Book 1 in the Rusk University Series
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
When Dallas went to college she thought she would be free of being the football coach’s daughter but when Rusk University hires her dad as their new coach to turn their team around she feels like she is right back where she started. The Coach’s Daughter. Carson McClain doesn’t have time for girls because he wants to go far in his football career. He is a walk-on player and wants a scholarship to Rusk and a spot on the team for good. Carson and Dallas meet at a party which both of them weren’t very happy to attend and there is a spark between them. But Dallas has vowed never to date a football player again and Carson doesn’t need the coach being extra hard or messing up his chances to get a scholarship. Good thing they don’t know either of those things about each other.
This is my first visit to Rusk University and will not be my last. Dallas is a great heroine and I love how she is so passionate and such a real character with insecurities, worries about not being perfect and has problems with her dad. Dallas has so much pressure on her by her father to be the perfect daughter and she is suffocating under it. Dallas loves to dance and wants to make a career out of it which is an argument she has all the time with her dad. Dallas and her dad don’t have the easiest relationship but you can tell they both love each other. Dallas has a great outlet in dance and is where she expresses many of her emotions. The dance she does to express being overwhelmed by yourself was beautiful to read and I could almost see the dance play out right before me. Dallas keeps all her emotions very close to the vest. Carson is a great hero also. I love that Carson is the nice guy hero and not the bad boy type. Carson puts so much pressure on himself and I loved it how when he is around Dallas he lets all that go and just relaxes. Dallas had been hurt once by a guy and is determined to not be hurt again. It was beautiful and very emotional to watch Carson slowly break down the walls around Dallas’s heart. I really loved Dallas’s best friend Stella and hope she gets her own book soon. I love that the author wrote the book from both characters PoVs. It adds so much more depth to the story and you feel much closer to both the hero and heroine. The scene with Dallas and Carson in Silas’ room was heartbreaking. The Epilogue was just amazing and I loved it so much. If you want a sweet sexy read with real characters plus some football I highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to continue this series.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Content Rating: Mature 17+
Heat Rating: Not Warm but Not Hot
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