Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Published by William Morrow
Available:  October 28th 
The Sisters Say:  Delicious!

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, 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.

We hated him at the beginning of ALL LINED UP, tolerated him at the end, but now in his own story, ALL BROKE DOWN, Silas Moore has sent us through the gamut of emotions—disappointment, sympathy, understanding, pride, praise, respect…but most of all love…total and unending love.Carmack opens a door into his heart, where we see a guy who knows that bad things “happen in threes, but [he] gave up counting a long time ago,” and getting arrested is the highlight of his day. We want to hug him and kiss him on the cheek and promise that everything will be okay, but know that his past doesn’t really allow for that to happen. With thankfulness, we remember that the wonderful goal of a romance is to give us that happy ending, but you can count on Carmack to wrench ourhearts along the way.

In the most unlikely of places, a jail cell, Silas meets hissaviorette—Dylan--a feisty pixie who wants to fix the world. It’s not long before we find that she needs a little saving of her own, so now where we had one to cheer on, we now have two—two who could rotate around each other with love as the axis. As usually happens in the universeoutside forces come into play and that axis is tilted, sending both crashing in opposite directions. In the Carmack style, the plot has us laughing through our tears straight through the last page as we faithfully wait for the “kisses for apologies” in the reunion of these two stars.

Carmack has likewise reunited us with those supporting characters that we loved in the first book. Coach Cole is back with his “No Easy Days,” trying to turn his players into worthwhile men, even though Silas is definitely one of his greater challenges as he begs, “You’ve got to give me something here, son.” And of course, Carson and Dallas are still leading the group to make good choices….hmmm…with a little lip locking on the side. Then there’s our player (both on and off the field)—Torres—whose little quips, especially to Coach, keep us shaking our heads in unbelief as the giggles escape from our lips. Definitely want to read that guy’s story!

And finally, Carmack sneaks in that little authorial voice with comments about life that we all love. 

 Here are few of my favorites:

“I’ve not had much in my life that is just mine. Makes you determined to take care of what you have while you have it.”
“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.”
“What if we just take whatever the world gives us and instead of focusing on what it isn’t, we enjoy what it is?”
“Don’t ever be what you’re not for me.”
“I think about what Coach told me…to live the way I play. I don’t know that it’s the right thing, but I try it anyway. When a teammate is in trouble, when defenders are closing in, the best thing I can do is block for him, take the hit for him. With him.”
And the last one is what insures our “forever love” for Silas—the guy of whom every girl dreams: “”I will never be able to turn this girl down.  Whatever she wants from me, it’s hers.  No matter what she asks for. I’ll find a way to give it to her.”


Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.



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