Series: Rusk University,
Also in this series: All Lined Up, All Broke Down
Published by William Morrow on 12 May 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, People of Color, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Sports & Athletics
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Also by this author: All Lined Up, All Broke Down
Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, Texas
First Line(s): There’s a half-naked man in my kitchen.
All Played Out is the latest book in Cora Carmack’s Rusk University series and features characters that we’ve met in previous books, Nell and Torres. Nell is the roommate of Dylan who we meet in All Broke Down (my review) and Mateo Torres is another player on the Rusk University football team. Nell is shy and quiet and very focused and the complete opposite of Torres who is loud and vibrant and the life of the party. But you know what they say, opposites attract and these two are drawn together like moths to a flame. They are further brought together when Nell makes a list of things that she wants to do before she graduates. Nell decides she’s been a little too focused on school and wants to live a little of the typical college life before starting grad school. When Torres finds the list he decides to help her out because he wants to get to know this shy girl that he can’t stop thinking of a little better.
At first, I wasn’t sure about Nell and Torres as a pairing they just seemed so opposite of each other but the more the narrative moved into each of their heads and we get to know them you see that Nell and Torres are pretty perfect for each other. Nell and Torres really compliment each other and they help bring out the best traits in the other person. Torres helps Nell’s confidence and to be more outgoing and Nell helps to anchor Torres. These two characters often hurt my heart during their journey towards their HEA and I found myself rushing to flip the pages needing to see how it would all work out.
As with most romances, All Played Out, will often fall back onto a common cliche or trope and there where times when those things would make me roll my eyes a little. There was the break up and unnecessary drama, like when Dylan would try to convince Nell not to hang out with Torres as she was a ‘good girl’ and he was a ‘bad boy’. Which just made me roll my eyes as the same was said during All Broke Down and if Dylan had listened to those people then she and Silas wouldn’t have had a story. Overall though, I liked the fire and the humor between Nell and Torres. I liked how they were each flawed and how they were both better people when they were together.
All Played Out is a fun story and one that can be read independently of the others in the series. As of now, All Broke Down, is still my favorite (Silas <3) but Torres is a close second. There is just so much heart in these male leads and it just makes your heart ache as you watch them fall for their ladies. All Played Out is a quick read and one that I’d recommend to anyone looking to read new adult. Its well written and plotted and yes there are cliches but sometimes in life there are cliches so its also real and heart felt. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next installment in the Rusk University series.
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