Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the #1 bestselling author of the Thoughtless novels!

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...

He's the cocky, sexy, street racer all the girls flock to.
She's a stick in the mud, strait-laced, disciplined, daughter of a legend.

She has something to prove. Her family depends on her.. the future of her family's company depends on her.

There's something about him that had me intrigued. What is he hiding? What is he trying to prove?

"We were both struggling for respect, we were both fighters, we were both underdogs."

They have uber chemistry, but can't act on it. They are enemies. Their relationship, friendship, is strictly forbidden!
You know where this is going...

I could not wait to read this. Anyone said to be "better" than Kellan Kyle has my attention! Who said that? Don't remember, but wish they hadn't gotten my hopes up that high!
Although Hayden is very likable and charming...

The beginning was a little slow for me, to be honest. I felt there was a lot of internalizing on Kenzie's part. It took me a bit to get into it. Around the 50% mark I got more of what I was looking for. 
Their relationship started to blossom. Things were getting real.
I started to see the characters change and grow. Especially Kenzie.

"I was beginning to feel very...free...with him."

Unfortunately things seemed to kind of veer off course a bit...

and things became a little far-fetched. 
It had a little who-done-it feel in the middle of a budding romance... but things resolved quickly while others had very strange outcomes.
Can't exactly tell you who done it, but I was just left a little perplexed.

Their connection was strong. Their chemistry explosive.
I just didn't get completely wrapped up in it as I was hoping to.

Not sure if this is a cliffy per se... but I was left a little slack-jawed in the end.
Will there be a book two? I'm not sure... but of course I'll be reading it!

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