Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Source:  Purchased
Genre: New Adult
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Date Published:  May 14, 2014
Number of Pages:  322
This is only $1.99 on Kindle!! Pick it up!!

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.  (from Goodreads)

Cora Carmack reminded me once again why I love her work.  All Lined Up was the sweet story of a girl (similar to me) and her hatred of football, and love for the boy who needs football for his future. 

Dallas is such an interesting character, and I love that she goes back and forth between loathing football and "eh, its football" because that's how I actually am.  And her justification is completely reasonable.  I've met the parents who are also coaches type before.  Its great fun.

Carson is dreamy on all levels, and he actually comes from a rather good family, which is a breath of fresh air within the "New Adult" genre that seems to have every main male character is tortured and comes from a broken or abusive family.  There are exceptions to this, but that is the trend right now.

The romance between Dallas and Carson is sweet, realistic, and left me smiling at the end.  They're sweet, and I'm relieved that it wasn't "insta-love" and just mutual attraction.  Slow building romance that started with friendship was great, despite their differences.

Needless to say I loved this. Plus Cora Carmack is a complete sweetheart and absolutely wonderful to her fans.  I'll read anything she writes!!!

5 out of 5 Happy Clouds :)


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