Getting Schooled is a college-set enemies-to-lovers romance between two non-traditional students. Reese is a 26 year old grad student working under her mother, a professor of Black lit. Jason is a 28 year old Army vet who was honorably discharged after a helicopter crash (maybe a plane crash, apologies) took the bottom half of one of his legs. He's back home to get a mechanical engineering degree and is working with his father and brothers at the family car dealership.
There's definitely a gray-area here, with Reese not technically having control of his grades but being his Professor's daughter and his TA. They first start talking because he submits a paper to her for feedback and she falls in love with his brain. But since he wasn't quite doing the assignment, she tells him the paper would get a 68 as submitted. He comes in to the office and sparks fly, both the sexual and the argument varieties. These two love to fight and I loved to read it.
One of the things I appreciated about this book is that even though Jason was in a physically traumatic accident in the military, it's Reese who has the PTSD. She was in a car accident with her father six years prior that ended with his death and derailed her life for a few years. She's still dealing with nightmares and panic attacks and Jason knows how to help because he's helped some of his Army friends go through some of the same.
I also adored Reese's mom and Jason's dad, who end up dating as well. It's a little weird for Reese and Jason, but it never actually feels weird as a reader and everyone is a grown-up about the whole thing. Jason's mom died a few years ago and the three brothers were so supportive of their dad and just want him to be happy. *sob*
Anyway, I loved the book and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Reese has the best best-friend and she's the heroine of the next book so I'm pretty damn excited. She's paired with the doctor brother, and the last brother is a single dad writer. So like, all the catnip.
Suzanne borrowed this audiobook from Hoopla via her library.
Content Warnings: parental death from cancer and car accident, discussion of ableism, cheating, discussion of past drug and alcohol abuse, PTSD, panic attacks, grief