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All Broke Down (Rusk University Series #2)
     

All Broke Down (Rusk University Series #2)

4.7 42
by Cora Carmack
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/29/2014
A political activist and a star football player find romance in this sparkling sequel to All Lined Up. College students Dylan Brenner and Silas Moore meet in jail after she chains herself to a homeless shelter and he gets involved in a barroom brawl with a former teammate. Silas doesn’t consider himself a good person, having endured a broken family life with an absentee mother. But he helps out Dylan by paying the bond for her and her friend Matt. Silas is instantly attracted to Dylan, not only because of her beauty, but because she sees past his uncaring jock exterior to the kind heart inside. Dylan is drawn to Silas’s good looks, and she wants to help him overcome his difficult past and learn how to channel his anger. Their relationship faces many obstacles, especially Silas’s belief that Dylan looks down on him. The love scenes are plentiful and sensuous in this well-paced and emotionally charged romance. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary and Media. (Nov.)
Sophie Jordan
“Faking It is everything I want in a book—sexy romance with mind-blowing chemistry, funny, smart and deeply poignant. It’s slice of life and every woman’s fantasy all rolled into one. I need more Cora Carmack!”
#1 NYTimes bestselling author - Jennifer L. Armentrout
“No one does romance and humor like Cora Carmack!”
#1 NYTimes bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“No one does romance and humor like Cora Carmack!”
author of Ten Tiny Breaths on Faking It K.A.Tucker
“The perfect blend of heat, humor, love, and heartache.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-05
Local football star Silas Moore meets Dylan Brenner in jail, of all places, but while she's fighting lost causes, he's plain fighting—his ex-best friend, his teammates and, apparently, a major attraction to Dylan; could she be the girl to save him, and will he let her?Dylan is from the right side of the tracks, or at least she was adopted into it. A regular attendee at protests and defender of righteous causes, she's a little surprised when she crosses a line and gets arrested. But landing in jail gives her the opportunity to meet Silas, one of the stars of the famous Rusk football team, who's in jail after a bar fight. She has to admit she's drawn to him. Not only is he gorgeous, but she relates to his compelling restlessness. Since her longtime boyfriend recently broke up with her, she's been at odds with a few things in her life, but meeting Silas seems to move her in a new direction. Her wealthy parents expect her to get back with her socially approved ex and are wary of her social consciousness. Silas is from the wrong side of the tracks himself and has felt a little adrift since his ex-best friend got kicked off the team. Starting the season in trouble hasn't endeared him to his coach or his team, and spending time with Dylan makes him feel grounded, despite the taut sexual tension between them. However, her penchant for taking on causes makes him wonder if he's simply one of her do-good projects. When their social, academic, athletic and economic worlds collide, Silas and Dylan must decide who they are before they can consider a future with each other. Carmack cleverly and effectively explores identity, economics and personal demons against the high-stakes backdrop of college football. A sexy, dynamic combination of the romance and coming-of-age elements the new-adult genre is known for.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062326225
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Series:
Rusk University Series , #2
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
460,839
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix.

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All Broke Down 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I REALLY don't know how Cora does it but each book she writes is better than the last (and when the last is stellar, that's saying something!) I'm so so so So So So Pleased with how ABD turned out and I honestly can't wait for all of you to get your grabby hands on this book! If you're on the fence, jump off of it now - and buy this book!! If you haven't read ALL LINED UP, then that's okay - they can be read as stand alones - (but you should totally read it too). If you're a fan of zero fun and not very hot guys though, you probably shouldn't buy this book ;) You are going to love Silas and Dylan. What are you waiting for? The Silas Virus is real and it feels so good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silas and Dylan are a great couple who are the definition of opposites attract. Silas comes from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks and he can't seem to help himself from making stupid decisions that jeopardize his football scholarship. Dylan is from a wealthy, prominent family but feels compelled to champion the causes of the less fortunate for reasons that are eventually revealed in the story. These two may seem very different, but it turns out, they need each other. The story of how they fall in love and rescue each other is so sweet and I could NOT stop reading this book. You should definitely buy it! This is a great New Adult book. Even though it is the second book in the series, you can read it as a stand-alone. I had not read the first book and I didn't have any problems. In fact, it made me run off and read the first book after I finished this one, I liked it so much.
KatieA2619 More than 1 year ago
HOLY WOW. ALL LINED UP was my first Cora Carmack book and I fell in love with the writing, characters and Rusk U. I was anxious to get back and get to know new characters - let me just say ALL BROKE DOWN did not let me down and I couldn't put it down! I wanted to do nothing but read, all I wanted to do was allow myself to get lost in this story. You will fall in love with the characters - Silas will make you swoon, you will adore Dylan. Their chemistry is off the charts and blew me away! Don't hesitate to get your hands on this book and find yourself needing the next book in the series RIGHT NOW! PS: Silas Virus. You'll catch it. ;)
TheNovelGrounds More than 1 year ago
This novel was simply fantastic. Cora never ceases to amaze me with the worlds she creates and how one cannot help but be drawn into them. All is takes is one page. Favorite Quote: "Dear World... In case you missed it, Silas Moore is jaw-dropping, mind-blanking, word-fumbling gorgeous. And he made me a sandwich. " Now Silas. With book one I really wasn't sure where I stood with him. It could have been because my mind was all up on Carson, but I wasn't a fan of Silas. As soon as this novel started, I wanted to be all up on him as well. Who knew. Silas has a lightness to him that you can see battling to beat out the dark. He wants to make better choices, he wants to be worthy of someone. When his bad choices leave him with pent up anger, and no football, he realizes he needs to make some changes, and fast. Dylan wants to dave the world. She wants to be that person that makes a difference. Her life hasn't been an easy one, but she stands strong and fights for what she believes in. This round, she believes in Silas. When Silas and Dylan cross paths is a sight to behold. I felt the electricity zapping between them from the first words they spoke to each other. Two opposite forces coming together to give us a story to behold. Dylan is a force to be rocked with, and the cocky and yet very broken Silas is a foe that puts her to the test. Don't worry though, Dylan's GOT THIS, she isn't now to back down from a fight as you will soon see. Cora up-shows herself even more with this book. I didn't think i could fall more in love with a character and she proved me wrong, t never know what I am going to get from her, other then a novel I will surely love. Theres characters are sow ell rounded and relatable, they you can't ell but see them in everyone you know. They remind you of yourself. I swear I see my self thinking about them days and months after the novels are over, knowing that I will soon get to jump back into bed with them.. or.. Uh..I mean with another book in their world. Ahem. This book is an easy read the flows wonderfully. The chapters are well placed and don't drag on. The writing is superb as well as the elopement and the plot twists that you don't see coming. I was a little broken reading this, I won't lie. I need the next book in this series and I need it now. Welcome to Rusk University. By the time you read this series you'll never want to leave.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank William Morrow and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: In life, 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. So I can honestly say I was a bit hesitant when I heard this book was about Silas. I mean, it's Silas. I was not happy with him in All Lined Up. He was a cocky ass who I didn't trust AT ALL. And how could he possible be better than the swoon worthy Carson? And yet, because this is Carmack, I knew that she would more than likely make me love Silas. But I wasn't prepared for how much she would make my heart ache for him! Silas is cocky and self-centered and oh so sexy. It's hard for anyone to resist his charm, good looks, and sex appeal. Everything he does seems to be only about him. But Silas has a secret. He's not as self-assured as he comes across. He has baggage and it's not anything he wants others to know. He's tried his hardest to push his past aside and try to be different. But in his mind he keeps believing that things will never work out that way for him. So we see his front. He exudes anger and pompousness. That is until he meets Dylan. And Dylan makes him feel things he never thought he could. And she makes him realize that he's so much more than he thinks he is. He's not just his past or what that represents. He's broken and needs fixing. Because his mother who is MIA and his brother who is jail bait are not what make Silas who he is, despite what he thinks. Turns out Silas is smarter than he thinks, tougher than he thinks when it comes to feeling things, and most of all someone who, despite his bad boy image, has so much more to give than people think. Enter Dylan. She wants to fix things. Everything. And she truly believes she can do it. And when she meets Silas her world is turned upside down. Because like so many other things in Dylan's life, Silas seems to need fixing. But he's harder to crack than she would have thought. And he gets under her skin and makes her realize things about herself that she never realized. Because, like Silas, Dylan has some secrets. And she's more like Silas than she could ever imagine. I love how Silas and Dylan compliment each other. While there is definitely an immediate attraction between them, it is certainly not insta-love by any means. They both have their shields up for a long time before they allow the other to see over that wall. Dylan makes Silas step outside of his shell and open up. He makes her realize that she can let go and not always worry about the image she's portraying or about fixing everything that comes across her path. They seem to be total opposites, but when they are together oh my, the sparks fly. They make each other feel things they never though they could. Of course both characters have their angsty moments, but it's nothing that you don't understand and it makes you want them to figure each other out even more! Cora has a way of really making you love her characters no matter what. I never thought I would like Silas. But I had faith she would change my mind. And she did. Her plot pulled me along so forcefully I started this book on the beginning of a road trip and finished by the time my husband parked the car. I could not put it down. It didn't surprise, me, though, because I have a hard time not wanting to devour Cora's books in one sitting! And her writing. It's flows so well. Each book she writes gets better and better. The writing tighter and impossible to leave. Best of all, she has these great side characters who you just can't help loving: Torres, Brookes, Stella and of course Dallas and Carson. I want to know all their stories, everything about them. I can't wait for Cora to show them to us! Cora's fans are going to fall all over Silas, I promise you that. Her books get better and better and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Foreveryoung12 More than 1 year ago
Cora just does such an amazing job of developing each and every one of her characters throughout this series. Dylan and Silas are hurting in their own unique ways and that pain is beautifully shown throughout the series as is their connection. The plot felt authentic and develops in a very enjoyable way.
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<3 <3 <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome series. Love this book, bad boy good girl loved it
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KrissiMichelle More than 1 year ago
I loved dylan from the start, not so much silas. He grew on me as the story progressed. 
SlayDerrington More than 1 year ago
Loved the idea of this book and missed the characters from ALU!!!! Bleed Rusk Red!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Silas so much...this book is so good recommend it to everyone
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Once again I fell in love with the bad boy! Another quick read with a lot of unexpected twists! Only thing I was a bit disappointed with was the lack of wrap up with Stella and feel more should of been said with her problem or even the next book continued with her ... all in all though it was a great story!
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Great story line with great understanding of young life
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I&rsquo;ve put off writing this review for quite awhile just because I&rsquo;ve had a difficult time deciding how best to address my feelings without spoiling the book. Not only is Cora one of my favorite authors, but I&rsquo;m lucky enough to consider her to be a friend, too, which has made it that much more difficult for me to write this one.  If you&rsquo;d have asked me how I felt about the book anytime up until about the 90% mark, I would have said it was Cora&rsquo;s best work yet. I love how Cora finds a way to mix sweet and sexy, awkward and endearing and funny and serious together in her writing. And, there is no doubt, All Broke Down is her sexiest work to date. *Fans self* But, more than sexy, All Broke Down was a very real look at college life. And, you know, it made me fall in love with a character I didn&rsquo;t really like going into the book. It&rsquo;s in the last 10% of the book that my feelings changed drastically, but I&rsquo;ll get to that. I wasn&rsquo;t a huge fan of Silas in All Lined Up. I thought he was a real jerk and a player and just not someone I could ever have any respect for. But, there was so much more to his character than met the eye and I fell in love with him during All Broke Down. He didn&rsquo;t have a great past and his family was awful. It&rsquo;s no wonder he behaved like he did. I loved to see him try to put all that behind him and become a better man once he met Dylan. I&rsquo;m definitely Team Silas now. That is one swoony and sexy man.  I have to be honest and say it took awhile for Dylan to grow on me. There wasn&rsquo;t anything particularly off-putting about her, but I just didn&rsquo;t feel the immediate connection with her that I often do with characters. There&rsquo;s no denying, however, that Silas felt that immediate connection. The chemistry between them was there from the start and they went with it. As you do when you have nothing to lose. I really did love the two of them together. The sparks between them jumped from the page and I loved how Dylan challenged Silas to be a better man&hellip; and how he rose to the challenge.  I was loving life, loving this book and anxious to see how it would all end for Silas and Dylan when I hit the last portion of the book. *****(I will probably get a little spoilery here, so don&rsquo;t continue on if you don&rsquo;t want to run the risk of having the plot spoiled.)***** This was when the rug was totally pulled out from under me with a most unwelcome turn of events. And because of when it happened, there just wasn&rsquo;t enough time to rectify the situation and take me back to the time when I was in love with All Broke Down. Instead of the hearts and flowers and puppies I was expecting from Silas and Dylan, a much-loved character in the book was the victim of a crime. I was angry. My heart felt like it had been ripped out of my chest and, to be perfectly honest, it ruined the book for me. I just can&rsquo;t separate out the parts I loved from the part I didn&rsquo;t.  What happened to this character is something that, sadly, happens in real life. I&rsquo;m not naive. But, in my opinion, it was totally out of place in this book and was completely unnecessary. It didn&rsquo;t further the plot or help redeem Silas in any way, which was, to me, the overall theme of this book. If anything, I feel it took away from what should have been time spent focused on Silas and Dylan and their relationship. I&rsquo;m greedy. I like seeing couples I love doing coupley things. That&rsquo;s not what I got here.  Now, all that said, I have faith that Cora will find a way to pull the story back around and lessen the pain of what happened in this book. I&rsquo;m really disappointed the next book in the Rusk University series is not this character&rsquo;s book, though. I hate to have to wait even longer to find out what happens to her.  I&rsquo;ve seen lots of reviews written by people who absolutely loved this book. I wish I had been one of them. If I was writing my review solely on the first 90% of this book, it would have been a solid five-star rating. I loved so much of it, but I just can&rsquo;t with that ending.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
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Great book! Loved the plot and chatacters! Great series! Can't wait for the next book! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Where to start with the review!...haha. As you all know I'm part of Cora's street team,  and I could not be happier to share my thoughts with you!  The book starts out great!  You have Silas the bad boy, and Dylan the activist for all lost causes.  They are pretty much thrown together.  And in the strangest of all places JAIL!  From the moment that these two meet you can just feel the chemistry.  You know they are attracted to each other because they a polar opposites.   Or at least they feel that they are. And maybe in some ways...yea they are. However where it matters most is where they are the same.  They both have the biggest hearts, and they are not afraid to fight for what they believe or the people they care for the most. And in true Cora fashion,  she was able to create two characters and suck us into their world. I loved the plot and storyline of this book.  It was original and believable.  One of my favorite quotes is..  &quot; Your gonna have to use smaller words with me pickle, or better yet no word at all.&quot;  Speaking of quotes, this book is not lacking in amazing one liners. As well as awkward moments.  Cora Carmack has a gift with being a master at creating both.  With all that being said. There is a part of the book, more towards the end.  That I will not mention because I don't want to ruin any part of the book.  I was quite shocked by this, Cora has definitely hit home with something that sad to say, a lot of college campuses deal with.  I know that she is going to do it justice.  I was just left feeling that I needed more closure or something with Silas &amp; Dylan. I just needed/ wanted more!  Overall this was another amazing Cora Carmack novel! So I give this a good 4.5 out 5 stars!   Can not wait till the 3rd book in the series comes out sometime next year.  So keep your  eyes peeled for All Played out, and get your hands on a copy of All Broke Down TODAY!!!  All the best!  Kaitlan H.