All Lined Up by Cora Carmack – Rusk University #1 (New Adult Monday’s)

Posted 7 April, 2014 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 9 Comments

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack – Rusk University #1 (New Adult Monday’s)All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #1
Published by Harper Collins, HarperCollins, William Morrow & Company on 2014-05-13
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, New Adult, New Experience, Romance, Sports
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
5 Stars

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.

Oh you guys!! Cora Carmack is coming with a new New Adult series. I was so so so excited when I heard this, even more  with the addition of a “Friday Night Light” theme, I was jumping up and down! I loved this show so so much! 


Daddy’s Girl not just in High School, but now also in College! Poor Dallas!

Dallas didn’t have it super easy with her Dad being the High School Football Coach boys either wanted to impress or were too afraid to approach Dallas.  And her hope for a fresh starts crumpled when her Dad got a job to coach the Football Team at Rush University. Yeah.. nothing is going to change for Dallas and suddenly all Football boys are off limits for her as well….  Especially since she’s been burned by a Football player in High School she doesn’t want to have anything to do with them.

Dallas is alone with her Dad and they do not have an easy relationship which makes matters even worse now that she can’t escape…

“Dad still approaches parenting like I’m a member of his team. And I ……. I’m still stuck. In my father’s shadow.” ARC- All Lined Up


“Dad really only has two faces: normal and pissed. And football. Footballs gets its own expression, though it overlaps with pissed a lot.” ARC- All Lined Up


Sweet, Beautiful Romance with lots of Chemistry!

But of course, as much as she wants to avoid Football playing boys, when she meets Carson suddenly her resolve is slowly dissolving. Carson is not what she expected and at first they both seemed fine to just be friends. However, as good as they are as friends their sizzling chemistry is something both can’t deny forever.

Dallas is a wonderful girl, who can be shy and reserved, but than can also be a force of nature when she needs to be. I loved this about her. She’s a wonderful soul who pours all her heart into dancing, there she can put all her emotions in.#Carson on the other side is not our usual football prodigy. He has to fight for a place in the team, he doesn’t have a football scholarship and his whole life plans are at stack.

Still, when they both fall for each other – hard-  even all the logic cannot keep them from each other. Loved the romance so much, Dallas and Carson were so perfect and so good for each other and it was pure delight following them in their quest to figure out that sometimes you have to fight for love and that when you found someone so important,  all your rules are suddenly tossed aside!

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Bottom Line

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack – was a delightful, endearing and romantic story about finding love, fighting for it and then do everything to keep it – even if it was so very much not what you expected at first. Dallas and Carson were cuteness, but also there was lots of sizzling and hot chemistry between them!

Fans of New Adult romance and fans of Friday Night Lights will devour this new kick off into the Rusk University series! 

  New Adult contemporary 

Additional Info

I always read the Acknowledgements and Author notes and  Cora Carmack was so wonderful and personal which made the story even more previous. Cora was also the daughter of a football coach in High School and knows what comes with being in such a special situation.
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9 Responses to “All Lined Up by Cora Carmack – Rusk University #1 (New Adult Monday’s)”

  1. I don’t read a lot of NA (I’m in the mature-YA age group), but I pick up books like Easy and Maybe Someday on occasion. I steer clear from the really inappropriate *cough* racy *cough*, but I like NA because of the college setting (I can’t believe I’m almost there) and the more mature but still growing characters (I’ve always felt out of place with classmates that are immature).

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  2. YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! I just got this one Danny and I cannot wait! It makes me happy to know it got such a high rating from you, now I know I’m going to love it. Not that I doubted as I’ve loved all her books, but still, reading this review has made me all the more excited:)

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  3. I know that Jenny@Supernatural Snark is a fan of this author and I keep meaning to try her. I have become a bit disenchanted with the NA genre as I have grown increasingly tired of the same storylines with broken and damaged characters. However, this one seems like it steers from that formula and I like that it is on the lighter side. This is one I will try.
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