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.
Cora Carmack's novels always seem to make for fun, quick reads so upon receiving All Played Out, I put my other books down and immediately started it. I ended up reading it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it :)
The novel follows Nell trying to complete a list of things she feels she missed out on during her years at college (doing a keg stand, etc.) with the help of Torres. I loved seeing them grow closer as they completed various tasks. The entire storyline was a great one.
Nell and Torres were quite the adorable, yet hilarious couple. There's one scene involving the Rusk statue that definitely had me cracking up. Nell seemed so analytical at first (kind of like Zoe in the TV show, Hart of Dixie), but over time I grew to really like her as a character. There was also more to Torres than I originally thought there would be. I've loved him throughout all of the novels, but he has more to him than just the funny exterior present in All Lined Up and All Broke Down. I thought his backstory was a bit strange (in that I thought something from his past wasn't as dramatic as he made it out to be). However, he and Nell working together to complete her list was very entertaining. As this is an NA novel, the romance had some more explicit parts. However, Torres and Nell were my favorite couple yet.
All Played Out is an amazing addition to the Rusk University series. Nell and Torres' story was simultaneously hilarious and adorable. I'd give All Played Out 4 out of 5 flowers.