All Played Out

Cora Carmack
All Played Out
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William Morrow
Release Date
May 2015
Book 3 of Rusk University
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Sep 03, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
101 people found the following review helpful
4 "College Bucket List" Stars!

Being a lover of sports and new adult romances, ALL PLAYED OUT was the perfect blend of both. Bringing together the happy go lucky, live for today jock with the hard working perpetual planner "girl genius", Cora Carmack scores a touchdown for those looking for an easy, fun and entertaining romance.

Antonella "Nell" DeLuca is all set to graduate in two months when she realizes that due to her incredible expediency (completing her college courses in 2 1/2 years), she just may have missed out on the full college experience (ie, the social life aspects of college). So she does what any good organized hard worker would do: she makes a bucket list.

Interestingly, one of the first items on the list is a "hook up with a jock", so when she meets wide receiver Mateo Torres, she ignores her friends' warnings and continues to hang out with him. Mateo "Torres" has no issues in the social department, and is more than happy to help Nell accomplish her firsts. However, as the unlikely pair start spending more and more time together, they can't help but feel that they share something deeper and more meaningful than just a college fling. But given their disparate backgrounds, could there possibly be a HEA in their future?

ALL PLAYED OUT brings together the exuberance of trying new things in college along with some serious introspective identity forming quandaries and wraps it all together with a sweet and fun romance. Additionally, Cora Carmack highlights a serious issue in youth sports today: head injuries, concussions and the devastating consequences that such injuries can lead to if left unattended.

All in all, I thought Cora Carmack met all my expectations with this new adult, college football romance. Now I hope to go back and read some of the other titles in the Rusk University series (all of which center around college football players and their love lives).
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