Series: Rusk University #3
Published by: William Morrow on May 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports & Games
Source: The Publisher
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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 from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: All Lined Up, All Broke Down
Also by this author: All Lined Up, All Broke Down, Inspire
One Line: Talk about a series that gets better and better with each successive book! Totally unputdownable!
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Cora and her writing more. Wow, she absolutely blew me away with this one. Teo and Nell were so damn adorable and the story was so charming and cute. The story line is fun and entertaining. I’m a sucker for those “bucket list” kind of stories. And the writing is downright hilarious and witty. It’s impossible not to love every minute of this book. I’m not much of a highlighter while I’m reading, but I highlighted the heck out of this book, even before I was a few chapters in, it was so incredible. It was just something about the characters that drew me in right away and kept me focused on the story, I didn’t want to put it down.
Nell is adorable. She reminded me so much of myself in the way that she likes to have lists and her thought process. I related to her right away. She also had some quirks that made it so fun being inside her head. She thought and said some of the most hilarious things, I think she may be my favorite female character from Cora. She’s certainly a favorite female character overall. I loved how flustered she was when she was around Matteo, it was the cutest thing. Watching them complete the tasks on her bucket list made for a very entertaining read and I loved watching their friendship and their romance grow.
As for Matteo, whew, that boy is so irresistible and pretty much my new favorite book boyfriend. I swear, if I met someone like him back when I was single, I’d be crushing on him hard. He’s such a charmer and a sweet-talker. A “life of the party” kind of guy, but also a sweetheart and a good guy. He reminds me so much of how my husband was back in the day. Nell and Teo’s chemistry was excellent. I loved all the intimate moments that they shared, whether or not they were related to sex.
Cora has always been one of my favorite authors and she just keeps on getting better. All Played Out is easily one of my favorite books this year already and one that I will show off proudly on my shelves. A true gem among New Adult books. You’d be crazy not to give this book a read.