Schooling the Jock by Eli Easton & Tara Lain

Only an unfair universe makes a guy who’s that gorgeous so damned obnoxious.
A-hoe!
Poindexter!
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?

SCHOOLING THE JOCK is an enemies-to-lovers, opposites attract, campus romance – with one hell of a lightning round.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I was intrigued by the idea of the book, and Eli Easton is one of my favourite authors so I decided to give it a try. And it did not disappoint me. The characters were cool and the pacing was also good, which is always a kind of a risk when it comes to co-written books. If there were no note at the beginning, or the two authors on the cover, I would not have guessed that it was written by two people.

The punishment premise with forcing two members of each fraternity to cross lines and work with the hated other fraternity was interesting although I can easily imagine how it could backfire epically. Luckily for the dean, it seems like it’ll turn out pretty well. It did in this book, and with two more coming… it is intriguing.

I liked the characters although maybe at some points they were slightly resembling stereotypical ideas of the nerds vs jocks, but it never went too far, and there were nice twists. I loved how unapologetically open and nerdy Dobbs was, and how closeted and self-conscious (at some things, at least), Jesse was. So at some points the stereotypes were then completely subverted.

I loved the portrayal of Jesse’s family, how accepting Dobbs was when he was told about twins being autistic and one of the twins being non-verbal. It was sweet how he adapted, never pushed, never got upset… I think this was the point where I basically fell in love with Dobbs, as did Jesse.

I do think that at least THAT scene was too harsh, and a bit…questionable, but Jesse did grovel enough later on *and* managed to help the team to win the Quiz Bowl championship. And he came out to his family, which was a very heartwarming moment.

In the end, it is a pretty sweet, easy, enemies-to-lovers, close proximity story and an interesting read. I am looking forward to reading the second book when it comes out.


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