New Release Review | Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

 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 . . .

Genre: New Adult Romance | Sports
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: via NetGalley

S.C. Stephens is a terrific writer and her writing style was great in this romance set in the motor racing world. Though I had some expectations that didn’t quite pan out. The racing factor led me to believe this novel was going to provide some heart-pumping, adrenaline fueled scenes, but it lacked that and more.

Its slow start made it difficult to get into, and it continued with a slow pace for almost the entire book. The moment it began to pick up, it once again fizzled away. It wasn’t until a little more than half way through, that I really gained some interest and feelings about the characters and their development. While I liked the second half of the book more than the first, the ending seemed to wrap up too neatly. There were negative outcomes to Mackenzie’s decisions and I wanted her feelings revealed more. I didn’t see reactions from her that made enough sense with how her life turned out. She wasn’t a pushover, but very much a fighter, and she sort of just relented at the end. 
The ending also leaves things open enough that we could potentially see more of this world and its characters.

There was no real hook to the story, and it was underdeveloped in many areas, never fully making it to its peak. 

Hayden and Mackenzie are star crossed lovers meeting in secret to practice their skills. The build up for their romantic connection was nice and kept itself at a steady pace, but I didn’t fall for them as a couple. Even on their own, they had a very plain vibe and they didn’t shine. The competitiveness between them was the real focal point. It was clear that there was an intensity that fueled them, but I didn’t get the romantic sizzle that’s meant to capture a romance reader.

The history of Cox Racing and Benneti Motorsports had so much potential, and had it been expanded upon, I believe the star crossed aspect would’ve been on point. The conflict between the teams was good, but there could’ve been so much more to really pad the story with a rich backstory. 

A story that was promising, but just wasn’t quite gripping enough to make this novel a hit.

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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