Sunday, May 17, 2015

All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) & All Played Out (Rusk Universtiy #3) by Cora Carmack

SummaryIn this second book in New York Times and USA Todaybestselling 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. (Via

Genre: New Adult Romance

Pages: 354

Release Date: October 28th, 2014

Rating: 5/5 Stars


SummaryFirst person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

Genre: New Adult Romance

Pages: 316

Release Date: May 12th, 2015

Rating: 5/5 Stars


The Rusk University series has officially become my new favorite New Adult series. There are simply not enough words in the English language to describe how much I love this series. I can't get enough of Cora's humor, romance and swoon worthy guys. The Rusk University series and Cora Carmack have become my new addiction. 

Cora gives her characters so much depth. Most authors have characters that are easily scratched at to reveal their secrets, but not Cora. Cora creates amazing characters that have so much more to them than what is on the surface or what they reveal about themselves. It is so rewarding to learn her characters pasts and piece together who they are as the characters do it themselves.    

Trying to pick your favorite Rusk University guy is torture. In All Lined Up, Cora introduces us to us Carson, the compassionate, respectful leader of the group that has a boy-next-door feel. Then, in All Broke Down, Cora gives us Silas, the player/bad-boy figure that is so much more than anyone expected. Next, in All Played Out, Cora gives us Torres, who is the playful and flirty free spirit that could be described as the class-clown. Not only is it hard picking my favorite out of those three, I can't imagine how much harder it is going to be once Cora introduces the rest of her boys in the books to follow in the Rusk University series; I do not know if my heart can contain all of it's joy. 

I can't leave out the lovely leading ladies. Dallas from All Lined Up is most definitely my red-headed soul sister. We both have all our ducks lined up when it comes to our future, but the slightest change can have us in an uproar. Dallas and I both have the tendency to fall, but while she is caught by a hot quarterback, concrete breaks my fall. On the other hand, All Broke Down's Dylan would be my go-to-girl for community service hours. Not only would she be a fun addition to a community project, we could all admire beautiful Silas. Lastly, but certainly not least, we have All Played Out's Nell who would be my twin. Nell and I both have trouble getting outside of our comfort zones, let alone our houses. Like Nell, I am focused on studying and whatever else could potentially help my career; however my social life is nonexistent as well. The only difference between us is I do not have Torres helping me become social, I hope she has created a waiting list for his help....Put me on the top!!

I absolutely loved the Rusk University series, it is full of humor, romance, sass, and hot guys. Did I mention hot guys yet? The Rusk University series is easy to fly through; the simplest comparison I can think of is when you are eating a bag of chips and continue to eat them until your hand reaches the bottom of the bag and to your dismay, there are no more chips left. I am so excited for the next Rusk University novel, All Closed Off, which is expected to be released sometime in 2016, so if you do not mind me, I will be waiting at my mailbox until it arrives. 

(Me, Cora Carmack)
Photo taken at ApollyCon 2015

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