All Lined Up (Rusk University Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 phenom in Texas's world of high school coaching, has decided to make the jump to college ball . . . as the new head coach at Rusk ...

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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 phenom in Texas's world of high school coaching, 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 lineup. 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 knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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Editorial Reviews

Jay Crownover
“Football and falling in love are two of the greatest things ever. It would take Cora Carmack to make them even better...ALL LINED UP is a touchdown!”
Katy Evans
“Feisty, sparkly, and sexy, feel the rush of falling in love all over again with Carson and Dallas! Confession: Cora Carmack’s new series is my brand new addiction!”
Monica Murphy
“Cora Carmack’s done it again! ALL LINED UP is a fantastically sweet and sexy new adult love story.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Cora’s best book yet!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062326218
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Series: Rusk University Series, #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 3,044
  • File size: 914 KB

Meet the Author

Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    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, 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.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

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    I feel like I have been waiting for this book to come out for a

    I feel like I have been waiting for this book to come out for a decade!  I'm so excited that the time is finally here!  I'm a Texas girl through and through and football was definitely a huge part of my life growing up.  Actually, my parents love to tell the story about how I went to my first football game when I was 5 days old.  I can close my eyes at this moment and still be transported back to a Friday night football game.  I think most people from Texas can do the same.  It's a certain thrill in the air that becomes a part of you and never really leaves.  So, opening up Cora's book was basically stepping into a time machine for me.
    I'm not really sure how to write a review for this book because it just feels so personal.   If you are from the south and know how vital football is to life down here you will understand and love this book.  If you are from South American, Europe, Asia, etc and you really don't understand what the the heck is so great and magical about American football, then read this book and get a glimpse into  a culture that lives and breathes this sport.  So much so, that you will find 8 year old boys all over the south in which their one goal in life is to be a Texas football star!  So, instead of just a regular review,  I just decided to write a list of 10 reasons why I LOVE this book!  These are in no particular order!
    1. Dallas Cole- This girl is possibly my favorite heroine in the NA genre. She is real and strong and so so so snarky. She has played second fiddle to football her entire life and right when she thinks she is going to get a break by escaping to college, her dad becomes the football coach at her university.  All that excitement that we all feel about getting to break free and start completely over in college has been stripped away from Dallas in one fell swoop. It's so fun to watch her deal with this dilemma though. She tries to run far away from football but fate just doesn't allow her very far before it snatches her right back!  You will cry with her, scream with her, laugh with her and fall in love with Carson with her. You will not want to miss a second of it!
    2. Carson McClain- Oh Carson. How I love the funny guy!  I think funny is the new broken bad boy. Carson goes to Rusk University to play second string quarterback and to just get a degree to help his parents out with their farm. Like Dallas, fate can't keep her hands off of Carson! His life takes some crazy turns throughout this book! I am sitting here with a huge goofy grin on my face just thinking about him and everything that happens to Carson!  Gah!!! I love him so much!!!!
    3. Locker room talk- I know all of you have heard rumors or seen movies and tv shows that depict the boys club that is the guys locker room.  Well, in All Lined Up you get a front row seat to the locker room. Be prepared for "boy" talk, weight lifting, teasing, yelling, punching, locker slamming and gossiping (yes, boys gossip too!). I'm giddy just thinking about it!
    4. Coach's speeches- These were one of the most poignant parts of All Lined Up.  I dare anyone to read Coach Cole's speeches and not be moved. I think even though they would deny it, Coaches definitely have a flare for the dramatic. It's a special gift to be able to use words to inspire a group of 20 year old men to willingly walk on a field and hit each other repeatedly over a ball! Coach Cole is no different, and I'm a lot in awe of Cora Carmack for being able to write a scene like that! 
    5. Balconies- yes, this one is one of the best scenes in the whole book!  I don't want to spoil it for you but I will say I will always think of this book for the rest of my life when I am standing on the balcony.
    6.  Beanie dude- Beanie guy has a small part in this book, but I love him.  He has a few hilarious lines that just scream that there is a story there! I need more of him!  Cora, please give us more Beanie dude!
    7. Nicknames- I have a thing for guys that give girl's nicknames.  When I think of my favorite books, all of the guys give the girl's nicknames.  And, guess what?!?! Carson does too! And, it is the best nickname ever!
    8. No Easy Day- Such a great part of this book!  Every sports team needs a theme and this one is perfect!  Actually, I think this is a great theme for life in general.  There are No Easy Days but that's what makes those wonderful times all the more beautiful!
    9. Football players- Hmmm, need I really say more?  But, I will! ALU has a lot of football players!  And you get to see a lot of them! The interactions between the football guys are some of my favorite parts!  What's even better though, the series is going to keep going!  Want more Silas?  Then you get him in the next book! I'm so excited to get to know all these guys plus the team even better! ( I can't stop with the exclamation points!)
    10. Coach's Daughters- I had to put this one last. Since I am a Coach's daughter, they do hold a special place in my heart. It's a fantastic world that can be great but at the same time extremely heartbreaking. The games are never really over when you are a Coach's daughter, and a loss follows you home. Whether you are being treated wonderful to score points with your dad or treated terribly because someone didn't agree with a play that your dad called, sometimes you are never able to be just you.  On the other hand, in Texas, if your dad is a coach you are apart of history in the making and sometimes apart of the greatest moments in someone's life!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

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    Another winner from Carmack!!

    I’ve spent my whole life following along with whatever Dad wanted me to do. And when he wasn’t busy constricting my life, I was doing it for him.
    And now…I think it might be time to loosen the reins and let myself breathe.
    ***

    I went in knowing only two things about this book. One...it was about football. And two...Carmack wrote it. That is all I needed to know to read and review this book. And I didn't let the fact that I could care less about football deter me away from reading it. Like I said, Carmack wrote it...I am reading it…and I knew I was going to love it.

    So even though I am not a fan of football, I can appreciate the big guys in little pants who play the sport. Am I right? Can I get a HOLLA? Anyhow, not being a fan, it isn't like I had to study up on the sport to enjoy the book. That is the beauty of it. There is more 'story' than football plays. I went in and devoured it and hut, hut TOUCHDOWN! (That is football terminology for the late person). The storyline was fabulous and had me from the start. The characters are some of the most genuine I have ever encountered. And in the end I was left excited to have been able to read the book. So yes, this book was an absolute winner!

    I adored, adored, adored me some Carson. He is nothing like the rest of the guys. He actually has to work for what he wants and for his spot on the team. So crazy antics and late night partying is not his scene. Of course, if he wasn't trying to get to know his teammates at a first of the school year party, he'd had never met Dallas. His world would have never been shaken to its core. He would have gone on to live in ignorant bliss.

    But that is not what happened. He met her and instantly there is a connection. Suddenly there is more than school and football on his mind. There is this beautiful redhead he can't stop thinking about. And the same goes for Dallas. Try as she may, she cannot stop doing the same when it comes to Carson. Both are so far gone and this "thing" they started has barely left the ground. Swoon!

    **
    But if there’s anything I’ve learned from creating this dance, it’s that sometimes mistakes bloom into the most colorful moments. They’re unexpected and different, and that’s where the character of the dance lives.
    **

    So, I have probably hindered more than helped with my review. A garbled mess of ramblings. Just know I loved it, I can't wait for more from this series, and Carmack is a brilliant author. Tackle. Score. The End. 5 I-Am-Crazy-For-Carmack-Stars!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    All Lined Up is an emotional NA book with characters you will lo

    All Lined Up is an emotional NA book with characters you will love!
    Centered around college football in Texas, Dallas is the daughter of the coach.
    Determined to steer clear of all things football, she wants nothing to do with team player Carson.

    Dallas and Carson have instant chemistry that jumps right off of the pages.
    Best friends Stella and Ryan have their own contribution that left me giggling throughout the book.
     With these characters, Cora Carmack has written another winner that will leave readers wanting more!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

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    After reading Cora Carmack's Losing It series, I had no idea whe

    After reading Cora Carmack's Losing It series, I had no idea where she would go next, All Lined Up was NOT what I would have ever guessed. Football, Texas, College? Oh yeah. I can DEFINITELY get into that. As a southern born and bred small town guy, I felt right at home with Carson and Dallas at Rusk U.

    All Lined Up is Carmack's best work yet! Unforgettable characters, a gripping and entertaining plot, and hilarious moments only Carmack can give us! As a guy, I generally avert from the romance-ish novels, but this one is definitely worth a read, regardless of your gender! The romance isn't over-bearing and the action is intense! College football is where it's at! The book is told in a dual POV style, which I usually detest, however Carmack has displayed a great insight to the male mind (which is a rarity in dual POV) making ALU near impossible to put down!

    I don't know about the rest of you, but after reading All Lined Up I too "Bleed Rusk Red". I am confident that even the most hesitant of readers will be singing Carmack's praise after reading All Lined Up for themselves! Check it out, you will not regret it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    A Wonderful novel from Cora Carmack. Hot Football players and a

    A Wonderful novel from Cora Carmack. Hot Football players and a hilarious dialogue make for a great read. Even with the football aspect its easy to understand and a highly relatable read. These characters pluck at your heart strings and take you for a ride. Carson and Dallas are one of those couple you fall for. The supporting characters are a Riot. I can't wait to see where this series goes! a #MustRead.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Hip hip hooray for Cora Carmack

    After reading the Losing It series I could not helo myself from getting excited about this book. I just knew I had to get my hands on it.

    As usual from the minute that I started reading I could not put the book down. Cora Carmack is a genius when it comes to writing the most amazing book boyfriends, the most hysterical awkward moments, and perfect one liners.

    Stella, the best friend of Dallas. I need and wish I had a best friend like her. She is crazy, says what she feels, and doesnt care what people think of

    If your in the mood for some texas football feisty girls, and southern gentleman this is your story.

    It has a little bit of everything...ups, downs, heartbreak, laughter, romance, friendship, ex-boyfriends, and much more! Go and grab your copy today, you won't be sorry!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Great

    Great book! I loved reading this book and can't wait for the next in the series! I really enjoyed the plot and characters! Another win for Cormack! Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Good

    Cute book

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    First let me say if you haven¿t read any of Cora Carmack¿s books

    First let me say if you haven’t read any of Cora Carmack’s books you are missing out! She has this way of bringing humor, romance and a little angst and drama into her books to keep each reader interested all the way to the end!
    I knew this book had to be amazing because I have loved all her other books and it definitely did not disappoint! I fell in love from page 1 and couldn’t put it down until the very end! Since this is only book one in the Rusk University Series I am so excited and ready for more!
    So…. What is this story about you might ask???? Well let’s through in some Texas, college, some hot football players along with the coaches daughter and you can only imagine some of the things that could possibly happen.
    Dallas has always been the ‘coaches’ daughter. Everyone in town always wants to know how to get their kid to succeed in football and Dallas has to play the good ‘coaches’ daughter roll…. Not now though… she is finally off to college in hopes to start her own life where everyone doesn’t know that her dad is now the new coach at Rusk University. Will things fall back into the same pattern as they have always been?
    Dallas meets Carson one night at a party while trying to escape the jocks of the football team. Their meeting was anything but ordinary but also so romantic! My heart started beating quickly with hers and I felt the instant connection that they shared. It seemed like it could have been a fairy tale romance but were either of them really looking for a relationship… and what happens when Dallas shows up at practice one day and realizes Carson is a football player??
    I loved the pull that was felt between Dallas and Carson… even when you want to not have something sometimes there are other cards in play for you! So friendship would be hard for them but they did try! Their chemistry though was a touchdown, meant to score from the very beginning!
    You will find yourself loving all the secondary characters too! Especially Stella… she is a hoot and a half! I love it when the author can make the secondary characters shine in their own lights! Even though this is book 1 of a series it can be read as a standalone because the next book is about a different character in the story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Looooooove!!!! Touchdown!

    Great book about finding out whats important in life and fighting for it. Carson is my new book boyfriend crush. Judt loved how sassy Dallas was and the tension between the two worked well. I cannot wait for the rest of this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Should be zero scars

    YUCKEH!

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2015

    I loved this book from first page to last. Usually, when i finis

    I loved this book from first page to last. Usually, when i finish a book, i never pick it up again because i know all that happens and I get bored. But these two characters stole my heart (:

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  • Posted May 15, 2015

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    Summary  Dallas Cole hates football, her father raised her and s

    Summary 
    Dallas Cole hates football, her father raised her and she always came second to his coaching. But when she dates a football player in high school, and got her heart-broken, she knew that she could never be with anything that was connected to the sport. She is determined to focus on her studies and her dancing. Football is her past, and dancing is her future. When her roommate drags her to a party, she finds herself in a bad position, facing her ex, and she meets Carson McClain. Carson, loves football, and will do anything to succeed. He needs the scholarship so he can stay in college, and he needs to focus all of his attention on his classes and football…he can’t afford any distractions…and Dallas is one big distraction. But he can’t resist her, and on one evening where they share the most sensual kiss of his life, he definitely knows he is about to be tested, because not only is she smart and sexy, there is one problem….she is the Head Coach Cole’s daughter, and if they are found out it could mean he can’t play football anymore.




    The Hero 
    Carson McClain, needs to succeed at Rusk University…this is his only chance to make something of himself. All he knows if farming and football, he doesn’t believe he can do anything else. Carson is driven to become more than he is. Carson is willing to do whatever it takes to make it on the team, no matter how many hours he has to train and lift weights, or run…he will do anything. Carson is a hero to love, he has such drive and passion, to be good at something. He doesn’t have much self-esteem at first, but as his confidence builds, he starts to believe he has talent…and that he can do something more than farming. I love how determined he is…I mean boy is he determined to do what needs to be done.




    The Heroine 
    Dallas was raised by her father, a father whose sole attention was on football rather than raising his daughter. She has always felt like she was second to everything else in his life. Her mother abandoned her when she was little, and her father refuses to let her even leave the state to go to a New York dancing school, but keeps her here in Texas, at a university he approves of, and is coaching at. Dallas knows he is just being over protective, but she wants to dance professionally, and in order to do that she needs to leave Texas and go to a program that will be a benefit to her. Dallas is more reserved and focused. What I enjoyed about Dallas is when she wants to she can relax and have a good time…with the right people. I enjoyed seeing her stand up to her father through the story, and fight for what she wants in her life.




    Plot and Story Line 
    This is first book in a fabulous New Adult series that just has me hooked. I have been wanting to try this author out for quite a while, and so I finally got the first book, and already bought the other two books in the series after reading this one….I loved it that much. What I enjoyed about this one…its not your typical New Adult romance…there is some conflict and drama, but its the type that you can easily relate to. I felt a kinship to Dallas, she is smart and talented, but not the most outgoing person in the world, she is more reserved and doesn’t mind keeping to herself once in a while…I totally related with her on that level. The hero just won my heart from the beginning, you see how much he is struggling to be something more, and he has compassion and a drive to admire. He doesn’t let anyone get him down and is so stubborn and I loved seeing his truer qualities shine through in this story. We definitely see a caterpillar blossom into a butterfly (star football player), he has what it takes to succeed and it was so fun to see him do it. The romance is sweet and romantic, and they do deal with some conflict, but they also come together when it matters most, and fight for each other…everything you need in a solid romance!!




    The Cover 
    I like it quite a bit…its a bit different, but many New Adult covers now are…I love the pose, its like they are so well fit together, they just relax into each other. It hints at the friendship they build throughout the book.




    Overall View 
    All Line Up is a friendship to lover romance….a story to know and love, a truly emotional and tender story. TRULY UNFORGETTABLE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2015

    Funny

    I loved this book so good cant wait for the rest of the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    Loved it

    A great quick read! Fell in love with the characters right away! Love Cora Carmacks writing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2015

    Good

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  • Posted January 21, 2015

    This was a first read for me of Cora Carmack's writing, but it d

    This was a first read for me of Cora Carmack's writing, but it darned sure won't be the last!




    Ok, I surrender and must admit I like reading quirky author's books and I am classifying Cora Cormack as a quirky author who writes a fantastically good story with quirky characters.   There I said it.




    What a nice little story premise...a daughter of a football coach who has been somewhat neglected for the love of football.  She's also been used by teammates and potential players to score points with her dad.   She hates football.   The guy she meets as she escapes a party scene, is a fellow student and a non-player on the football team.  He doesn't know she is the coaches daughter.....an explosion in the making when all is revealed...even for the coach.




    The characters are flawed, but grow and reach a new maturity as the story progresses and that includes Coach Cole as well.   I loved the way Carmack brought the story to a climax and then resolved the issues so smoothly.   I also enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and their journey.




    There were plenty of adult and explicit romantic scenes in the story, but I think some of 
    this was necessary to explain Dallas's internal issues and the strength of character that Carson exhibited.

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  • Posted November 1, 2014

    Quirky, fun and endearingly awkward - these are just a few words

    Quirky, fun and endearingly awkward - these are just a few words I'd use to describe the introductory book in Cora Carmack's Rusk University series, All Lined Up. The follow-up novel, however, has an entirely different feel with protagonists, Silas Moore and Dylan Brenner, at the helm. The more serious tone of All Broke Down reflects the personalities of these two characters whose circumstances forced them to gain a maturity beyond their years. Similar to its predecessor, All Broke Down is a journey of self-discovery, with Silas and Dylan struggling to find out who they are and what they want from life and the result is an emotionally intense story that had tears prickling behind my eyes on several occasions. With the unlikely pair of a do-gooder and a bad boy as dual narrators, All Broke Down gradually disproved any stereotypes and preconceived notions I may have had at the start of the book.

    Whatever expectations I had about Silas before starting All Broke Down were shattered the second we get a glimpse into his backstory and learned that his character is so much more than the carefree bad boy he presents to the world. Silas is a kiss-first, ask-questions-never kind of guy, which makes it kind of perfect that the girl to capture his attention questions everything. On paper, Silas and Dylan may appear to be polar opposites, yet they have more in common than you could imagine and together, they somehow make sense. Their relationship is an unexpected combination of sexy and sweet – the first I anticipated seeing as Silas is a smooth-talking charmer, but the latter came as more of a surprise, especially since the two of them to keep their relationship simple. What I found most refreshing about the dynamic between Silas and Dylan was the intimacy they created between them by opening up only to each other, giving them both the courage to bare their secrets and confront their mistakes without fear of judgment.

    While some New Adult novels have a tendency to encourage protagonists to talk and act older than their actual age, All Broke Down doesn’t confuse maturity with having life figured out. I love when a book in this genre feels like an authentic college experience, and Cora Carmack does an exceptional job with creating a complete experience, immersing the reader deep within the world of Rusk University. The cast of characters that inhabits this world is made up of individuals you can't help but gravitate toward. Whether they are awkwardly amusing or effortlessly cool, each character has an undeniable likability that makes you want to delve deeper into their stories. From the moment we meet Silas and Dylan, the author sets out to peel back the superficial façades they present to everyone around them. The process of getting to know both Silas and Dylan is gradual, with each chapter providing further insight into their mindsets, and I became more invested in these characters precisely because their secrets aren’t immediately revealed.

    *complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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