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…
When I first heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. I loved the synopsis and how unique it sounded. I think this book had a lot of potential and started off really great. I was really intrigued by the story and couldn’t wait to find out more.
I really, really, really wanted to like this book. But, sadly my excitement for it did not last very long. By 17% or so, I was just over it and this is why: Kenzie…She has to be one of the most unlikable characters I have ever met. She was a total bitch for the entire story and honestly, I don’t understand why Hayden would waste his time on her. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with a tough, independent woman. In fact, I don’t mind a little standoffishness and making the man work for her affections, but this was way too much. But, what was really frustrating was that she was a bitch to Hayden, but let her family and friends just walk all over her. She took way too much crap from them and for such an independent woman, I couldn’t understand why she didn’t stand up for herself more and why she let them treat her the way that they did. And Hayden, I was really curious about him in the beginning. I think he had a great air of mystery surrounding him, but as the story went on, I was just left wanting more.
Kenzie and Hayden together was an interesting combination. Yes, they had an instant connection, but I never really felt the spark between the two of them. To me, it felt forced and their connection didn’t feel believable. I kept waiting to see the spark and a reason for them being together, but in the end, I was just left wanting more.
My other issue was the pacing and repetitiveness. The pacing of the story was just too slow for me. I felt like it took forever to get to the point of the story. And when we finally seemed to get somewhere, it just dragged on and at times, left me bored. And then there was the repetitiveness issue. From the scenes where Kenzie is being put down by her father, to the sexual scenes with Hayden; it was just so repetitive. I found myself thinking at times, didn’t I just read this exact thing a few chapters ago??? I’m sorry, but those things are just major deal breakers for me.
Overall, I think this book had a lot of potential, but it just didn’t work for me. I had to many issues with the characters and overall execution of the story. And in the end, I was left feeling disappointed and wanting more….
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*