Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 6/26/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
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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.
We adored this book. If you’re looking for a truly heartfelt read with all the swoon and sweetness and funniness, then you have found your next read. Emma Chase writes the most amazing, second chance romance between a high school football coach and his ex-girlfriend who is brought back to town because of her parents. It’s a dreamy romance, one that will keep you completely spellbound. We just adored it.
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5 “This was Everything” Stars!
Oh my heart, I loved this book so freaking much. I first listened to the audiobook and then reread it when it was released in ebook form. And I have to say, this story was even better the second time around. Every single thing about it gave me deliciously giddy feels. My heart smiled the entire time, except, of course, in those moments when it ached and when it cried. The romance in Getting Schooled is absolutely EVERYTHING. It’s so heartwarming, so satisfying, so joyful. It made me want to pump my fist in the air as I read. But there’s so much more to this story than just the central romance between a football coach and the newly hired drama teacher who also happens to be his high school sweetheart. It’s a heartfelt story of what it means to coach and educate, to guide a future generation and instill confidence in them while they’re struggling with teenage angst and social issues. It’s about family and friendship and the humor and heartache that connects all of them. And, of course, it’s an unforgettable second chance love story between characters that I absolutely adored.
I loved the love story between Garrett and Callie. It’s a second chance romance between two characters who are so obviously made for each other but whose lives took them in two different directions after high school. Years later, they find themselves brought back together again by a hilarious course of events, their reunion evolving against the backdrop of the very same high school in the same small town where they fell in love as teenagers. It’s so smart and incredibly refreshing what Chase creates with this premise. What I loved most about it was how much I related to it. Not only can I easily relate to the joys and frustrations of working with students that are sometimes selfish, sometimes unkind, often insecure, sometimes troubled, but I laughed out loud throughout this story and furiously nodded with understanding as Garrett struggled to call his old teachers by their first names now that he worked alongside them. This book is a beautiful depiction of what it’s like to work with students, how your heart both soars and breaks for them, how frustrating and rewarding it can all be, but it’s also warm and funny. This is everything you want in a feel good read.
Getting Schooled is DELICIOUSLY sexy, full of heart and humor, and it’s peppered perfectly with just the right amount of angst and uncertainty, breaking my heart and putting it all back together in the most unexpected ways. Callie and Garrett are so right together, so sweet, so extraordinarily good. I loved them wholeheartedly and I felt every nuance of their love and their longing. Emma Chase brings her A-Game in Getting Schooled with her exquisite storytelling and wickedly smart writing and it all comes together in this magnificent package of romance and palpable emotion that I seriously never wanted to end. Getting Schooled is a new favorite of the year for me. It’s so well done, so unforgettable and I’ll be rereading it again and again. I absolutely LOVED IT.
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.”
About the Author
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.