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.
~5 ++ STARS~
Top Read of 2018
All-time Favorite Read
I just adored everything about this book…the storyline, the heart-melting romance, and the characters!
I love second chance romances, and this one is one of my favorites. Chase made it a bit different than others in the genre. There wasn’t a lot of angst or drama involved with their breakup after high school. Both Callie and Garrett have gone on to have pretty successful lives as adults, but they never could give their hearts to anyone else. Thankfully, they are about to get their second chance!
When they see each other for the first time in the school parking lot where Garrett works, the old feelings are still there. He is happily surprised that she will be working as a substitute for the year, and she is going to need all his help if she is going to survive with high school kids!
A book has to have several ingredients to make me fall in love with it…the plot, the setting, the characters, and emotion (whether I cry, laugh, or both). Chase had every single one of those.
Chase created such a great setting. I could envision the entire town, and I got that from the very first chapter with Garrett giving me a tour of it and why it was so special to him, from the bagel shop, to the lake, and even to Ollie, who greets everyone as they pass him. She just went the extra mile with every setting she created, from Garrett’s house to the high school. She created an entire environment that pulled me into the story.
All of Chase’s characters, even the secondary ones, played a crucial part. She used every single one of them in each scene she created to say something important or just to make me laugh!
As for the main characters, she couldn’t have found better narrators than Garrett and Callie. They were both multi-layered and complex. I learned something new about them with each chapter I read. Garrett is gorgeous, sexy, but he is so much more. He is sweet and caring, not just to his family but also his students. He also has the best sense of humor. He made me laugh quite a few times throughout the book.
Callie, who wouldn’t love her? She was thrown into a role she thought she would never be, and it’s the hardest she has had as a substitute teacher. While it’s a rough go at first, she finds something in each of her toughest students! She has the makings of a great teacher!
While I loved Callie and Garrett as individuals, I loved them even more as a couple. The chemistry and feelings are still there. Chase did a great job of showing the readers how special their past relationship was through telling the story between their different POVs and the flashes back to the past that were flawlessly weaved throughout the book. I loved watching them fall in love again, but this new love isn’t without its challenges. Yes, the chemistry, lust, and love is still present, but they aren’t kids anymore…they are adults now! In a sense, they have to get to know one another as adults! Oh man, did I enjoy taking the journey with them.
I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this book! Emma Chase made me swoon, and she made me laugh….A LOT! There were some small moments of sadness, but she always brought a smile back to my face. All of those things made me connect with the storyline and the characters. Boy, were there some characters, Callie’s parents, Dean, Miss McCarthy, Jerry Dorfman, and Donna Merkle. These were just a few of them, but I will remember them all.
The icing on the cake were the three epilogues….oh my!!! I highly recommend reading Getting Schooled. You will swoon, you will laugh, and you might actually look back and see that your teachers were actually human beings like the rest of us!!!!
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.