Series: Rusk University #1
Genre: New Adult
Format: ebook via Edelweiss
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 13, 2014)
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.
And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.
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I didn't think I could love a Cora Carmack book more when I read Finding It but All Lined Up has surpassed it. It may be due to the fact that I'm a Texas girl at heart. Or it brings back memories of fresh cut grass, the roar of the crowd as the home team scores a touchdown, a stadium full of your school's colors, the first taste of freedom, and parties with friends and strangers who become friends.
Dallas Cole thought she would be able to attend a college with a great dance program where she doesn't have the shadow of her football coach father looming over her. Too bad. He gets a job as the new coach at her university. And to top it off, her asshole ex-boyfriend, who she gave her virginity to, is also attending and playing football as star quarterback. She's sworn never to date another football player ever again.
Carson McClain is one determined dude. He's transferred from a junior college and works hard to be able to get a chance to play quarterback. The universe seems to be on his side when the current quarterback gets arrested. Now he must show not only his teammates that he's got what it takes to win, but also his coach. Who happens to be the father of the girl he's currently seeing.
Dallas and Carson navigate through the ups and downs of their college relationship between the whole 'daughter of the football coach and the football player' thing going on. At first, Dallas is a bit weary trying to continue their relationship after she finds out Carson plays football. But he's different.
This book is one part Friday Night Lights, two parts heart and soul thrown into a mixture of yummy Carson, sprinkled with fun pop culture references. I'm looking forward to the rest of the Rusk University books. And Stella. Oh, that Stella. She's one memorable secondary character. If she were a real person, she would be my BFF. Seriously.
"I'm tired of pretending we're okay only to end up at each other's throats again. It's not healthy."
"You really want to have a conversation about what's not healthy?" She leans on the high-top table next to me and mimics, "Oh, Stella, he's so sweet and so nice. And I think I really like him. OH...JK HE PLAYS FOOTBALL HE'S DEAD TO ME."