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.
I grabbed my copy of this book on it’s release day. I really like Cora her writing style and am always excited when she has a new book being released. Having just finished my current read I immediately delved into this book. It was fun being immerged into the world of Texas football, here in the Netherlands football isn’t such a big thing, soccer is more popular and even that sport doesn’t come close to how football is in Texas. It was just so different and it was fun to read about something so different from what I know. Although the actual football scenes didn’t make much sense to me as I don’t know anything about the sport and the only thing I understood was whether they won or lose, not how it happened.
The pace of All Lined Up is okay, it has some faster moments and some slower moment, but overal I wanted to keep reading it. Although it still took me some time to finish this book. I like the overal direction of the story, although there where a few scenes and events I didn’t like. For example the beginning felt a bit off, Dallas is the quiet girl who doesn’t date football players and after being hit on by one she decided she’s had enough and minutes later she’s kissing a guy she just met, it just seemed a bit out-of-character. And the way their relationship developed was a bit weird at times. Although I did like them together. I also wished they talked some things through a bit more.
I did like the characters, just like in Cora Carmack her previous books the character feel real. They have problems and dreams. I kept routing for Dallas to finally follow her dream. The way she fought with her dad reminded me a bit of how I can talk with my mom, although we don’t scream, sometimes it just seem our quarrels don’t go anywhere just like with Dallas and her dad their arguments. They just seemed to say the same things every time, not realising how much alike they actually are. Carson also is a great character, although I felt like we didn’t get to know him as wel as Dallas. There just didn’t seem to be much to him beside football and his character felt a bit flat sometimes. The side characters are nice as well and I am hoping to see more of them in future books in this series.
The romance was done well, although there was nothing special or unexpected. The way their relationship started at first almost insta-love/insta-lust and then calmed down for a while felt a bit weird as it seemed obvious they coudn’t go to just being friends after the way they just started. To me it seemed more natural if they just had started out as friend at first and then have their romance develop.
To conclude: All Lined Up is a great New Adult book with the focus on football. It is pretty much your average New Adult book, but Cora Carmack her writing style and real character still make it feel like something more. How the romance developed felt a bit off to me, although I did like Dallas and Carson together.
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