All Played Out by Cora Carmack | Review

     Title: All Played Out
     (Rusk University #3)

     Author: Cora Carmack

     Release Date: May 12th, 2015

Description from Goodreads:
First person to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life?….. yeah, about that…..

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience). 

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide is he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

I’ve got lots of books, both physical and ebooks, that are waiting to be read. All Played Out was not one of them, but I had a craving for a bit of American New Adult set in a college and hopefully featuring football. I don’t know what caused such a hard core craving for such a book, but I knew that Cora Carmack could fulfil the need!
I’ve read the first two books in the Rusk University series, All Lined Up and All Broke Down, and reviewed All Broke Down which you can read here. I loved both of the two previous books, because damn Cora Carmack can write some seriously good New Adult!!

All Played Out was just what I was looking for, I loved the romance that built between Nell and Torres, the football included throughout, and getting to see the characters and couples from the previous two books.

I seriously related to Nell in this book, she’s shy and sticks to school rather than hitting the party scene. And to be honest that’s kind of like me, I am definitely shy, and that, along with not particularly partaking in standard university activities, warmed me to Nell pretty quickly. 

All of the Rusk University novels so far involve a football player and a female student starting some form of relationship and usually encountering difficulties along the way. And it’s something that I love.
Torres decides that he wants to help Nellt, and that’s not a decision he makes out of the kindness of his heart, he finds Nell attractive and basically wants to be near her, and with her. I really enjoyed Torres’ forthrightness and cheeky humour and personality. The two very different personalities worked well together and there was definitely chemistry which gave the steamy sections a little bit of extra something something.

I would recommend Cora Carmack’s Rusk University series to anyone who’s looking for a bit of New Adult reading this summer!

Have you read All Played Out? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

‘All Played Out’ by Cora Carmack
4 Stars

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Monthly Wrap Up | May 2016

Four books isn’t particularly fantastic, but May has probably been my best reading month so far! I seem to be in a never ending reading slump, but I have broken up for summer and I will be spending lots of time reading! I have finished my third year of university, and come September I will be in my fourth and final year, which is pretty damn scary!

I managed to review a couple of these books, so click the image to read my review!

What I Read

All Played Out (Rusk University #3) by Cora Carmack

Summer Days and Summer Nights Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Currently Reading

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Chasing Eva by Camellia Hart

I’ve had Falling Kingdoms sat on my Currently Reading Goodreads shelf for about a month, and I haven’t picked it up in quite a while, and it’s not because I wasn’t enjoying the book, because I really was! But more the fact that I was kind of scared for some of the characters, so to delay reading bad things just stopped. Tao about being a bad reader! I really was enjoying the book, though and with only around 100 pages I am going to finish it!

What did you read in the month of May?

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack | Review

Description from Goodreads

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, her 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 was in the reading zone and was craving a bit of New Adult college/sport reading action. So I turned to Cora Carmack, because she’s never done me wrong before. I’ve read the first book in the Rusk University series, they’re all stand alone novels so don’t feel you have to go out and buy it, but it was amazing so no pressure. I thoroughly enjoyed All Lined Up, but you know what? I loved All Broke Down even more.
Silas and Dylan’s relationship has an interesting dynamic, they both find each other attractive but don’t want the commitment that comes with being boyfriend and girlfriend. They have a bit of a help me I’ll help you deal going on. Silas needs to sort himself out for the football team and Dylan wants to cut loose and find out who she really is. Silas introduced Dylan to his friends as a friend, though his protectiveness shone through and showed his true feelings. I loved that Silas was so protective of Dylan, it made for a really swoon worthy character. And there’s nothing I like more than a swoon worthy character.
Cora Carmack is hilarious, I genuinely laughed out loud so many times. There’s so many brilliant one liner’s and references to popular culture that had me cracking up.

the biggest jackass this side of wherever Shia LaBeouf is currently standing

I loved the humour running throughout All Broke Down, it’s one of the reasons I love Cora Carmack’s writing so much, and why I’ll be reading more of her work.

But that’s not the only reason, she also writes pretty great characters. Dylan is sweet and kind, she’s rich and her parents are important people. On paper she should stay away from Silas, but turns out he actually brings out the best in her, and vice versa.

Stella is a supporting character but boy does she make a mark. She’s one of the few people at the university that actually understand Silas, she’s a football junkie and she’s pretty damn hilarious.

Naked apology. Works every time.”

That’s what makes what happens so shocking and awful, but I’m not about to say anything because spoilers, and I’m not about that life. But here’s to hoping we get a book in Stella’s POV. She definitely deserves one.

The third book in the Rusk University series All Played Out comes out in May and features Dylan’s roommate, she wasn’t featured in All Broke Down all that much but, and I don’t mean to brag, I guessed straight away that she was going to be getting a book. I can’t wait for All Played Out to be released, I love me some college football romance fiction.

Have you read any of the Rusk University series? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

‘All Broke Down’ by Cora Carmack
5 Stars

A Proper Brit | Losing It Review

Description from Goodreads:
Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible — a one night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognises her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed 8 hours earlier.


I saw Losing It by Cora Carmack on a Back To School blog post by Books To The Tea and knew that I had to read it. And I’m glad that I did. I’ve read All Lined Up: A Rusk University Novel By Cora Carmack, so I knew that I liked her style of writing. The characters in Losing It were really engaging, Bliss was constantly making me laugh, her awkwardness a constant source of humour. Carmack created Garrick, Bliss’ hot professor, a Brit, most of the time authors from outside the UK that try to create an English character fail miserably. Well, not Carmack. Garrick was believable, his language was realistic and not too over the top. Carmack definitely got British spot on.
Bliss is a drama student, the drama and theatre side to college is not something that I’ve read in other books set in college. With a drama background myself I found this really interesting. The eccentric actors were very entertaining.
Bliss and Garrick’s relationship developed really well. The tension built constantly, there was no insta-love, Carmack even got in a little dig at insta-love.
I know he was your first and all, but that does not mean you have to jump into insta-love. This was purely physical that’s it. If you try to do something stupid like marry this boy, I will personally drag you kicking and screaming away from the altar.
Okay, so I liked the characters and how the relationship developed at a realistic speed, but the sensible side of my brain kept screaming but he’s her PROFESSOR! It’s her last semester at college, couldn’t they both just wait a couple months? I (eventually) got over the teacher-student love affair and really enjoyed the book. The Epilogue switched perspectives, so we got to hear Garrick’s point of view for the first time which was a really nice touch.
Losing It is a hysterical and enjoyable read, it’s definitely up there as one of my favourite books set in college/university. Did you enjoy Losing It? I’d love to hear what you thought of Losing It in the comments! If you’re new to the blog I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’ too!
Losing It by Cora Carmack
4 Stars