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I Belong

Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

All Lined UpTitle: All Lined Up

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Rusk University (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062326201 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062326201 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: All Lined Up is one of those stories that makes you wish you could fall in love all over again!!! I loved everything about this story and can’t wait to read more from this series!

Opening Sentence: In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip.


The Review:

Dallas Cole has spent her the last few years of her life trying to get away from football. Growing up she was raised by her single father that had a career as a football coach. They moved around every few years whenever there was a new coaching opportunity. Then she ended up dating football players and that also never turned out well, so Dallas has decided to swear off anything that has to do with football. She thought that college would be her chance to start over, but instead of being able to go to her dream college to study dance her father convinces her to stay close to home and attend Rusk University. Her father also happens to be the new head football coach so it seems that college is going to be a repeat of high school. Then Dallas meets Carson at a random party and it seems that maybe things won’t be as bad as she thought. But as luck would have it, Carson is the backup quarterback and Dallas has promised herself that she will never make the mistake of dating another football player.

Carson McClain has just transferred to Rusk University in hopes of eventually getting a football scholarship. He comes from a poor family and has never really been all that great at school. Pretty much the only thing he has ever been good at is football so to prove that he deserves to be first string, he works harder than anyone else. He doesn’t have time for distractions, especially not the kind that comes in the form of a beautiful redhead that happens to be the coach’s daughter. But no matter how hard he tries he just can’t seem to stay away and it may cost him everything he has worked for.

I totally loved Dallas, she was a very easy character to love and connect with. She is brutally honest and doesn’t take crap from anyone, which I really admired. She was an easy person to sympathize with and some of the things she deals with were similar to things I dealt with when I was her age. I also really loved the relationship she had with her father, it reminded me a lot of the relationship I had with my own father growing up, which made me understand her on a deeper level. She also had some faults like the fact that she let some of her past experiences keep her from letting people into her life because she was afraid of getting hurt again. But as the story progressed you got to see her open up and discover so much about herself. In a lot of ways this was a coming of age story for her and I really enjoyed reading about her journey.

Carson pretty much had me at hello. From the moment I met him, I was completely taken with how sexy and sweet he was. His work ethic was crazy good and the determination he had to succeed even when the odds were against him made me really respect him. Also, the way he treated Dallas was adorable. They had amazing sexual chemistry but they also were very compatible in a lot of other ways as well. I am going to admit that Carson reminds me a lot of my husband because not only does my husband have blue eyes and dark hair, his name also happens to be Karson. But that’s not the only reason I liked him, but it obviously didn’t hurt! I think he was the perfect love interest and I totally swooned over him!

All Lined Up was a beautiful story that really captured the whole experience of discovering yourself and falling in love for the first time. From the first page I was hooked and I loved pretty much everything about this story. Personally, I am a huge college football fan so of course that was a huge plus for me. I also really enjoy all the different relationships that were explored throughout the book. While the romance was a huge part of the story, it wasn’t the only plot point present. Speaking of the romance, it was done perfectly. It developed slowly and realistically, but it was also full of tension and drama. This is actually my first book by Carmack but rest assured it will not be my last. I can’t wait to dive into the companion novel that is coming out this fall!!!  Suffice to say this was a great read and I would highly recommend it to all new adult contemporary romance fans!

Notable Scene:

“Oh, Daredevil,” he murmurs. “I like you.”

I like it when he calls me that. My stomach swoops low in my belly in approval and anticipation.

This time, I kiss him, and his lips press back against mine so hard that a jolt of something coils down my spine. The hand at the back of my neck tightens, and his hand rests lightly against my knee. I know he must feel it shaking.

I can’t decide if him being a virtual stranger makes this kind of intimacy more or less terrifying.

His lips open against mine, his breath fanning over my skin, and I think more terrifying, definitely.

Rusk University Series:

1. All Lined Up

2. All Broke Down (October 28, 2014)

3. All Played Out (May 12, 2015)

FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of All Lined Up. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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