All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack
Publication Date: October 28th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports – American Football
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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.
The second installment to the Rusk Univeristy series and all the elements in the first book, All Lined Up, intensifies. The tension is paramount and the chemistry between our main characters sizzles.
All Broke Down shines the spotlight on Silas and Dylan. We first met Silas in All Lined Up and he didn’t leave the most positive impression. He’s cocky, arrogant and a bit of a jerk. These qualities are also displayed in this book but we also get to see a more vulnerable side to him. Silas has had a rough upbringing and believes himself to be a lost caused. He’s worked hard to get to university and have a position on the football team but his temper and penchant for violence when provoked threatens his position there. Throughout the course of this book we get to understand why Silas reacts the way he does, not as a means of justifying his actions, but as a way to explore his inner demons and doubts. He believes this life is too good to be true and that any second it’s going to be taken away from him. Feeling he has to justify his place here he tries to deny and forget the place he came from. Throughout this book we see him coming to terms with this part of himself as he realises that he can’t change where he’s from but he can change where he goes.
We also have Dylan. She’s the definition of a good girl. She’s always one to put all her effort in the fight for a good course. It’s this quality that lands her in a jail sell right next to Silas. From the get go the chemistry sizzles. Silas and Dylan are very different from one another. She knows he’s trouble, he knows she’s a good girl but that doesn’t stop this pull they have towards each other. As they spend more time together we get to see that they’re no so different as they thought they were. Dylan seems to have it all but beneath the surface we see how she shapes her identity according to the expectations of her parents. She longs for their continued approval. However, the more time she spends with Silas, the more she sees that in being the person her parents want her to be, she loses her own sense of self. It was easy to connect with Dylan. She’s was a sweet girl who would do anything to help a person in need. That doesn’t mean she perfect, she’s far from it and sometime her good intentions are misplaced but they all come from a place that cares.
The romance in this book oozes chemistry. The sexual tension between Dylan and Silas is undeniable. They both know that there’s a connection between them but they are also reluctant to give themselves to the other so willingly. In between these sizzling moments we are also treated to some tender moments, ones where we really get to see Dylan and Silas build a friendship and learn from one another. It’s these interactions that highlight just how well they compliment each other.
Overall, All Broke Down was a sweet story about two people that are worlds apart but come together and explore parts of themselves they fought so long to keep hidden. The romance is at the heart of this book and it was sexy and a whole lot of fun.