{Review} All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

centralpickshijackedbyysar {Review} All Lined Up by Cora CarmackAll Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #1
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks on May 13, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 322

Our Rating

5 Stars

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.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Dallas doesn’t want anything to do with football or the men involved in it.  As the daughter of a football coach, she’s tired of dating guys who are more interested in what her dad can do for them than a real relationship.  And now that her dad’s coaching at her college, she’ll do all she can to avoid being associated with the team.

Carson is counting on a football scholarship to get him an education and opportunities he otherwise can’t afford.  The last thing he needs is a distraction from his game and his studies.  But a beautiful redhead soon captures his attention, and despite his own priorities and her ideas about football players, he just can’t stay away.


The Verdict:  Cora Carmack won me over with Losing It, so I went looking for more of her stories and landed in the Rusk University series.  And what a find!

If you’ve got parents who think they know what’s best for you, you can certainly relate to Dallas.  College seems like it could be the perfect escape from a life that’s always revolved around her dad’s coaching job, but when he accepts a position as football coach at Rusk University, Dallas knows that unless she can get a scholarship to somewhere far away, she’s stuck being the coach’s daughter at yet another school.  Carson’s family has hit a financial rough spot, and it seems that football is his ticket to a better life.  He’s giving football his all, trying to make the team at Rusk University and hoping his skills on the field will earn him a full ride scholarship, so he can stay in school.

When Carson and Dallas first meet, neither has a clue who the other is, and they hit it off right away.  But then Dallas shows up at practice and catches a glimpse of Carson in his practice uniform, and that perfect match doesn’t seem so perfect after all.  To make things worse, Carson is determined to solidify his place on the team at Rusk, while Dallas would do anything for a dancing scholarship that would take her halfway across the country.  Add in one ex-boyfriend on the team, a coach who might not be thrilled about his player dating his daughter, and all the usual challenges that college brings, and these two are in for a tough journey.

Carmack does a great job of creating realistic characters facing the typical challenges of growing up and going after what they want for themselves.  The conflict isn’t contrived or overly dramatic; it’s just a result of who they are as individuals, and that makes it believable.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Carson is all kinds of hot, and with sassy Dallas, their chemistry is off the charts.  All Lined Up by Cora Carmack is a great start to another New Adult series that is sure to hook romance readers of all ages.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
4.5 star rating
4.5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating

About Cora Carmack

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. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series.

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