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Book Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack (A Rusk University Novel #3)


Normally you don’t see something here, but since this isn’t a type of genre I normally review on here I felt the need to say something. Yes, this is not YA. It is VERY NA. It does have several, let’s see we shall call them,  sexy scenes. If you are like me who’s not a fan of explicit scenes, know that this may not be the book for you. I skipped the sexiest scenes. There aren’t that many, but if you are willing to skip over them, then I can say you will enjoy this book. I would call this a guilty pleasure type of book. It is 100% sugary, carbs and all!

Goodreads Summary:

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.


OH MY! This book is pretty… hot. There is so much tension in it that you yourself will feel like you’re gonna explode. I could actually do without all the sexiness though. Some sexual tension is nice in a book, and some PG-13 stuff is fine, but I will say there was a little too much sexiness in this book for my taste. Nevertheless, Cora’s story telling is so addicting, I had to finish it.

I wasn’t super fond of Antonella’s voice in the book, but Mateo on the other hand, I LOVED him. He was hilarious, dropped too many f-bombs (that I didn’t like), and could at times be a little naughty, but overall, his voice felt more real and genuine then Antonella’s. Honestly, while he joked about the sexy stuff, he had more depth and felt more real as a character. I love guy characters that go after what they want with gusto and Mateo is definitely one of them. I can’t find that in real life, so the second best thing is to fantasize and read about it. Girls aren’t chased like they were in the old times. I miss that.

Mateo is like Isaiah’s cousin (from Crash Into You). That is all I have to say.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5


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