Aug 1, 2014

Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Title: All Lined Up
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 5.13.2014
Pages: 320
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Source: Purchased finished copy

Rating: 5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

Lemme be honest here for a sec: Going in, this book already had what I consider the essentials for any good book: football, new adult, and Cora Carmack.

You simply cannot go wrong with this combination of elements. You can’t.

If you’re unfamiliar with Carmack’s works, she is easily one of my top 5 new adult authors ever and definitely on my auto-buy list. Bonus? She’s super sweet in person, too.

My Carmack fangirling aside, let’s talk about this book: I love football in books. Maybe because I grew up in a household where football was regularly on the TV, I went to all the games in high school (perks of being in the marching band), and I might still have an obsession with Friday Night Lights. I love any kind of dramatic sports setting, but football is my favorite and Carmack does a great job of keep football laced in the story (heh, see what I did there? Laced?), but football isn’t the main focus. Oh, no. That’s all Dallas and Carson and their supernova hot connection that burns up the pages.

Watching the relationship between Dallas and Carson unfold was so much fun. They are both young, fun, and a little reckless at times, which makes for a fantastic read on a lazy afternoon. Carmack has a great way of writing that truly brings characters to life and immerses the reader wholly into the reading experience.

This is definitely not a series to be missed!


  1. I love football in books, too, especially when the author knows what he/she is talking about. Loved the realistic relationship between the two in this story! Go Cora!

  2. I keep hearing amazing thigs about this book... I shall have to get it soon.


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