REVIEW AND EXCERPT TOUR: GETTING SCHOOLED by Emma Chase

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.

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My Review

‘Those that can, do; those what can’t, teach…’

I cannot tell you how many times throughout the course of my 18 years of teaching that I’ve heard this phrase, and each and every time I hear it, I want to trade places with the person who said it and have him/her experience what it’s like to day in and day out be responsible for a classroom full of impressionable teens – ones who are temperamental, arrogant, and immature on any given day – the same students who will potentially go home to an empty house or to one full of siblings that they are responsible for babysitting until bedtime.

Teachers play many roles in the lives of their students, and I love that Emma Chase illustrates that very idea in her latest release, Getting Schooled.

I can tell you unequivocally that if Garrett Daniels taught and coached at my high school, the female population would be crushing on him big time and they would do anything they had to in order to have him as their teacher. Mr. Daniels is definitely a ‘cool’ teacher – one who knows his stuff when it comes to the subject he teaches as well as the sport and players he coaches. He’s a very laid-back teacher but he has the respect of his students, and he teaches them a whole heck of a lot more than history facts and football plays.

I thoroughly enjoyed Garrett’s interactions with his kids and the effect he had on them but also the effect they had on him. There’s an established rapport between them, which proves how invested Garrett is in their lives and how willing he is to help his team and his students in any way he can. 

Callie Carpenter’s reappearance in her hometown of Lakeside, New Jersey, is a game changer, not only for her but also for her high school sweetheart who just happens to be Garrett Daniels, and while it seems like Callie and Garrett have great separate lives with careers, friends, and homes, reunited, their chemistry, their attraction, their connection proves just how easy it has always been when they’re together, and all the heat and love that used to surround them has only intensified, which means that the only thing stopping their second chance at love is matters of the head and not the heart.

Both Garrett and Callie are easy-to-love characters; they’re relatable in who they are, how they view their lives, and what they want out of life. The reboot version of their relationship works seamlessly with the plot line of Getting Schooled; as they grow together in their feelings for each other, they teach one another valuable lessons about life and love and as they learn from their own lessons and from their students, Garrett and Callie realize what truly matters in their lives and at the top of that list is one another.

The secondary characters add a great dynamic to Garrett and Callie’s story. Garrett and Callie’s students, Garrett’s players, their friends, and their family give readers further insight into ‘Darpenter’/‘Carret’ and even the hard ass principal illustrates how easy it is to grow as a person, albeit in subdued ways, when it comes to working with kids and being responsible for so much more than just their education.

Getting Schooled is a fantastic second chance romance about two people who were always meant to be together, and while they went their separate ways after high school, they’re now back where they’ve always belonged, which means that Garrett and Callie have a number of years to make up for, and boy do they know just how to do that!!!

I’m already hooked on Emma Chase’s new series, and I can’t wait to see what and who she plans to school her readers on next!

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt

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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