ALL LINED UP BY CORA CARMACK
Genre: New Adult, Romance
“Because sometimes in life, you just have to stand there and do nothing. Overwhelmed by all the versions of ourselves that exist in our minds—who we want to be, who we should be, who we’re not, and who we are—it’s a jungle that can ensnare your feet and confuse your eyes. But sometimes if you stand still, all those things will snap back into place like a rubber band. And if you can get past the sting, you can keep moving, not quite whole, but held together for the moment.”
― Cora Carmack, All Lined Up
Series: Rusk University Series
All Broke Down (#2 Rusk University)
All Played Out (#3 Rusk University)
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.
This book intrigued me when I saw it was a new adult including football! There is nothing I love more than swoony men and football! I was interested in starting to read more new adult and have found Carmack’s writing to be easy to get into making for fun, cute and fast reads! This book was no exception. Dallas has been raised all her life around football and wants nothing to do with it, but is thrust back into that life when she goes off to Rusk University where her dad coaches the football team.
Dallas fell a little short for me as a character. Although she was strong and determined in following her dreams as a dancer, I felt like she was boring and was over shadowed by her best friend Stella. I loved the relationship that developed between Dallas and her father and of course thought Dallas and Carson were adorable and loved their banter. Carson on the other hand was the perfect country boy gentleman. He has struggles he has to overcome and work really hard towards those as well as just be absolutely adorable! I loved how many characters you are introduced to and the relationships/friendships that are developed. I absolutely adore Stella and Dallas friendship and love that is was an area of focus.
Overall I thought this was an adorable and fun read. There was nothing that made me fall madly in love with it, but it was a good read. It had romance, struggles and heartwarming relationships. It hit on important topics of new adult from forming and fixing relationships to going after your dreams and finding yourself.It was full of personality from all of the characters and set up perfectly for the series. I totally recommend this book to those who love a cutesy romance full of chemistry, attraction and football!