Audiobook review: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack

Title: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Narrator: Dan Bittner, Justis Bolding
Story rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: Dan Bittner – 5 of 5 Stars,
Justis Bolding – 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 4 of 5 Stars


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 was a little bit weary starting this college football story. I’m not a sport fan, and I know close to nothing about American football. If you are like me don’t let this stop you from reading this book. While football is a big part of this story, it never felt too much, I wasn’t confused or overwhelmed.

I connected with both main characters instantly. Dallas is dealing with her football coach father. She loves him, but he doesn’t let her pursue her dream to dance. So she finds herself in the shadow of football which she begins to loath.

Carson just melted my heart. If you are looking for a caring, nice hero, who is not afraid to have a relationship; he is the guy for you.

Their instant attraction didn’t annoy me at all. There were just so much sexual chemistry and swoon. Their relationship developed gradually and was low on drama. Though forbidden romance element (which I love) added some tension.

Cora Carmack wrote a great cast of second characters here. I loved Dallas’s outspoken and feisty best friend Stella so much.

My thoughts about the audiobook:

If you follow me, you probably know my love for Dan Bittner. He was the reason I picked up the audiobook, and he didn’t disappointed. His narration for Carson was perfect. I’ve only listened to his YA audiobooks before, but with All Lined Up Dan Bittner proved that he can perform NA as well as YA. I highly recommend this narrator.

Justis Bolding was new to me narrator. She did a good job, but I’m not happy with her male voices. Her voice for Carson was such a bad contrast with Dan Bittner’s. And I disliked her narration for Dallas’ Dad.

Overall All Lined Up was an addictive lighthearted story with a lot of swoon and a lot of heart. If you are looking for a good NA novel, I definitely recommend it.

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12 Comments on “Audiobook review: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack

    • Thank you, Jeann! I’m always a little weary when I pick up a sport romance, since I know so little about sport.

    • I’m the same: not a sport fan, but love sport romances. I’m already listening to the third book and enjoying it.

    • Dan Bittner is so good! I hope you would enjoy his performance too, Kim. I’ve done a post about my favorite narrators a while ago, and I’ve made a list of audiobooks narrated by him there. You can check it out.

  1. I had such a tough time with this one, Ksenia. I thought it had a good plot, but I wasn’t able to connect with the characters.

    Lovely review, hun!

    • Oh, sorry to hear this book didn’t work out for you, Joy. I found that my enjoyment of books hugely depends on my mood, so I guess it was a “right book at the right moment” thing.

  2. YAY! I so loved this book too Ksenia! I can’t remember too much about it other than I know I enjoyed the romance because it was a while ago that I picked it up, but Cora Carmack never disappoints for me:) I still need to read the rest of the series, are you going to pick up book 2?

    • I’ve already read second book and enjoyed it. I plan to post my review next week. I’m currently listening to the third book and the male narrator is amazing!

    • I love Cora Carmack, Ali. She writes good NA with interesting characters and swoony romances.

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