Saturday, March 27, 2021

ARC Review: Schooling the Jock by Eli Easton and Tara Lain

Schooling the JockFrom the blurb:

Only an unfair universe makes a guy who’s that gorgeous so damned obnoxious.

Snarky, superbrain Dobbs and snooty football star Jesse stare at each other from their rival frat houses on opposites sides of the street -- and opposite sides of everything else.

Alpha Lambda Alpha and Sigma Mu Tau have been sworn enemies for decades. Then one disastrous prank proves to be the final straw, and the college dean blows his cork!

Work together or lose both your houses.

Question - -How can Dobbs win his coveted Quiz Bowl championship when he’s forced to put a dumb jock on his team? Answer -- Lots of personal schooling.

But when personal becomes very personal, Jesse risks causing his overtaxed family one more huge worry and the running back starts running.

Will Dobbs give up on the shocked jock, or show him that the answer to the big question is, Yes?

Heather's rating: 

It's been a very long time since I've read a Tara Lain book, but I was excited about her collaboration with Eli Easton in Schooling the Jock. And while it wasn't perfect, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up liking this story.

I don't think I'll ever get sick of the geek jock pairing, no matter how overdone. There is just something about it that works for me. However, I'm drifting farther and farther away from new adult romances, and so I wasn't sure about how I would receive Schooling the Jock.
TBH, I wasn't into the fake animosity and frat house antics. I was yawn-city with some of the posturing and dumb banter between frat boys. Still, I was very much drawn to this story. For one, I'm currently on a weekly zoom trivia team with a group of my friends (yes, I'm that cool), and so I felt a personal connection to the quiz bowl environment. I still think that Jesse caught on too quickly and unrealistically for my tastes, but I loved the nerdiness of it all. It made me with I had been on my college quiz bowl team.

I also liked how the opposites-attract romance played out. I liked the kick of emotion and tension near the end (more groveling next time, please), and I enjoyed seeing Jesse and Dobbs grow and connect. There was a spark there, even if it took awhile to feel romance-y and not just like attraction for me.

I sense great potential with this series (I'm ready for the next one), and I think it was a decent start to something light and fun. Sure, Schooling the Jock wasn't particularly new or interesting, but it did hit the spot.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*


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