My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THEME: New Adult, Romance, Sports
REVIEW:I’m usually not one who likes sport books, since well I don’t watch any sports at all, but the Rusk University series is just plan awesome with the first book.
All Lined Up follows Dallas Cole who is not a fan of football, for many reasons that is. You see, Dallas’ dad is the new head coach for Rusk University and has always been much more involved with his coaching, her ex boyfriend is the quarterback of the same team, and now she just wants to enjoy college away from the sport. Her best friend drags her along to a house party, where she meets a guy who finally seems to be different and not all about sports. But it all changes when she finds out Carson is on her dads football team. But Carson is different and he knows Dallas feels the same about their connection. The only pieces standing in their way is Dallas’ dream to be a dancer, Carson’s no girls rule and football comes first from his father and well Dallas’ rule to not dating a football player. Turning into a complex romance with a lot of risks.
Dallas is a cool chick, who has some bad blood when it comes to football. She loves her dad but all in all knows that football comes first. I actually enjoyed every scene with Dallas and her dad, he had a lot to learn about his daughter and how they needed to fix their bond. He also needed to understand Dallas’ dream to be a dancer, she wanted this more than anything. Dallas in the end is a down to earth chick, who curses, knows the ins and outs of football and never gives up on her dream.
Carson knows everything about football; he trains harder than anyone on his team to make sure that he shows his focus. His dad has a rule of no girls, meaning no distractions. In the end he has to step into a big position with his team that puts a lot of pressure on him. I adored Carson; he is seriously just a plain good guy who works hard to keep up with his love for football. He’s not the smartest in school so he mostly studies and trains. When he meets Dallas it’s a distraction but one he actually needs and their relationship is fantastic.
Overall this was a great start to the series, where I actually learned more about football than actually watching a game on TV. The romance is hot and heavy; they try the friendship side but also have a deeper connection that they can resist. There are a ton of obstacles along the way, but in the end these two figure out their future and what important to them not everyone else. The writing is definitely top notch, very easy to read and the flow, characters and plot line were all very well thought out.
RECOMMENDATION:This is a new adult novel with sexual content meant for mature readers. Fans of Ann Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy and K Lynn’s Stay with Me will want to add All Lined Up to their TBR list today!
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