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All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack

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Rusk University #1
Cora Carmack
Fiction, New Adult, Sports Romance
May 13th 2014

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.

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“In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.”

College is supposed to be a time to break free, to start fresh, but for Dallas is not. Everyone thinks being the football coach’s daughter is a benefit, but Dallas knows how things really are. Every football player is petrified of her father, so she doesn’t date football players. Dallas grow up only with her father, after her mother left when she was only a baby. She’s a good daughter and a great friend. She’s not very social, she prefers the company of books to people. Her dream is to be a dancer, but first she has to convince her father she’s a great dancer.

Carson is a farm boy. He’s the new transferon Rusk University. His dream is to have a permanent spot on the team and a scholarship. Carson knows he’s not the greatest student, so his only chance to achieve his goals is to stay focused and to play very well.

When Carson meets Dallas there’s some insta-attraction between them. Carson tries to stay away, especially when he finds out Dallas is couch’s daughter, but he can’t because Dallas is like no other girl.

“…for the first time in a long time, I don’t feel shackled to a plan or a problem. I only feel free. And I only feel her.”

They agree to stay only friends, but of course the start falling for each other. Staying friends is not an option anymore.

“All Lined Up” was a sweet, adorable and almost fluffy story. It was an cute story and it really made me smile the entire time. Even if for me it was more a YA romance than a NA, I enjoyed it, but unfortunately it didn’t wow me.

The storyline is predictable, with many clichés and some insta-love, but for some reason I wasn’t bothered. Maybe because it’s been so long since I read a college romance.

I liked both Dallas and Carson. They are really great but at times they felt a little “too perfect”. I enjoyed how their relationship progressed and how they are with each other. There some sweet moments between them that make me swoon and I loved the chemistry and the sexual tension between them. The steam here is very low, which I admit I didn’t like too much.

The angst is also very low and I liked there’s no misunderstanding between MC or some stupid drama. I liked they are honest with each other and they communicated from the beginning. They actually felt very mature.

Overall, a nice enough college romance.

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