Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

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

Soooo Happy I can finally share my review with you guys!! I've read All Lined Up a total of THREE times since I got my  hands on it (yeah. It's not even releasing until May 13. That should tell you how awesome it is.) I've been blessed enough to be brought on to the street team for All Lined Up, so I got to read it a little sooner than most bloggers (waaaaahooooo) and I am totally, irrevocably, in love with these characters. 

All Lined Up is a stellar debut novel in the Rusk University series by Cora Carmack. There is no other series that has roped me in to the minds of the characters as well as Cora did in All Lined Up. Cora’s style is fast and witty.. and almost always includes an awkward character that just can’t quite get her shit together – which we can ALL relate to (okay, or at least I can). All Lined Up is no different in that aspect.

These characters are so alive in my head that I feel like I could call them up on the phone, or shoot them a text, and damn! I really wanna go to Rusk University! Dallas Cole is hilarious, and her inner monologue is eerily close to the shit storm that swirls around in my brain every single day. 

Carson McClain? He’s not much different. He has real life struggles that anyone who’s ever stepped foot into any sort of competitive endeavor can relate to. It really doesn’t hurt that he’s hotter than boiled crawfish in the Louisiana Bayou. (Yeah… I totally just went there.. god I really want some crawfish…) 

Stella Santos is the perfect side kick for Dallas and her sometimes embarrassingly awkward moments, and their dialogue will have you laughing no matter the kind of mood you’re in. I can’t wait until I can sink my teeth into another book in this series, because I know that it’ll be just as amazing. 
What is really awesome about this book is that it’s a peek into how Cora grew up. They always say “write what you know” and she did. You can tell it with every word on the page, that Cora has some intense and passionate feelings - whether they’re the good or bad kind – about growing up in Texas (or anywhere in the deep south, really) as a football coach’s daughter. If you’re not from the south, let me clue you in. Football….it’s a religion, one that everyone practices, whether they believe in it or not. You really get a good glimpse of that in this book.

Oh, and the book doesn't exactly lack in the "steamy" department either..... Did I mention how hot Carson is? 

I sincerely hope you’ll check out not just All Lined Up, but the whole Rusk University series, and if you haven’t read any Cora Carmack, that you’ll come back asking me what else she’s written and where you can buy it. I really think you’ll be glad you did.

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