Tuesday, May 20, 2014

All Lined Up Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

All Lined Up (Rusk University #1)
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.

About the Author:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
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First line:
In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.
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5 jerseys out of 5
All Lined Up is a great novel about finding love in unlikely places. It's about a girl who grew up around football and has come to resent it. Throughout the novel, though, she finds the love she used to have for the game and that helps her to understand her father better.

Dallas has lost her love for football. Her father gives more energy to coaching his players than he does to parenting her. She's bitter that he's making her stay in Texas with crappy dance programs, when really, she wants to go to New York. And to top it all off, he's accepted a coaching position at Rusk University, where she's going to college. Dallas is a stickler for rules. She and her BFF Stella balance each other out. Stella is carefree, sometimes too much so, and Dallas reigns her in. And Stella makes Dallas loosen up every once in awhile. I loved the dynamic between this unlikely duo. I've mentioned this before in past reviews that I hate it when a girl hears a rumor and immediately doubts her boyfriend or she decides she knows what's best for him and breaks up with him to protect him. Dallas is not one of those girls. She hears a rumor, considers it for a moment, doubting Carson, but then she realizes that he would never do that to her. I loved that about her. She's smart ;)

The only thing Carson has ever been good at is football. He does averagely in school, but he has to work hard to achieve that. He's never had to work hard to be good at football. He doesn't have time for a girlfriend because he has to focus on football so that he can possibly obtain a scholarship or a starting position. He's funny and cute and understands Dallas in a way nobody else does. He was unbelievably sweet.

All Lined Up is not only about falling in love, it's about learning to love football again and it's about family. Dallas and her father don't have a good relationship at the beginning of the story, but they try to work out their differences and understand each other.

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