All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Published by Harper Collins on October 28th 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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In life, you can't only fight for what you believe in . . .sometimes you have to fight for what you loveDylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and not at all her type, 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.
Cora Carmack has done it again, and I think I may have loved this one even more than All Lined Up…which is saying something! All Lined Up and All Broke Down are books one and two of the Rusk University series, and both books are exactly what you want in a fresh and swoony New Adult story. All Broke Down is the perfect companion to its predecessor but offers the reader a completely different experience. It’s grittier, more emotional and, honestly, a lot more heart-wrenching than All Lined Up. Silas broke my heart and all I wanted to do was give him a big hug. Thankfully he meets someone who could quite possibly turn it all around for him…but only if he let’s her.
Silas Moore was briefly featured throughout All Lined Up, and I’m not gonna lie, I HAAAATED him! He was a cocky jerk-face (yup…jerk-face) and I totally thought I had him figured out from the moment I “met” him. But, Cora Carmack being the genius story-teller that she is, found a way to make Silas one of the most heart-wrenching and sympathetic characters I’ve come across is a long time. Listen, the dude is suuuuper raunchy and he would win first place in a dirty talk contest (I ain’t complaining), but behind the tough talk and bad attitude lies the heart of a young man who has lived an extremely challenging life. Carmack did an amazing job of balancing Silas’ hard exterior with his wounded interior, and less than halfway through the book I started to understand where he was coming from and wanted nothing but good things to start coming his way.
That’s where Dylan comes in. They meet under the most bizarre of circumstances, but it’s actually quite perfect and I love how humorous it all is. Things go from zero to sixty with these two, and normally that would completely turn me off. But it actually works for them because they are both so desperately trying to forget what it is that haunts them. Two wounded souls looking for some escape in each other. I absolutely adored Dylan’s character and appreciated the layers that Carmack used when creating her. Silas and Dylan seem like complete opposites, and in many ways they are, but there’s some pain and heartache lurking beneath the surface of Dylan as well. The complexity of Silas and Dylan as individuals, only makes the complexity of their relationship that much more compelling and I couldn’t put the book down.
Oh, before I wrap this up, let’s just talk for a quick second about the more, ummm, intimate scenes of this book! Actually…I’m not sure words could properly describe how much chemistry and heat there is between Silas and Dylan, but this pretty much sums it up!
Not sure what else you need to know beyond that! Trust me…this book is steamy!!
After reading the first two books in Carmack’s Rusk University series, I’m positively giddy for book number three, All Played Out, releasing this May! If it’s anything like All Lined Up and All Broke Down, which I have a feeling it will be since I’ve loved every Cora Carmack book I’ve read, then I know it’s going to become an instant favorite as well! Trust me, you need these books in your life!