ARC Review: Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

Title: Furious Rush
Author: S.C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 1 in series
POV: First Person – Female
Expected Publication: August 23, 2016


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…


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ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Mackenzie (Kenzie) Cox had racing in her blood. As the daughter of a legendary racer she had a lot of pressure in carrying the Cox name in her rookie year with her family owned Cox Racing team. But she was not the only rookie around and he came from her team’s bitter rival.

Hayden Hayes risen up from obscurity into the professional racing world. Coming from an underground street racing, his name unfortunately came with certain reputation. As racer for Benneti Motorsports, Kenzi was the enemy, but soon enough they discovered, they might have better use of each other.

Racing used to be my passion so I was very excited for this book because it is something I can relate to.

“Racing gives me a high… but you make me feel alive.”

Hayden was a sexy cocky character. I like how he was rough around the edges. He worked for what he wanted and didn’t let anything much to affect him.

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

Kenzi had a lot to prove to people around her. She was constantly under scrutiny especially by her own father. I like how she took responsibility to continue her family legacy.

The story started well with the excitement of racing world. I understand the passion and loyalty so I could connect with both characters. The racing actions both on track and on street were exhilarating.

“I just… wanted to save the legacy,”

The relationships between various characters were not necessarily healthy, but I like that because we can see them at their best and worst. However since I am familiar with racing world, there was one major element in the book that just didn’t make sense and unacceptable for me. I don’t usually mind details accuracy but this one is a major element in the story.

Also, the answer to the conflict in the story was highly predictable. There were also some things happened but not properly explained, or actions taken by characters that just out of the elements. Yes, this is not a standalone, but I still want some more answers to wrap up this book.

Furious Rush is a story of two people caught up in bitter team rivalries while trying to make their relationship work. It would appeal to racing fans and those looking for high action romance.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.


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C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.


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