ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.
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About 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.
5 out of 5 Bleed Rusk Red Stars
Reviewed by Yesi
Two of my favorite things in the world… new adult romance books and football! This Texas girl loves football and loves, loves, loves to read! All Broke Down has everything I can hope for in a book and so much more! I have read hundreds of new adult books and to this day Cora Carmack is still my favorite author in the genre. From the very first book of hers that I read, Losing It, to now the latest, All Broke Down, she has not disappointed me yet. Bad boy Silas Moore meets his match in activist extraordinaire Dylan Brenner and their connection couldn’t be more exciting!
“You’re really hitting on me? After we just met in jail?”
“Is it working?”
Gaaawwwd I fell in love with these two from the very first few pages! And YES, they do meet in jail. What are the odds of two very hot people being stuck in the same jail cell? You know what? Who cares! They meet, they banter, they connect, and then it’s time to go. Only Silas, who I originally thought was a jerk based on his character in All Lined Up, turns out that he is soooooo not a jerk at all. The unlikely circumstances that bring them together and the events that follow after, set up a phenomenal story. I love that Cora’s writing takes you to a place that you can actually envision and feel a part of. Rusk University is the perfect place to relive your college heydays. Silas screams bad boy and good Lord you’ll want to be tangled up with him immediately!
” Only you would pick up a girl in jail.”
” Only I could.”
Silas and Dylan form an unlikely bond and soon embark on a hot, friends with benefits affair. He has secrets, fears, and insecurities. She has demons of her own but knows a good thing when she sees it and fights for it with all of her heart. She is feisty, quirky, and passionate. She is exactly what he needs. They are from different worlds but couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Unfortunately they don’t always see eye to eye, and that it is totally okay in my opinion, as long as there isn’t unnecessary drama and overkill on certain topics. I love that these characters are true to their age and whatever they encounter, whether together or apart, feels real.
“Don’t think, not this time. Go deeper. What do you want? Not what should you want. You want me gone, push me away. You want me here, pull me closer. Simple as that.”
I absolutely loved the push and pull of their relationship. From beginning to end, All Broke Down is filled with humor and light heartedness, angst and a little bit of drama, sexy dialogue and smoking hot scenes, AND all of that makes for a fantastic new adult story. This is Cora Carmack’s sexiest book yet and honestly, aside from Losing It, it is my absolute favorite book to date. Join the crowd at Rusk University, fall in love with these characters, and learn what it means to Bleed Rusk Red! It is the perfect book for this time of year!
” I want to make her come so hard that for the rest of her life, she remembers me anytime someone touches her. I’m going to leave my mark on her perfect body, beneath the skin where she’ll never get me out. I want to ruin her for anyone else.”
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I bring the blanket back over with me, but he turns it down. I hug it closer to me and sink down onto the floor beside him. I lean back against the couch and stare straight ahead.
“I really am sorry. I promise I won’t make you—”
I don’t get the rest of my thought out because he sits up on one elbow, grips the back of my neck, and bends over to cover my mouth with his. His lips are warm, and when I don’t immediately open my mouth, he nips my bottom lip. I suck in a breath, and his tongue sweeps past my lips. My whole body braces for the onslaught that is kissing Silas Moore, but this time, he’s soft and sweet and patient, like we have all the time in the world. When I follow his tongue back into his mouth, he groans. The sound vibrates against me, and the sensation echoes out over the rest of my body. I shiver, and he pulls back until I feel only his breath against me.
“I told you I would shut you up the next time you apologized.”
He slides his hand around to cup my jaw and kisses me again. Once. Twice. And a third time. Hard. Then soft. Just my bottom lip. The corner of my mouth. His lips play over mine like he’s trying to uncover every possible way to kiss me and check them off the list one by one. I open my mouth immediately when his tongue flicks out, but I taste him for only a second before he pulls away, wincing. He falls back against his pillow, and I notice for the first time that one of his cold packs has fallen on the floor, and the other is lost somewhere in the couch.
“Why didn’t you tell me you were hurting?”
“Because then I would have had to stop.”
My heart is a spinning top in my chest, and now that he’s not kissing me and things are slowing down, I can feel myself about to topple out of control. I shake my head and get the ice packs back where they belong.
Now I just need to get everything else back where it belongs, too.
Except I’m starting to think that the idea of “belonging” anywhere is false. We go through our whole lives thinking that we belong in one place and not in another. We think certain ideas and actions have to be relegated to the tiny little boxes we place them in. What if we just react instead? What if we take whatever the world gives us and instead of focusing on what it isn’t, we enjoy what it is?
I lean back against the couch and don’t think as I begin to talk. I tell him about my journalism major, and how social media is changing the way news happens, changing the way the world interacts and reacts. He tells me about football, and how it’s been the only thing he’s wanted since a coach plucked him out of a standard PE class his freshman year. He pulls the rubber band from my hair, and I lay my head back as he spreads the long strands out over his chest. He combs his fingers through the waves carefully while he tells me about going to the state championship with his high school team and then losing.
“Before that . . . the world felt so damn small. Like a pair of shoes that didn’t fit right. We lost and there were all these guys on my team, some I liked and some I didn’t, and they were all crying and falling to their knees, and I was just standing there staring at the stadium around us, and all the people that came out to see these two tiny schools duke it out. And it didn’t feel like I lost. Instead it was like I kicked open some door, and crawled out of my cage, and could stand up straight for the first time in my life.”
“So that’s how you knew I was suffocating. That had been you, too.”
He picks up a lock of hair and twists it, and I shiver again.
“I think we were suffocating in different ways, but yeah. I guess that was it.”
His hand in my hair has me so relaxed that I could fall asleep right there beside him on the floor. I close my eyes and turn my head to the side to rest against the cushion. Quietly, I ask, “You don’t feel that way anymore?”
“I didn’t. But lately the world is starting to feel pretty fucking small again.”
“So kick open another door.”
He continues playing with my hair with his left hand, but his right slips down to drag a knuckle over my cheek.
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Cora 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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