{Review + GIVEAWAY} All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Title: All Lined Up
Series: Rusk University #1
Author: Cora Carmack
Published: May 13th 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided by publisher for fair & honest review
Rating: 4.5/5

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.

Cora's Trademark Humour & Endearingly Awkward Heroine!

The story:
Dallas is trying so hard to find her own place in the world - most importantly separate from her father and football, that dominated her high school life. After having her heart broken by her ex boyfriend and star QB, she's sworn off footballers for life. After meeting and hitting it off with new guy, Carson, at a party Dallas thinks collage life in finally looking up, that is until she discovers Carson is on the football team. 

Meanwhile, Carson can't believe that the quirky girl from the Rusk college party, is none other than the very off limits daughter of his new coach. With money being tight in his family, Carson is desperate to make the field in the coveted QB position to score a scholarship. And a girl, especially the coaches daughter, is a distraction he doesn't need. 

Both have good reasons to avoid a relationship with each other, but the attraction between them is undeniable. Soon their reasons to stay away don't seem so important anymore.

The characters:
Dallas is such a relatable heroine. Some of her thoughts are things that we all think at times, but would never admit out loud - it was both hilarious and somewhat reassuring! At first Dallas was a little weak at standing up her father. She lets him make a lot of decisions about her life and it was great to see learn to take charge of her own future. 

Carson, the deliciously sexy 2nd string QB was just perfect. He's tough, dedicated, with a kind heart and did I mention sexy as hell! He's extremely driven and has worked so hard to keep his spot on the team. And while he's not so strong in the academic side of things, I love that he still tries, it just highlighted his dedication.

The romance:
The chemistry between Carson & Dallas was fantastic! From the first scene where they meet it's clear there are sparks - hot fiery sparks!! But they both have reasons to keep away from each other, and watching them try to deny their feelings just added to the sexual tension! Their romance was slow to build as the got to know and trust one another, which made it all the more sweet and sexy!

The writing:
I love Cora's writing style, with her quirky sense of humour running through all of her books. Her heroines are always down to earth and extremely relatable. And with the perfect mix and sexy angst and hilarious'y embarrassing scenes, her books are always so much fun! 

With Cora's trademark humour and endearingly awkward heroine, All Lined Up is sure to be another winner!! 

Sexuality: medium / sex scene
Violence: mild
Language: medium / some f words
Drugs & alcohol: mild-medium / some underage drinking, some reference to performance enhancing drugs and dealing



  1. Great review Amy! I want to read this book, it sounds like a lot of fun! Carson... sigh! I want to know him!
    Fav things about heroes that play sports... definitely that sculpted body!! lol

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  2. I am dying to read this one! I love the football aspect and it just sounds like something I would enjoy. SO glad you enjoyed. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. I actually just bought this one and cannot wait to read it next. It sounds really good. Great review!


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