Happy New Year, Everyone! I thought the best way to kick off the new year is with a spotlight on a new adult book. I don’t know what this time of year means to you but for me it’s all about college football (even if my beloved Buckeyes didn’t play as well as we would have hoped this weekend). However, even with that disappointed I wanted to share with you a delightful new adult series that just happens to takes place in the world of college athletics.
What’s it About: Dallas Cole hates all things football which is a problem because she is Texas High School football royalty. Dallas is the only child of the famous Coach Cole who has decide to leave behind high school athletic to become the new head football coach at Rusk University. This complicates Dallas life because Rusk University just happens to be the school Dallas is attending. Dallas doesn’t want anything to do with football and she definitely doesn’t want a football player for a boyfriend then she meets Carson. Carson McClain is a boy desperate to keep his football scholarship so he can escape his family’s financial uncertainty. He can’t do anything to jeopardize his spot on the team which includes becoming involved with the coach’s daughter. The two form an instant connection and they must decide what they are willing to lose so they can be together.
The Good: This book was a totally swoon worthy romance. It had all the elements required to make a romance book great. We have interesting characters, complicated backstories, interfering exes, and disapproving parents. Plus, there is plenty of self discovery and personal growth from both Dallas and Carson which makes the reader want to keep reading.
The Bad: This is a basic they-want-to-be-together-but-they-are-torn-apart romance which means that it feels pretty familiar and is more than a little predictable. There isn’t a surprise twist or a shocking ending. The book just is.
Bottomline: If you are looking for new adult romance that has swoony moments but doesn’t make you do any heavy mental lifting than this one is for you! The characters are interesting and you will get sucked into the drama of the Rusk University World. Plus, I love when authors link their stories by having main characters from past books make cameos in other books. You get to revisit characters you like without having to rehash their drama. Carmack delivers peeks into Dallas and Carson’s future in the other books in the Rusk University Series: All Broke Down & All Played Out.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5