All Broke Down by Cora Carmack | Book Review

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All Broke Down by Cora Carmack | Book ReviewAll Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Also by this author: Losing It, All Lined Up
Series: Rusk University #2
Also in this series: All Lined Up
Published by Harper Collins on October 28th 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Sports
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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In life, you can't only fight for what you believe in . . .sometimes you have to fight for what you loveDylan 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.

If you like your reading to match with the seasons, I think you would do well to pick up Cora Carmack’s All Broke Down during football playoffs season. All Broke Down is the second book in Carmack’s Rusk University series. Don’t be skittish about picking up a book with football as a larger theme if you aren’t a football fan. Carmack weaves it in a way that feels organic and natural to the book without overwhelming it. Actually, this book got me more excited for playoffs season. Furthermore, All Broke Down is compulsively readable and I am willing to bet dollars to donuts that once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down.

Cora Carmack’s All Broke Down essentially opens with main characters Dylan Brenner, female, and Silas Moore, male, meeting each other in jail. Dylan has been arrested for one of her causes – a protest in favor of a homeless shelter and Silas has been arrested for fighting his ex best friend, Levi. The two begin talking and an attraction forms. You see, Dylan is a fixer and someone who has all kinds of causes whereas Silas is someone who is desperately in need of fixing. So, All Broke Down is about the two navigating their chemistry and becoming what the other needs. Both are flawed people who happen to balance each other out. Frankly, I think I liked this more than All Lined Up.

The cool thing about this book is the character development. When we first meet Dylan,we think that she’s a social justice warrior. Instead, she’s acting out of a genuine place. She really cares and it comes from a place where she can relate to the causes that she is passionate about. We find out that Dylan is kind of a perfectionist and a bit buttoned up. She was raised with a lot of money and it would seem like she has never had a worry in the world. Whereas, Silas comes from nothing. Football is everything to him and everything that he has, he’s earned. His family life is a mess. He is arrogant and has a whole lot of anger. In fact, a lot of this book is about him learning to deal with that anger. He’s never had a committed relationship. Yet, Dylan is different and she changes him. So, All Broke Down is about two people who accept and fix each other.

As with all my reviews of New Adult books, I will say that the steamy scenes in Cormack’s All Broke Down were adequate. I mean, they were good. Nothing was awkward or weird. The romance really works too. Dylan and Silas just make sense together. In all, I really enjoyed reading this book.

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  1. Awesome review, I need to pick this up asap! I loved All Lined Up and I love football! Plus the whole Silas-as-Tim-Riggins thing haha. I love when there is great character development and good romance. Looks like I need to read my second NA book soon 🙂

  2. Yeah, Dylan and Silas just made sense together. I liked this a lot, but I actually liked All Line Up more. I did really like seeing the characters grow, especially Silas learning how to deal with his anger. And although I cannot stand football (or really any sport) I’m loving the whole football theme in these books.
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