All Lined Up [Rusk University #1] by Cora Carmack
Published: March 14, 2014
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: Kindle buy
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 knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.
All Lined Up was a book and series that I had been trying to get to for over a year now. It has everything that I would love…romance, Texas and of course football! But those are also the things that made me hesitant to dive in also. I have a knack for building up hype in my head for a book and then becoming so disappointed that I am just beside myself, luckily for me, this one was all that and more.
This is the story of Dallas whose father is a highly respect football coach and just when she thought she would escape his protective eye by going to college we find out he is hired as the head coach. All Dallas wants is for once to have some space and live the life she wants which means dancing, something her father isn’t too keen as a career. As much as she was looking forward to “starting over” at Rusk her ex is there also which makes dating that much worse, all until she meets Carson one faithful night.
Carson is a guy who is just waiting for his time in the football spotlight. He is attending Rusk on a football scholarship and all he wants is to start but being backup to Dallas’s ex isn’t likely to happen. He meets Dallas one night at a party and not knowing who she is, falls for her hook, line, and sinker. He vowed to himself to not let anything or anyone become a distraction to his main goal which is getting that chance to take the field but as much as he tries Dallas is one thing he could’ve had predicted.
I love the story of these two who are just trying to find their way all while discovering who they are and what they want out of life. While they want different things they know they want to be together despite a few bumps in the road and they support each other no matter what. The whole Friday night lights and Texas feel was so authentic, this is our lives in Texas, everything rang so true. I loved this book and it was everything I was hoping for, I can’t wait to dive into the rest of this worthy series.