DANGEROUS RUSH, the second book in S.C. Stephens’s exciting RUSH series, is now available and we couldn’t be more excited!
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About DANGEROUS RUSH
Feeling the rush comes with a price…
Mackenzie Cox has lost everything—except Hayden Hayes. With Kenzie’s racing career over, and her family no longer speaking to her, Hayden has been her rock, as she tries to pick up the pieces of what was once her life.
But when Hayden’s racing team hires his beautiful ex-girlfriend, Felicia, to be their new hotshot rider, Kenzie and Hayden’s seemingly solid relationship begins to crack. Kenzie can only watch from the sidelines, as Felicia lives the life she was forced to leave behind, and as tension begins to build between Hayden and Kenzie, she wonders if Hayden isn’t the man she once knew.
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At the end of Furious Rush when Hayden’s past collided with his present, I knew S.C. Stephens was preparing to take readers on a complicated angst-filled journey in Dangerous Rush, and boy was I right! I NEVER felt settled or even that hopeful about Hayden and Kenzie making it through this rough patch because there was always someone or something attempting to tear them apart, and it also seemed that they too easily allowed a divide to be built between them, forgetting how dishonesty and feelings of abandonment can easily destroy the tightest of bonds.
Family and Racing – these are the two things that have grown to mean everything to Hayden and Kenzie, and when book 2 begins, Kenzie’s relationship with Hayden and her stubbornness to remain by his side despite her father’s dictates has forced her to lose both her family’s love and her career as a motorcycle racer, leaving her to watch someone from Hayden’s past take her spot not only as Hayden’s teammate but also as the elite female racer in the racing world that Kenzie’s has worked so hard to claim as her own.
Family also seems to be another reason that Kenzie feels like an outsider. Hayden, Felicia, Izzy, and Hookup have history together…they stood by each other’s side when there was no one else, and that means everything to Hayden. He’s loyal to a fault, meaning that once Hayden lets someone into his life, regardless of what s/he does, he always lets him/her back in, which means that even though four years have passed without one word from her, Felicia’s still a part of him…a part of his family, so their connection, regardless of the strain on it, is still there, especially when the reason she left is still unknown.
I understand why some readers would feel frustrated by Kenzie’s actions and attitude in Dangerous Rush because the feisty, independent girl she was in Furious Rush seems to have been replaced by someone who allows others to walk all over her and use her to prove a point. But I also get why S.C. Stephens portrays Kenzie this way for much of the story. By choosing Hayden over her father’s wishes, she lost everything that defined her and now the very person she gave up everything for isn’t there for her like he said he would be and his past threatens to destroy not only their happiness as a couple but also her love of a sport that she may never participate in again. Due to the strain on Kenzie’s relationship with Hayden and Keith’s meddling, Kenzie feels alone and is left wondering if her decisions will bring her happiness or more heartache.
While I was annoyed and sometimes angry with Hayden’s actions throughout the story, I also got why he was so conflicted. In the Prologue, readers are privy to his past with Felicia and the incredibly close bond they had, so it makes sense that there would be residual feelings on Hayden’s part when Felicia comes back into his life four years after she left with only a note as a goodbye. Stephens does a good job of demonstrating Hayden’s confusing feelings and the fact that despite how he outwardly reacts, inwardly, Felicia is still his first love and it’s difficult to shut those emotions off.
The second book in Stephens’ Furious Rush series is definitely complicated; readers will run the gamut of emotions and will find themselves questioning whether or not Hayden and Kenzie should have made the decisions they do, especially the ones that are dishonest and secretive.
The secondary story lines definitely add to the enjoyment of Dangerous Rush, and I’ll be interested to see if S.C. Stephens expands on them in the future; I’d love to see what happens with Nikki and if Hookup can be the man he vows to be at the end of the story.
Characters’ passions and how they handle them as well as fight for them is what this series is all about and because what people love comes with their own challenges, people’s emotions will always run high, causing both victories and losses in all areas of their lives.
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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 and 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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About S.C. STEPHENS
S.C. Stephens is a bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.
Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled loved triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.
In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movies and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.
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