All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack
All Lined Up: A Rusk University Novel
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.
I feel like I have been in a bit of a rut. I've read some alright books recently, but also some not so good books. I haven't read anything that has really captivated me like an amazing book does. I picked up All Lined Up for something to read for just a short time before we figured out what to do with the rest of our sunny Saturday. I figured I would enjoy the book, but it would just be a light, fun read, easy to put down. Well it turned into one of those books where my husband comes and bugs me and I am just like leave me alone! Can't you see I am reading!! and didn't put it down until I finished. So much better than I thought it would be and really a great read.
Dallas is tired of being the football coaches daughter. Everyone knows her in her high school town, and she is tired of always being observed, being the coaches daughter. She thought when she went off to college this would be the beginning of a new chapter of her life, until her dad gets a job as a football coach at the college she is going to. She doesn't want more of the same. More of people just talking to her to get close to coach, or not getting close to her because of coach or whatever. She just wants to be free of that. She wants to be herself, to be someone not everyone knows.
Carson has just transferred into the school and is hoping to be able to play ball well enough and keep his grades up enough to get a scholarship. His family doesn't have much, but he wants to play football. He is not like the other guys on the team. He can't have any distractions and he doesn't like the way they all talk about girls and such. He just wants stay focused.
When Carson and Dallas meet for the first time there was an instant attraction. It was a great scene, and neither of them knew who the other was. Carson, while he can't stop thinking about her, can't afford the distraction Dallas would be. Even though that is the case, he doesn't want to just write her off entirely either. He wants to be just friends, thinking he can handle that, and once they both find out who the other is Dallas doesn't even want that. Dallas doesn't want to get involved with a football player. She doesn't want that connection to her dad, to her dad's team.
Of course she cannot stay away, but she doesn't want to date Carson, and Carson still has his just friends thing. They were so cute together! The tension, the attraction, the will they finally give in and admit they want more was amazing. It was slow building until they just couldn't fight it any more. I loved it. I loved the ahhh when are they going to get together already!?! feeling. It was so so good. Carson and Dallas are amazing together. They just fit. Yes they have issues, things they need to work through, but man it was hot. Love love loved this story. Now I can't wait to read more of the authors books. If they are half as good they will be amazing! Highly recommend reading this book.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2