Jun 3, 2015

{Review} of All Played Out by Cora Carmack

All Played Out by Cora Carmack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Romance, Sports, Contemporary

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.


I love the romances in Rusk University, but I have to say I loved All Played Out the best out of the three. Carmack does a fantastic job weaving a connection between two opposites, as well as developing growth for each characters persona. The humor and spunk of her male characters is what always draws me, and it equals out to her smart and determined female leads.

All Played Out follows straight A and very dedicated Antonella DeLuca, who in two month is about to graduate. But after an interesting conversation with her roommate about her future and trying to live a little instead of all about school, Nella decides to make a bucket list. She is surprised after meeting to rough and tough football player Mateo, that she is drawn to him. Together they check off her list, while discovering that even though they’re so different they bring out the best in one another. But both have goals set for their future and their connection is starting to add a lot of unknowns.

Nella is overly smart, so smart that she is a bit of a socially awkward girl. But she has decided to change or a least give in to some thing she never thought she’d do. Her checklist ranges from hooking up with a jock to seeing karaoke, Nella is about to let go and go wild for a change. I loved watching Nella open up and try something new, after meeting Mateo he is determined to help her with all her firsts. Their bond becomes stronger and stronger with each day and Nella is realizing what she has been missing while she’s been hidden behind all her books. Her relationship with Mateo is sweet and hilarious; she is awkward, while he is flirty and shocking. Every moment was colorful with their great connection and smoking hot chemistry.

Mateo Torres is a jock, but he’s one of the best on his team and a hopeful player to make is to the pros. He also has a knack for being a ladies man and being blunt. When he meets Nella is immediately drawn to her, she reminds him of someone but also has a spark and innocence he likes. Mateo can seem to get the “girl genius” out of his mind, after a steamy encounter he makes her a deal to check off more to her list. Together they open each other up to things they have never felt before. I love seeing such a big tough guy like Mateo go soft for a sweet smart girl like Nella.

Overall this was another great romance with two well-developed characters. I never get tired about reading how opposites attract, but even more so how much they help watch other learn more about themselves. The past couples return, the readers get a different glimpse on their relationships. As well as seeing the development of the future couple Ryan and Stella, who are already having some ups and downs. I can’t wait to see how they progress, I really want Stella to have a happy ending. In the end I adore this series, the romance, the sports drama and the friendships that form in college. Its always fun to dive into this series, I cant seems to get enough.

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