Saturday, September 13, 2014

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Author: Cora Cormack
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication:

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

I really enjoyed Ms. Carmack's "Losing It" series, so I had high hopes for this new series.  I wasn't disappointed.  I thought All Lined Up was an entertaining read about two people who are destined for each other, no matter how much they fight it.  Dallas grew up on football and after a disastrous relationship n high school, she has vowed to never date a football player again.  Carson really needs a scholarship and must focus on football to obtain it.  He doesn't need any distractions in his life.  When sparks fly between the two, both Dallas and Carson find their worlds turned upside down.

For a relatively short book, there is a lot packed into it.  Dallas has had to deal with an emotionally distant father her whole life.  She has also had to live with being the "coach's daughter" and all of the implications and misconceptions that go along with that.  So, she really has a lot of baggage.  I think that Carson was a good balance for her.  He helped her go for what she wanted. She helped him find confidence in himself.   I loved that they slowed things down and spent sometime being friends before falling into bed.  In fact, I the book is pretty mild on that front which is refreshing for a New Adult book.  

I think fans of the Losing It series will like this new one.  I look forward to the next book, All Broke Down which comes out later this year.

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