All Played Out by Cora Carmack | Book Review

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ALL PLAYED OUT 
BY CORA CARMACK 

Genre: New Adult, Romance

“And when that day comes, it won’t matter so much whether every step was in the right direction because life is not a straight line. It will only matter that you took them. That you never let yourself stand still.”
― Cora Carmack, All Played Out

Series: Rusk University Series
All Lined Up (#1 Rusk University)
All Broke Down (#2 Rusk University)

Synopsis:
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.

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review
*Warning this may contain spoilers for the first books in the series*

I was so excited to pick up this book because I love Mateo! (Almost as much as I love Brooks!) I was also interested to see and learn more about Dylan’s quiet bookworm roommate Antonella. So far in the series this has been my favorite book! I found the MC’s to be much more relatable and the relationship to be more intense and interesting. (Which is saying a lot because I really enjoyed Silas and Dylan’s relationship).

Nell is planning for the future and is trying as hard as she can to make a successful future for herself and because of this she has put her social life on the back burner. It was so fun and adorably cute watching Nell open up and find herself and want she wants in life. The fact that she has to make a college bucket list added an intriguing element to the book and made it loads of fun! Nell is nerdy and awkward but you can’t help but to love her. She is definitely my favorite female in this series (besides Stella, I cant wait for her book!)The way Torres falls so hard for her and is so protective and devoted was so cute. The relationship was intense and sweet. I fell in love with these characters and loved how even though completely different end goals both are striving for the same things. I also loved how fun, flirty and filled with banter this book was. The interactions and conversations between Nell and Mateo had me grinning and unable to swipe the smile from my face. He adds a sense of fun into her life and she is able to reign him in. That is the perfect kind of relationship were they make each other better! I also enjoyed the appearances and development of the other characters throughout this story. The interwoven stories and continuation of the other books MC stories are perfect. 

Overall this book continues to build on an amazing foundation that Carmack has written in the previous books in this series. It is flirty, cute and filled with swoony men you just cant help but to love. Carmack really drives home the importance of following your dreams and finding yourself. This book does not fall short on fun characters full of personality and adorable moments. It has real life struggles and beautiful relationships that tie up to make a perfectly fun read!

RATING-4

 

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Rambling Down The Book Hole Book Club Recommendations | New Adult

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This month Samantha @The Rambling Book Junkie and I are reading Built by Jay Crownover for our book club pick of the month! In honor of this month being themed Bad Boy Romance we thought it would be fitting to recommend other new adult novels! I am new to this genre, but absolutely love it and the books I have read from it so far!



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What are some good new adult books you would recommend?

Also check out Samantha’s New Adult Recommendations

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All Broke Down by Cora Carmack | Book Review

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ALL BROKE DOWN 
BY CORA CARMACK 

Genre: New Adult, Romance

“I will never be able to turn this girl down. Whatever she wants from me, it’s hers. No matter what she asks for, I’ll find a way to give it to her. She may not be mine, but somewhere along the way, I ended up hers.”
― Cora Carmack, All Broke Down

Series: Rusk University Series
All Lined Up (#1Rusk University)
All Played Out (#3 Rusk University)

Synopsis:
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.

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review

*Warning this may contain spoilers for the first book in the series*

I was not sure how I was going to feel about this book because Silas was not a character I thought I could like due to what takes place in the first book. Somehow Carmack made me fall in love with this handsome football player. You learn so much about him in this book and feel for him with all that is going on. I was surprisingly really happy with how Silas was handled in this book and felt like Dylan was a good match for this hard to handle hot head!

I enjoyed that each character had things in their life they needed to face and work on and were able to help to make each other better. I also loved that you get to see the characters from the first book and learn about their relationship as well as the other characters. I still love that this series is focused on college football because it is something I absolutely adore! I appreciate that Carmack really focuses on the struggles that real college kids have and especially those struggles that appear in relationships. The relationship takes work and isn’t easy, which makes it real and worth fighting for. I found it easier to fall in love with Silas and Dylan’s story. There wasn’t as much angst and it was full of chemistry and overall was just a fun read.

Overall I thought this was a great continuation and a fantastic pairing. It was filled with self-discovery, adorable romance, feisty characters and real life conflict. Although layer with dark pasts, the book took a light approach to the story and was just a cute and easy read!

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All Lined Up by Cora Carmack | Book Review

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Genre: New Adult, Romance

“Because sometimes in life, you just have to stand there and do nothing. Overwhelmed by all the versions of ourselves that exist in our minds—who we want to be, who we should be, who we’re not, and who we are—it’s a jungle that can ensnare your feet and confuse your eyes. But sometimes if you stand still, all those things will snap back into place like a rubber band. And if you can get past the sting, you can keep moving, not quite whole, but held together for the moment.”
― Cora Carmack, All Lined Up

Series: Rusk University Series
All Broke Down (#2 Rusk University)
All Played Out (#3 Rusk University)
Synopsis:
In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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This book intrigued me when I saw it was a new adult including football! There is nothing I love more than swoony men and football! I was interested in starting to read more new adult and have found Carmack’s writing to be easy to get into making for fun, cute and fast reads! This book was no exception. Dallas has been raised all her life around football and wants nothing to do with it, but is thrust back into that life when she goes off to Rusk University where her dad coaches the football team.

Dallas fell a little short for me as a character. Although she was strong and determined in following her dreams as a dancer, I felt like she was boring and was over shadowed by her best friend Stella. I loved the relationship that developed between Dallas and her father and of course thought Dallas and Carson were adorable and loved their banter. Carson on the other hand was the perfect country boy gentleman. He has struggles he has to overcome and work really hard towards those as well as just be absolutely adorable! I loved how many characters you are introduced to and the relationships/friendships that are developed. I absolutely adore Stella and Dallas friendship and love that is was an area of focus.

Overall I thought this was an adorable and fun read. There was nothing that made me fall madly in love with it, but it was a good read. It had romance, struggles and heartwarming relationships. It hit on important topics of new adult from forming and fixing relationships to going after your dreams and finding yourself.It was full of personality from all of the characters and set up perfectly for the series. I totally recommend this book to those who love a cutesy romance full of chemistry, attraction and football!

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2015 Series Challenge | Wrap- Up

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. I am really proud of myself for how many series I was able to complete this year  (although few) and how many I have caught up to publishing, but I still have so many more that I have started/own. These are all the ones I was able to complete this year!I have decided that 2016 will be the year of series completion!

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack (to publication)

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed this year?

Cora Carmack’s Muse Series Cover Reveal

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the dual cover reveal for Cora Carmack’s Muse Series! INSPIRE and INFLICT are New Adult Paranormal Romance novels and are book 1 and 2 in the Muse Series. INFLICT is due to be released in January 2016! These beautiful covers were designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design. Be sure to grab your copy of INSPIRE today!

 

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INSPIRE (Book 1):

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

 

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And check out the gorgeous cover for INFLICT, coming January 2016!

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About INFLICT (Book 2):

Wilder Bell made a dangerous bargain…

For a chance at love, he gave up his life.

History knew Kalliope as an ancient Greek muse, but to Wilder, she was simply the woman he wanted to fall asleep with every night and wake up next to every morning. He made a deal with Hades, but the only thing the Lord of the Underworld deals in is death. Now Wilder is wasting away in a cold and wretched afterlife, waiting for Kalli to come for him. She will come. He has to believe that. Because the alternative is worse than death.

Kalliope lived her entire existence knowing that she was both a blessing and a curse to anyone she encountered. Wilder was no different. She loved him, and she got him killed. Now to get him back, she’ll have to face a scheming god, a perilous task, and death itself. But before it’s done, the Underworld will take more from her than she ever thought possible.

To be made whole, all must first be lost.

 

 

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Cora Carmack - author picAbout 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). Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let’s face it . . . awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Inspire by Cora Carmack | Book Review

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Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

“This is what it is to be a muse. I walk the line between want and need, between power and submission. And I make the hard choices.”
― Cora Carmack, Inspire

Series: The Muse

Synopsis:
Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

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review

I am not totally sure still how I feel about this book. There were parts of it I really enjoyed and found intriguing. Then there were parts I found to be a bit boring and dragged causing me to skim over some (mostly the drawn out sex scenes). Carmack’s writing it beautiful and the way she strings together words and thoughts had me highlighting and rereading some passages. Although I had mixed feelings about the dual perspective, I totally understand and appreciate what Carmack did with it. With the use of the dual perspective I felt like you could watch the progression of feelings and issues through the eyes of both characters instead of just getting one side of the story. With the major issue that was presented I felt this method of story telling also showed the greater affects and involvement each character had which also played up on the mythology that was use throughout the book.

Speaking of the mythology used, I think the idea of muses is extremely interesting and something I haven’t read about in a book before. My only issue with it was there were times that I forgot this was a paranormal romance. I do not think it was incorporated enough until the very end. It wasn’t until the last twenty or so pages I became extremely intrigued and wanted more of the story and to know what becomes of both Kalli and Wilder.

Kalli and Wilder were both complex characters with their own secrets and issues. I did find Kalli to fall a little flat for me. There were a few time where you really get to see depth and inside her head. I felt like most of the time she was just all too consumed with the same things and it became a little repetitive. I did find her backstory and some of the problems she dealt with that caused the internal struggle to be really captivating, you just wanted to know how she was going to solve the issues and make a life for herself. Wilder is definitely a swoon worthy love interest. He too has his own internal struggles and things he is overcoming, but the love he has for his family is absolutely adorable. He has some rough edges, but is so caring and just makes you weak at the knees! I did find there relationship to be quite annoying at times because they were both keeping secrets from each other and cause so much drama that was just frustrating. There were some awesome secondary characters that have that artsy side and I enjoyed all the art and music incorporated throughout the book.

Overall I found this book to be unique and an interesting new adult paranormal romance novel. It definitely has a gripping ending that had me completely hooked and needing the next installment. It has some intense relationships layered with issues and secrets. I could have used some more mythology and paranormal aspects, but found what was presented to be intriguing. It is heavy on the romance and can feel a little insta loving at times but it works with the events of the story. There were not many sex scenes, but for me at least they were long and dragged when they were present. The writing is absolutely beautiful and had some great thought provoking and meaningful messages. I think anyone who enjoys New Adult Novels and Paranormal Romance will find this to be an enjoyable book!

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Inspire by Cora Carmack | Quotes

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I am currently reading this book and there are just so many great and beautiful quotes that I felt like I needed to share some of my favorites so far!

“Something that small shouldn’t be so powerful, but I swear there’s this pull between us, and every time I touch her, every time I even look at her, it gets stronger. Like she’s an ocean tide, and I’m caught up in her current. And there’s no point in fighting my way to the surface because I don’t know which way is up or down. I don’t know anything except that I want her.”
― Cora Carmack, Inspire

“There’s this funny thing about empathy. It’s not actually in limited supply. Just because other people have it worse doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to be understood. To feel comfort.”
― Cora Carmack, Inspire

“I love her, and I love Mom, and I would do just about anything for them. But when you think stuff like that … you think of grand, heroic gestures. Pushing someone out of the way of a moving vehicle. Standing between them and danger. Sacrificing something important. But it’s not like that. Not at all. It’s not one big moment, it’s a thousand. It’s every day. And you don’t sacrifice just one important thing, you sacrifice a little more and a little more until you start to feel hollowed out. It’s not the sacrifice that hurts so much as the thought that it will never end. That you’re stuck in your fate, and nothing and no one can change it. You’ll just keep giving and giving until you don’t even know who you are.”
― Cora Carmack, Inspire

Have you read this yet? If not you should go purchase it from Amazon and read it with me!

Friday Reads [1/2]

Untitled design-1122824819I was not able to finish off all the books I was currently reading before the start of the New Year so I am still currently reading Inspire by Cora Carmack. This is a Paranormal New Adult book about Muses which so far is interesting. I am hoping to be done with it fairly soon. I also have like 8 days left on my borrowed audiobook of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline which I need to start and complete. I am excited to start this because I have heard amazing things and its narrated by Wil Wheaton! I really want to start reading more science fiction so I hope this will be a good start! As for the other book I will pick up, it is still kind of undecided. On the 5th Bout of Books 12 9969571read-a-thon starts. I really don’t want have to start the read-a-thon in the middle of a book. I do know that once I get my hands on Ensnared by A.G. Howard on its release day (Jan 6th) I will be setting down everything else in order to read that. I have a few other books set out including The Walls Around Us by Ren Nova Suma, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Lover Eternal by J.R Ward. Which one should I pick up and read first?

What are your plans for the weekend?Anything fun or exciting happening ? What are you reading/planning on reading? I would love to hear from you!    

Swoon Worthy Saturday [12/27]

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Saturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday is a weekly meme where in we present a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy! (Hosted by StayBookish )

 

Wilder

from Inspire by Cora Carmack

He is just to perfect! Not only is Wilder an amazing son and brother (regardless of what happened before), but he also has an edgy/charming side. Its so cute when he is worrying about Kalli and how he has a hard time talking to her. I am only about 100 pages into this book, but I can already tell the Wilder is an amazing guy, a great fictional crush and so worthy of the swoons!

“I love her [Gwen], and I love Mom, and I would do just about anything for them. But when you think stuff like that … you think of grand, heroic gestures. Pushing someone out of the way of a moving vehicle. Standing between them and danger. Sacrificing something important. But it’s not like that. Not at all. It’s not one big moment, it’s a thousand. It’s every day. And you don’t sacrifice just one important thing, you sacrifice a little more and a little more until you start to feel hollowed out. It’s not the sacrifice that hurts so much as the thought that it will never end. That you’re stuck in your fate, and nothing and no one can change it. You’ll just keep giving and giving until you don’t even know who you are.”
― Cora Carmack, Inspire