Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on February 27, 2018
Length: 7 hours 13 minutes
Source: Audible Romance Package
Listening to Getting Schooled was a fun experience and often embarrassing if I was playing it to loud in my vehicle in the school pick up line. When you sit for an hour, sometimes you just want to listen to a good book, but I needed to learn to turn it down at times, lol. It was a delight even if it took me two months to get through it all.
I want to be more an audio book lover, but really it’s hard to find time to turn it on. I am also one of those people that doesn’t have time to listen to music often. So when I am trapped in the car for a solo trip, I usually pick a book, but it’s hard to find time to finish it. Usually I get the Kindle version as well so it doesn’t drag over months. I didn’t do that this time 🙁
I started Getting School with very little preconceived notions as I had no idea what it was about, but quickly fell into the story that was easy to understand. Callie is into theater, both the acting, directing and all the in between and outside methods. She has finally gotten her dream job and has her sites on a new condo when her sister calls to tell her their parents have been in an accident (you have to read to find out how and why – hilarious) and she needs to come home to help her take care of them. Dream job put on hold, she heads home to figure it all out.
Garrett is the local football hero coach. His dreams of a football career were put to rest with an injury so he came back home with a teaching degree and took on history during the day and high school football on the field. Being a playboy isn’t what he calls it, but he isn’t known to be solid in the relationship department since his break up with Callie in college. So when he sees her in the parking lot of school, he can’t believe she’s back.
Now Callie is the theater teacher while the current one is on maternity leave and trying to keep her parents out of trouble. Garrett and Callie feel all the same attraction they did through high school and into college. But Callie doesn’t intend to stick around after her parents are back on their feet and Garrett isn’t going to let an opportunity to be with Callie again on hold just because she isn’t going to stay. The two hit each other us any chance they have and re-kindle all the love they once had with a side of maturity they needed.
I am not going to say they didn’t have a reason to break up, but it takes a while to get to the heart of why she went so far away as if running away. The orginal love story has a lot of mis-steps and two kids just too young for the depth of love that maturity and time takes. A lot of misunderstandings, but I don’t want you to get the idea that the break up was horrible. Something happened, and in general two kids didn’t talk and were unsure of what to do and in the end that led to them going separate ways, heartbroken, but not angry at or hateful to each other.
The sexy times happen often…often. That was never a problem once they got over their hangups of being back together. Planning for a future takes more time as usual it all comes in the end. But what I loved most was seeing the characters interact with the kids, dealing with the unruly, hurt, shy, incredible and untapped youth. And it didn’t hurt we got to see the teachers as real people and a principal who’s heart is gold, but has that rough, don’t push me outer skin.
I really enjoyed the ease the author dealt with hard situations from family, to kids, to youthful times to adult times. While there was conflict, it didn’t overtake the story and drown you in the inevitable belief that there is no way they are going to make it. I never felt like there was no hope or that the author would swoop in at the last minute and fix something terribly wrong in 2 pages. The resolution came naturally, organically and beautifully. I truly appreciated the story telling and weaving of those quirky moments, serious moments and the oh so passionate moments. I will definitely be continuing this series.
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