Summary (from Goodreads):
“In this second book in “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with “All Lined Up,” a young woman discovers that you can t only fight for what you believe in sometimes you have to fight for what you love.
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.
Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he s arrogant and infuriating, she can t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.
Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He s met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.
Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.”
I’ve loved every book that Cora Carmack has written but this is easily my new favorite.
It’s definitely her sexiest book to date (which is pretty impressive, all things considered) but that’s not why. (Okay, that’s not entirely why.)
Silas and Dylan could easily have been caricatures, right? I’d be willing to bet that if you read the synopsis, you’ll picture her as a young Reese Witherspoon (and if you didn’t before, you probably agree with me that she sounds perfect) and Silas sounds like any one of a number of bad boys that we’ve encountered in books and movies and TV shows since there WERE books and movies and TV shows.
I immediately identified with Dylan, as I think any over-achiever would tend to do. She’s smart and funny and a good friend. She’s also prone to living her life to please other people, as opposed to living the kind of life she wants to lead.
As for Silas, he’s living exactly how he wants to, but is terrified that things will change and he’ll live the sort of life he was destined for before he found football.
These two absolutely should not work, but they do. And it’s more than a little magical to see how they fall for each other and how they just mesh.
I’m very excited that the next book will be about Torres, because I liked him a lot in this novel. (I really hope the fourth book will be about Stella, because she deserves something happy.)
The only problem is that book three isn’t out until SPRING. You guys, that’s forever!