Title: All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Purchase Link: Amazon
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.
I have read some of Cora Carmack’s novels and I must say that I like this one the most. All Lined Up is a different, touching kind of story that will inspire many readers, for sure.
The main characters, Dallas and Carson, were two very relatable young people. They both have dreams they want to achieve; but of course, it won’t always be a smooth ride.
Dallas is a dancer but she’s being forced to enrol in a university where her father is the football coach and they don’t have the best relationship either. She also doesn’t have a mother to talk to, which makes things harder. Her father doesn’t even ask her opinion about the universities she would want to attend and just treats her as one of his football players. Teaching her on how to be tough and competitive. What I loved about her character was the part where she talked about dance and how it fixes her and I think that almost everyone can relate to it, in a way that there is always that ONE THING that fixes all of us, may it be eating, reading, singing, etc.
Carson is a striving football player. He has to get a football scholarship or else, he can’t finish his studies. He teamed up with his dad and they made a plan so that he won’t get out of focus, but the night that he met Dallas was the moment when he first got distracted. And to make it even worse, she’s the coach’s daughter which endangers his chance for a scholarship. I loved Carson’s determination and courage. Even when he’s clearly having a hard time juggling training and studying, he never gave up on both, including on Dallas too.
I was just shocked with the news about Levi – I felt that it was too rushed. Even though Levi was an asshole, I wish there were more interactions between him and Dallas, and know more about what happened between the two of them, so I can appreciate the story more.
The supporting characters were amazing! Stella is this ball of energy and the life of every party she goes to! She is small, but yea, she’s terrible too. She’s also a good friend to Dallas and I really hope there will be a separate story for her because she is a very interesting character. And Silas too! Even though he is a douche, he’s still this loyal football player who is really dedicated to his team and will put the testosterone fight aside for the success of the players.
All Lined Up is an inspiring story about two characters who both have the passion and the heart for what they really love to do. And I can say that this is my favourite Carmack novel so far. 😉
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. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.