S. C. STEPHENS
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Published Date: August 23, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
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…
Furious Rush is a high octane thrill ride from the drop of the flag to the slam-on-the-brakes- finish. Its adrenaline rush doesn’t just come from the way hot vibes from Kenzie and Hayden but also from the racing, the multiple rivalries, and the mystery of the crashes. Kenzie and Hayden are an explosive combination. First a “princess vs. commoner” theme, it quickly escapes the confines of that premise as they both realize there is so much more “under the hood” for both of them.
Told in first person from Kenzie’s POV, the book is intimate even as it rushes through the race. Kenzie is a motorcycle racer for her father’s team, Cox. Standing against them is Benneti, her father’s former partner. The ins and outs of that relationship are not just business but also deeply personal. This is something that is imbued in all the racing and all the people. Nothing is just business. There are intensely personal reasons behind almost everything. Against the backdrop of the Cox/Benneti rivalry, Kenzie and Hayden not only have to fight each other for spots in the races, but against all that rivalry means.
Myles and Nikki (Kenzie’s teammate and her mechanic) are strong and key characters in the book. Kenzie’s relationship with each of them is turbulent and intense. But Nikki and Myles have a relationship all their own. Hayden’s street racing and familial relationships are also key. The intense interconnectedness of everyone really amps up the tension.
It was incredibly easy to get drawn in to the intense emotions: the pain and struggle, the fear and confusion, the pride and the hurt. But, this is a first person POV and Kenzie doesn’t have all the answers. In fact, there are far more questions than answers, even when it’s “The End”. Thank goodness this is the first book in a series because that ending just leaves me crying out to know what’s next.
Heat Rating: Hot
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More