May 15, 2014 | by Stacia | All Lined Up

by Cora Carmack
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-05-13
Genres: Coming Of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Sports
Pages: 320

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

Just out of high school an extremely awkward and uncool Dallas is trying to fit in as the new girl at college without being in her dad’s shadow. For as long as she can remember she has had to deal with his overprotective ways, as well as having guys either want to be near her or want nothing to do with her because of who her dad is. Dallas and her dad don’t have the best relationship- she’s always felt like football was more important to him then she is and now that he is the brand new coach of the Rusk football team, it looks like it will be the same thing all over again but in college.

“In Texas two things are cherished above all else- football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.”

Then she meets Carson; from the start, he is so different from all the jerks she has met before. He doesn’t seem interested in who her father is or what she can do for him- he’s just interested in her.  Once she finds out he plays football, she decides they would be best as friends to keep things less complicated. But, the intensity and chemistry between them leads to more then friendship.

“I swallow and stare and swallow again because dear, sweet Jesus rising a unicorn, he’s perfect.”

I loved the teasing, supportive friendship between Dallas and Carson, the nicknames, and the chemistry was so sexy. I also loved Dallas’ best friend Stella, a little minx who said what was on her mind, but wasn’t afraid to pull the “stamp of approval”- a system that her and Dallas came up with to ensure their friendship stayed on an equal level. I look forward to reading more books in this series; especially the next one about Silas- who I can’t wait to love to hate!


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