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All Broke Down: A Rusk University Novel by [Carmack, Cora]
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''No one does romance and humor like Cora Carmack!'' --Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author

''Cora Carmack's new series is my brand-new addiction!'' --Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

''Carmack's second in her Rusk University series is a hit. Lifelike characters make the story feel real, making it tough for readers to put this one down. A perfect story for any romantic, the exquisitely put together All Broke Down features an amazing, brave heroine and a dashing hero. You'll get chills as you read well into the night.'' --RT Reviews (4 1/2 stars)

From the Author

All Broke Down is darker and sexier than it's predecessor, All Lined Up. It had to be if I was going to do bad boy Silas justice. But let's be real... there's a thousand bad boy books out there, and the "good girl fixing a bad boy" has been done time and time again. I wanted to do my own twist on it though by having said bad boy knowingly seek out help to change. In that subtle way (and a few others), I think this book twists that trope into something fresh. And I love Dylan as a heroine. She's a feisty activist who fights for what she cares about. But she's also lost and confused and needs just as much help piecing her life together as Silas. And while this book can be light and funny like my other books, it also delves deeper into the darker side of college life. 
  
Did I mention it's my sexiest book to date? Because it is. And all I have to say is that the #SilasVirus is contagious. 
 
I hope you enjoy this sneak peek! 
 
I must be twisted because the more she tries to pull away, the more I want to kiss her. Maybe there's something to that whole hard-to-get thing after all.

"First question," I say. "What are you afraid of?"

"What do you mean? Like spiders? Heights?"

I smile. "No. I mean what are you afraid of with me?"

"I don't know what you're talking about."

I trail my fingers along the smooth skin of her jaw and cup her cheek. "You want me. I know you do. But every time you get too close, you run. So what about me scares you so bad?"

She exhales, and her breath fans over my mouth, teasing me.

"It's not you. Not really."

"It's not you, it's me? That's what you're going with?"

"I should have said it's not completely you. You're intimidating, definitely. But it's more that . . . I don't know what I want."

I use my other arm still around her waist to tug her body tighter against mine. "Liar. If the number of times you've looked at my mouth in the last minute is any indication, you know exactly what you want."

"I can't trust that. Myself. Have you ever woken up one day and realized that you're not who you thought you were? That you have no idea who you really are? Because I have. And it's awful. To not be able to trust your own mind. And I can't think about what I want because I'm too busy trying to find the rug that was pulled out from beneath my feet."

"Sounds to me like you're thinking too much."

"I have to think. Otherwise, how can I--"

"No, you don't, babe. I might not know much, but I know the things that matter, the things you love . . . you don't have to think about that. You just know." Like I know that I'd do whatever it takes to stay on the team. Because it's what I want . . . more than I want to party and have a good time, more than anything.

"Fact is, knowing what you want and knowing who you are . . . those are two separate things. One is complicated. The other isn't. You're trying to take something simple and make it hard, and there's enough hard things in life without you adding more for yourself."

She closes her eyes on a sigh, and her lashes are so long against her pink cheeks. She says, "I don't actually think you need me to help you. You've got a better handle on things than I do."

"Not true. You might think too much, but I don't think enough."

Her gaze meets mine again, and this time she's smiling.

"Maybe we can both learn a thing or two from each other."

"Deal," I say.

"Deal?"

"You help me get my life back on track, help me turn things around, and I'll help you figure out what you want."

"And I suppose in your plan, us sleeping together is the first step to figuring out what I want?"

"It's an option."

"Silas . . ."

"When I look at you, I see a girl who has it all together, laced up tight likemistake isn't even a word you know. But I think you're starting to suffocate. I think that's why you got arrested Friday, why you came with me, because you needed to breathe." Her top knots by her neck in a silky bow, and I pull on one of the strings, undoing it. She doesn't stop me.

"Don't you think this will only complicate things?"

"Not if you let simple things stay simple. We don't have to sleep together, not to figure out what you want. I could just touch you. Because Jesus, Dylan, I've never cared less about my problems than when I had my fingers inside you. I think I could forget the whole world if I had my tongue there instead."

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Read more books by Cora Carmack: 
 

 
The LOSING IT series
1- LOSING IT
1.5- KEEPING HER (a Losing It novella)
2 - FAKING IT
3- FINDING IT
3.5- SEEKING HER (a Finding It novella)
 
The RUSK UNIVERSITY series
1-ALL LINED UP
2-ALL BROKE DOWN
3-ALL PLAYED OUT
4-ALL CLOSED OFF (coming soon in 2016)
 
The MUSE series (a New Adult fantasy)
1- INSPIRE
2- INFLICT (Release date TBD - 2016)

The STEALING STORMS series (a Young Adult high fantasy)
1-ROAR (coming in 2017)

Product Details

  • File Size: 945 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HU5NEG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’ve put off writing this review for quite awhile just because I’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’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’d have asked me how I felt about the book anytime up until about the 90% mark, I would have said it was Cora’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’t really like going into the book. It’s in the last 10% of the book that my feelings changed drastically, but I’ll get to that.

I wasn’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’t have a great past and his family was awful. It’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’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’t anything particularly off-putting about her, but I just didn’t feel the immediate connection with her that I often do with characters. There’s no denying, however, that Silas felt that immediate connection. The chemistry between them was there from the start and they went with it.
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3.5. I really think Cora Carmack can do no wrong. I have enjoyed all her books and this one was no exception. Dylan and Silas are great characters and a perfect match. I really didn't think I would like Silas that much after the first book, but the author gave him heart. Dylan wasn't perfect either, but they both owned up to their flaws and worked through them.
I would have given this a five, but I found the incident involving Stella towards the end very disturbing. Not enough attention was paid to what happened to her. It was quite a tragic incident involving a character that we've known since the beginning and there was no resolution. This plot point was unnecessary for this story and the issue needs to be addressed fully, not just used as a catalyst to show us the good side of Silas.
The HEA for the two main characters was very satisfying. It was nice to catch up with Carson and Dallas as well. Besides the Stella incident, it was a great story.
Keep writing Ms. Carmack and please give Stella justice in her own story.
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I really enjoyed Cora Carmack's earlier novels because they featured characters and scenarios that felt authentic rather than forced into a conventional New Adult mold. Her writing was also engaging, fun, and moving in parts. The good writing is still evident in this book, but like the first one in the Rusk University series (which I liked even less than this one), I ultimately found it to be disappointing.

In fact, as I was reading "All Broke Down" I couldn't shake the feeling that I was experiencing a manufactured novel. And by that I mean the novel felt like someone wrote it according to an outline of what's currently selling well in the New Adult market. We had the uber-hot bad boy who feels an immediate attraction to the heroine and goes about expressing it with plenty of dirty banter; the do gooder heroine with a troubled past; some outlandish supporting characters for humor; one set of uptight parents for the heroine and a manipulative, absentee mom for the hero; and a love story that unfolds at a galloping speed with plenty of hot scenes. All that is fine, but it's nothing special and as a result, the book fell flat for me.

Because Carmack is a decent writer the story manages to be somewhat compelling even when the plot or characterizations fell flat. My biggest quibbles? The one dimensional villains (the parents are complete clichés); the one dimensional presentation of growing up in a trailer park and growing up in the foster system (here I felt like Carmack could have done more research or added in some unexpected elements); and the way Silas (for all his bad boy reticence) almost immediately made himself emotionally vulnerable to Dallas. To that end, the characters felt like stereotypes of college students rather than real, complex people. This was especially disappointing because I've seen how well Carmack creates original, fully developed characters in her other novels.

Grade: C+
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3 1/2 Platypires for All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

It's been more than year since I read the first book in the Rusk series. I remember liking it but not loving it. Also knowing it wasn't as great as Carmack's Losing It series. Now that being said I thought All Broke Down was a vast improvement from its predecessor.
The writing was pretty good and in true Carmack style there is a lot of humor and sexiness. My only complaint would be the reasoning why the characters couldn't be together. It wasn't a big enough strife for me to believe.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend the audio book. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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