Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 23, 2016
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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...
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve been really anxious to see what S.C. Stephens would give us after Kellan Kyle and the Thoughtless series. I know she’s written other books since, but nothing really caught my attention until I saw the blurb for Furious Rush. A female motorcycle racer? Hell yes. Sign me up. I love finding female characters in non-traditional roles in books. Add to that a forbidden romance with the competition and I’m all over it. And you know what? It was a darn good read.
It took me a little while to warm to both Kenzie and Hayden, but I was definitely intrigued by them from the very start. I appreciated Kenzie’s strength and stubbornness. I loved that she wasn’t just “some other racer,” but that it’s in her blood and it’s actually something she’s good at. I loved how dedicated she was to her sport, her family and her racing team. I appreciated that she was trying to save the team she grew up in, even when the odds were against them. But, at times, she was a little immature and that rubbed me the wrong way. All in all though, I liked how she came into her own and I was firmly in her corner before it was all said and done. Hayden was an enigma. I really wasn’t sure what to make of him, but it didn’t take long for me to really like him. The “bad boy” definitely had a heart of gold and he wasn’t what others made him out to be. The chemistry between Kenzie and Hayden was intense from the very start – on and off the course. I loved how their relationship progressed, even if it seemed a little slow at times. That might’ve just been from the blistering hot sexual tension that I wasn’t sure was ever going to break, though. Either way, I couldn’t stop turning the pages.
While I’ve read my fair share of motorcycle club books, I’ve not read a lot of motorcycle racing books. (Or, any… really. Just motocross.) I got sucked into this world of street racing and legal competitive racing. I was equally intrigued by both and I loved navigating all of it. When it came to the actual races, there was heart-pounding action and I was sucked into every single bit of it. Adding in the history and grudge between the two racing teams made things even more interesting. It really made for a delicious, high stakes forbidden romance between Kenzie and Hayden. There were a lot of outside forces working against them and there was a lot more than a race to lose when it all came right down to it.
My only complaint about this book was that I thought there were a lot of unanswered questions when it all wrapped up. This one isn’t billed as the start of a series, though I’d be surprised if it didn’t ultimately become one. If it doesn’t, there’s this thing that happened at the end that was just unnecessary IMHO. I mean, it’s unnecessary anyhow, but if it’s not going to be addressed in a coming book it was even more so. It felt like adding drama and potential angst just for the point of doing it and that didn’t sit all that well with me. If there are more books to come, even if Hayden and Kenzie are secondary characters (and I hope they are), I’ll happily read along. I just hope it doesn’t turn into a series with some messy love triangle. I’m not sure I would continue reading if it did. But, for now, GIVE ME MORE. 🙂
Why was he staring at me like I was the starting line, like I was the prize? I was no prize for him to win.
“Fuck you, Hayden.”
“Just pick a time and a place, princess, and I’ll scratch whatever itch you’ve got.”
For some reason that I didn’t fully understand, Hayden was my center. I needed him to maintain my balance, and without him… I was lost.
“Racing gives me a high… but you make me feel alive.”
“Can we just keep things between the two of us about racing?”
“So you want me to ignore it when I remember what it feels like to be inside you? What your face looks like when you come? How you sound when I’m touching you? How wet you get when you’re ready for me? How you taste…?”
So now that I’m a Meghan Quinn convert, which of her books should I read next?