The first draft of this review included a lot of shouty CAPS, frustrated ramblings, and general non-sensical gripes about the book. Because this couple is endlessly frustrating. BUT… there’s also a whole lot of awesome. I loved the first 40% very, very much. Like, HOLY CHEMISTRY, wow that’s some serious sexual tension much. If you’ve read See Me After Class, then you might have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into. This series seems to be pushing the limits on how much sexual tension there can be before it SNAPS, and that’s absolutely one of the best parts of this book. The banter, the chemistry, the humor, and the playfulness – they make the first half something really special. The miscommunication? Is what makes this such a frustrating read.
The story follows Brock “Romeo” and Stella, two teachers who have become close friends while working together. Brock has been crushing on Stella for longer than he cares to admit, but she seems completely oblivious to his feelings… not that he’s ever revealed them to her. The one time Brock tried to get out of the friend zone, their “date” went off the rails, and now he does everything he can to avoid Stella. But when they’re forced to spend time together at mutual friends’ destination wedding, that becomes impossible. And when Stella ropes Brock into pretending to be her fiancé, the lines between friends and lovers get crossed. But does that mean the same thing to Stella as it does to Brock?
I loved Brock. Call him Romeo if you want; the name suits him in that he is completely devoted to the one girl who is sure to bring him nothing but trouble. He was an unexpected sweet, swoony surprise, with an alpha side that came out at just the right moments. WOW, did that alpha side come out sometimes. At other times, Brock’s frustration was palpable, and it bled off the page so much that it transferred to me. He could’ve saved himself a lot of trouble by having a simple conversation, but I still loved the guy. Stella… I started out liking Stella, but she’s what threatened to tank this love story for me. Neither Brock nor Stella is any good at communicating, and while that’s acknowledged in the book, it was difficult to handle at times. Based on the first half of the book, I really thought this was going to be an easy 5-star rating for me, but that just wasn’t the case. I still liked it – and I loved a lot of it – but… I also kinda wanted to shake some sense into these two. If you’re in the mood for a tense, STEAMY read that will put you through every emotion, then this is still a solid story. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy rom com.
“She went home with someone else that night?”
Hearing the disbelief from my best friend’s mouth makes the events of my failed date sting that much more.
I would like to make it known, I have a lot more swagger than what it seems. I don’t normally ask a girl out, have her fail to recognize it’s a date, and then give me a high five–as if I’m her wingman–and take off with someone else.
No. Normally I’m the one taking the girl home but with Stella, it’s been one failed attempt after another and frankly, I’m done trying.
But thanks to my best friend getting married in Hawaii right before the school year starts, I’m stuck on a tropical island, watching Stella parade around in what she claims is a bathing suit.
Unfortunately, that’s not the worst of it, just the tip of the iceberg. Because what I think is going to be a relaxing vacation, avoiding the one girl I can’t seem to make it work with, has turned into a spectacle of being recruited as Stella’s doting fake fiancé so she can save face with an old “friend” from high school.
Now I’m navigating through purgatory while trying not to get turned on by the way she holds my hand or kisses my jaw. It’s all fake, that’s what I keep telling myself, even though it feels entirely too real.
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While Earn Your Extra Credit will definitely read as a standalone, we met the characters in See Me After Class – which was a great book! So if you want to read in order, then that’s where you should start. Fair warning: See Me After Class is one of Quinn’s most STEAMY and intense reads (like Earn Your Extra Credit), with a hero who will probably turn you off before he turns you on. My 5-star review is one of the first ones to pop up on Amazon, so you can find it there.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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