Title: Furious Rush
Series: Furious Rush #1
Author: SC Stephens
Publication Date: 23 Aug 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 the equivalent of Romeo and Juliet set in the world of motorbike racing. Full of thrills and spills with a multi-layered plot ensuring the adrenaline rush is pouring from the pages; opposing teams, a family feud, sabotage and high octane racing contribute to the plot alongside the romance.
MacKenzie (Kenzie) is a legacy within the motorbike racing world, shouldering the weight of her family’s reputation and position within the competition circuit. Kenzie is very intense and understandably so, the pressure she is under to perform top level is immense. The continued success of the family business falling solely on her. Kenzie’s mother passed away when she was very young and her father became emotionally closed off. Kenzie’s daddy issues manifest as a craving to earn his respect/approval/acceptance via racing. Kenzie is one of the few women in the motorsport world and as with any male dominated career, the necessity to prove herself is harder than her competitors, manifesting itself as a bit of a type A personality with a serious lack of social life and fun.
First impressions would suggest Hayden is the complete opposite of Kenzie, with his cool and aloof personality along with his history of street racing. However, there is a lot more to Hayden, he has depth as a character with many layers ready to be revealed. He is very perceptive especially where Kenzie is concerned.
Kenzie makes a lot of negative assumptions about Hayden at the beginning, beliefs based on rumor and circumstantial evidence. There is a lot going on below the surface of the story, subtle inference as to the direction of the plot are there to be picked up on, there are secrets implied but not divulged. I felt as if I was just waiting for the inevitable to happen for most of the Furious Rush only to be left with a cliffhanger ending – so be warned this is not a standalone story.
There is an instant spark between Kenzie and Hayden, not just attraction but more of an inexplicable connection and depth of understanding. Although there emotions/relationship does tend to run very hot and cold throughout the narrative. I loved this aspect of Furious Rush, the connection between Hayden and MacKenzie, I was cheering their relationship along from the sidelines until certain revelations came to light *sigh*. For me personally, and I might be projecting my own insecurities here but this is how I feel, I absolutely hate when a character is a replica of a person from a previous relationship ? I can’t help but think it is the original relationship they are trying to duplicate. The body double nothing more than a consolation prize for the initial partner, especially when there are so many references to that person within the narrative. It made me doubt the connection between Hayden and Kenzie. As the inevitable came to fruition without resolution my angst level increased drastically leaving me with one heck of a book hangover.
As I have already stated Furious Rush ends on a cliffhanger, a very anxious, tension-filled cliffhanger, leaving me very conflicted about my feelings for the story as a whole. I need a resolution NOW!!!!!