Saturday, 5 April 2014

Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Title: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Release date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 227
Source: Edelweiss

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.

All Lined Up is yet another fantastic creation from one of my favourite NA authors! I was a bit apprehensive going into this since I know zilch about American football, but I ended up totally loving the book regardless, because it was just that awesome. I'm completely on board with this new series of Cora's.

Dallas's dad is a football coach, and a pretty amazing one at that. He's all about the game, and so Dallas's life has been all about football too. College was the one place she thought she could escape it, but as it turns out, her dad got an offer to coach at Rusk University, so essentially nothing's changed. She does, however, meet someone who she can open up to - Carson. He's different, she can tell. But she doesn't know everything about him, and once she finds out his connection to football, things get really tense.

Dallas is easy to relate to, and I can totally understand her feelings about a new start at college, since that would be me in just a few months. I also get her when she's watching a football match and talking about how magical it is - I feel the exact same way whenever I watch a football (English football!) or basketball match live, and I love how one game can bring thousands of people together. I like that Dallas is tough as well as sensitive, while most characters are one or the other. She's a bit irrational at times, but I get the reasoning behind her decisions. She's not afraid to try something new, and her personality is really hard to dislike. Carson didn't stand a chance!

Carson's pretty different from Dallas. In fact, the only thing they seem to have in common is a deep knowledge of football. Football is everything to Carson, and he really wants to make it in Rusk - no distractions. And that includes girls, up until Dallas pops into his life. Carson's freaking adorable, and incredibly gorgeous of course. But he's far from being a jerk. I loved that, because it just seems like so many NA male protagonists have a really inflated ego.

I loved Dallas and Carson's first meeting - that balcony scene is hilarious, and the two of them just immediately clicked. The two of them have a great relationship, and though they have ups and downs, it's obvious that they'd get through anything. Plus, I loved how protective Carson is of Dallas even though he knows she can take care of herself.

Basically, I loved this book. And I would totally read it all over again soon. In spite of me not knowing anything about this sport, I managed to really connect with the book. So I applaud Cora Carmack for that! And I gotta say, this will keep Cora's fans happy for quite a while.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4.5/5

1 comment:

  1. This story sounds like something I'd enjoy…that cover though...

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