Title: All Broke Down
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #2
Number of Books: 4 (stand alone novels; 2 published and 2 coming soon)
Genre: New Adult
Published: October 28th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“I’m figuring out what I want by trial and error, and maybe that’s not the best way, but it’s all I’ve got. All I know is that I need to be my own person, someone shaped by my desire, not fear of disappointing the people who are supposed to love me.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Cora Carmack is a best seller but why does her book covers look unfortunately tacky? Honestly, she needs to sign with a better publisher, or better yet, hire someone more creative, if they can’t even decide on a decent cover art. Anyway, cover art fail aside, this book is totally awesome! I wasn’t expecting to love it as I had some issues with the main character but look here, I came to really enjoy it.
When I finished the first book from this series, I told myself I wouldn’t read the second one because the lead guy was to be Silas, an all around jerk and sort of an antagonist in the first book and I didn’t like him in the least bit but here I am, done with the book and actually loved it. Maybe because a long time has passed since I read the first book that my ill feelings towards Silas has come and gone but I even found myself liking this more than Dallas and Carson’s story (now I feel like I’m betraying them—the couple that I love so dear). Haha.
Anyway, this is a real fun book. I love both Dylan and Silas. I commend the author’s bravado to turn an unlikeable character to a winsome hero! Silas is a great character. With each chapter, he continues to improve. I like that the author spent time to make his character growth gradual and realistic. Dylan is amazingly characterized too. She’s very honest and upfront about her feelings which is so rare in NA that it’s refreshing to read.
I can’t wait for the third book. The couple coming from European ancestry. That will be interesting.