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Series Review: Rusk University by Cora Carmack

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Rusk University Series

Other books in the series:
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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Favourite Author
Series: Rusk University Trilogy
Author: Cora Cormack
# of Books: 5 (All Lined Up, All Broke Down, All Played Up, All Closed Off,TBD)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: No, All Closed Off will be published in the near future
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Football, Coming of Age, University Life, The South
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts:

I loved Cora Cormack’s Losing It Trilogy and when I read the synopsis for All Lined Up, I knew I had to read it!

All Lined Up really reminded me of Losing It. Both follow a similar set up but I think All Lined Up improves upon my complaint that we didn’t get to see much of the relationship develop between the two leads. It definitely gets more of a focus here but it isn’t the only thing the book is about. What I really love about Cormack’s New Adult reads is that each lead character develops independently throughout the novel. They don’t become this person who relies so much on their significant other that it gets to the point of becoming nauseating to me. This book is just as much a coming of age novel as it is a romance.

I found All Lined Up to be a super quick and fun read. I loved the chemistry between Dallas and Carson–it was there from beginning to end. Dallas was a smart heroine who also had her funny moments as well. I really loved that she didn’t create senseless drama by jumping to conclusions (which is a very rare find in New Adult novels that are set in The South and/or deal with football players). They were both also very real characters and I think that most readers can identify in some capacity to each other them one way or another.

The only thing really lacking for me was a dramatic plot line–and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think I was just expecting more drama based on the assumptions I drew from the synopsis. Instead, this book focuses on the growth of the characters instead of petty drama which is rather refreshing when I look back on it.

I’m surprised at who the hero is in the next novel, All Broke Down, but nevertheless I am super excited to read it! I hope that the third book, All Played Out focuses on two characters introduced in All Lined Up (Though NewsFlash, it doesn’t!). Regardless, I will be picking both of these books up!

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–December 5, 2015–Book 2: All Broke Down

I just finished All Broke Down and I have to say, I enjoyed it more than All Lined Up by just a smidgen. While the feelings for the two leads progressed more quickly than I normally like (not quite love at first sight but more insta-connection) I really felt like they were a good pair. The sexual tension was even better than All Lined Up and I loved watching everything unfolding. Before I new it I was halfway through the book and just kept plowing through it. While I feel like some things were left a little unresolved, it wasn’t enough to truly upset me and I have a feeling the next book will help wrap everything up.

Again, I’m surprised at who the leads are for All Played Up but given what we have seen of them so far and the plot synopsis, it promises to be a very fun and sexy ride. There is one particular character that I hope we get to see more of but I’m not sure if we will given the fact that the initial deal for this series was 3 books. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we get something because I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants her story to be told 😉

–September 6, 2015– Book 3: All Played Out

I was really excited to read this one and after a few failed attempts at the library checkout system , I FINALLY got my hands on a copy!

All Played Out was exactly what I expected: a sexy but heartwarming read. The leads had fantastic chemistry together–both physical and emotional–so it made for a really easy read. So easy in fact that I stayed on the couch all day to finish it.


It’s my favourite of the series…so far…

As it turns out, this series has been extended to include at least 5 books which is fantastic! That means the particular character I wanted to read about will get their own book! It is the next book to be published as well so I simply CANNOT WAIT! I’ve been looking forward to the story we are about to get in All Closed Off since All Lined Up so this has been a long time coming!

Series Rating: 4/5

All Lined Up 4/5 | All Broke Down 4/5 | All Played Out 5/5

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Cora Cormack fans will love this new series as will fans of football themed New Adult novels. A quick, fun and romantic series that has that dash of reality that is often rare in this genre. For those who like New Adult novels that focus more on the coming of age aspect of the genre, this is a great one to pick up.

Read if You Like: coming of age, realistic New Adult, football
Avoid if You: dislike New Adult

similarreads

  • Crash by Nicole Williams (Crash Trilogy #1)
  • Losing It by Cora Cormack (Losing It Trilogy #1)
  • The List by Kate L Mary (College of Charleston Series #1)

    Synopsis for All Lined Up (from Goodreads):
    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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Series Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Fav. New Adult Read (Losing It); Fav. Read of 2013 (Losing It)
Series: Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
# of Books: 3 (Losing It, Faking It, Finding It)

There is a novella that takes place after book 1, called Keeping Her and a novella that follows Finding It called Seeking Her.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: warm

Thoughts:

Losing It has been on my list for a long time. The premise reminded me of Grey’s Anatomy back in the good days so I was excited to see where this was going. When I saw that my library had it, I grabbed it and devoured it–despite the fact that I had a bazillion other books due that I still had to read.

When I find myself laughing just by reading the first page of a book, I know I am going to enjoy a book. Humour is really important to me and I have to say in the New Adult genre, I haven’t found a book where I actually thought the heroine was intentionally funny. Bliss was witty and real and I just really liked her character. Garrick was also super cute too and the whole scene where they met had swooning and laughing all at once.

That was what I really liked about this book, it was a quick, super light and funny read. The characters were entertaining, witty and real (I was going to type realistic but I don’t think I could see this happening in real life on a daily basis–the characters were a little larger than life at times I think is the best way to describe it–but I could see it happening). My only real peeve is that I didn’t really see more to the relationship between Bliss and Garrick. I could see that they had stuff in common, but I think if it was elaborated a bit more, I would more readily agree that they are a good pair. I just felt like their relationship was more physical than anything (though the epilogue helped me see it a bit more I will admit).

It was the opposite with Faking It. I actually saw the relationship develop between Cade and Max despite the quickness of it all. I could easily see how they worked together and I really appreciated that. Faking It wasn’t as humorous as Losing It as it was a touch more darker in both plot and characters, but it still was witty and had some fun moments. I was actually surprised that I liked Cade in this book because he wasn’t my favourite character in Losing It. But I warmed up to him as the book progressed and started to cheer him on. I also really liked Max; I didn’t find her annoying and I understood her character and thought process. Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Losing It, but I read it in a day and liked every moment of it.

I’m excited for the novella, Keeping Her, because I am dying to know more about Bliss and Garrick. I’m also looking forward to seeing what happens in Finding It and where it will go.

UPDATED (Feb 24/14): With the small dose of Kelsey we get in Losing It I was looking forward to this book; especially the traveling bit.

Like Faking It, this book has a serious tone to it which is a bit of a shame because I really enjoyed the humor and lightheartedness of Losing It and the rest of the series is slightly disappointing because of this. But, Ms. Carmack does a great job creating characters and I’ve enjoyed reading their stories.

Kelsey is no exception to this. Her story was interesting albeit stereotypical. Looking back at the story I wish that a particular piece of her past wasn’t present because I feel it made the story seem like it’s trying too hard. The story would have been just as enjoyable without it because Hunt and Kelsey’s story is everything I like in a romance and her search to find herself after college is enough on its own. Perhaps I only feel that way because I am also graduating from university this year and am in that weird lull of trying to figure out what to do with my life 😛 but I did like reading it.

UPDATED (March 9/14): I’m glad I didn’t read Seeking Her until after though because I like learning bits about Hunt as we went. I think it’s important that people realize that this novella, Seeking Her, is a prequel in the sense that it tells the reader what Hunt has been doing before he meets Kelsey. If you read even the synopsis beforehand you will be reading a major spoiler so DON’T DO THAT! Read Seeking Her after you read Finding It. As for the novella itself. It was nice but didn’t do too much for me in the grand scheme of things.

Conclusion:

These books had everything I liked in a New Adult read: romance, great characters and a splash of humour (more so in Losing It than Faking It). Definitely a must read for those who like more light-hearted New Adult reads!

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: Charade by Nyrae Dawn (Games, #1); Someone to Love by Addison Moore (Someone to Love, #1) and One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy (Drew + Fable, #1)

Synopsis for Losing It (from Goodreads):
Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.