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.
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.”
Although school is officially out summer, Emma Chase is holding classes and assigning homework her devoted readers will be excited to do. The first thing on the summer reading list is her new book Getting Schooled. Her latest book is guaranteed to earn an A+.
Getting Schooled immediately draws the reader into Garrett Riley’s world during his routine jog in his small town, Lakeside, New Jersey. The reader gets a colorful description of the town, a humorous introduction to the residents, and a heartwarming, comedic impression of it all through Garrett’s eyes. The reader is instantly connected to Garrett’s life. He is the hot high school history teacher who also happens to be the champion football coach. He’s a local hero and legend. His students love him. He gives 200 % of himself at all times. Life is good for Garrett Riley but it’s about to get even better when his former high school sweetheart moves back to town and becomes the drama teacher at the same high school he teaches at.
When Callie Carpenter left for college she never intended to stay away for eighteen years. Life just happened and she took a different path. Her relationship with Garrett fizzled out when she left for college. There weren’t any hard feelings or regrets. Their lives were going different directions. Eighteen years later she has landed her dream job in California when she gets a phone call that sends her rushing back home. Her parents have been in a car accident and need help during their recovery. The only thing she can do is move back home and take the temporary teaching job at the high school.
Garrett and Callie are back in each other’s lives. Their attraction is stronger than their teenage hearts. The difference is they are mature adults who can handle all the bumps in the road. Not only are they both exceptional teachers but also students learning to navigate careers, romance, and life altering decisions.
Every time I read an Emma Chase book it is a delightful experience from page one to the very end. Everything about those precious reading hours is joyful, thought provoking, and entertaining. Emma has a way of blending humor, romance, and life issues without losing balance. Her characters come to life and become very dear to the readers hearts. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Lakeside, New Jersey. There’s a certain math teacher that needs to learn some new equations.
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase has earned A+ in my heart!
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.