Friday, October 31, 2014

Review/Excerpt Tour: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack with Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Review/Excerpt tour for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins.  It's the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.  
All Broke Down


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.

ABD Teaser 1

“You didn’t answer my question. What did you do for your twenty-first?”
She does another one of those deep-breath things where her whole body moves, and she looks out at the party, her eyes flitting between groups of people talking, drinking, and smoking. “Honestly? I went to dinner with my boyfriend.” Her eyes flick to mine. “My ex now. We had dinner and then went back to his place. That was about it.”
“No big party? No night out on the town with friends?”
She shrugs. “We weren’t really party kind of people.”
“You weren’t? Or he wasn’t?”
“You know,” she laughs. “I don’t actually know.” Her laugh is this pure, perfect thing. Everything about her is light. She makes it seem so easy, like I could just toss off all the bullshit and live in a bright shiny world just because she’s in front of me and that’s the world she lives in.
I want to forget myself in her, and maybe help her do the same with me.
“Well, you’re in luck, Pickle. Because you happen to be with an expert partier.”
I stand and slip one arm beneath her knees and band the other around her middle before lifting her up. She squeaks and wraps her arms around my neck.
“Excuse me,” I call out on my way to the kitchen. “Novice partier in the house!”
“Silas,” she groans. I dig my fingers into her side, and she jerks, squirming and squealing in my arms. “Oh my God, stop!”
“No groaning then. At least not that kind.”
She stills and the pink blush on her cheeks brings out her eyes even more, and who would have thought getting arrested would put me in a better mood?
I keep shouting until my way into the kitchen is clear, and then I sit her right onto the counter. People are staring, and I can see her noticing them all. Intent on distracting her again, I lean against her knees and am surprised when her legs move to let me rest between them.
Not so nervous anymore, are you?
I end up being the distracted one, too caught up in how I like the feel of her knees pressing into my sides. It makes me want to really be between her legs, to be pressed right up against her. Up on the counter, she’s the perfect height so that my head is just a few inches above hers. And if I tugged her to the edge, she’d be at the perfect height there, too. I plant my hands on the countertop beside her and lean in until all I can see are those wide, nervous, excited eyes.
“What’s your poison, Pickle?”
She frowns. “What will it take to get you to stop calling me that?”
“Stop answering my questions with other questions. Tell me how you want to belatedly celebrate your birthday.”

My Thougts:  All Broke Down is the second book in Cora Carmack's Rusk University Series and it is fabulous.  Silas, the male lead in the story, was originally introduced in All Lined Up, and he was not a very likable character in that book at all,  In All Broke Down, however, he quickly won me over and stole my heart.  From the wrong side of the tracks, growing up poor, neglected, and without much of anything, his Silas' life has been anything but easy.  The facade he wears is one that is really more of a protective mechanism for him because down deep he doesn't believe he's good for much.....“Football. Fighting. Fucking. That’s what I know how to do.”  

Dealing with anger issues that are getting worse, and when his friend Levi shows back up in town, along with someone else he doesn't want to see, the reminders of his past and what he sees as his world crumbling around ironically land him in a place where he meets Dylan, who seems to be his complete opposite.  He's totally not her type, but she is drawn to him like a moth to the flame.  Suddenly the good girl who wants to please her family, is passionate about supporting good causes and standing up for what is right, suddenly finds herself torn between what she should want and what she finds herself desiring more than anything, which is something Silas calls her own.  She wants to fix things and Silas needs to be fixed, so they strike a deal, the outcome of which takes them both places they never expected.  

Romantic, hot, sexy, fan your face steamy all stirred up together in a story that sucks you in from beginning to end, All Broke Down is classic Cora Carmack done up right, and something you won't be able to resist.  You'll definitely want to check this one out.  
                                                                  4.5 Hearts
And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP Today!                   
All Lined Up

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About Cora Carmack:
HeadshotCora 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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  1. I really liked Losing It, so I should give more of Carmack' books a try. Thanks for sharing !

  2. Great review, as always! I wasn't sure if I was going to like Silas either! But I am team Silas now! LOL

  3. I love a romantic steamy read!! I definitely want to meet Silas now. Thanks for the review :D

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

  4. Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us, glad you loved it!
    Happy Halloween and Friday!!

  5. I've only read Losing It but I want to read this one. It sounds like a good one!


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