Saturday, November 1, 2014

All Broke Down (Rusk University, #2) by Cora Carmack ~ Tour & Giveaway

All Broke Down


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.

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Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Warning:  When you start this book, be prepared to finish it.  It's not the type to set down and go on with life.  No, it demands to be read.  To be finished.

Can I just say that I was not a Silas fan in book one.  Arrogant and cocky, he just rubbed me the wrong way.  I wasn't sure how Cora Carmack would make me love him.  But she so did.

Silas doesn't need anyone to beat him up because he's a pro at doing that himself.  He's the trash from the trailer park with the family issues that just make your heart hurt.  Luckily for him, someone pointed him towards football in high school.  And football was pulling him out of that awful world where he struggled just to eat and have a place to sleep.  The thing is, his arrogant, cocky self takes a couple of hits and the next thing he knows, his mighty football is at risk.  Makes him desperate enough to let someone in.

And that someone has her own issues.  Dylan's sees something in the bad boy, Silas, that makes her want to save him.  She loves a lost cause.  Of course, she never expects this to be anything but a temporary thing.  Right, keep telling yourself that.

I loved seeing Dallas and Carson from book one.  Excited to spend more time with this football team and all it's little personalities.  Seeing more books coming in this series - can't wait to see what's gonna happen with Stella.  But Nell and Mateo are next in All Played Out.  That should be just as good.

I love this authors story telling ability.  Love the pace and the character growth.  It's sexy and fun.  I read it straight through.  So good.  If you love the New Adult genre, then don't miss this one.


I’m still running when the rest of the team comes out on the field, and Coach Cole lines them up along the sideline to wait and watch as I finish.

I try not to get angry. I really do, but the humiliation gets to me. Might as well make me hold a sign that says I can’t do anything right. Not even on the first day of practice.

I grit my teeth so hard I expect my jaw to break as I finish my last sprint from one end zone to the other. I drop for my push-ups and growl my way through them. When I’m done, I stand and face Oz. It’s a dumbass move, but I’m pissed and not thinking straight, so I raise my eyebrows and ask, “Should I keep going?”

It’s Coach Cole who answers. “That will do for now.”

As I walk over to join the rest of the team on the sideline, I try to keep my breathing steady, but it feels like one of the linemen has been using my chest as a trampoline.

“Mr. Moore has just helped demonstrate our new discipline policy, gentlemen. When you skip a class, when your grades drop below the line, when your actions reflect poorly on this team, that’s an infraction. For the first infraction, you run.” He gestures back toward Coach Oz, and a few players groan quietly. “If you commit a second infraction or the problems persist, your entire position group runs with you.” People start looking around at the players around them, the guys who now determine whether or not they’re subjected to the will of Coach Sadist. “And if one of you is stupid enough to get in trouble a third time, you, your position group, and your position coach will run.” He shoots his staff a sly smile, and I can tell this is news to them. And when they fix their eyes on the players, they definitely aren’t screwing around. “We are a team,” Coach yells. “We win and lose together. So, we’ll screw up and get better together, too. It’s not just your own ass on the line, it’s everyone’s.”

Brookes catches my gaze, and I turn away. Like I don’t feel like enough of a chump already.

“Any questions?”

Players and coaches alike shift, but no one says anything.

Then Torres opens his big mouth. “If we get in trouble a fourth time, do you run, sir?”

Nobody moves a freaking muscle. And I just know . . . we’re all gonna run for that one. But then Coach surprises me. He laughs and shakes his head, but when he speaks, he’s serious again. “Mateo, you don’t want it to get that far. It won’t be pretty.”

My new roommate never does know quite when to shut up, though.

“No, I imagine that wouldn’t look pretty at all, Coach.”

“Teo!” “Torres!” “Seriously?”

Every player surrounding him turns and lays into him. He covers his head with his hands and jumps back.

Coach blows his whistle, and we all snap back to attention. “It looks like you boys are beginning to understand what it means to be responsible for your teammates.” He stares at Torres for a long moment and then looks at the team. “We’ll let that one slide. Now, into your position groups. We’ll start by seeing what you’ve retained over the summer.”

A small whoop raises up from the crowd and as we disperse, Torres yells. “I love you, Coach! You’re the best!”

“We’ll see if you still feel that way when we’re through. You know we don’t do easy days here, not even first day back.”

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About Cora Carmack:

HeadshotCora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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