Sunday, August 21, 2016

{Book Review} Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens
Published: August 23, 2016 by Forever
Series: ?
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
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 . . .

This book has it all: mysterious pasts, strained family dynamics, rivalry, forbidden love and fierce completion.  This book is a mix between The Fast and the Furious & Romeo and Juliet.  I had a really fun time reading this book and this would defiantly be a great book to pick up during the summer, however, I did have some problem with it.

The writing in this book was good, but average.  There was a lack of descriptions that made it hard to picture the events and characters in the book.  However, I thought the pacing of this book was perfect.  It had a slow start to build the plot and characters, but then it exploded with nail-biting action and suspect.  I had a hard time putting this book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

I absolutely adored the plot of this book!  I loved the motorcycle racing, which brought a lot of action.  I also really liked that Mackenzie was a racer, showing that it was not just a male dominated sport.  I also enjoyed all the aspects that made up the plot, which made it feel very dynamic and never become boring.  There was always something pushing the plot forward and mysteries that needed to be solved.
One of the big downfalls of this book is the character development.  With the story being told in Mackenzie’s perspective, I felt like I got a good grasp of her personality, but the other characters were lacking.  I wish there was a way for this book to be written in dual perspective so readers could experience the inner workings of Hayden’s thoughts too.  Mackenzie was a very relatable character, but her personality felt very basic.  I was very intrigued by Hayden and only began really understanding him near the end of the book.  That was enough to make me really like him, but I just wanted to know more.  I also felt like the side characters needed more development, but they did feel like an important aspect of the plot.

I also enjoyed that there were multiple types of relationships in this book.  The friendships developed between characters felt genuine and real.  I did wish that the relationship between Mackenzie and her family would have been expanded on.  I never felt like I got to know her dad, which made me really dislike him for the decisions he made.  I also absolutely disliked her sisters.  I found them selfish, self-absorbed, and annoying.  I felt like there was a missed potential to expand and deepen the family dynamic. 

Then there is the romance.  At the beginning, I was not sold.  I am all for slow burning romance, but nothing happened for a really long time.  However, the halfway mark was a turning point.  Hayden started being more open and affectionate toward Mackenzie and I started feeling like they were connecting.  By the end, I really enjoyed them together and hope to be able to see their relationship expand more.

And the ending!  I really, REALLY hope that there is going to at least be a sequel to this book because it just can’t end like that.  I did really like the ending and my jaw dropped, but I am going to be really mad if this book turns out to be a standalone.  I will most defiantly pick up the second book, if there is one.

Overall, this book did have its problems, but I still really enjoyed it.  I really want to see what else is going to happen, especially with that ending!  I want to read more from Stephens so I have already bought Thoughtless and plan on reading it soon.  I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy NA books and are looking for a good summer read.


“Why did anyone put their heart out there, where it could, and most likely would, be ripped to shreds?  There was a gaping hole inside me, and emptiness that even living out my childhood dream couldn’t quite fill.  Like an eclipse, I was sunny and bright around the edges, but dark and hollow in the center.”

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