Series: Rusk University #1
on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary New Adult
Source: For Review
I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!
Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”
Dallas’s whole life has revolved around football (which she hates) — she’s from Texas and her dad was always the head coach of whatever different school they moved too. She’s starting her first year at Rusk University, where her quarterback ex-boyfriend goes, and her dad has just become the new head coach there to fix their awful team. She meets Carson at a party on her first night there. Carson is a transfer student and is trying out for the team as backup quarterback — just hoping he’ll make the team so he can get a scholarship. When Dallas and Carson meet and have this instant attraction that is NOT what they expected for that night, they have NO idea who the other is and how they are connected to that football team.
1. TEXAS FOREVER: Okay so I am not really a football fan but I tolerate it. Friday Night Lights made me get excited and understand what Texas football is all about. While it’s not as exciting to READ the football scenes as it his to watch the beautiful Tim Riggins running down the field, Cora Cormack really captured the spirit of the football community and what it means and I enjoyed being immersed in that. She really nailed everything I know about Texas football culture (at least what Friday Night Lights taught me haha).
2. Holy Hot Massage: Okay, so this was a pretty sexy romance and I don’t think I’ve ever had to fan myself whilst reading about a MASSAGE before. I loved the tension once they figure out that she’s the coach’s daughter and he’s on the team. Them trying to resist the attraction and be friends made the sexual tension practically become its own character in this story. Since I’m still a romance newb I still giggle at some of the romance-y terms during sexytimes but I found it to be…I don’t even know where I’m going with this? How do I talk about the sex in a romance novel without sounding like a perv? It was good? I liked it? Well done, characters! (I’ll have you know I’m laughing like a hyena right now and Will is saying that he’s pretty sure I should be embarrassed if I keep this bit in here).
3. He said/she said: It was a dual narrative and I really thought it worked well to see both Dallas & Carson’s perspectives — especially when they realize their connection to the coach. This was a romance so a lot of the focus WAS on their attraction and them overcoming their obstacles with the whole coach’s daughter/player on the team thing but I loved watching Dallas really start to take control of what she wanted and stop living in the shadow of her dad and football. I didn’t feel like I really FELT her passion for dance though that was a big part of her so that fell a little flat with me but I really loved the parental plot line. I will say that while there was some substance beyond the romance…I wished for a stronger connection personally to THEM. I liked them and I loved their romance but I never felt like I super KNEW them.
Re-readability: No, I probably wouldn’t reread it.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? I think if you are a fan of the author you’ll probably want to own this one. I already own this as I got it for review but if I had borrowed it I probably wouldn’t buy it just because I know I wouldn’t re-read it/it’s not a favorite. I WOULD totally buy this one for my sister who loves New Adult romance though! (I only add books to my collection I would re-read or that were favorites).
All Lined Up was a fun and pretty sexy romance to read set in the heart of Texas! I loved the tension that came with her being the coach’s daughter and him being the backup quarterback! All together an enjoyable read that felt like Friday Night Lights went to college and I’ll be certainly reading more from this series and will be excited to get to know new characters! I’d also love to read her other books! Also, Carson is hot but he’s no Tim Riggins! SORRY!
* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
* If you haven’t read it, is it something on your radar or that you think you will read?
* What are some other books that will give me the Friday Night Lights FEELS?
* Also, because I was really awkward in my second point, HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU TALK ABOUT SEXYTIMES IN YOUR REVIEW?