All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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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.
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. 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… 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’t continue on if you don’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’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’t separate out the parts I loved from the part I didn’t.
What happened to this character is something that, sadly, happens in real life. I’m not naive. But, in my opinion, it was totally out of place in this book and was completely unnecessary. It didn’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’m greedy. I like seeing couples I love doing coupley things. That’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’m really disappointed the next book in the Rusk University series is not this character’s book, though. I hate to have to wait even longer to find out what happens to her.
I’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’t with that ending.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.