| BOOK REVIEW | ALL LINED UP BY CORA CARMACK

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Author : Cora Carmack
Series : Rusk University
Genres : contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication : May 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Goodread’s synopsis : 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 really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I read that talks (at least for a part) about US football.

The main character Dallas (who the hell is naming their daughter as a city ?!) is the football coach’s daughter. He obliged her to go to Rusk University where he is coaching the team. She would have liked to go in other universities with better dancing program. Dancing. This really got my attention because I am a dance lover and a dancer. Her former boyfriend is the quaterback. She hates football, she hates her ex. The only up side to this university is that her best friend is here with her.

Sometimes I hold people at arm’s length so that it’s harder for them to hurt me.

She meets Carson at a frat party. Carson is also football player but at that time she doesn’t know it. Their attraction is obvious. But I really appreciated the fact that it’s not insta love. Just attraction like it can happens.
I really enjoyed how their relationship was building through the book. It’s very well written and realistic.
I also liked how Dallas and her father’s relationship is evolving. They’re really trying to mend it, to find a way to communicate.

Carson and Dallas have so much in common, but specially their dedication to their passion. He dedicated his life to football. He wants and needs to be brilliant in order to get a scholarship. It was his only goal until Dallas shows up in his life.
Dallas is a dancer and wants to have a career as a professional one.

I dance the way musicians play jazz, with improvisation and soul.

This is such a great NA book. The characters are really interesting and well written.
I also love love love the daredevils nickname ! so cute.
What I also loved about their relationship is the pact of honesty, since the beginning of their relationship. It’s the best way, in my opinion, to build a solid relationship (friendship, romance, whatever)
Same thing for the stomp of approval. Plus it was really funny to read about.

This book also interested me because it showed me the US student life we can see in TV shows. The one with campus parties, alcohol, drugs, sex and football. This is so different from what I lived in France. It may be more similar in french private graduate schools, though.

I prefer the company of books to people. Or movies to people. anything over people, really.

5 stars

I gave it 5 stars because it was such a page turner. I really was hooked up ! I can’t wait to read the sequel !

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