All Played Out by Cora Carmack

July 22, 2015     booklovi     Book review

All Played Out by Cora Carmack

William Morrow Paperbacks
May 12th, 2015
336 pages




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.

My Review:


I absolutely love Cora Carmack’s Rusk University series.
Even though I don’t love football, or any sports for that matter, her
characters are totally engaging and the university setting really works. These
books are some of the examples I think of when someone asks me what NA is. And
the swoon factor really helps too!


Nell is my kind of girl. Completely dedicated to school, she’s
on track to graduate early. She’s been perfectly happy to keep her eyes on the prize
and work with single-minded determination toward her goal of graduation. The
only problem is, she feels like she hasn’t ever had the college experience. Her
path from class to studying and back to class hasn’t left her with any room for
what everyone else thinks is the most important part of college: the parties
and boys. So in true Nell fashion, she writes a to-do list for all the college
experiences she thinks she should have. And #1 is? Hook up with a jock.


Mateo seems like the stereotypical party boy. A stand out on
the football field, he spends the rest of his time have a lot of fun easy
relationships with no potential for heartbreak. But something about Nell
catches his eye and when he finds out about her list, he makes it his goal to
help her complete it. As they work through it together, it starts to turn into
something scarier and more real than anything he was planning for. I really
enjoyed the moments in the book when Teo lets his guard down and you can see
what a genuine caring person he is. He’s a total showboat for a lot of the book,
but he also has a really good heart and I loved that side of him.


One of the things I enjoy most about Cora Carmack’s books is
her writing style. It’s light and fun to read, and her characters are really
enjoyable. The banter between Nell and Teo was a lot of fun, and as usual with
her books, the chemistry between them was off the charts. Her books also aren’t
filled with a lot of unnecessary drama. Of course there’s issues and tension that
move the plot along, but it doesn’t feel like her characters are thrown into
unnecessary or unrealistic situations just to cause more interest. It really
feels like Nell and Teo are real people who you might have might at college or
seen at a party one time.


If you’re looking for a fun, sexy read for the summer, you
definitely can’t go wrong with this one. Although it’s not my favorite of the
series, (Team Silas all the way!) I adored it and can’t wait for the next book.


Have you guys read any of the Rusk University series? Which
book is your favorite?


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