We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Cora Carmack’s ALL PLAYED OUT! ALL PLAYED OUT is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is the 3rd book in the Rusk University Series, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.
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About ALL PLAYED OUT:
First person in her family 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 if 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.
And don’t miss the first two books in the Rusk University Series…
ALL LINED UP, Book 1
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ALL BROKE DOWN, Book 2
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All Played Out, the third book in Carmack's Rusk University series follows Nell, the roommate of Dylan, the main character of All Broke Down. Nell is very academic and studious and rather than living according to the lifestyle stereotypically connected to college students, she has been working on more courses than anyone else and is about to graduate early. For her whole life, she has been focusing on her studies and she has found it to be a way for her to keep her life in control. When she realizes how much her roommate Dylan has changed as a result of her new-found love with Silas, Nell decides that she wants to get out of her comfort zone and spend the last few months before her graduation gaining experiences that would prove to her that she was right all along, that the decision to focus on studies and her future rather than her present and the crazy college life was the right thing to do. But then she meets Mateo Torres, the wide receiver of the Rusk football team and her plans take an unexpected turn.
Though I have found it easy to identify with both Dallas and Dylan, the main characters of the two previous books, I do feel like Nell was the character for me that I really just clicked with. I am about to graduate too and I definitely so many of the experiences that Nell starts to work towards to through her list of traditional college experiences. I am personally too reserved and cynical to even try, but it was fun to read about a character who gets out of her comfort zone. Nell is easy to like and fun to read about. Her exchanges with the other characters add humor to the novel, and I really loved the little glimpses of awkwardness and inexperience that inhabit in the storyline. It was also extremely interesting to read how Nell's confidence grows as the story develops. Also, what I love about Carmack's novels is the fact that the female characters are alright on their own and do not need guys to save them, but at the same time, they allow people to come into their lives who change them, but only if they want so. I am not a big fan of the whole "a guy saves a sad girl and suddenly she is all happy" storyline, and I am happily say that for Carmack's books, you won't find that.
Mateo Torres. Hot damn. Torres's comes with his own package (as NA characters often too) and the reason he finds himself drawn to Nell is the similarity she has with a girl that once broke his heart. Once he starts to spend more time with her, he starts to slowly realize that though Nell and his ex might look the same, they are two completely different people. Much of the storyline focuses on whether Torres can be worthy of Nell's trust and whether she is ready to give her so many of the firsts of her list of college experiences.
I loved the chemistry between Torres and Nell. Similarly to All Broke Down, the romance between the two might feel quite fast, but at the same time, it is never rushed. As a reader, I appreciate the process Cormack goes through in order to make her characters really know each other before anything substantial happens. Torres and Nell might come from two very different places, but the way they connect is magical.
Carmack writes so well. Her books are full of emotion and heart wrenching situations as well as scenes that make me laugh out loud. All Played Out proved to be once again why I always name Carmack as one of my favorite NA authors - her characters, her stories and her writing form a perfect, irresistible combo that works every single time.
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