Saturday, July 5, 2014

Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date Published: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

I may have already mentioned my love for football romances.  I'm fairly certain if there was a zombie romance featuring football players I'd read it.  When news first broke about Cora's new series being set around football players in Texas, I was sold.  Of course having read Losing It, I knew I was going to be in for a good story, I just didn't know how much I was going to enjoy it.

The book is told from dual points of view; Dallas and Carson's.  I liked both of them immediately.  I felt really bad for Dallas.  It's hard not knowing who you're real friends and well wishers are and her ex was a total a-hole.  I also felt bad for Carson and his current predicament but admired him for his hard work and dedication.

The chemistry between the two was blazing and I liked how it wasn't instant. It also wasn't very explicit or in your face.  Dallas is already weary of being in any relationship and Carson knows he can't be in a relationship if he wants to become first string and not just backup. I really feel like I got a better picture of the two by being in both their heads.  I also thought I knew what was coming since the big surprise was already revealed to me, but Cora managed some twists I didn't see coming at all.   

All Lined Up is a great book.  The story flowed quickly and I think it's a fantastic start to this series.  I'm already anticipating the next book and am wondering who else will get their own books.  I know I'm eager to see Dallas and Carson again, hopefully soon. :)

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About the Author

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. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series. 
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*A copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not reimbursed in any manner.

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