Monday, June 23, 2014

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

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.

First of all I need to start off by saying that All Lined Up is officially my favorite book that Cora Carmack has written! Her writing was always great but it's getting even better and better.

Also I feel that I need to add that for some reason I LOVE books set in Texas. Yet I've never been to Texas. I think it's because I'm born and raised in Miami and the whole "small town in the south" thing gets me every time. I also love books that revolve around football teams. But I hate watching football. I'm not asking you to understand because I don't even understand it myself but... You know. 

Cora manages to write stories that suck me in from the first page and it's only uphill from there. Case in point, I read All Lined Up in one sitting. I really tried not to, but I couldn't help it. 

Cora really knows how to create three dimensional characters. Their relationships (family, friends and love) are always so organic. They feel natural and real, nothing ever feels forced or cheesy. Somehow she also manages to create the most awkward situations. While reading All Lined Up I found myself blushing, laughing out loud and cringing. She really has a way with words that makes me imagine everything so vividly yet it's not description overload where I can actually use my imagination as well. 

I loved the tension between Dallas and her father. I find that most of the time in books characters either love or hate their parents. In this case it was more realistic where she loves her dad but they have their issues. I also loved that Carson wasn't the "stereotypical" jock. 

If you haven't read this book get on it!  There's nothing bad I have to say about this book. I can't wait to read All Broke Down

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