayden. 

About the Author

S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.

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