By: Cora Carmack
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Series: Rusk University #1
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.
It’s sometimes difficult when you realize you need to become your own person and finally become the adult you’ve been avoiding. Those time periods during college are your most formative years because it leads you to the future you are going to have. It’s not only a difficult time but a fun time to explore and Cora Carmack did a great job with the beginning of this series at Rusk University.
It’s all about football, or at least that’s how Dallas feels. Her father is the coach at her college and her ex who is the quarterback also happens to go there to. It’s a disaster but she tries to get through it and ignores the ex at least. Especially when she meets this really great guy that just sparks something in her, something she’s never really felt before, and it scares her. Carson who is playing second string on the football team can’t help but fall for this girl who literally falls into his arms (off a balcony). But when he finds out whom she is that makes things a little more complicated.
The two of them seem to complement each other with his sore shoulder and her janked up feet, they have a connection, but I think Dallas’s need to placate everyone and her naïvetés holds her back from actually going for what she wants. It’s a complicated thing realizing hey it’s time to grow up and figure out if you are forever going to please other people or yourself. She’s quick to jump the gun and get angry with a result of just leaving, a habit she definitely needs to work on.
Carson is very hard working and dedicated person just trying to make things work for him and yes Dallas is very much a distraction for him, but he seems to pour all of himself towards her and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. I don’t really do sports but it’s always fun to read about them. The whole atmosphere of this book was fun and light reading but it still had some good points in it to make you feel like you were in college and sometimes it’s not always fun and games, neither is family. Family is definitely a big element in this book, because that is who she is trying to placate the most.
Overall this book was really good, I didn’t want to put it down and I just love Cora Carmack, her books have always left me happy and fulfilled. I will be checking out the next one as soon as I get my hands on it. The cover is cute, gotta love a redhead. It’s not really how I pictured Carson to look like, but that’s why it’s a book and I can picture him however I like. He .He. Anyway go get the book if you’re in the mood for some light quick reading and a good one at that!