Head of the class…
Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.
The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.
Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.
And knocks him right on his tight end zone.
Back to school…
Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.
Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.
Just like old times…
When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.
Good friends are all they can ever be.
Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.
Includes a special bonus interview with the author!
©2018 Emma Chase (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
If you’re looking for an adorable, nothing but fun summer read this is it! Getting School was so stinking cute! I can’t get over how cute it was.
Getting Schooled is a second chance romance. While most books set in schools seem to be forbidden romances about teachers and students, this one is different. It’s solely about the teachers. Garrett is a history teacher and football coach at his old high school. The kids and staff adore and respect him. His life is as perfect as he thinks it’s going to get until his high school sweetheart returns to town. Callie takes a temporary job as a teacher at the school, and reconnects with Garrett as he teachers her how to manage the students.
There were so many things to love about Getting Schooled. First, let’s start with the characters, Garrett is now one of my favorite male romance characters ever. It wasn’t his love for Callie that got me — even though that was sweet. It was the way he cared about his students. It was inspirational. It’s how I hope all my daughter’s teachers feel. Then, there was Callie. She had a lot to discover about herself. I loved how working with Garrett and the students made her realize some very important things.
I can’t leave out the side characters. The students had such an important part in this story. Like I said before, they taught Callie some important things about herself. They also created some fun drama. I loved their interactions with each other and the teachers. The faculty at Garrett and Callie’s school cracked me up. You really don’t realize how teachers are people with lives while you’re a student, and this showed how much they are. I loved how fun they all were!
Another thing I enjoyed about Getting Schooled was the romance. There was drama, but it wasn’t over the top. It was smaller and more realistic. That didn’t make it any less sweet. Garrett and Callie were adorable together. I loved how they built on their previous relationship and talked about things they should have in the past.
Getting Schooled was a pleasure to read. It was a mix of humor and heart. I loved every minute of it. It would make the perfect summer beach read. I can’t wait to find out where the series is going next!
High school parking lots are one of the most dangerous places on earth. I don’t have statistics to back that up…but I know it’s true.
I pull into the school parking lot Monday morning in my Dad’s giant, newly repaired mint-green Buick, with Back in Black by AC/DC blasting from the speakers. I feel tough, powerful—like I’m driving a tank.
I’m a badass teacher—I’ll run you down even if you’re a student—I’ve got twenty-nine more in class just like you.
The outfit helps too—leather boots, blue jeans, a starched white blouse and a black leather jacket. It’s my armor. The morning air is cool and crisp today, but I barely feel it. I’m locked and loaded and ready to roll.
As I march towards the main entrance, I spot Garrett and Dean and Alison Bellinger outside the doors. They pause when they see me, waiting.
“Damn,” Dean chuckles. “Callie’s got her shit-kickers on. Did you dig them out of a mosh pit from 1993?”
Garrett crosses his arms. “Somebody’s channeling Michelle Pfiefer in Dangerous Minds.”
He looks fantastic. His hair is tousled from the breeze and kisses his brow, and he’s wearing a dark blue sweater that’s snug around his biceps and soft, worn, light blue jeans. I remember his arms around me yesterday on my parent’s porch. The wonder and exhilaration of the moment.
The intensity in his eyes, the desire and possessiveness in the grasp of his hands. The scorching feel of his mouth, his wet talented tongue that made my stomach swirl and my head spin.
So much for not complicating things.
But I’m not going to play head games with myself or Garrett—we’re too old for that shit.
I have feelings for him—I always have—our break-up had nothing to do with either of us not wanting each other desperately. But these aren’t just leftover echoes of a sweet, first love—this is something new. A throbbing, breathless attraction to the amazing man he’s become. I want to be near him. I want to know him, inside and out, all over again.
And he feels the same way. Garrett wants this version of me as much as he always did—maybe even more. I heard it in his whispered words and felt it in his kiss.
I don’t know if we have a future, if it can go anywhere. We have separate lives on opposite ends of the country. But I’m not going to worry about that—for now, I’m going to take each day as it comes and enjoy every moment we can.
Except for now. Now is not the time for enjoying or worrying or relationship building…now is the time for focusing. Now is the time to be ice and steel—don’t smile, don’t waver.
“Little fucknutters don’t know who the hell they’re dealing with,” I growl.
Allison pumps her fist. “That’s the spirit.”
Garrett opens the door for me. “Go get ‘em, Gangster’s Paradise.”
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.