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Review: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

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All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
    by: Cora Carmack

Publication Date: Oct. 28, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received via Edelweiss in exchange for a  fair and honest review.
Page Count: 368 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can't only fight for what you believe in... sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

After being introduced to Silas Moore in Cora's first book, All Lined Up, I have to admit I couldn't wait for him to get his own. He was definitely not up for character of the year in the previous novel, having really pissed off Dallas, the Coach's daughter. While he has made amends for his actions, there is still a bit of a tension there that we see in this novel.
I completely fell for Silas. Life has dealt him a rather difficult hand and he feels football is all he really has going for him. If he loses that, life might as well be over in his mind. He is a bit of a hot-head and is fueled by his anger, adopting the act first, think later attitude. He does not let people get to know the real Silas Moore and wants to keep it that way. He never expected to meet a girl who would breach those defenses sitting in a jail cell.
I loved Dylan's character. She is fiercely passionate about her beliefs and has a sweetness about her that's hard to ignore. The best part about her is that she's still finding herself. I love that Carmack addresses this because very few college students know exactly who they are and have found their place in this world. Having been adopted at a young age, Dylan has always done what is expected of her and played the role of the dutiful daughter. Now that she is in college, she is finally starting to think for herself and question what she wants. Silas is the one to bring all these feelings to the surface for her and he ends up helping her as much as she does him.
Silas and Dylan ooze sexual tension. I thought I was going to internally combust while reading this one. They have some seriously hot scenes together. I really like the vulnerability they show one another though. Silas needs someone to believe in him. He doesn't want to lose everything because of his inability to control himself. It breaks my heart to see him so beaten down and feel like he isn't worth a lick.
Dylan and Silas are far from perfect. They both make some mistakes with one another, but they are learning together and I think that's what really counts in the end. Both of them are trying to become better versions of themselves and want to live their lives in a way that is right for them and no one else is going to tell them otherwise.
We do have a situation that occurs at the end of the book that I never saw coming and completely broke my heart. I am nervous about how Carmack is going to proceed with this, as it is something that will ultimately play a huge role in this character's future.
I am looking forward to continuing this series by Carmack, because college football, hot guys, and steamy romances are my weakness!

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  1. I reallllllly need to start this series! It is one of those that I am super excited for but just never seem to have the time for. Hopefully things calm down soon and I can get to them. Great review!

  2. I treated myself to this during the week and I can't wait to get to it. I loved All Lined Up which kind of shocked me as I know nothing about football but these characters are fab!

  3. I haven't read any of Carmack's books yet, but your review makes me want to pick this series up! Sounds great!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. I loved this book, too! Silas - WOW. Cora Carmack really brings the sexy in this one. He is definitely my favorite character of the series now.
    As you know I'm not too happy about that ending. I understand wanting to set up a future book, but I think it took away from the current romance. :/


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