New Adult, Romance
Part of a Series?:
The second of the Rusk University Series. Technically could be read without reading the first, but I wouldn’t do that ;)
October 28th, 2014
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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.
While there will be no spoilers for this novel in this review, I cannot guarantee there will not be spoilers for the first novel, All Lined Up. You can check out my review for that novel here.
Before I read Cora’s novel, All Lined Up, I was not 100% convinced of her as a novelist. Not that I thought her writing was bad or any of that, because that’s not true. She’s a great writer, with great stories. They just weren’t really my thing. I’m not usually a strictly romance reader, I like other things going on the background. But when I saw she wrote a romance centered around FOOTBALL, I had to read it. This a girl who likes sports. Plus I’m working on my own YA/NA book about baseball and romance, so I figured I could pick up a few pointers. Long story short, I fell in love with the book and have been anxiously waiting for the second installment, All Broke Down. I signed up to be part of the street team and unfortunately didn’t make it, but hey, no hard feelings at all. I was determined to get my hands on this book early somehow.
And today, I received an email from Edelweiss saying that I was granted access to the e-ARC. I downloaded it to my Nook and….proceeded to read it in about two hours. Yep.
Because Cora has done it again. She has created this super fun, extremely sexy romance story with the fun of football in the background. As soon as I read both Silas’ and Dylan’s points of view. They both come from different backgrounds but the way they are brought together felt so natural and I was rooting them from page one to page two. I liked their banter and I liked their immediate pull toward each other. I’m going through a break up and I need a good romance story right now and this was absolutely perfect. The give and take of their relationship was amazing.
While I felt more of a connection with Carson in book one, I felt more of a connect with Dylan, that desire to prove yourself to those who expect so much of her. She’s part of this family that expects a lot of her because she’s smart, polite and responsible and when she’s not those things, she feels like a total failure, which is so hard for a 21 year old to even handle. There are lot of expectations that can keep you from going for the things or the people that you want and I think that is very familiar about Dylan’s character. I think Silas not believing that he could ever have more than the very little he’s had his whole life, and the self-fulfilling prophecy that comes form that…its all very familiar which makes it so great about this book. Its easy to root for these two to get together when you like both of them so much.
Plus, god, there are SUCH fun, steamy scenes. When I can feel a blush on my cheeks during a scene, that means something good is going on and I felt that many times during this book. And there’s a super fun, sexy kitchen scene and I love when things like that happen in unconventional places. Its super fun and it adds spice to the story.
The only reason I wouldn’t give it a perfect five out of five stars is because I don’t think there was as much football in this book as there was in the first one, which is why I loved the first one so much, and I didn’t think there was as much character background for these two as much as Dallas and Carson. But those being said, I thought it was a great sequel in the Rusk University series and I’m already dying for the third one, even though this one hasn’t even been released yet. If you haven’t read the first one, click the link above and get yourself a copy and make sure to pick up this book when it hits shelves at the end of October.
4.5 out of 5 stars