Friday, 17 October 2014

Review: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Title: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
Author: Cora Carmack

Release date: October 28th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 245

Source: Edelweiss

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.

All Broke Down is a companion to All Lined Up, and it follows Silas Moore, whom we met in the previous book. This is different to the first in terms of storyline as well as characters. Silas and Dylan are very different from Carson and Dallas. And sadly I found I didn't like them as much, and that affected my enjoyment of the book.

Silas is in a bad place after his best friend Levi is arrested for possession and sale of drugs, and people think it's just a matter of time before Silas follows his friend's path. Football is all he has, and without it he'll be lost. So he needs to figure things out before things become worse than they already are. Dylan (yes, that's a girl name apparently) is an activist. She fights for causes she believes in, and when she meets Silas (in jail!).. Well, he becomes one of them. But Dylan's kind of goody-goody, while Silas is the complete opposite. Will she fix him, or will he change her?

I really didn't like Silas in All Lined Up. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean. A few apologies and kind words can't totally change a person. Silas isn't the kind of guy you'd want to be in a relationship with. I did soften towards him in this book, especially when we find out about his past, but he's no Carson. And I really didn't get how Dylan overlooks everything he is and just decides she wants to be with him.

Dylan's supposed to be a smart girl. Emphasis on supposed. Yet she willingly gets herself freaking arrested like it's no big deal, saying it'll draw more attention to her cause. You're in college, I'm pretty sure getting arrested is a big deal! But Dylan's dad is some rich bigwig, so of course she'd just do whatever she wants, since he can get her out of anything. Except that she claims she doesn't want his help. Well, girl, you clearly need it if you think getting arrested and having a heavy makeout session with the guy you met in jail is no big deal.

I liked seeing Carson and Dallas again, though. And even Stella and Ryan and a couple other guys on the team. They're a fun lot, and totally what I'd imagine college football players to be like. If there had been more of these guys and less of Dylan and Silas and their problems, I'd have enjoyed the book more. I was practically skimming at some points, when it's just those two and they're talking and arguing and there's just so much angst.

All Broke Down is a cool NA romance, don't get me wrong. I'm sure loads of people will love it. But the main characters just pissed me off, and that's not a good sign in a book which features them prominently. I am still looking forward to the next book, though. I won't say who it features, but they're two very different characters and I'm curious to see how they fit together.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5


  1. I didn't have a good reading experience with this author so I haven't really checked out her other books. It's too bad that you couldn't empathize with Silas; that's definitely deterrent to you enjoying the book.

  2. It sucks that you didn't really like the main characters all that much in this book. That would affect my enjoyment of the story too! I've not really delved into the NA genre as of late, but I think I'll be by passing this series (just because I don't think it'll be my thing.

    Great, honest review! :)


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