Author: Cora Carmack
Published: May 13th 2014
Read: June 23 to 26, 2014
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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.
Started this on a random morning while taking the bus to work. Figured it wouldn't hurt to try a New Adult novel since Cora is amazing! Her writing suits me so well and I missed some steam and smexy from the YA reads I had going on lately. Truly glad I started it since already during the first 20%, I couldn't wipe this silly grin off my face. One could say that I fell hard for Carson and Dallas, their adorable chemistry and intense attraction. And you know what? They're absolutely right!
No love triangles, people! YAAAAS. It was so refreshing to see that and I completely adored the two MCs. Dallas is the kind of girl you want to be friends with: kind, respectful, smart, fun and friendly. She’s totes adorbs! And let’s on even start on Carson who is just too dreamy and swoon-worthy for his own good. Cora writes awkward and funny the best! Her writing is always full of chemistry and these two most definitely had some.
Don’t let the previous paragraph fool you though. In addition to a gorgeous and developed romance, All Lined Up deals with family, a great father-daughter relationship, explores the theme of reaching and going after your dreams, getting comfortable in your own skin and nature. It’s a wonderful New Adult novel that has a great grasp on themes that really matter for new adults. I enjoyed the cute, friendly banter a lot and was glad to see that both MCs have a good head on their shoulders. Also, this book contained minimal drama which suited well with the theme and the characters.
All in all, it was a tad predictable here and there, a ton of cliché scenes and lines, but it was still really good and Cora manages to put her own fun spin on things for sure. I can’t wait to get to know Silas some more in the companion sequel since he was totally awesome! There are so many characters and different arcs to explore for different people. I’m not sure who will be the MCs in the last book, but I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed for Ryan and Dallas’s best friend ;) They had some great chemistry and Ryan is just reallllly awesome. If you’re looking for a good summer read with great chemistry and a little fluff here and there, pick this up! Totally worth your time.
Overall rating: 4.1 out of 5.0