Series: Rusk University #1
Published by: William Morrow on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports & Games
Source: The Publisher
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In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.
Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.
But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.
Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.
Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.
And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.
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 Broke Down, All Played Out
Also by this author: All Broke Down, Inspire, All Played Out, Roar
One Line: Carmack’s writing is as addictive as ever. I loved this one!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Yes! Carmack definitely does not disappoint in this new series. All Lined Up as everything I love in a NA book, and so much more. I love that this book was so entertaining and addictive, even to some one like me who couldn’t care less about football and that world. She made it interesting and fun. Of course, the romance doesn’t hurt either, but this book also dealt with family relationships, friendship, and following your passion/dreams. It was a feel-good book all around.
This book was very much character-driven and I’ve noticed that Carmack creates some pretty appealing characters, both male and female. Carson is a talented football player just trying to make his mark and Dallas is a skilled dancer unsure of where her future will be. I loved how strong, yet equally sensitive Dallas is and Carson was just yet another work of perfection to add to my ever-growing list of book boyfriends. Their romance was a slow and steady build, with a rather comical, yet sexually-charged beginning, and I really enjoyed watching it all unfold. I liked seeing these two open up to each other and seeing them become better versions of themselves. Not only was their their chemistry hot, their friendship was meaningful and touching, too.
Like I said, you’ll get other stuff in this book, too. Dallas and her dad don’t exactly have the best relationship, although they do love and care for one another, they’re pretty lacking when it comes to communication. I liked seeing their relationship go through its ups and downs and while her dad was a bit frustrating at times, I still liked his character. I also really liked Rachel and Stella’s (her best friend) relationship. They had a cute and fun “stamp” thing going that you have to read about. They really balanced each other out and I could totally see myself being friends with either one of them, or both.
All in all, I think Carmack has yet another hit series on her hand. Her writing is fun and engaging, her characters are memorable and entertaining, and her story-telling is addictive. I highly recommend All Lined Up and I think this is a book readers of all kinds will enjoy. I’m definitely excited to see what else she’ll come up with in this series, that’s for sure.
About the Author: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.