Friday, May 16, 2014

Blog Tour, Review: All Lined Up + Giveaway


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

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.


5 out 5

All Lined Up is the first book in Cora Carmack's Rusk University Series. Which is all about football, romance, and those awkward moments that you experience in college, that you love to hate.

It's romance and football at its best. Actually this is my first series that has anything to do with football. I'm usually a more paranormal romance, vampires, and werewolves type reader. But after reading Cora's first series Losing It, and loving it I knew I would like what she wrote next.

When you first start the book all you know is that Dallas is from Texas, lives in texas, and her father is a football coach. That her and her best friend Stella are going to frat party to gain some college experience. 

Dallas is the shy, follow the rules, doesn't want anything to get back to her father. As you read through the book there are way more emotions underneath the reserved exterior. Her mother left her and her father when she was younger.  So she has spent most of her time taking care of the two of them. She comes to realize that she can't keep holding everything in, that it doesn't help anyone.

Now Stella on the other hand is the complete opposite of Dallas. She is the feisty and I know what I want best friend.  She walks into a room and all eyes go to her, she oozes confidence and has always been there for Dallas. I just wish that we could of found out a little more about her. I hope that in one of the next books we get that chance.  She is such an awesome character.

In a typical romance we have the girl meets boy moment. Which is where Carson McClain enters the picture.

The transfer student, who wants more outta life than working on his parents farm. To get off the second string bench, and possibly go and play pro ball. He comes to Rusk with one thing on his mind, work hard and maybe he'll get to start. 

What happened next in the book tore at my heart strings,  because you know that you want these two together. Dallas and Carson they just have a wonderful chemistry. So when they struggle, you struggle with them.

Carson being a football player was one of those things that have threatened their relationship. 

Another is Levi Abrams,  the ex-boyfriend of our Dallas. Who is just an all around bad dude. Just a douche bag to the extreme. Which is kind of refreshing.  In most NA or YA there is usually a bad guy with the heart of gold, and it was nice to see that Levi was just awful...haha.

Now Silas I would qualify as the bad guy with the heart of gold. He is Levi's best friend most just follows Levi because he doesn't want to look bad in front of the other football players.  He ends up showing his good side by being there for Carson.

The story is a wonderful one, it's not like anything I have read before.  And I have read a lot of YA books. The writing is well done, and the one liners given by Stella and Dallas are phenomenal.  Not to mention the Doctor Who reference kind of hooked me. From that point I was a fangirl all the way...haha.

The thing I love about these NA novels and series, is that yes they may follow a formula. People may call them predictable. But each and everyone tells a different story. And this one does not disappoint.

Cora Carmack Definitely has another winner on her hands! 

Go grab your copy now at your local Barnes and Noble. Or got to Amazon/

This wonderful graphic was made by Kimberlyfaye!


All the best,

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