Author: Cora Carmack
Narrator: Kate Delane, Teddy Hamilton
Story rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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 love when the author writes a character I despise and then makes me fall in love with him. Enter Silas. We’ve met him in the first book All Lined Up, and, well, let’s just say that he wasn’t my favorite character. I was very disappointed when I discovered that the second book was Silas’ book. So much so, that I considered not to read it. But I shouldn’t worry. Cora Carmack delivered a great story here.
Silas is the same guy with bad temper, who is quick to solve his problems with his fists. But he is a good guy. We get to see another side of Silas in All Broke Down. Kind, caring, vulnerable and insecure. He is like that around Dilan. And she was such a likable heroine. While our experiences are different, it was easy to connect with her.
The romance was sweet and steamy, with a dose of angst. Silas and Dylan had good chemistry.
Cora Cormack raises an important topic here. Society puts a label on everyone. After you’ve been put in a certain box it’s hard to change it. Thanks to football Silas left his past behind, but there’s a big chance his secret would be out in the open.
Dilan is another story. She is afraid to disappoint her parents. She doesn’t know where she belongs. Her way to deal with it is to be a do-gooder. She tries to fix things.
My thoughts about the audiobook:
I admit I expected the whole series to be narrated by Dan Bittner. So I was disappointed that there would be different narrators for each book. But the audiobook was good. Both Kate Delane and Teddy Hamilton are new to me narrators, and they did great job and brought to life Dilan and Silas. I’m looking forward to listen to more audiobooks narrated by them.
I don’t often listen to NA audiobooks. One of the reasons – not every narrator can pull off sex scenes. Sometimes it sounds forced or awkward and not sexy. Not in this case. Kate Delane especially has a perfect voice for sex scenes.
I also want to discuss something that happened in All Broke Down. I know many readers were unhappy about it. My spoiler is vague, but if your motto “the less I know about a book the better”, don’t open it.
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler”]At the end of the book something awful happened to a character I loved, to a character that was very close to my heart. It was an unexpected punch in the gut, that left me breathless and in pain. Many reviewers had issues with this event, and complained that it was necessary, that it took attention from the main couple, that it was jarring. I agree it was jarring. But you know what? We are not ready when things like that happen in real life. For me the way Cora Carmack wrote this made it all feel very real. Cora was very cruel, but very effective here; she made me love this character first.[/su_spoiler]
I’m really enjoying this series, and I’m looking forward to meet Nell and Mateo in the next book. I plan to listen to audiobook. I liked the narration in the first two books; hopefully the next one would be as good.