Series: Rusk University #1
Published by William Morrow
Pub Date: May 13th 2014
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. All Lined Up was a super fun and sexy book that really is Friday Night Lights Goes to College! FNL is my favorite show of all time so I knew I had to read this book. Plus football season is just around the corner!
I liked Dallas a lot, she was strong and interesting and sometimes made stupid decisions. In other words, believable for a college freshman. Coach Cole was basically a sterner version of Coach Taylor in my head, which was delightful. I liked how their father daughter relationship grew and changed for the better. And Carson, ooooomg Carson! Dreamy as hell. Sweet, sarcastic, good with banter. I was picturing him with Matt Saracens’ personality and Chris Evans’ looks. Yum. He was a delight, as was his relationship with Dallas.
I love that it started fast and then crawled forward, a change of pace from most books. And those movie nights on the couch scenes! Torturous and exhilarating all at once, I could feel the nerves and crackling tension between the two. Let’s just say it made me squirm with familiarity! Oh college…
I thought Cora Carmack did an admirable job of making the alternating chapters sound different too. Characters are often hard to distinguish but Dallas and Carson had their own voices and I liked getting both sides of the story. It was refreshing. The football scenes were fantastic as well, definitely written by someone who knows the game! Overall All Lined Up was sexy, fun, and a fast read with a surprising amount of depth and heart (and flutters!!) My first foray into NA was a success!