Sunday, May 17, 2015

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

SummaryNew 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. (Via

Genre: New Adult Romance

Pages: 300

Release Date: May 13th, 2014

Rating: 5/5 Stars


This past February I had the wonderful opportunity to meet author Cora Carmack at ApollyCon. I had been eyeing her book, Inspire, for months but I had already maxed out on my holiday gift cards and I told myself that I did not need anymore books on my TBR (but really, when has that ever stopped me?). Anyway, over the last couple months, I began to hear a lot of hype over her Rusk University series since the release date of the third book in the series, All Played Out, was quickly approaching. I decided to participate in the Twitter chat for All Played Out and not only did I have a fantastic time, but I was hooked on the series. I started reading the first Rusk University novel, All Lined Up, a couple weeks ago with a girl on Twitter and it became so hard to stop reading at our assigned stopping points because all I wanted to do was continue reading. 

Even though I had heard so much amazing hype surrounding the series, I was still a bit nervous going into All Lined Up because I am not a huge fan of sports. If you are currently in the same boat as I once was, I command you to leap from that boat because there should be nothing holding you back from this series. The Rusk University series is 
extremely addictive; read one page and you are in love. 

Cora Carmack has such a phenomenal writing style. When I started All Lined Up, I was a bit nervous at how much humor and sarcasm Cora was including because it can easily become overwhelming. But, I never felt as though All Lined Up was dragging me under a dark sarcasm current; the story and narration were always crisp and alive. Both Carson and Dallas have two distinct voices that had me literally dying of laughter, at times. 

I am starting to run out of room on my favorite book-boyfriend list, but for characters like Carson, I can always make an exception. Typically, I groan when a character, especially guys, are classified as "nice". I can count on one hand how many times the definition of "nice" by authors has actually been correct; however, Carson was not that case. Carson is an absolute sweetheart. He is charming, responsible, respectful and a million other positive adjectives.

I loved the friendship Cora created between Stella and Dallas. Stella and Dallas are definitely two opposite sides of a coin, but they work so well together; Stella is able to get Dallas out of her shell and Dallas is able to keep Stella in hers. At times, their interactions made me laugh so hard. 

I may not be a huge sports fan, but I am still a team player. I know from experience that being on a team is a once in a lifetime experience. I was a member of my school's Track & Field team and, although I was not always a fan of running, my teammates made up for it. It is so hard to describe the feeling of being on a team. It makes you feel accepted and wanted by a group of people that you may have never met otherwise. Being on a team is an amazing experience. I have a hard time describing the feeling, but Cora Carmack is able to embody the feeling in her books. The football team at Rusk University may not always get along, but they are a family and they always will be.

Cora Carmack's All Lined Up features the perfect amount sass, humor, romance, memorable quotes and swoon worthy guys. I highly recommend the series. The only question I had after reading was, what ever happened to the list Carson and Dallas were going to create together?

(Me, Cora Carmack)
Photo taken at ApollyCon 2015

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