All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack

Dallas Cole is used to coming in second to football. Hoping to escape the life of a coach’s daughter and her football star ex-boyfriend, Dallas enrolls at Rusk University to study dance. But the best laid plans don’t always work out, and Dallas finds herself right back to where she started when her father accepts the new head coach position at Rusk, with her ex-boyfriend as the starting quarterback.

Carson McClain is on a mission. As a transfer, Carson is determined to earn a scholarship position on the football team. His future depends on it, and he cannot afford to fail. He certainly cannot afford any distractions, either. However, when Dallas literally falls into his lap, neither one can ignore the pull they feel for each other. The problem: Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team, and Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is the coach’s daughter.

When all is revealed, Dallas and Carson find themselves questioning their plans. Dallas will have to decide whether or not she can move past her football hang ups, and Carson will have to find a way to balance a relationship with Dallas and football. Both of them are walking a fine line, and one misstep could unravel everything. The question is, is being together worth the risk?


I have never been a huge fan of football (I’m more of a baseball fan), but I love Cora Carmack, so I was more than willing to give this series a chance. Naturally, Cora hit it out of the ballpark...or threw it into the endzone? Whatever the football equivalent to “hit it out of the ballpark” is, that’s what she did. I loved all of the new characters, especially Dallas and Carson. I loved Dallas’ witty comebacks and Carson’s determination, but what I loved most was watching them fall for each other. They were so supportive of one another and pushed each other to be better. It was heartwarming to watch and made the hopeless romantic in me swoon with delight.

This was the perfect beginning to a series that I have a feeling will only get better and better. For those of you who are not football fans like me, don’t be discouraged from giving this series a chance. Football serves as the backdrop, but is not an overpowering element of the plot. If you are a football fan, than there is certainly enough football in the story to hold your interest. It is clear that Cora has personal experience with the world she created in this book, and I appreciated the groundedness that it provided the story. It’s hard to describe, but nothing about this story felt forced or too “hollywood.” I’m looking forward to the subsequent books in this series.


Up next in the series...

Book #2: All Broke Down
Expected Release Date: October 2014

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

Book #3: All Played Out
Expected Release Date: February 2015

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