In life, 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, education—you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and not at all her type, 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.
Title: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow
Expected Publication Date: October 28, 2014
I want to thank William Morrow and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
So I can honestly say I was a bit hesitant when I heard this book was about Silas. I mean, it's Silas. I was not happy with him in All Lined Up. He was a cocky ass who I didn't trust AT ALL. And how could he possible be better than the swoon worthy Carson? And yet, because this is Carmack, I knew that she would more than likely make me love Silas. But I wasn't prepared for how much she would make my heart ache for him!
Silas is cocky and self-centered and oh so sexy. It's hard for anyone to resist his charm, good looks, and sex appeal. Everything he does seems to be only about him. But Silas has a secret. He's not as self-assured as he comes across. He has baggage and it's not anything he wants others to know. He's tried his hardest to push his past aside and try to be different. But in his mind he keeps believing that things will never work out that way for him. So we see his front. He exudes anger and pompousness. That is until he meets Dylan. And Dylan makes him feel things he never thought he could. And she makes him realize that he's so much more than he thinks he is. He's not just his past or what that represents. He's broken and needs fixing. Because his mother who is MIA and his brother who is jail bait are not what make Silas who he is, despite what he thinks. Turns out Silas is smarter than he thinks, tougher than he thinks when it comes to feeling things, and most of all someone who, despite his bad boy image, has so much more to give than people think.
Enter Dylan. She wants to fix things. Everything. And she truly believes she can do it. And when she meets Silas her world is turned upside down. Because like so many other things in Dylan's life, Silas seems to need fixing. But he's harder to crack than she would have thought. And he gets under her skin and makes her realize things about herself that she never realized. Because, like Silas, Dylan has some secrets. And she's more like Silas than she could ever imagine.
I love how Silas and Dylan compliment each other. While there is definitely an immediate attraction between them, it is certainly not insta-love by any means. They both have their shields up for a long time before they allow the other to see over that wall. Dylan makes Silas step outside of his shell and open up. He makes her realize that she can let go and not always worry about the image she's portraying or about fixing everything that comes across her path. They seem to be total opposites, but when they are together oh my, the sparks fly. They make each other feel things they never though they could. Of course both characters have their angsty moments, but it's nothing that you don't understand and it makes you want them to figure each other out even more!
Cora has a way of really making you love her characters no matter what. I never thought I would like Silas. But I had faith she would change my mind. And she did. Her plot pulled me along so forcefully I started this book on the beginning of a road trip and finished by the time my husband parked the car. I could not put it down. It didn't surprise, me, though, because I have a hard time not wanting to devour Cora's books in one sitting!
And her writing. It's flows so well. Each book she writes gets better and better. The writing tighter and impossible to leave. Best of all, she has these great side characters who you just can't help loving: Torres, Brookes, Stella and of course Dallas and Carson. I want to know all their stories, everything about them. I can't wait for Cora to show them to us!
Cora's fans are going to fall all over Silas, I promise you that. Her books get better and better and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!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. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series.
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