Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Posted 12 May, 2015 in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: All Played Out by Cora CarmackTitle: All Played Out
Series: Rusk University #3
Author: Cora Carmack
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: May 12, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

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.
Related Books: All Broke Down


Eek! Nell, we are each others spirit animals. Always and forever.

Any book that’s focused on lists immediately has a soft spot in my heart. Especially to-do lists, and I believe bucket lists kind of fall under that umbrella. Also, a soft spot for Cora Carmack books in general exists in my heart.

I can’t decide exactly where All Played Out exists in my personal enjoyment ranking of the Rusk U books,  but right now I think it’s tied for first. It was definitely better for me than All Broke Down, even though I totally loved that. I guess it wasn’t as frustrating, which was what I was in the mood for.

So yeah. Lists. Loved lists. In fact, in an Evernote note or WordPress draft somewhere is a list of books that have lists in them. Right now all I can think of is Frenched by Melanie Harlow.

The writing was on par with all of Cora’s books: excellent. But Nell and Torres’ relationship captured me in a way that doesn’t happen in all of her books. The only other times were All Lined Up and Faking It. And let’s be honest, we’ve all been charmed by Torres since day one. 😛 To see him be just as charmed by someone? Cue the “awwwws” and swoony gifs. 🙂

About Cora Carmack:

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. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


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