Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens
If you like fast paced and tense action scenes, are a fan of motorsports, and enjoy reading about two beautiful people with beautiful chemistry, give Furious Rush a go.
Furious Rush is about Mackenzie, the daughter of one of the sport’s living legends. One would think she would be the heir apparent to his empire, but instead, Dad has a pretty strong misogyny streak that prevents him from treating his daughter as a full human being and instead views her as easily manipulatable. She’s desperate to prove herself, loves bikes, and loves racing. As the book opens, she’s embarking on her first season as a rider for his team, and is ready to make a name for herself outside of his shadow.
Mackenzie’s father is in a Montague and Capulet-esque feud with a former best friend. They were best friends and co-owners of a team eons ago, but now are bitter rivals. Mackenzie, I feel, is just as invested at beating that team as she is in winning for hers.
At the opening scene, Mackenzie is dragged to an illegal street race by her best friend and there meets a mysterious new racer. Instant physical connection, but she’s turned off when he refers to her as “sweetheart”. Her POV narration lets us know that she has no truck with that sort of casual sexism; as a female in a male dominated industry, she is constantly on alert for such behavior and writes the dude off immediately, hotness be damned.
Low and behold, when she shows up to the practice track the next day, the mysterious hot dude, Hayden, is the new racer for the enemy team. They snipe at each other for a while, eventually giving in to their chemistry and find that first impressions aren’t always right. Their chemistry nearly melts off the page and is completely enrapturing.
What wasn’t as enrapturing for me was all the conflict and sabotage and such that went on between the two teams. As Mackenzie fell harder for Hayden, her father sets ultimatums that feel medieval. I am completely aware parents still behave as such, and that male domination in sports is a thing, but it wasn’t super pleasant reading for me. I rolled my eyes at her father’s histrionics a lot, and the other owner felt more like a moustache-twirling villain than is my preference level.
Additionally, and this is a bit of a spoiler, so look away if you’re wary of them; Mackenzie ends up giving up her dreams of racing to be with Hayden. It felt really incongruous to me for this character, for whom we have been told repeatedly racing is her big dream, would walk away from that for a man she’s known for a relatively short period of time. Love triumphs over all, that’s for sure, but it felt more like throwing away dreams than an evolution of life together in partnership. Combine that with what I think is an other woman plotline in the next book, and I’m left to conclude that this world is not one for me.
If you like fast paced and tense action scenes, are a fan of motorsports, and enjoy reading about two beautiful people with beautiful chemistry, give Furious Rush a go. If you’re averse to minor cliffhangers, Romeo and Juliet, or sports romances, this one may be a pass for you.