June 8, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Book one in Rusk University Series
Publisher: William Morrow Paperback
Publication date: May 13th, 2014
Source: Signed paperback
Rating: 4 hearts
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.
Dallas Cole is only known to be the girl of the coach, she doesn’t like that at all, her passion is dance but her father doesn’t encourage her at all. When the university of Rusk proposes a position of coach to her father, he doesn’t refuse. Unfortunately, it’s also the university in which Dallas finds herself, she will have to live with the fact of being still the “daughter of”, what is more her ex boyfriend is also found in this university and the team of football.
Carson, meanwhile, has not obtained a scholarship, he’s the replacement of the quarterback but hopes to be spotted and make a career. He’s very serious, when he goes to parties he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t dredge everything that moves and especially he isn’t friend with other footballers.
It’s at a party where Dallas wants to escape a guy that she meets Carson, the latter tried to make friends among footballers but on hearing them talk, he quickly changed his mind. The attraction is intense and mutual, even if each of them doesn’t know who the other is.
I found Dallas sympathetic; I understand her desire to not frequent footballers, especially because Levy isn’t a very good boy. I still find that at times her reactions are exaggerated compared to Carson. For her father I can understand, the latter always considered that football was important. Dallas is a brilliant pupil and one really feels that her passion is dancing; dancing delivers and makes her feel good.
Carson is adorable, I really liked this character, and he’s not like all the other footballers we see in books, which attracts all the girls and benefit. He only wants to think about his career but unfortunately fate to another idea in mind for him. I really liked Carson, he’s very funny and his reactions are sometimes touching.
One senses the intensity of the attraction between Carson and Dallas, even if they don’t want to be more than friends at the beginning in order to avoid the anger of the coach. I loved Stella and Ryan too, I think their story will be very funny.
The style of Cora Carmack is light and this book reads quickly, if you want sex, you can forget immediately, however if you want a love story go.
Quick Word: A lovely love story between a footballer and a dancer.
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. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series.