Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review + Excerpt: Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

GETTING SCHOOLEDHead 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.

REVIEW BUTTON (2)

4 Stars

New Adult | Contemporary | Romance

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through blog tour with InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***

Gosh did I need this in my life! Sexy, sweet, romantic love story that took my breath away. I was hooked from the start; just a nice break from my normal erotica romances that is for sure. 

I have never been a hugely avid reader of Friends to Lovers, Second Change romances – mostly because in a lot of ways it is hard to connect to the scenarios, very rarely to they feel realistic. Getting Schooled definitely was not that case. Emma Scott captured my heart with how believable and beautifully this trope can be when written right. I think what I enjoyed most was that it was past high school sweethearts reconnecting after all those years. Their separation was also realistic tension, it wasn’t just a random drama climax, it was a real struggle that affected them in their past that also caused more tension. I loved it.

Garrett is your stereotypical golden boy of the Lakeside town. high school football hero, still living in the small town as the the coolest coach for his high school – he loves it and he is well loved in the town. Garrett is extremely talented, he is compassionate, confident and very confident male. Plus his sense of humor brought me to chuckling tears. I really enjoyed his character, he was also a big softy, very sweet to his core especially when Callie, his high school sweetheart pops back into town. Callie is the sweetest, most kindest person, she is someone you want in your life. 

The chemistry between them is amazing. They were hot together. Even after all these years they still have this deliciously consuming romance where they just cannot get enough of one another. They also had this quirky, hilarious pull with one another that was just perfection, they just meshed well. Everything from breathtaking, swoon worthy moments to a tug on your heart with such passionate teary situations – they were great couple. 

Not only was the chemistry great, because honestly the sweetness that is this love story is enough to any reader to believe in true love, but the scenes and dynamics of the main characters and the secondary characters at the high school was super fun and amazing. The dynamics of this was just played such a huge pivotal role in the entire storyline plus the backbone of the romance. I was laughing so hard I was crying, I was swooning so hard my heart would flutter. It really broke down their childhood romance plus their dynamics that aided in their adult romance and friendships. It is what I would imagine to happen in a small town, everyone knows you and you return to start over. 

Definitely just a fuzzy warm to your heart kind of story. There was just enough steam chemistry to get you hot and bothered with a love story that was wonderfully sweet and charming. For my first Emma Scott book I can honestly say I will be quickly adding more of her to my reading list in the future.

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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.

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