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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

#Review Furious Rush by @SC_Stephens_

Title: Furious Rush
Author: S.C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2016



For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she's determined to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie's skin and she can't help but be distracted. 

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 needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can't.

REVIEW- 4.5 Stars

This book is aptly titled. From the moment it starts, the story is fast paced and it keeps its momentum fairly consistently throughout the story. Considering the subject is motorcycle racing, it should be! It’s an intense read.
Kenzie and Hayden certainly come from different worlds and the driving force behind their determination is miles away from each other. However, they are both hard workers, extremely talented, and not above seeking the solution to their triumph from each other. It’s clear from the get-go that these two will eventually combust from the electricity arcing between them, but they are stuck in the middle of a Romeo and Juliet situation. So, what do they do about the fact that they are only at their very best when they stick together?
There is definitely a plethora of conflict in this story, it seems these two just can’t get away from it. And, it thwarts them at every turn. Their teams are bitter rivals, a grudge against each other so deep that their jobs are on the line for simply having a lengthy conversation. The ties they have to their teams also make it impossible to walk away.
Kenzie wants nothing more than to save her family’s business, becoming a legacy and record breaker in order to live up to her father’s history and expectations in the sport. Hayden is doing his best to climb up from the streets and make something of himself. Then there are the mysterious happenings that are endangering riders, the threat of exposed illegal activities, and let’s not forget the over whelming desire that almost consumes them when they are together.
There were a few times when all of the conflict was a little overwhelming, there was so much of it at once that I felt it weighted the story down and those were the rare moments when the story dragged just a tad. Also, Kenzie’s internal conflict could get really repetitive and it grated on my nerves after a while. I knew why she was struggling, and the internal arguments with herself were sometimes unnecessary.
I definitely found myself rooting for these two, hoping that they would find a solution so that they could have it all. They both have dynamic personalities, the kind of people you are drawn to and want to be friends with. The whole cast of characters really shaped the book as well. The author does an excellent job creating depth and complexity in each of them, with a little humor thrown in for good measure.
The ending was not typical, a “happily for now” situation. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I’m excited at the prospect of more from these two. However, trying not to spoil the plot, I’ll say, the situation with her dad bordered on unrealistic. I don’t know how to explain it without giving it away! But, I just had a hard time swallowing his influence, I didn’t feel like he carried enough weight to do what he did.
Furious Rush is on the might re-read list for now, but it has potential to move depending on the rest of the books that I anxiously anticipate.


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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