Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: Getting Schooled (Getting Schooled #1) 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. Includes a special bonus interview with the author! ©2018 Emma Chase (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. ADD TO GOODREADS

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Review:

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars


I tried to listen to the audiobook version of the book and I couldn't make it. The narrators were great at their job, but I couldn't connect with the story. I had conveniently forgotten that when I picked the ebook version. And on the very first chapter, the memories came back. We get to see Garrett been casual with Tara and eating (I think naked) their food only to have him end up with Callie. I was actually sold on the idea of him and Tara getting together and was let down when that didn't happen. After that I really tried to like the book, but I couldn't. What kind of teacher can afford to give each month a 500$ gift card? And what kind of policy is it?

The thing that bothered me the most was Garrett though and his manwhorish ways. Here are two parts of the book that prove that Garrett is a living example of what life with 100 STD is like. I don't understand how Callie can be ok with not using a condom. Quote #1: "Over the years I have touched lots of breasts. Hundreds. Probably thousands, if you count them separately." That means that he has slept with 500 women in his life of 34 years at least. I know that the manwhore theme is still selling, but he is a walking STD. My second favorite quote is this little gem "You don't get to call me a whole because of what I did to fix what you broke". I have said this before, don't try to blame on others the fact that you wanted your Johnie wet. Just say the words, I wanted to sleep with tons of other women. This cliche has to stop because is ridiculous. The third and final nail in the coffin came when Garrett admitted that the first woman he slept with after Callie was the girl Callie hated the most because she made her life a living hell.

I despised Garrett after all this and I couldn't believe how Callie took him back. She is way better off without him. The book was a disappointment especially considering that it came from an author whose books I enjoy.


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. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | NEWSLETTER | TWITTER | GOODREADS | READER FAN GROUP