RELEASE REVIEW: Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

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Blurb

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.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren’t their only obstacles . . .

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Review

Furious Rush is exactly the kind of sports romance story I like to read because the heroine is not the spectator, she’s actually a competitor in a racing world that is dominated by men, and her love interest is the bad boy racer for her team’s biggest enemy. So not only is there a huge risk in participating in the sport the characters love, but because there is incredibly bad blood between the two racing teams, a relationship between the hero and heroine is forbidden, and readers know that S.C. Stephens definitely knows how to craft a forbidden love story with a heavy amount of drama and angst.

Mackenzie Cox seems to have the weight of the world on her shoulders – at least when it comes to her father’s business and racing legacy. In her rookie season for Cox Racing, the expectations and pressure is overwhelming; there are no second chances for her or her racing team, and so at the start of the season, Kenzie is filled with fear and doubt, but all it takes is one cocky competitor to help Kenzie focus on racing and chasing him until the final lap, and Hayden Hayes also turns straight-laced Kenzie into a bit of a rebel who takes risks and has the guts to go after what she wants and needs to not only help herself but also her father.

S.C. Stephens creates the perfect alpha racer in Hayden Hayes. He’s exactly the type of racer I picture to take part in road racing and take chances that others might not take. There are qualities about Hayden that readers get through Kenzie’s perspective, but he’s still quite a mystery at the end of their story. I understand that because the story is strictly told from Kenzie’s point of view that readers weren’t going to be able to truly understand everything about him, but I wanted to understand him and his relationships a bit better in order to form a stronger connection to what makes him who he is.

The racing aspect of the storyline is very well done. S.C. Stephens places her readers right in the middle of the action and that placement allows them to be more than spectators – the descriptions and sensory images that are used put readers almost on the back of Kenzie’s bike, maneuvering left and right with her and holding their breaths at every turn that takes them just a little bit too close to the cement.

Kenzie and Hayden’s story is definitely a slow burn racing romance because there are a number of obstacles standing in their way from the very beginning, and usually, I’m fine with a slow-moving storyline because in the end, I get a sense of closure, and even if their story is unfinished, I still get a sense of the couple’s connection, but the situations and lessons that seem most important are, at times, overshadowed by secondary characters and events that don’t seem to mesh well with everything else, and I’m left wondering after everything that has gone wrong, how Kenzie and Hayden move forward with their passions for racing and each other not tearing them apart.

A complimentary copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Poison Apples

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