Title: Furious Rush
Author: S.C. Stephens
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sullivan and Partners
Release Date: 23rd August, 2016
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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…
KFF’s 4 ★ review by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
**ARC kindly received by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review**
“Race me or chase me, Kenzie.”
Well, this is new! I don’t think we’ve ever reviewed a book where we both haven’t read the author’s work before! When we were offered the opportunity to review this new offering by this author which we understand is the start of a brand new series, we both felt a rush of excitement. We think the cover helped as it’s a scorcher and when we saw him on the bike, it was a no brainer! We didn’t bother reading the synopsis as sometimes we like to go in blind and experience the unexpected, especially when it’s the start of something new. We do enjoy a forbidden love story and from the first chapter we were hooked and excited to find out more!
“Fuck you, Hayden.”
“Just pick a time and place, princess, and I’ll scratch whatever itch you’ve got.”
This book fully immerses you into the fast and dangerous world of bike racing! As we’ve not read a motorbike related book before, we were intrigued by all the lingo and scenes they conjured up in our minds. The descriptions of the scenes were nothing short of brilliant and at times we felt we could actually smell the oil, heat and burnt rubber when the bikes were let loose on the race track!
“We’re magic together, Twenty-two. Just admit you need me … and we can take this up a notch.”
Mackenzie Cox is not a woman to be messed with! We really do love a strong female protagonist and we were not disappointed. She’s sassy, hardworking and driven (no pun intended). Unfortunately, she’s found herself in the unenviable position of being the saviour to her father’s ailing bike racing business. Motorbikes are all she has ever known; she was born to race and this is all she knows and adores. Her father puts unimaginable pressure on her to increase her times on the track to entice new sponsors who will bring a much needed cash injection. At times we could’ve swung for him but in the same instance, given him a hug. The reason and circumstances behind the intense pressure is heart-breaking, hence the reason why we couldn’t dislike him too much. Nevertheless, Mackenzie will stop at nothing to save her father’s dream and also the livelihood of her best friends who also work for Cox racing. What Mackenzie doesn’t anticipate is meeting the distraction that is Hayden Hayes who regrettably also works for the enemy! Now this is where it gets very interesting because Hayden is quite the diversion and is the last thing Mackenzie needs! But does he help or hinder her in her plan to save the family business?
“I’m going to push you hard this year, but it’s all for your betterment, you’ll see. We need a victory, Mackenzie… you know that.”
Ok, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of this book and introduce you to gorgeous and rebellious Hayden Hayes! Oh, how we loved him! He’s a real thrill seeker and will do anything he can to achieve his goal which is winning! Hayden’s past is not the best but he has a real talent for racing. He’s not a rule follower, more of a rule breaker that leads to some interesting escapades with the straight laced Mackenzie. What we loved about him was his tenacity when it came to Mackenzie. She clearly thinks she can keep her feelings purely professional and to a certain degree, he honours her wishes; however, he makes it clear exactly what he wants from her. Although he lives a hard and fast life, he has a real soft side that really endeared us to him.
“I’ve never met anyone quite like you. You’re more than I thought you were, so much more.”
The scorching heat was not only contained to the race track! When Mackenzie and Hayden got together, sparks flew and our temperatures rose while reading the steamy sex scenes in this book! The chemistry between these two was nothing short of electrifying and left very little to our imagination. On more than one occasion our hearts ached for this couple as we both felt they deserved more from their pressured lives.
“You’re gutsy, fearless … but smart too. You’re a deadly combination, Kenzie, one who would drop any man to his knees.”
Overall, we very much enjoyed this book and cannot wait to learn where Mackenzie and Hayden’s lives will lead. This actually reminded us of Westside Story which we only made us read this book at a faster rate! The whole of the book is written entirely from Mackenzie’s point of view which was a shame as we would’ve been delighted to hear Hayden’s thoughts. We felt his story was held back a tad; notwithstanding, as this is a series we hope to learn more about his past in the books to come.
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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.
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