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    Review & Excerpt | Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

    About Getting Schooled

    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!

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    Review

    Sadly, I haven’t read a whole lot of Emma Chase books, but they’re all sitting pretty on kindle. Once I heard she had a new series coming out, I wanted to get my grabby hands on Getting Schooled. I tend not to read many teacher romances because they’re usually a student/teacher romance, but I was pleasantly surprised when I read that it was more of a second chance. With that being my favorite trope, I was even more on board than before! Their story warmed my heart a lot more than I expected it to and it has been easily added to my #RSFaves list for 2018! But we shouldn’t be surprised, with the whatever Emma Chase writes, it’s flawless and a story that we’ll always remember.

    High school is brutal and definitely not my favorite time while growing up. And reading this made me realize how different high school is now, it seems like it has just gotten worse. But we all have those memorable teachers that stick with us past graduation, I know that I have a couple. And Garrett and Callie are just those teachers their students will absolutely love and remember. They keep things fun and real, but constantly sharing life lessons with their students, which I hope so hard stick with them as they grow up into their adulthood.

    I absolutely adored watching Garrett and Callie smoothly transition into being together again. It was evident that their love for one another has surpassed all the time they were apart, but they definitely have some secrets to work through before they can truly give this shot. And hopefully being together forever.

    Another thing that worked so well with this book was the hilarious and witty banter. Is this truly how teachers are because I’m all for it, so dang funny! Even though it’s low-angst, Emma is still able to pull the emotions out of us right where you least expect it.

    Getting Schooled was such a heartwarming story that I’ll definitely be re-reading over and over again. There were so many things to enjoy and lessons to be learned! An amazing second chance romance with the best male POV that I’ve read in a very long time!

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    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.”

    Meet 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.

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    About Emma Chase

    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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