by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks Release date : may 13th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One of the first authors that come to mind when I think about New Adult, is Cora Carmack. Admittedly, this is the first of her novels that I have read. But, the love everyone has for Losing It, and because I love her writing, it will not be my last.
There are a few things that I love and get pretty wacky about. Football is one of them. I love it.; the stadium, the noise (hello, I’m from Seattle) the sound of helmets knocking, the grunts from tackles (I know, weird), the plays being called and the over all excitement of it all. So when I saw this beauty on Edelweiss, I knew this was something I would enjoy.
Dallas has a new, refreshing voice that I haven’t seen in a long time. Being the daughter of a football coach, she always felt second best, and more or less became his shadow. She wanted to go out on her own, live her dream of becoming a dancer and you can’t help but to admire that. Her issues are rooted deep, with her father and relationships, and although she opens up to Carson and lets him in, she doesn’t CHANGE too much. She is the same, carefree, loving girl we met in the beginning, but with stronger shoulders. I loved her feisty attitude and her inability to use her filter. This girl is so forward, it was hilarious.
Carson, of course, has insecurities of his own. Coming to Rusk as a walk on, he has a lot to prove to coach and the other players, in order to actually play. He dedicates his time pushing himself to be stronger, run harder and not let anything get in the way of his dreams. Of course, meeting Dallas complicates that. Carson is a great guy. He is sweet, caring and I loved his dedication to football and his team. He had a lot to prove and he did it. It’s one thing to step up when you’re needed, but it’s a whole new deal when you step up, play hard and give it YOUR ALL.
The romance between these two was so sweet and amazing. They became friends first, but their relationship built up from there. Their sexual tension was palpable, and I so glad these two took things slow. Their relationship, for me, wasn’t the sole focus of this book. A large part? Yes. But it touched me because of Dallas’ relationship with her father. Them patching things up and working through their issues. Carson, working his tail off to get where he wanted to be. All the while, finding that special person to cheer with. To cherish and to let in.
It felt like Cora poured her heart out into this book. You could just tell, by how Dallas deals with her relationship with her father, her fears and her reluctance to let Carson in that she knew personally what it felt like. And I was proved right after reading the ending. So, you go girl.
My Peeve –
What happened to Levi?
I loved it. It’s fun, feisty, sweet and of course, hot. But it’s also so much more than that. All her books are now on my auto buy list. I highly recommend this one.
Bleed Rusk Red!
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