For What It's Worth

For What It's Worth

Monday, June 2, 2014

{Speed Date} Review: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack


18505845New 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.

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No! No more New Adult blind dates! No! I had pretty much declared a moratorium on the NA genre. I can’t even tell them apart anymore and if I read about one more tortured character who cures himself/herself through hot sex I might scream. But ya know – when a good friend says she likes you and it’s safe to dip my toes back into the NA dating waters, I said OK – I’ll give it a try.

I think I’m in love: This date could have gone all kinds of wrong. You would think you know where this story is going by reading the blurb but you would be wrong. This is New Adult that fulfills the promises this genre has to offer. I am SO hooked and in love with you right now.

I don’t need a second date – I’ll marry you! All Lined Up is about so much more than hot sex and drama. In fact, this is probably the tamest NA I’ve ever read. SUPER steamy but not in a way that takes over the story.

It’s a truly touching story that you can just tell was personal to the author. (she says as much in a “Behind the book” letter at the end.) I know absolutely nothing about football but I was enthralled with those scenes and the teams success. Carson and Dallas are characters finding their way in their next phase of life. They stumble, learn lessons, fall in love. There is a friendship and respect between the two that you don’t see very often. Perfect! Dallas’s troubled relationship with her father and wariness of football players was also written very well.

*Speed Date reviews inspired by The Book Swarm

22 comments:

  1. LOL!. Though I am still staying clear of NA

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    1. You'll have to surrender at some point lol

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  2. I enjoyed reading this book too , and I learned more about football :)

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    1. I loved the football part - even though I don't really know anything about or enjoy football.

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  3. LOL!! Now THAT'S a date!! I liked how cute they both were now there wasn't the tattooed bad boy and super-innocent girl. They were both pretty darned normal and I appreciated that. Too many NAs have just become *that* cliche.

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    1. Thank you!!! lol I loved how ordinary a relationship was. Drama - but not forced drama. I wish they were all like this.

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  4. YAY!!!!!! I have this one and i'm so glad to hear you liked it!

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    1. I'm almost positive you will like this one Carrie!

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  5. I read Faking It a while back, didn't like it, skimmed majority of it... I will try this though because from the reviews I read this has depth and as you and I have the same views of NA and you liked it, is a good thing.

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    1. I like her NA's but I don't LOVE them like everyone else does. This one is really tame but so sweet natured and just a good story even without the romance.

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  6. I'm so glad that you took a chance and it worked out. Oh I do think this is one I will have to try when I dip my toe into NA. :D

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    1. It's a good one to try. Great story and characters - not overly angsty.

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  7. Great to hear it is about more than the sex, will have to look it up

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    1. There's actually very little sex - it's more sexual tension. Very HOT sexual tension lol

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  8. I fell into this trap too, so I am VERY happy that you loved it--I haven't actually read it yet, I just one-clicked it, LOL. That's the "trap" I feel into. Maybe not such a "trap" after all ;) Great review, Karen!

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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    1. *shakes fists* at those one click deals!!!! lol

      This one is worth it (IMO anyway!)

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  9. Aw, I'm glad I could set you up on this book date. I haven't had much luck setting people up; glad I'm doing better with books.
    And it was so fun meeting up with you yesterday! Thanks for buying me breakfast :)
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I'm SO happy I read your review. I was steering very clear away from this book. I loved it!

      And I'm happy I got to spend time with you outside of BEA!

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  10. Oh this sounds like the perfect fit for the NA reading crowd. Going to suggest it to my friend :)

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    1. I think it helps elevate the genre a bit. It's about more than sex and romance.

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  11. I thought I'd already commented on this review. I guess thinking about my response doesn't count...
    Anyway. I have a copy of this, but it's not calling to me. I don't know if it's bc I'm tired of NA, I'm tired of anything to do with college football, or what. Everyone seems to like it, so I must be a grump.
    Thanks for the review!

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  12. 1. You said it's good
    2. We agree on NA
    3. It's Cora Carmack

    So I must read this soon! Despite the football thing. ;)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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