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.”
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.
5 out of 5 stars
OMFG, I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
I am so glad I found this little gem!!! I cannot express how much I loved this book.
Callie Carpenter lives in San Diego and just gets her dream job as the director of a musical theater. She then gets a phone call that changes her life. Her parents have been in a car accident.
Don’t fret, her parents survive, but they each have a broken leg and the reason for the car accident is hilarious (I won’t spoil). Her parents will require round the clock care while they recover, so Callie has to move back home to Lakeside, New Jersey to help her sister care for her parents.
Callie gets a job at the local high school as the theater teacher, covering maternity leave for another teacher. On her first day, she runs into Garrett Daniels – her ex-boyfriend and former love of her life. Garrett teaches history at the high school and his the head football coach.
Callie and Garret have sizzling chemistry from day one (take 2). Garrett is kind of an alpha, and Callie is a strong woman. She knows that her time in Jersey is limited, but she jumps into a relationship head first with Garrett, because she knows deep down she’s never stopped loving him.
One other amazing thing about Garrett – he’s a dog lover and has an 18-year old dog named Snoopy who is his best friend. His relationship with Snoopy was so sweet – it was one of my favorite parts of the story.
There is not a lot of drama between Callie and Garrett in the story. I love a good second chance romance and this book didn’t disappoint. I loved how Callie and Garrett cared for their students and fought to protect them. I loved Garrett’s big, crazy family and Callie’s small, crazy family.
I read this book in less than 24 hours (shows you how sucked in I was) because it’s so delightfully wonderful. If you love second chance romances, or books with great characters, you should give this book a try. You won’t be disappointed.