Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

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4 Stars

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. All Lined Up was a super fun and sexy book that really is Friday Night Lights Goes to College! FNL is my favorite show of all time so I knew I had to read this book. Plus football season is just around the corner!

I liked Dallas a lot, she was strong and interesting and sometimes made stupid decisions. In other words, believable for a college freshman. Coach Cole was basically a sterner version of Coach Taylor in my head, which was delightful. I liked how their father-daughter relationship grew and changed for the better. And Carson, ooooomg Carson! Dreamy as hell. Sweet, sarcastic, good with banter. I was picturing him with Matt Saracens’ personality and Chris Evans’ looks. Yum. He was a delight, as was his relationship with Dallas.

I love that it started fast and then crawled forward, a change of pace from most books. And those movie nights on the couch scenes! Torturous and exhilarating all at once, I could feel the nerves and crackling tension between the two. Let’s just say it made me squirm with familiarity! Oh college…

I thought Cora Carmack did an admirable job of making the alternating chapters sound different too. Characters are often hard to distinguish but Dallas and Carson had their own voices and I liked getting both sides of the story. It was refreshing. The football scenes were fantastic as well, definitely written by someone who knows the game! Overall All Lined Up was sexy, fun, and a fast read with a surprising amount of depth and heart (and flutters!!) My first foray into NA was a success!

Book Info

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #1
Published by William Morrow
Pub Date: May 13th 2014
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: ContemporaryNew AdultRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing ItFaking 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.



About Cora Carmack

I’m Cora Carmack, a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. I’ve done a multitude of things in my life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theater), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). I enjoy placing my characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestseller… and a nerd (mostly the nerd part).

Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary.

Morgan @ Gone with the Words

8 Responses to “Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack”

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    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Wonderful review, I couldn’t agree more! Love the football theme, love the complex father-daughter relationship, love the throwback to FNL, and yes, Carson is yummy. I’m not a huge fan of NA, so I love that this was so much lighter and just plain fun. Can’t wait for Silas’ book!

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    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    Fun and Sexy and college football. You are totally speaking my language. This might be the perfect book for me to read with the start of college football season.

    I am glad you enjoyed this one. I actually won a copy so I have no excuse to not pick it up right away!

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