Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack (@coracarmack)

All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack
Publication Date: May 13,2014
Published: William Morrow

My Rating:

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.

Take Friday Night Lights (movie not TV show) and combine it with So You Think You Can Dance. Then sprinkle it with lusty lust and a tiny bit of angst and you get All Lined Up.

This book was really fun and likable. From Dallas, our lovely lady lead who has always lived in the football world if she liked it or not, to our leading man Carson, who is just trying to do his best to get a scholarship to help his family in the end.

You don’t have to be a football fan to like this either. I just happen to love anything dealing with sports. Sports movies happen to be some of my favorites. Anyway back to Dallas. Her dad is the head coach at Rusk University and because she is the coach’s only daughter, she is off limits to basically every player on the team. That doesn't stop them from trying.

Carson, who is the new second-string quarterback and has sworn off all distractions which includes women, to concentrate on football happens to meet Dallas and become very smitten with her. Through the romance fairies, Dallas and Carson strike up this friendship that both want to be more, obviously.

The chemistry between Carson and Dallas was clear as day and worked really well. Dallas’ spunky personality went well with Carson’s farm boy one. Even with the supporting characters, Stella and Ryan in particular; Stella being Dallas’ fiery best friend and Ryan being one of the team managers who Carson leans on as a friend as well.

Not everything could be touchdowns and field goals though. Dallas has an ex-boyfriend who is less than favorable and Carson needs to keep his grades up if he wants a shot at a scholarship. Oh and the fact that they have to keep their relationship secret and a little thing of bets going around.

All Lined Up has everything that Cora Carmack does well and a little more. A delightful read and total touchdown.

1 comment:

  1. Oh sounds fun. I read one of hers last year and enjoyed it and I'm a total sports romance junkie so sounds perfect :D