Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

May 20, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 3 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: All Played Out by Cora CarmackAll Played Out
by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #3
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: May 12, 2015 by HarperCollins, William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: ARC
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4.5 Stars
Source: Publisher

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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Cora Carmack is FANTASTIC! She always delivers a fun and thrilling story and they always keep getting better! The Rusk University series is my favorite New Adult Contemporary Romance series! There’s no doubt in that. I’m always recommending it because it is awesome! Cora has a way of bringing all of her characters to life. Everyone is able to relate to them one way or another.

I still have the Silas Virus but Mateo is so…ahhh! He’s hot and so sexual and so much fun! Mateo is the kind of guy that is the life of the party. He is shameless so you will most definitely find him without clothes at a party because that’s just what he does and he doesn’t care. He also doesn’t have filter so he will be direct and say what he is thinking like, “I think about football. And food. But the rest of the time, I’m definitely thinking about your boobs.” He just wants to have fun and spend a great time with friends. His focus has been football—he wants to go pro one day. Before football, Mateo was no one, according to him. After football, he feels like he finally has a purpose. But something happened a while ago that made Mateo into the clown of the group and Nell is going to find out.

Nell is the kind of girl who is bookworm and a nerd. At 20-years-old, she will graduate college with a major bio-medical engineering. Her focus in college has always been study, study, study. There haven’t been time to make friends or go to a party. One talk with her roommate Dylan, who we met in All Broke Down, has her thinking that she hasn’t been living her college life how she is supposed to and so Nell beings her Normal College Things list that she needs to do before graduating. I saw a lot of myself in her when I was in high school. Not because I was a nerd but because I didn’t have a social life, per se. I did have friends but I tended to stay by myself. I had never gone to parties, drink, and a bunch of other stuff in Nell’s list. Nell is shy and so not experienced, which Torres is gladly to step up and help her with.

When these two very different characters meet, it’s an explosion waiting to happen. They have so much chemistry between them. Their romance is sexy and beautiful. Nell never thought that a guy like Mateo could understand her but he does and he even wants to help her with her list so she can achieve every single one of them. This third installment has been the most fun out of the Rusk University series. You will laugh and smile like a dork but that’s okay because you will definitely be enjoying yourself. That is guaranteed. It is filled with humor, sexiness, romance, some awkward characters like some of us are in real life and let’s face it. This wouldn’t be a Cora Carmack book if the story didn’t have those aspects.



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About Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various TV shows on Netflix. She lives by one rule: embrace whatever the world throws at you and run with it (just not with scissors).

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3 responses to “Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

  1. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of new adult, but this sounds really good. If I’m ever in the mood for something intensely romantic, I’ll definitely have to make sure to check this out. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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