Review: Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

Review: Furious Rush by S.C. StephensFurious Rush by S.C. Stephens
Published by Forever Romance August 23, 2016
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Amazon US

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 . . .

I’ve put off reading S.C. Stephens for years. When I saw the synopsis for Furious Rush, I decided it was time to pick up a title of hers. I really liked the sound of a female racer and throw a little forbidden romance in to anything and I will get excited.

Kenzie has a lot to prove as not only a female in the racing world but as the daughter of a legend. She’s also got the weight of being successful enough to keep her father’s racing business alive. She can’t afford distractions and she definitely can’t afford to be wrapped up in anyone who plays for the rival team.

Hayden shows up at a volatile time in Kenzie’s life and their strange connection drives her to train harder than ever before and push limits she would have never previously considered. Family ties, rules and the law – be damned.

All sounds pretty exciting right? It should have been and for some, I’m sure it will be. For me, it really wasn’t.

I found no connection with any of the characters. Kenzie, while she had an admirable drive, was way too lacking in the backbone department and truthfully…kind of just a bitch. Hayden never found ground with me either. I never had a feel for who he was or why he did the things he did. As for the supporting cast, well, they either are not very memorable or they are memorable as just not very good people.

Being a character driven reader, this was very difficult for me. Sometimes, the story is so amazing that I can look past a lack of solid connection with the characters. I just couldn’t do that here. No matter how hard I tried. 

I almost gave up at one point, fairly early on, when Kenzie does – this thing – at a bar. On a mechanical bull. In front of a crowd. I did not understand this. At all.  On top of that really strange moment, the forbidden romance was too contrived for my liking. I understood the rivalry between the two racing camps’ owners, but to take it as far as it went seemed all too extreme.

Plus, there was sooo much thrown into the story and some I still don’t understand why it was there. Maybe there is a future title coming that will further some of the story lines that seemed to be there for added drama but never found any purpose or resolution. I can only hope that’s the case, I think the story needs it. Needless to say, this one wasn’t for me but I’m sure it will find a fan base with those who like a drama filled New Adult read.


  • Betül

    Great review Ali!! I’ll skip this one because nothing about it sounds interesting to me.

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