Friday, January 9, 2015

All Lined Up

*Attention: This is New Adult, not YA*
All Lined Up
By: Cora Carmack

                                                       Goodreads Summary:
        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.

                                                                       Gabrielle's Review:
         All Lined Up starts off with Dallas starting her freshman year in college. She came from a town where her father was the football coach and her life wasn't hers to control. Guys continually tried to use her to get to her father so when she got to college her number 1 rule was: DON'T DATE A FOOTBALL PLAYER! *Cue Carson* While at a college party, at a frat house, she meets a guy who she ends up finding out is up to no good. So she screams at the  top of her lungs while standing on a balcony. Carson, oh so sweet, sexy, determined, Carson yells up to Dallas and she's startled to find someone so close. She ends up jumping off the balcony and into Carson's arms. Who am I kidding? He fell with her on top of him and he declares he broke his butt. They make out then she bolts and after he practically BEGGED for her number, he ignored her. After he realized he can't keep her out of his mind, Carson and Dallas agree to remain friends and nothing more because neither can afford more. She's too afraid and Carson has no time for a distraction. He needs to maintain good grades and  try to earn a scholarship. But as time goes on they realize they have more of a pull than either wanted to admit.            I'd like to start off by saying this was certainly a fantastic read. I only recently discovered Cora Carmack (I'll certainly be reading her other books so reviews will come for others). Her writing is refreshing, and precise. I like how when she writes her dialogue she doesn't overly use "she said, he said."
           I couldn't put the book down. I finished it within 24 hours and I NEED MORE. I loved how sweet, caring, and patient Carson was. A lot of New Adult contemporary is about a "bad boy" who finds a "good girl" and he cleans up his act but this wasn't. It was refreshing. Yes - Dallas IS a good girl but Carson wasn't a playboy. They made a great match.
           Excellent job Cora Carmack! I had absolutely no complaints about this book. It was an adorable read with lovable characters!

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