24 May 2014

All Lined Up Review

All Lined Up - Rusk University #1
by Cora Carmack

What they say: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

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.

  • Published May 13th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks - Paperback has 320 page.
  • ISBN: 0062326201 / ISBN13: 9780062326201

What I say: I do love a shiny new series by an already confirmed-as-awesome writer and that's exactly what we get with All Lined Up. It's the first instalment in Cora Carmack's Rusk University series based around football (of the non-soccer kind). 

The book is told in dual POV and features Uni freshman Dallas, who happens to be the the new football coach's daughter. She meets Carson a recent transfer and a new team quarterback. Dallas has a rather complicated relationship with her extremely protective and sometimes overbearing dad. She wants to be a dancer and move away from home, he wants her nearby and lives for football. Carson is determined to focus and permanently make the team. Cue lots of fun misunderstandings, awkwardness and really cute moments - I loved it!!

I really liked both Dallas and Carson. Dallas is awkward, hilarious and brilliant. She's both vulnerable and strong. But has her hands full with her dad and the players on the team.  Carson is not your average player; he's sweet, talented and considerate. I understood his reservations and the reasons why he works as hard as he does *swoon*!!

As a Brit, to me, football generally means soccer which btw I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! 'American' football is something I've been getting more into over the past few years, but it took me a while to get my head around all the terms like second string, walk-on etc but this didn't in any way lessen my enjoyment of the book. It actually made me wanna watch more football.

Carmack has included some stella (sorry I couldn't miss that pun) secondary characters. Dallas comes equipped with a pretty cool bestie in Stella, who by the way has some epic one-liners! I'm looking forward to Silas's story up next, bring on the players...!

Until I read the author note I hadn't realised Cora Carmack is the daughter of football coach. Dallas's experiences all have a firm base in reality and Carmack uses her past to fuel her characters. She really gets across the drive needed to be successful in such a competitive sport. 

4.5 Stars in my Sky!


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