Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review: "All Broke Down" by Cora Carmack

And with this, I am now caught up with the Rusk University series.  And I think I really like Carmack's stories and may have to dig up a few more.

This book focuses on the fallout from last season, and how it has affected star running back Silas Moore.  His best friend was arrested in the last book, and combine that with other reminders of his past that he's worked to get away from... he is losing it.  Arrested himself for fighting, he seems to be headed down a path of self-destruction. However, he meets Dylan Brenner in the holding cell - She has just been arrested during a protest. It wasn't her plan, but it felt right at the time.  She is done with trying to live by everyone else's standards and is ready to figure out what she likes.  Fireworks naturally explode between these two from the start, and they see if they can't help each other out - with a big side of flirtations and sexy times.

I read this in two sittings.  I didn't mean to, but I was so caught up in their story that I wasn't paying attention and it just happened.  Silas is such a lost puppy...  he's had a terrible childhood and knows that football has been his ticket to a better life.  So when football is threatened, he scrambles.  He doesn't know what to do.  His anger issues spiral out of control.  He recognizes Dylan as someone who has it all together, and someone that helps him feel calm.  She sees something in him too - this isn't a one way street.  But Dylan knows that she'd be a hypocrite if she forced Silas into dealing with his past if she didn't do the same.

There is one scene that really stands out for me:  Dylan is nervous hanging out with Silas's friends for the first time.  She unknowingly eats a pot brownie and it goes right to her head.  Silas, as he realizes what has happened, gets angry with the guy who brought the brownie and let Dylan eat it without telling her what it was and then focuses on taking care of Dylan.  He makes sure that she is safe throughout her experience and it was perfect.  (Also, Dylan high was kind of hilarious).

And now that I've seen what happened to one of my favorite side characters, I am eager to get to know her better in her own book  (which should be next - just not sure when it's coming yet).  I'll keep on the lookout though!

*****
All Broke Down
by Cora Carmack
William Morrow, 2014
357 pages
Series:  Rusk University #2
Source:  Purchased
*****

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