Series: Rusk University #2
Published by Harper Collins on October 28th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age
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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, education—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and not at all her type, 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.
Oh holy Silas Moore, Batman. I literally have no idea if that makes sense, but WOW. I’ve found my new bookish crush and it’s none other than Silas Moore! I was looking to read something completely different after Accidental Superstar, and spotted All Broke Down (after doing three chapters of a book I couldn’t get into) and BOOM! I was gone, this was it, I had to read it and I had to keep reading until I’d finished. Oops. A Sunday WELL spent, actually, because I’ve read two completely opposite books but both were amazing.
New Adult is one of my favourite genres, because it’s like Chick Lit and Young Adult had a baby and the result was New Adult, woohoo and Cora Carmack was one of the very first NA authors I ever read and I love her work (Losing It, Faking It & Finding It are insanely good, go read them, then start on the Rusk books). I remember not being too hot on All Lined Up, but re-reading my thoughts on it, I quite enjoyed it, but it kind of put me off continuing the series until now and I actually can’t believe that because All Broke Down was amazing. Mostly because of Silas, but also because of Dylan.
Despite Dylan and Silas’s complicated pasts, this is actually one of the most fun, and relatively issue-free new adult books I’ve ever read. Yes, Silas is a hot head, prone to using his fists rather than his words, but when he realises his spot on the team is in jeopardy, he turns to Dylan for help on fixing him (and there would be plenty of people lining up for THAT job) and the two begin this weird relationship, because neither want commitment, but neither actually notice that they’re quite clearly perfect for each other. And they so were, the complimented each other so well and their chemistry was off the charts. So off the charts, I could barely put the book down!
I really enjoyed All Broke Down. So, so much. I loved Dylan and Silas, I loved their banter, their chemistry, everything about them, their relationship was the most uncomplicated complicated relationship of all time, but it just worked. I genuinely can’t wait to read All Played Out because TORRES. He’s grown on me, so I’m excited to see him get his own book next! This is a stellar NA book, I really enjoyed it.