Thursday, 22 September 2016

Review of Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

The bit on the back...

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..

Firstly thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing a review copy of this title via Netgalley. This is not the first book I've started by this author however it is the first that I've actually finished. The reason this book stood out to me was the blurb. I liked the sound of the chemistry and tension between the characters so I hoped for a gripping read.

The story is all about main character Kenzie and her new, ultimate rival Hayden. Kenzie is a keen motorcycle racer and is determined to prove her worth on the track, and also to save her father's business. Hayden is the latest to join the rival motorcycle team and causes many ructions throughout the story. He and Kenzie clash constantly in the beginning and the tension between them is instant.

A lot of the story takes place on the track and is very involved in the racing circuit, team rivalries and bikes themselves. Kenzie is portrayed as a strong and independent character although she always appears not only be trying to prove herself among her peers in a male dominated sport but it also felt like she was always trying to win her father's respect and sometimes love. Kenzie does a lot for her father in the book and goes above and beyond her duty to try and save his flailing business.

It takes a while for the tension between Kenzie and Hayden to reach boiling point. There is a difference between a slow, simmering build up and just taking a long ass time to get there and even after their chemistry took hold of them I was often frustrated with the way Kenzie treated Hayden, when it appeared that actually he hadn't done anything to deserve it.

This is the first of this author's books that I've finished. I have tried a few times to read Thoughtless but I honestly cannot get past the main character. I've tried so many times because my friends have all really enjoyed it. After reading this I found that I enjoyed the narrative much more, instead of finding it a chore to read. It does make me want to go back to Thoughtless to give it another go.

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