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ALL LINED UP
by Cora Carmack
She stiffens, shaking out her hair like a mane. The deep red shines, catching glints from the lights as she moves.
“Listen,” she says, “tonight is not the night to flirt with me.”
I should probably be annoyed by her brusque tone, but I find myself smiling instead.
“Who said I was flirting?”
She scoffs, her fingers curling tighter around the balcony banister.
I grin because, yeah… I was. She’s not cocky when she says it either, just matter-of-fact. I find it… fascinating.
“It’s not like I stood below the balcony reciting Romeo and Juliet.” Not like I could either. I never managed to finish that when we read it in high school English, and the movie version I watched with guns and gangs got me a big fat F on the exam. She makes a noise, and I can’t tell whether she’s scoffing at me again or laughing.
“Romeo was a tool.”
“Really?” I thought girls lived for that shit.
She crosses her arms over her chest and huffs, “He’s head-over-heels, mopey in love with Rosaline, and then in one night, he flip-flops and decides now he’s in love with Juliet. If he would have just thrown his whiny tool self at another girl, Juliet wouldn’t have died.”
“Well, I can promise I’m not going to suddenly declare my love for you. Satisfied?”
She shrugs, and I assume that’s the only answer I’ll get.
“So was it a Romeo who inspired that scream?”
“Nope. Just a regular kind of asshole.”
She stumbles over the last word, her cheeks pinking prettily, and I get the feeling her blunt honesty doesn’t usually include swear words.
“Well, fuck that guy.” My suspicions are confirmed when her blush deepens, and she pulls that full bottom lip between her teeth.
Why is this quote fantastic?
This interaction just shows how adorable and completely likable the two main characters are. And I just love the easy flow of their conversation even though it’s the first time they meet and they both had a really lousy night. Cora Carmack really does a great job with setting the foundations of the relationships of her characters on friendship.
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.
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