All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack
All Broke Down: A Rusk University Novel
In this second book in New York Times and USA Todaybestselling 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.
All Broke Down was another great read from Cora Carmack. I love all of her stories I have read thus far, and this one was no exception.
Dylan is this do-gooder trying to save the world. Whenever she sees something that is not right she tries so hard to fix it. She gets frustrated when she can't save everyone.
Silas is still stuck in the past. He has tried so hard to get away from where he grew up and that life, but the arrest of Levi last season really messed with his head. If someone like Levi can fall so far, someone who is rich and has everything, why won't Silas? Why would Silas make it? He is quick to anger and uses his fists to blow off steam. He doesn't always think through his actions, but then afterwards he feels horrible about them and like he will never change. It doesn't help that his friends and teammates make him feel worse so he lashes out and it is just all around bad.
When Dylan and Silas meet in lock up one night they are both attracted to the other. They seem like they are complete opposites, but they really are very similar in a lot of ways. They both have pasts they want to forget, they both have things they need and want to work on, they both are perfect for each other! Dylan is the first person Silas is willing to let in, to let see parts of himself. He wants Dylan to help fix him, help him change and not be the person he keeps being. Dylan was really great with Silas. She just somehow gets him, gets him to think before he fights, gets him to be a better person.
Silas also helps Dylan with her issues. When she meets Silas she had just broken up with her boyfriend of 4 years, but she is not really that upset about it. If anything she is relieved he broke up with her which she doesn't fully understand. She is not really sure who she is or what she really wants as she has been trying for so long to be the perfect daughter and be everything her parents want from her. With this break up she is afraid that Silas is just another mistake, another rash decision she is making and that causes issues at first. They can't seem to stay away from each other though so they don't really label what they are doing. As the story progresses you see them get closer and it was amazing.
The end was a bit heartbreaking. I really just felt terrible for Silas. He is trying so hard and he is not really confident in a lot of things and it was just...I was so sad for him. Everything does work out in the end, but getting there was fun and hot and a bit sad. It was fun watching Silas and Dylan grown and come together as a couple. I really enjoyed this story. This was a great read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2
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