Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blog Tour: All Played Out (Rusk University #3) by Cora Carmack

All Played Out

Rusk University #3

Cora Carmack

May 12, 2015

William Morrow

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GR's Summary:

First 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. 

Rusk University Series:
My Review of All Lined Up Here
My Review of All Broke Down Here

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My Thoughts:

Whew!  Sexy, steamy, and thrilling are words that come to mind when I think about, All Played Out! I love all of the books in this series, but Nell and Mateo's is my absolute favorite!  The chemistry between these two characters was sensual, butterfly inducing, and palpable.

Antonella "Nell" has always focused soley on her studies.  She is extremely book smart, but socially awkward.  Nell notices how happy her room mate Dylan is with her boyfriend, Silas, and thinks maybe she's missing out on something.  After a conversation with Dylan, Nell decides to create a college bucket list of items to check off before she graduates from college in two months.  Some of the items on her list include hooking up with a jock, attending a college party for more than an hour, kissing a stranger, making new friends, and losing her virginity.  When Nell and Mateo meet at a group game of ultimate frisbee, the chemistry between them is explosive!  Mateo ends up learning about Nell's list and offers to help her complete it.  Are Mateo and Nell just killing time and having fun until she graduates?  Or, could the two of them become something more? 

What a great story!  It was fast-paced, exciting, fun, and light hearted.  If you need a feel good story, I highly recommend this one!  It can be read as a standalone, although a few of the secondary characters have their own stories in the two previous books.  I loved broadening my scope of who Nell and Mateo were.  In previous books Nell came off as too serious, blunt, and dull.  Mateo came across as a wild, party animal, without much depth to his character.  However, in this installment, Ms. Cormack let us see into the hearts and souls of these two characters.  We get to learn about their fears, insecurities, dreams, and so much more!  By the time I finished this story, not only did I love Nell and Mateo, but I felt as if they were my good friends.  

The plot was a lot of fun!  I enjoyed all of the activities that Nell and Mateo took on from the bucket list, as well as all of the romantic and sexy times between them.  It was such a good experience being reunited by my favorite Rusk University characters.  I was especially excited to catch up with Carson, Dallas, Dylan, and Silas!  I am highly anticipating the next segment in this series!  I love Stella and I think Ryan is her perfect match!  When this group gets together, you know you're in for a great time full of laughs, entertaining antics, and rockin' romance!

My Rating:

I give, All Played Out, by Cora Carmack, 5 Adventurous College Bucket List, Teasing... Sensual Mateo, Seduction Filled Kisses, With Happily Ever After Stars!  If you are looking for a great romantic new adult series, check out Rusk University!

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About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something New York Times bestselling author 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 now splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City and spends her days writing, traveling, and spending way too much time on the internet. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let’s face it . . . awkward people need love, too.

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  1. The list makes for a fun device. I love the idea of an opposites attract romance. I have the first book on my pile. I need to get busy and catch up on these.

  2. I've been wanting to read this series for ages! I love NA romances like these. Glad to know you loved it! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and new follower via Bloglovin! :)

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

  3. I have the first 2 books in this series & haven't gotten to them yet. Now that this one is out, I will have to get started! I absolutely love the cover on this, too!

  4. I so loved this one too!!! Glad you enjoyed it as well.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  5. Those are great words to describe this book and I can get behind them. So sexy and steam and thrilling. I agree about the plot too. Cora books are always so good. Glad you enjoyed.

  6. I thought it was a feel good story too, Lindy! I loved these two together, and I agree, it has been the best so far! Fab review!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  7. I really enjoyed book one and for some reason missed book two, I am glad this one provided a feel good read :)

  8. I haven't read this series yet. I want hopefully this summer I will get to it.


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