Getting Schooled by Emma Chase is available NOW!!
Read my thoughts on this swoon-worthy second chance romance story!
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.
I just remembered the reason I usually don’t sing up to review Emma Chase’s (AKA one of my favorite authors) books and that is… I never know what to say. Her creativity, her incredible way with words and the way she can make me forget about everything around me with her stories leaves me so SHOOK I can’t form coherent sentences. My brain shuts down as soon as I finish reading her books. The only reason I’m able to write right now is because I finished listening to this audiobook three days ago so I’ve had some time to cure my book hangover but it is not completely gone so expect a review that’ll most likely not do it justice.
I’ve read a lot of second chance romance stories. They are one of my favorite tropes but because I’ve read so many, sometimes it feels like I’ve read everything there is to read from that trope and it is hard to find something with a truly refreshing twists to it. Of course Emma would be the one to write a second chance story that feels like a tall glass of cold water in a hot summer day.
GETTING SCHOOLED is full of banter and flirting, not what you would expect while reading a story about two characters who loved each other deeply and whose relationship ended years ago due to a massive and devastating heartbreak. That’s what made me love it so much, Emma’s ability to turn a story with characters that—in other books—are usually full of tentativeness and turn it into a story where the characters dive head first into a second chance at their relationship even if it is for a limited time. You can feel how strong and powerful and true the love between the characters is in order for it to survive years and years apart and the heartbreak they went through, it’s breathtaking.
In a nutshell, this book is not your typical second chance romance. It is fun, smart, sexy as heck, romantic enough to make your heart double in size and full of emotion, you probably won’t make it out without shedding a tear or two or millions. I can tell you right now you’ve probably never read something like this. Emma Chase never ceases to amaze me and I’m sure she’ll blow your mind too.
5 / 5 flowers
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.”
©2018 Emma Chase (P) 2018 Audible Originals, LLC.
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.