All Broke DownSeries: Rusk University #2
by Cora Carmack
Published by William Morrow on October 28th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
It’s Fall and that means FOOTBALL around my parts! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my lazy afternoon with my sick son than re-reading All Broke Down by Cora Carmack and dreaming of Ohio State Football Saturdays of past. Well, and getting this review written sometime this century…
I’ve got to say, Ms. Carmack’s books hold up to the re-readability test. I had planned to skim-read through the chapters so I could decipher my notes from my first read but I found myself getting lost in pages upon pages of Silas. And then I was just reading the entire book again. It was so easy to do.
Silas barely showed up in the last book but he already had a reputation with me. He was friends with a pretty unsavory guy from the first book so I had no respect for him. My thoughts were, “How does this boy get his own book?”
Two reasons why Silas is such a dynamic character and worthy of an entire book:
- He’s actually trying to escape a crappy upbringing and he thought rich kids who had it all knew to act better so they don’t end up losing everything they had.
- He’s so lost and sinking that he’s got nothing to lose when he accepts help from a beautiful do-gooder named Dylan. He was pretty down to accept help from a virtual stranger.
I was worried that I wouldn’t like Dylan because I’m not a huge fan of girls trying to “fix” their boyfriends but fixing isn’t really the point of Dylan in Silas’ life at the moment. Dylan is drawn to Silas because he is exactly what she needs in her world but she doesn’t realize it. Silas, on the other hand, needs someone to root for him. It’s a book’s worth of struggle to get these two together but it’s such an awesome struggle!
You’ll always read reviewers squealing and shrieking over the hero of the book being all hot and alpha and yada, yada. Yep, I’m going to do the same exact thing… I loved everything about Silas. Once you get to know him, learn why he does everything he does, his eye-rolling pick-up lines delivered with a cocky grin become his sexy siren call that had me swooning in defeat. Yes, he is that good.
If only he were real. 😉