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.
Callie is the type of woman I would want to be friends with in real life. Smart, funny, confident and sweet. She is your homecoming queen...just even nicer than you would imagine. I loved her taste in musicals and in men. I liked her and connected with her instantly.
Garrett Daniels is hands down one of my all time favorite book boyfriends. I fell in love with him from the moment I heard him (yes, I listened to the audio book then read the book as well) and couldn't get enough of him. A football coach who is smart, sexy, and sweet? Sign me up. I adored how he treated Callie and how he was with his students. He had some really amazing lines in this book.
The chemistry these two shared popped right off the page. That spark and love that Callie and Garrett had in high school never died out and I LOVED seeing how they reconnected. Their sexy times were hot, but there was so much more than that to them. I liked seeing them interact outside of the bedroom, seeing them grow in their relationship.
The pacing of this book was so spot on. It just felt exactly right. It flowed, the dialog was witty and fun. The supporting cast of characters, from students to parents, really added to this small town vibe that totally worked for this story. I wouldn't have changed a moment of it-even though one part made me ugly cry.
There are some authors that just weave magic when they tell a story. Emma Chase is one of those authors for me. I know when I pick up her books I'm going to laugh and smile and ultimately fall in love. Getting Schooled is a fantastic work from her and I absolutely highly recommend it.
Garrett and Callie were high school sweethearts and, as happens, they drifted apart after high school and went on to live their own lives. Until, 15 years later, life happens and Callie finds herself back in New Jersey unexpectedly.
The past lovers meet, and they reconnect quickly, as the feelings were there and the break up was mutual (more on that later in the book, but I am not going to mention and spoil that for you) so there are no hard feelings from a past relationship for them to get over.
Some books have a lot of angst and others are just pleasant. This was the latter, it was just pleasant. You believe Callie and Garret were in love, you believe they were and you believe that they are in love now. Going along with them while they figure this out, and figure out how to stay together, was a pleasure.
I liked the different take on the 2nd chance...circumstances, and not something one or the other of them did wrong, was the reason they separated...and it was the reason they were together again. ironically, life circumstances are the main thing they have to get past in order to stay together. I liked that this was their hurdle and that once they found one another again, they were together and committed for the long haul.
There was a part that was tough for me, and it definitely got me, although I knew it was coming. I think, for me, it was that the rest of the book was so smooth and happy, and then this. While not a criticism, it is definitely something that caught me off guard, but not in a bad way.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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. Of him. 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.