Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Spotlight: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack

All Broke Down
Rusk University #2
By: Cora Carmack
Published: Oct. 28, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow PB
Source: Publisher
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GR's Summary:

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. 

Rusk University Series:
My Review on All Lined Up Here

My Thoughts:

All Broke Down was an utterly spectacular sequel in the Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack.  I loved All Lined Up, the first book in the series, but All Broke Down was a whole new level of greatness.  For one thing, in All Lined Up, I could not stand Silas.  He came off as a complete jerk, womanizer, and a "bad boy" in the most unappealing way possible.  When I found out that book two was going to be his story, I had some reservations.  For one, how could I possibly enjoy a story with the main character being one that I could not relate to and stand?  Well, I was curious to see if Ms. Carmack would be able to change my mind and win me over.  I'm happy to say that not only did Silas win me over, but by the end of the story; I loved him.

Silas was a very complex character with a lot of layers, and a great story to tell.  He had anger issues, felt inadequate, and harbored so much fear, that he began to cause his own downward spiral.  He had a dark childhood, which was a big factor in why he had so many issues.  When he meets Dylan, he is in for quite a surprise.  She is different from any girl that he's ever met.  He becomes very intrigued by her, and quickly makes certain assumptions that are not true.  She comes from a wealthy and privileged family, and she feels stifled by them.  However, she didn't always lead a life of wealth, stability, and privilege.  Dylan believes in fighting for justice and standing up for others.  She is dedicated to her beliefs, and loves to help others.  Silas is very different from any guy that she's ever gone out with.  Yet, she is very attracted to him, and see's good in him.  When he asks her to help him become a better person and make better decisions, she quickly agrees.  Here is someone that she can help.  In return, Silas wants to help her discover what she wants in her life, and make her go for it, instead of always trying to please others.  

I loved Dylan's character!  She reminded me a lot of myself when I was younger.  She wanted to bring about positive change in the world, was optimistic, and never gave up.  She was a great friend, and hard worker.  She was the catalyst for change in Silas' life, and I enjoyed seeing him make such a tremendous amount of character growth.  We also get Dallas, Carson, and Stella from book one, and meet Dylan's best friend Matt.  I enjoyed getting a lot of Stella in this book.  She was such a fun character.  I felt like I got to know quite a few of the football players a lot more in this sequel, and am looking forward to getting a few of their stories as well.

The romance between Silas and Dylan was both sweet and sexy.  These two had great chemistry, and I loved the way they complimented and balanced each other.  They were such a great couple, and in this case, I couldn't have picked a better match for Silas.  This story flew by!  I read until I couldn't keep my eyes open any more, and then after four hours of sleep, I picked the book right back up.

Ms. Carmack brings up a really serious issue in this story.  I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that I applaud her for bringing this issue in to the spotlight.  My heart broke for what happened, and it really affected me.  I hope it brings about more awareness.  I love how Dylan believed even if we can only help one person at a time, it is worth it.  I loved Ms. Carmack's sentiment about how important it is to stand up for others and demand justice.  Even if we think that we are unable to change the system, we must not give up!!!  

My Rating:

 I give, All Broke Down, by Cora Carmack, 5 Powerful, Thoughtful, Romantic, Sexy, Silas Virus Filled Stars!!!  Ms. Carmack is one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!  She truly is an amazing and talented author!!!

My Favorite Quote:

 "I hold her, and I know now why caring about another person is so damn  scary.  It's not that they won't care about you back, because that either happens or it doesn't.  You live with it or you do everything you can to change it.  The really scary thing is the moment you realize that for the rest of your life, you'll feel twice the pain, twice the joy, twice the fear."  (eARC, Loc. 3461)


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About Cora Carmack:

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.


  1. I'm so with you! I was nervous about it being about Silas but Cora knocked it out of the park (oops that's baseball). I loved this book. Great review.


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