Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: October 2014
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.
All Broke Down is the second in the Rusk University series. I will admit that I liked this book a little more than the first book, All Lined Up (my review). Dylan and Silas meet while in jail. Dylan has been arrested at a demonstration and Silas for a bar fight. Their attraction was strong from the beginning, but they try to keep things casual despite falling hard for each other.
The characters were a little more realistic to me. Silas is definitely a result of his upbringing. He is hot tempered and quick to believe he isn't worth a better life. He has high hopes that his football career will help him move on to bigger and better things. Dylan was adopted as a child and has felt she must be perfect in order to stay with her adoptive parents. This has kind of held her back from having fun.. I thought the two of them were good for each other. I loved watching Silas help Dylan come to of her shell and loosen up a little. Their relationship wasn't easy, but I was rooting for them to figure things out.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending with Stella. I won't spoil it, but I didn't like that it was almost an afterthought with no resolution. It just didn't fit with the story-line. The next book, All Played Out (coming May 2015), doesn't look like it is Stella's so I'm disappointed to have to wait to see how everything is resolved.