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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Cora Carmack does it again. All Lined Up was nearly impossible t

Cora Carmack does it again. All Lined Up was nearly impossible to put down and so satisfying. For once in a new adult book, this isn't a story of two tragically broken people who need each other in order to feel whole. Sure there's some drama and definitely some angst, ...
Cora Carmack does it again. All Lined Up was nearly impossible to put down and so satisfying. For once in a new adult book, this isn't a story of two tragically broken people who need each other in order to feel whole. Sure there's some drama and definitely some angst, but moreover, this is a story about love and putting first things first. It's about dedication and football and the fact that there are "no easy days."

Dallas Cole has grown up a Texas high school football coach's daughter. That means she has always ate, slept and breathed football whether she wanted to or not. And she hasn't ever wanted to. She'd rather dance than do anything. But, when it's time to go to college, she honors her dad's wishes and concedes to attend Rusk University for a year before going to dance school. Unfortunately, her dad comes along and becomes the university's new football coach. Her dreams of being able to party and especially date without her father's watchful eye always on her are gone.

Carson McClain spent two years at community college before transferring to Rusk so that he could play football for the famous Coach Cole. As a walk-on, he knows his chances of ever QBing for their football team are slim to none, especially since the current QB, Levi, is one of Coach Cole's favorite players. Carson is determined to focus and train hard for that chance, though. But, when he meets Dallas - neither of them realizing who the other is - that focus is blown to bits. He is utterly captivated by this "Daredevil" girl. But, when things on the team go to crap, Carson is finally at the cusp of realizing his dream. If Coach Cole doesn't find out he's in love with his daughter, that is.

I love sports-themed books, which is kinda weird, since I don't come from a family with a lot of jocks. I've always embraced the team mentality. I love the idea of a group of people who work so closely together to accomplish a goal that they almost become like a second family to each other. I was never on a sports team in high school (I never really inherited any athletic genes - I was one of those artistic girls), but I always imagined that was what it was like. That team mentality is in full effect in All Lined Up, and it made me love it all that much more.

Cora Carmack is one of my auto-buy authors. I've been a huge fan ever since Garrick Taylor was discovered reading Shakespear in a bar, so when I found out she was writing a new series about a college football team in Texas, I was all, "Yes, please!"

All Lined Up was captivating from the very beginning. It's told in dual POV, so we have the benefit of hearing Dallas' internal musings about being an only child raised by her football-obsessed father, and Carson's thoughts about the responsibility he feels toward his family and his hatred of Spanish class. The relationship between Carson and Dallas explodes with the first meeting, then cools when they realize the complications of them being together. It's a tough situation for both of them. Dallas has resolved to never date football players - especially her DAD's players. Plus, she plans to get out of there n a year. Carson needs to focus on getting a permanent slot on the team and on keeping his grades up, so he doesn't have time for girls.

Dallas is such an awesome character. She's spunky and quirky and awkward. She's also a little spitfire. Having grown up around a bunch of guys, she seems to have grown a pair of balls via osmosis. Despite the fact that she can handle herself around a bunch of sweaty, testosterone-filled guys, she still gets tongue-tied around her dad. At least at first. After she meets Carson, though, he instills in her some much-needed confidence to actually talk to her dad about what she wants. Which is to dance.

Carson is this amazingly chivalrous guy. His family doesn't have much money, so he's put his dreams of QBing for a big university on hold for two years while he goes to the local community college and helps out on his parent's farm. But, now that he's finally at Rusk, he's determined to catch the coach's attention and get a scholarship. He kinda has to if he wants to stay. Making moon-eyes at a girl was definitely NOT in his plans. But, when he sees Dallas screaming on a balcony, he's intrigued and captivated.

All Lined Up gave us a good introduction to the rest of the members of the Rusk University football team that are sure to be featured in future books (hint - Silas comes next!). We also meet Dallas' wild child bestie, Stella, who's a ton of fun in her own right.

Dallas' relationship with her dad is equally as important to this series as her relationship with Carson. Dallas and her dad have grown apart as football has encroached on her place in his life. He doesn't understand where she's coming from and she has no desire to live in his world of first downs and play books anymore. She is desperate to branch out on her own, and her dad is oblivious to the fact that his daughter is miserable.

All Lined Up was exciting and fun. The relationship between Dallas and Carson was sweet and tension-filled. There's not nearly as much sex in this book as what we've seen in Cora's other books, but I didn't mind that - it fit the story and the characters' personalities. This was an awesome book about figuring out what's really important and then going after it.

posted by Kristas_Dust_Jacket on May 13, 2014

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1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Should be zero scars

YUCKEH!

posted by Jason2 on May 13, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Good

    Cute book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    Started this on a random morning while taking the bus to work. F

    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!

    “I've spent too much time pretending, too much time on the outside, too much time feeling spineless. This time... I'm going after what I want.”

    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 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Cute

    Good read

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

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    I may have already mentioned my love for football romances.  I'm

    I may have already mentioned my love for football romances.  I'm fairly certain if there was a zombie romance featuring football players I'd read it.  When news first broke about Cora's new series being set around football players in Texas, I was sold.  Of course having read Losing It, I knew I was going to be in for a good story, I just didn't know how much I was going to enjoy it.




    The book is told from dual points of view; Dallas and Carson's.  I liked both of them immediately.  I felt really bad for Dallas.  It's hard not knowing who you're real friends and well wishers are and her ex was a total a-hole.  I also felt bad for Carson and his current predicament but admired him for his hard work and dedication.




    The chemistry between the two was blazing and I liked how it wasn't instant. It also wasn't very explicit or in your face.  Dallas is already weary of being in any relationship and Carson knows he can't be in a relationship if he wants to become first string and not just backup. I really feel like I got a better picture of the two by being in both their heads.  I also thought I knew what was coming since the big surprise was already revealed to me, but Cora managed some twists I didn't see coming at all.   




    All Lined Up is a great book.  The story flowed quickly and I think it's a fantastic start to this series.  I'm already anticipating the next book and am wondering who else will get their own books.  I know I'm eager to see Dallas and Carson again, hopefully soon. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Fun read

    Enjoyed the story and the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Quick entertaining read

    Predictable plot but witty prose and likeable characters. Recommended read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Read read read this book!

    Another wonderful story by Cora. I gave it a 4 because nothing will ever compare to Losing It but this book was an absolute pleasure to read! Definitely DEFINITELY highly recommended.

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