Reviewed by Mandi
I’m a big Emma Chase fan – from royals to lawyers, her books are some of my favorites. And this is where the “but” comes in. This one has a hero that is just a little too cocky for me.
He is a high school teacher and football coach and when his high school sweetheart comes back home, he remembers all those feelings he had for her years ago. Callie returns to her hometown when her parents are in a car accident and each break a leg. She had just got a promotion in a theater company she worked in, so she is bummed she has to leave to care for her parents. But she learns that a teaching position in the drama department of the local high school is open, and takes that short-term. This is also the school that Garret works in, so they are reunited.
Their relationship progresses quick – as they are soon sleeping together and falling back in love. But with Callie in town only until her parents are back on their feet, they aren’t sure how to proceed with their deepening feelings.
Garret is very – sure of himself. He is a big charmer and to me, he came off a little insincere. Like it was all an act the entire time. There is a lot of time spent with the high school kids – both the football team and the drama department and I liked both Garret and Callie’s interactions with their students. There is toilet humor, and a lot of silly things but also some stronger messages about bullying and giving kids some self-confidence.
For as many silly moments there are in this book, there is also some really darker times with Garret’s brother who is getting divorced. Their kids (Garret’s nephews) witness some truly horrible things between their parents and it was jarring to read in a book that is otherwise very light. I don’t know if I liked that part.
Just an okay read this time.