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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 prov 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.


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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 prov 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.

30 review for Schooling the Jock

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    I love Eli Easton's work, but she doesn't typically write with a coauthor so I was nervous going in. Fortunately, the narrative style is cohesive and the characters' voices distinct. This story contains elements I love: - enemies-to-lovers (opposing frat houses) - opposites attract (super smart nerdy guy vs. football player) - supportive family (I loved Jesse's parents and little brothers, and how much Jesse cared about his family.) ‐ coming out (which is not without angst, as Jesse is used to hid I love Eli Easton's work, but she doesn't typically write with a coauthor so I was nervous going in. Fortunately, the narrative style is cohesive and the characters' voices distinct. This story contains elements I love: - enemies-to-lovers (opposing frat houses) - opposites attract (super smart nerdy guy vs. football player) - supportive family (I loved Jesse's parents and little brothers, and how much Jesse cared about his family.) ‐ coming out (which is not without angst, as Jesse is used to hiding his sexuality for fear of burdening his parents and losing his scholarship) ‐ fun, interesting secondary characters - great chemistry and a decent amount of steam - Quiz Bowl (The competition was exciting, and I loved Dobbs and Jesse's study sessions!) - groveling (Jesse fucks up royally, but he apologizes and eventually does right by Dobbs. And Dobbs doesn't punish Jesse. Both guys show a level of maturity that belies their age, which is so attractive.) - strong HFN (I wouldn't call it a true HEA only because the MCs are so young, although plenty of people marry their college sweethearts.) I have two complaints: - the animosity between the two frat houses seemed OTT; that much anger and hostility made me anxious. ‐ the last line of the book randomly breaks the fourth wall and addresses the reader directly ("as for you, dear reader"). This pulled me out of the story and irritated me to no end. I don't understand why (WHY??) the authors did this, but this dear reader was not happy. Even so, I enjoyed this cute story and am looking forward to other books in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    This was kind of an odd read for me. I typically love Eli's books and was really looking forward to it; however, the pacing seemed a bit slower than I prefer, so the story didn't completely hold my attention. I think it mainly came down to the fact that I honestly couldn't give 2 shits about Quiz Bowl. I've never been a real Jeopardy kinda guy, so all of the parts centering around being quizzed *FOR FUN*, well... not my thing in the slightest. Having been in a fraternity in college, myself, I did This was kind of an odd read for me. I typically love Eli's books and was really looking forward to it; however, the pacing seemed a bit slower than I prefer, so the story didn't completely hold my attention. I think it mainly came down to the fact that I honestly couldn't give 2 shits about Quiz Bowl. I've never been a real Jeopardy kinda guy, so all of the parts centering around being quizzed *FOR FUN*, well... not my thing in the slightest. Having been in a fraternity in college, myself, I did enjoy many of the scenes of Greek life, which made me smile and gave me more than a few flashbacks to some of our own moronic, but 0h-so-fun campus hijinks. My favorite parts of the book were the trips home to visit Jesse's family. I absolutely adored his little brothers and Dobbs' exposure to the very foreign concept of life on a farm. Maintaining interest in the story wasn't a problem there. My very least favorite part of the book was where Jesse's fear caused him to betray Dobbs' trust, which I understood, but wasn't quite so quick to forgive. Shitty behavior is shittttttttty, sorry. I'd rate this book at around 3.25 stars, but suspect that I'll probably like the next book in the series, a flag football, fish-out-o-water tale, much more than I did this one. ----------------------------------------------- This book is *FREE* with Kindle Unlimited membership. See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links) -----------------------------------------------

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisazj1

    3.5 stars. I've never read anything by Tara Lain, I love Eli Easton, so I was ready to read as soon as I saw this. Though I do have to say that there was really nothing new here, I did enjoy the book. It was just what I was looking for before my next read, which I know will be tough. The characters were funny, sweet and imperfect. I loved Jesse's family and how much they cared about each other. And I loved how Dobbs was with Jesse's brothers. Both Jesse and Dobbs' frat brothers were terrific sec 3.5 stars. I've never read anything by Tara Lain, I love Eli Easton, so I was ready to read as soon as I saw this. Though I do have to say that there was really nothing new here, I did enjoy the book. It was just what I was looking for before my next read, which I know will be tough. The characters were funny, sweet and imperfect. I loved Jesse's family and how much they cared about each other. And I loved how Dobbs was with Jesse's brothers. Both Jesse and Dobbs' frat brothers were terrific secondary characters and I'm definitely interested in their stories. However, I did have a couple of small issues. (view spoiler)[When Jesse inevitably screws up *being in the closet is not easy*, I really thought Dobbs forgave him way too easily. I might have forgiven him on the team-member side but the personal side would have required a lot more groveling than we got. And at the end, though we got plenty of flags about who the next books would be about *not to mention that the 2nd one is already up*, to have it addressed directly, while still in the story, was just kind of weird? (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed the epilogue, getting to see them without all the drama *not that it was overdone at all*, and happy together. I'll be looking forward to the rest of the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *3.5 stars* 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 rec *3.5 stars* 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* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  5. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    3.5 Stars!

  6. 5 out of 5

    R.J.

    I remember chatting to Eli about this way back and I loved the idea and was so excited to read it. I wasn’t disappointed - it’s fun and sweet, and sexy, and I can’t wait to read the next books in the series. Eli is an auto-buy reader for me, and I love her writing with Tara. Highly recommended :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    4 Stars If you don’t know this about me already, I’m a huge sucker for college romance books—especially ones that are M/M in theme. And although I haven’t had much experience with Lain’s work in the past, I faithfully worship at the House of Easton, so the decision to start their co-authored new series was a no-brainer for me. With a premise that sees two warring fraternity houses having to essentially work together in order to avoid being disbanded, the story follows Alpha Lambda Alpha jock Jesse 4 Stars If you don’t know this about me already, I’m a huge sucker for college romance books—especially ones that are M/M in theme. And although I haven’t had much experience with Lain’s work in the past, I faithfully worship at the House of Easton, so the decision to start their co-authored new series was a no-brainer for me. With a premise that sees two warring fraternity houses having to essentially work together in order to avoid being disbanded, the story follows Alpha Lambda Alpha jock Jesse, as he gets drafted over to the Sigma Mu Tau Quiz Bowl team for the latest competitive season. Quiz Bowl captain Dobbs couldn’t be more put out by this perceived intellectual hindrance to his team if he tried. But, surprisingly—at least for Dobbs—Jesse actually has a good head on his shoulders, at least as far as ALA jocks go, so actually competing with a chance of success suddenly doesn’t seem like the lost cause it once did, as long as they can whip Jesse into mental shape in time. Pushing past their differences and scrambling through their combined busy schedules, Jesse and Dobbs decide to work one-on-one together to get Jesse as up to speed and as quiz-ready as he can be before each meet. And, as these things so often go, with increased alone-time, where these two not only become friendly but also develop an admiration and respect for one another, a romance begins to bloom, only hindered by the fact that Jesse is deeply closeted for the sake of his family and his education. As the series title suggests, the story heavily leans into the nerd/jock trope, and as far as I’m concerned, it does it well. Although Jesse and Dobbs are as opposite as opposites can be, both playing well into their stereotypical jock and nerd-type roles, they also effortlessly complement one another—at least, once they get past their negative and false preconceived notions of who each other are. The relationship development here was smooth and effortless, and although Jesse’s closet-status earned the story some mild relationship-angst moments, overall, these two were quite lovely together, with little in the way of serious book couple drama (which I appreciated). Beyond liking Jesse and Dobbs themselves, I also quite liked many of their fraternity brothers, and I absolutely loved Jesse’s family, particularly adoring the way they would all do anything to put one another’s happiness first. I also had fun with the whole Quiz Bowl thing. As a trivia lover and game board player, I feel like this would have been hardcore my thing had I grown up in America and attended a college with this sort of socially competitive element. Even though I can imagine these parts of the story being unappealing for some readers, I ate every quiz training/competing moment up, probably enjoying those scenes more than any others that happened throughout the book. Yep, I’m quite the nerd. Overall, this was a really solid start to what I’m expecting to be a very enjoyable and memorable M/M new adult series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anyta Sunday

    Can't wait for the next one ❤️ Can't wait for the next one ❤️

  9. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Schooling the Jock by Eli Easton and Tara Lain starts off silly with a prank gone wrong, but soon after, a sweet romance ensues. I fell in love with both main characters; they were more profound than when we first meet them. Jesse comes across as severe and aloof, but he's carrying so much weight from wanting to do his best for his family. He reminded me of that saying, "You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through, So Be Kind."On the other hand, Dobbs was snarky as hell, but deep down is a Schooling the Jock by Eli Easton and Tara Lain starts off silly with a prank gone wrong, but soon after, a sweet romance ensues. I fell in love with both main characters; they were more profound than when we first meet them. Jesse comes across as severe and aloof, but he's carrying so much weight from wanting to do his best for his family. He reminded me of that saying, "You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through, So Be Kind."On the other hand, Dobbs was snarky as hell, but deep down is a gentle soul. This book has- -Enemies to lovers -Humor, banter -Chemistry -Dual POVs -Moderate steam -Romance -A touch of angst AND leaves us wanting more! This was such a great start to the Nerds vs. Jocks series; I can't wait for the next two installments! Highly recommend it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelsie ♡

    3.5 Stars Low angst, sweet, and nice steam. Wasn’t anything spectacular, but it passed the time nicely.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Llakshmi

    I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK! I think the whole idea of super bowl quiz was entertaining for me and the enemies to lovers trope worked so well in this book I wanted a little more grovelling from Jesse but he still came through in the end so meh. And Dobbs relationship with Eli and Micah melts my heart. 3.75 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  12. 4 out of 5

    Edga

    Nerd/Jock romance. When two of your favourite authors get together to create a series, you know you're in for a treat, and boy, what a treat this was. This book had absolutely everything, as far as I'm concerned: Nerds, Jocks, snark, romance, passion, lots of humour, fantastic secondary characters and great story telling. This first book in this new series, totally blew me away. I absolutely adored this enemies to lovers college sports romance! It has hilarious banter, fabulous characters, insane Nerd/Jock romance. When two of your favourite authors get together to create a series, you know you're in for a treat, and boy, what a treat this was. This book had absolutely everything, as far as I'm concerned: Nerds, Jocks, snark, romance, passion, lots of humour, fantastic secondary characters and great story telling. This first book in this new series, totally blew me away. I absolutely adored this enemies to lovers college sports romance! It has hilarious banter, fabulous characters, insane chemistry, delicious Jocks and snarky nerds. I literally couldn’t put it down. It's so well written and funny, with a little dash of angst thrown in. Jesse and Dobbs were great together, I loved how their relationship developed. A highly enjoyable read, I can’t wait for more in this series. A solid five stars with a believable and happy epilogue. Thank you Ms' Easton and Lain.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lelyana's Reviews

    The theme of this story is actually a cliché romance. A jock met a nerd, jock in the closet, the nerd is out and proud, but they fell in love and love conquers all. But the way Eli Easton and Tara Lain tells the story is captivating and beautiful. Especially when they added family and how much family will support you or kill your dreams. This series can read as stand alone, thee couples, at the same time/event, three books but each book is telling a different story. Started with a silly fight betwe The theme of this story is actually a cliché romance. A jock met a nerd, jock in the closet, the nerd is out and proud, but they fell in love and love conquers all. But the way Eli Easton and Tara Lain tells the story is captivating and beautiful. Especially when they added family and how much family will support you or kill your dreams. This series can read as stand alone, thee couples, at the same time/event, three books but each book is telling a different story. Started with a silly fight between the brain and the muscle, ended in Dean's office, and they had to mingle. It was a chaos in the beginning but ended up with finding out their 'other' talents, and romances. Dobbs is an out and proud geek, had to 'train' Jesse, the closeted jock to do Quiz Bowl. Not really a hard job, surprisingly, Jesse is smarter than they thought. It had to be a regular coaching, but when the coaching involved family and two autistic twins who liked Dobbs too much, it becomes a little bit personal. I won't elaborate why Jesse did that or why he's in the closet while his friend Rand is out. Schooling The Jock is a cute campus romance with an addition two adorable ten year old twins that stole my heart. I enjoyed this story too much it was hard to put it down. Cannot wait to read another two installment in this series! Recommended! ARC provided by GRR ARC team for Lelyana's Reviews. No high rating required.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Fuller

    4.5 Aww I loved this. Both sweet and hot. After a prank gone wrong between the two rival frats, as punishment two from each house must play in their respective house games; quiz bowl or flag football. Jesse, the hardworking, serious, and heavy load carrying jock of the house, is chosen to represent for his frat. In comes Dobbs, his enemy despite also being cute, the captain of said quiz bowl, sexy nerd. After needing to go home one weekend, Dobbs, accompanies Jesse to Iowa to quiz and practice. A 4.5 Aww I loved this. Both sweet and hot. After a prank gone wrong between the two rival frats, as punishment two from each house must play in their respective house games; quiz bowl or flag football. Jesse, the hardworking, serious, and heavy load carrying jock of the house, is chosen to represent for his frat. In comes Dobbs, his enemy despite also being cute, the captain of said quiz bowl, sexy nerd. After needing to go home one weekend, Dobbs, accompanies Jesse to Iowa to quiz and practice. And while in Iowa, the two enemies begin to see each other in a new light. I really appreciated how loyal and open Jesse was about his family, and Dobbs’ immediate reaction of acceptance without awkwardness was so wonderful. It takes a while for Jesse to feel comfortable enough with his sexuality to be what Dobbs needs, but it’s done really well. Jesse’s growth and willingness to be open to those that care about him was so wonderful. The secondary characters were also really awesome. Low angst, sweet AF, funny and a just all around great read. Also, hot. I’m looking forward to the next book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    4.5 stars I was so in the mood for this!! Enemies to lovers college romance with a slowish burn and a heartwarming family visit. In vibe and feel, it reminded me a little of Unwrapping Hank - one of my favourite Eli Easton books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    French_fry

    This is probably more like a 3.5 for me which was a surprise because NA is really not my jam. I love to read about old people finding love and I don't have a lot of patience for young stupidity having lived it once myself. That said, Dobbs and Jesse aren't immature despite their ages. They are both kind, thoughtful people and I enjoyed their story. Enemies to lovers is one of my favourite tropes and there is a bit of that going on here but they aren't stupid about it. Jesse is resolved to do his This is probably more like a 3.5 for me which was a surprise because NA is really not my jam. I love to read about old people finding love and I don't have a lot of patience for young stupidity having lived it once myself. That said, Dobbs and Jesse aren't immature despite their ages. They are both kind, thoughtful people and I enjoyed their story. Enemies to lovers is one of my favourite tropes and there is a bit of that going on here but they aren't stupid about it. Jesse is resolved to do his best and Dobbs is ready to help. I also really enjoyed the twins and their portrayal as full human beings despite their communication challenges and their diagnosis. I wasn't expecting to finish this book much less enjoy it but was very pleasantly surprised.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pjm12

    Most enjoyable College frat enemies to lovers story. I loved how we saw a different side to Jesse with his family, yet he felt completely the same. Dodds was patient and understanding. I also liked how we have to read the next one to see some of this one's resolution (no spoilers). Can't wait. Most enjoyable College frat enemies to lovers story. I loved how we saw a different side to Jesse with his family, yet he felt completely the same. Dodds was patient and understanding. I also liked how we have to read the next one to see some of this one's resolution (no spoilers). Can't wait.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Macko

    3.75 stars. Super cute, low-angst college jock/nerd book! A little emotional but mostly just a lot of fun. I really liked that the “nerd” character was super confident and not at all awkward. The jock was having a bit of a hard time and I loved his family. Super sweet!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Penumbra

    Schooling the Jock is the first book in the ‘Nerds Vs Jocks’ series. It stars Dobbs the nerd, and Jesse the jock. This is told in first person from both Dobbs and Jesse’s povs. (view spoiler)[ I was looking forward to reading this book because it’s co-written by two of my favorite authors, Tara Lain and Eli Easton. I’ve read multiple books by each of them. I enjoyed this story. It had a great plot and conflict having to do with not only the dislike of members of each frat house, but rivalry in com Schooling the Jock is the first book in the ‘Nerds Vs Jocks’ series. It stars Dobbs the nerd, and Jesse the jock. This is told in first person from both Dobbs and Jesse’s povs. (view spoiler)[ I was looking forward to reading this book because it’s co-written by two of my favorite authors, Tara Lain and Eli Easton. I’ve read multiple books by each of them. I enjoyed this story. It had a great plot and conflict having to do with not only the dislike of members of each frat house, but rivalry in competing for the Quiz Bowl, so tension was always present. I won’t rehash the plot because the blurb does a good job of explaining what’s happening. So, I’m not the kind of reviewer to give a book five stars and gush over a story just because an author is my favorite or because I received an ARC. My reviews explain why I did or didn’t like something. There are things I liked about this book, and things I really didn’t like. First the cover. I was confused by who was the jock and the nerd. I thought the nerd was the guy in white and the jock in the glasses because the jock looks more like a swimmer or model than a football player. Besides, Jesse mentions in the story his hair is what’s really noticeable so he wore a cap to hide it when hopping in a car. Jesse is supposed to be very blond. The model on the cover has brown hair. So, I don’t think the cover matches the characters. The authors did a great job with creating distinct main and side characters, and keeping the personalities consistent throughout the story. There is also character growth that was believable. The revelations about Jesse that Dobbs learned about was well done. By the conclusion, I could believe in Jesse and Dobbs as a couple. A few things bothered me at the beginning and the end of the book that brings down the star rating. Info dump. Major info dump for at least the whole first chapter and part of the second. Info about the fraternities, about their hatred for each other, and info about each of the individual guys in both fraternities. The info dump continued on about all the pranks they pulled on each other and the last prank that caused the college dean to demand the frat houses work together or they would be closed down. There was so much info, so many names, so much going on it was majorly confusing and I actually wondered if it was going to continue throughout the book. Another thing that happened at the beginning and had me questioning the story was the hatred. There was so much hatred and anger oozing out of each of the guys from the frat houses it was disturbing. I suppose that’s a compliment to the writers that they could write hatred so well, but at the same time it made me wonder if I wanted to continue reading because the hatred was too potent, and then having to read the info dump at the same time and I was second guessing, ‘What is this book? Do I really want to continue reading it?’ But I stuck with it, but the first couple chapters were a bear to get through. Another thing I didn’t like was the very last sentence of the book. This story is written in first person pov of both Jesse and Dobbs. They bring us close into the events and their emotions. Unfortunately, at the very end, with the very last sentence, Dobbs breaks the fourth wall. It’s confusing enough that it sounds like the authors themselves making the last comment and I had to re-read it over a few times. All I can say it made me angry. I rarely ever feel like I want to throw my ereader against the wall, but breaking the fourth wall did it. Now, I’ll admit it’s a personal thing. I don’t like breaking the fourth wall on anything. Not in plays, not in tv shows, not in books, so maybe it won’t bother most people. What made it worse for me, was that nowhere else in the story does Dobbs do this, it’s only at the end, after I’ve invested emotional interest in the story to make the characters ‘real’. If Dobbs had periodically broken the fourth wall throughout the book, then well, it wouldn’t be a surprise at the end. But he didn’t. What breaking the wall did for me was like Dobbs saying, ‘We aren’t real, we’re just characters in a fictional story,' and because he addressed us as ‘readers’ it sounded like one of the authors inserted themselves in the story to tell us, 'this is just a fictional story and you’re out there and not part of our story.’ Which goes completely against what the authors were trying to do by pulling the readers in by using first person. I don’t know what the authors were trying to accomplish with the last line except maybe being cute, but it totally didn’t work for me. It was the exact opposite. Sadly, it tainted the book to an extent. So yes, I really, really, really dislike the last line. And lastly, it’s clear the authors intend to write the rest of the books in the series as if it’s groundhog’s day. The epilogue has Jesse and Dobbs talking about what happened to the other guys in their frats, but we already know that the events of the frats working together had to occur at the same time. So instead of sequential story plots, the stories will rehash what is going on in Jesse and Dobbs’ timeline at the same time. Overall, the characters were great and so was the plot. The idea revolving around the Quiz Bowl was great and I liked the tension it carried throughout the book. The huge info dump slowed the beginning down, and breaking the fourth wall absolutely did not work for me. Usually, it’s the middle that bogs down a story, but here it’s the middle that saved it. I was looking forward to giving this the full star treatment, but I honestly can’t. I give Schooling the Jock 4 Stars. Even though this story had some issues, if you get past the beginning and don’t mind the last sentence, it’s actually quite good and I’d recommend reading it. Also, the characters are so well-written that I will read the following books in the series, because yeah, characters. (hide spoiler)] I received an ARC of this book from the authors for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Ah, the never ending appeal of an enemies to lovers tale. This story even has the forever classic jocks vs. nerds setup, which is so hard to resist. I know I can’t! So let the snark and sparks fly… A longstanding frat house feud sets our scene. The silly pranks and ridiculous name calling has been going on for years. But this college dean has had enough! Both fraternities are ordered to work together or be shut down for good. So now two “poindexters” have to play flag football with the jocks and Ah, the never ending appeal of an enemies to lovers tale. This story even has the forever classic jocks vs. nerds setup, which is so hard to resist. I know I can’t! So let the snark and sparks fly… A longstanding frat house feud sets our scene. The silly pranks and ridiculous name calling has been going on for years. But this college dean has had enough! Both fraternities are ordered to work together or be shut down for good. So now two “poindexters” have to play flag football with the jocks and two “A-hoes” have to be a part of the brainy Quiz Bowl. Can these houses learn to see past their rivalry and preconceived notions to save the day? Or will it be a plague on both their houses? Jeffrey “Dobbs” Dobson is a “boy snark machine” and all about Quiz Bowl. But now his winning season is at risk because of a jock in the mix. Can he bring this “dumb jock” up to speed and still win? Our supposed dumb jock is Jesse Knox. The most stuck up, gorgeous athlete of the bunch. Or at least that’s how Dobbs sees him. Dobbs can’t stand Jesse! Except for those green eyes and 6’3, broad shouldered body that…no, no. Dobbs refuses to drool. Plus Jesse thinks Dobbs is obnoxious and mouthy. Well…except for that naughty professor vibe Dobbs has going on. Nope. No. Jesse can’t get distracted. But an unexpected road trip home and some personal one-on-one training might change everything for these two. At page one, I was hooked. I could feel the fun and tension instantly. Mostly I just liked spending time with both Jesse and Dobbs though--learning their stories and schedules and struggles and watching them slowly begin to see the real person under all the walls of defense. Plus the frat guys and Jesse’s family added even more laughs and love to the story. It all added up to a sweet, big hearted read that made my heart flip and smile. Come join the fun! This is book one in the series and I can’t wait for more. Favorite word along the way: (view spoiler)[ “cockesthenics” (hide spoiler)]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kk

    ❤❤❤❤❤ IN TOTAL LUV!!!! Excellent work...Shy closeted jock & a snarky nerd. The dialogue is spot on with giggles all around. The feels popped up often in all the right places...and the sexy times were Hottttttt. Im already shipping the guys ! Bubba & Hedgehog are next.. Definitely Jax & Rand...lots of sexual tension there. Maybe Tray & Felix... Just for laughs because Johnson & Billings are never apart, put them with PJ... Bottom line- Cant wait for more!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ed Davis

    Eli Easton is one of my favorite writers. I usually don’t care for books about college students, but this one was great. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series about Bubba and Hedgehog.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved this! It was filled with so many of my favorite things...nerds, jocks, college frats, coming out, study sessions that lead to more, strong family bonds...it was just fabulous!  Jesse and Dobbs were great together. What starts out as a mandate from the Dean in order for both frats to not lose their charters, turns into a wonderful story of finding friendship and love where you'd least expect it.  I absolutely loved Jesse, that poor boy was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders I loved this! It was filled with so many of my favorite things...nerds, jocks, college frats, coming out, study sessions that lead to more, strong family bonds...it was just fabulous!  Jesse and Dobbs were great together. What starts out as a mandate from the Dean in order for both frats to not lose their charters, turns into a wonderful story of finding friendship and love where you'd least expect it.  I absolutely loved Jesse, that poor boy was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and once he let Dobbs into his life and his heart he finally started to see he could enjoy life and let things go. I have always loved Eli Easton's books, but Tara Lain was a new to me author. This was a fantastic collaboration and I am so excited there are two more books coming with more romance between the fraternities.  This book had great dialogue, humor and snark, sweetness, steaminess, strong family bonds, and great friendships. I enjoyed it so much!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueleen ♡

    Who doesn't love the nerd/ jock trope? Not this girl. This is the first time these authors have not only cowritten a book together, but cowritten anything at all. I must say I think it was a total success. The book started off a bit slow, but picked up around the middle and kept on from there. I loved the idea of two rival Greek fraternities: one being a house full of jocks and the other a house full of... well, nerds. Not only are they rivals, but the two houses commonly pull pranks on each oth Who doesn't love the nerd/ jock trope? Not this girl. This is the first time these authors have not only cowritten a book together, but cowritten anything at all. I must say I think it was a total success. The book started off a bit slow, but picked up around the middle and kept on from there. I loved the idea of two rival Greek fraternities: one being a house full of jocks and the other a house full of... well, nerds. Not only are they rivals, but the two houses commonly pull pranks on each other which get them in trouble more often than not. The latest prank is actually what lands them all in hot water and the predicament they are in for the book. Two nerds must join the jock house's flag football team, while two jocks must compete on the Quiz bowl team for the nerd house. Both are furious and believe their teams are going to be ruined by the other, which then leads to a bet so the best of each house is brought forth. Jesse is one of the jocks sent over to be on the Quiz bowl team of which Dobbs is the captain. Neither are pleased, nor did they realize that this was what would put them on their path to falling in love. First impressions are not always correct. This is fact I try to remember when meeting new people and a lesson both Dobbs and Jesse learn quickly. Dobbs think Jesse is some muscle bound stuck up airhead, while Jesse thinks Dobbs is just a sarcastic guy who runs his mouth. Dobbs is dead wrong. Jesse is a nursing student who is at the college on a scholarship. He takes his academics very seriously. He's not stuck up, he's hiding. No one knows he's gay and he is desperately trying to keep it that way. Jesse is sort of on point about Dobbs. He IS a sarcastic guy who tends to let his mouth run away with him, but he is much much more than that. He's also thoughtful and kind. When circumstances lead to him meeting Jesses younger siblings who are twins with autism, he tries very hard to connect with them and never treats them like they are different. I'm pretty sure that is what clinched their inevitability of coming together. Jesse adores his family and anyone who treats them right is A-OK in his book. The major issue in the book is Jesse being in the closet. Not only are his major reasons pretty thin (view spoiler)[ He thinks being out will cost him his football scholarship. Not only is that illegal, but he actually knows more than one out player for the college. (hide spoiler)] , but it causes him extreme anxiety and stress. If even a hint of gay is mentioned around him he freaks and lashes out. I felt bad for him. Here is someone who does everything they can to be a good friend, brother, and son yet none of these people actually know the real him. Dobbs is the first person to ever see him for real. I totally enjoyed this book and am happy to report there are already two more in the series being written. My grabby hands really want book three because it is going to be about Jax and Rand both of whom are president of their respective houses. The best part? They loathe each other. A real good enemies to lovers trope is always a win with me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    2.5 rounded down This was fine. I probably would have DNF'd it in a different mood, and overall I'd say I enjoyed it more than not, but as much as I enjoy sports and/or university-related MM romance, I'm very much over the jock/geek pairing (it's so rarely done well) and equally over childish frat-boy pranks. I really didn't understand the animosity here--it felt quite forced and put me off both the characters. The smut resulting in the stereotypical "you're a jock so I figured you'd top" despite 2.5 rounded down This was fine. I probably would have DNF'd it in a different mood, and overall I'd say I enjoyed it more than not, but as much as I enjoy sports and/or university-related MM romance, I'm very much over the jock/geek pairing (it's so rarely done well) and equally over childish frat-boy pranks. I really didn't understand the animosity here--it felt quite forced and put me off both the characters. The smut resulting in the stereotypical "you're a jock so I figured you'd top" despite the fact that said jock said he was vers' was also just annoying, as if the co-authors weren't actually reading one anothers parts or just weren't being consistent. I don't plan on reading more of this series as I'm actually squicked just by reading the summary of book 2--as if the jock/nerd, childish fratboy storylines arent enough, now we get to deal with fatphobia and "makeovers" because the chubby boy can't get laid without losing weight, definitely not a disgusting and problematic storyline.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Superbly done college-aged enemies to lovers Two of my favourite mm authors writing a book together? An mm romance that's like a story arc on Greek the tv show? Yes please, I'm in. This is a college aged romance with enemies to lovers and forced proximity tropes. Dobbs and Jesse are from feuding fraternity houses and are forced to work together after the Dean intervenes. Along the way, they discover they might have more in common than they first thought. The way the authors' have written these two Superbly done college-aged enemies to lovers Two of my favourite mm authors writing a book together? An mm romance that's like a story arc on Greek the tv show? Yes please, I'm in. This is a college aged romance with enemies to lovers and forced proximity tropes. Dobbs and Jesse are from feuding fraternity houses and are forced to work together after the Dean intervenes. Along the way, they discover they might have more in common than they first thought. The way the authors' have written these two characters discovering that they've made incorrect assumptions about each other feels very organic, and the way Jesse and Dobbs interact with Jesse's family is just beautifully done. Even the inevitable breaking point is cleverly handed and felt authentic. I particularly enjoyed Dobbs' very self aware reaction to this plot point, it made for a very healthy conclusion instead of reinforcing toxic behaviours that often exist in college romances (more so in MF, but to a degree in MM). The side characters are all super memorable, and the authors' mention in their notes that they have two more stories coming out involving some of these guys so definitely keep an eye out. Read this if you like Tara Lain or Eli Easton, the CU Hockey universe by Eden Finley and Saxon James, college romance, nerds vs jocks, kooky side characters, forced proximity and enemies to lovers. I received an ARC and have chosen to leave an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew

    A breezy opposites-attract story, with pleasant characters. There's nothing terribly new here, though, and the "conflict" situation is so ridiculously forced that I nearly gave up. I may stop reading college / NA romance. It's very hard to credit the naively unclouded HEAs when both MCs are barely 20, with significant life challenges ahead. A breezy opposites-attract story, with pleasant characters. There's nothing terribly new here, though, and the "conflict" situation is so ridiculously forced that I nearly gave up. I may stop reading college / NA romance. It's very hard to credit the naively unclouded HEAs when both MCs are barely 20, with significant life challenges ahead.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    There were few moments of authentic emotion but generally, it didn't deliver on conflict. Dobbs was a little too perfect, with the kids, Jesse's parents, Jesse. Jesse felt more real but he also fell into Quiz Bowl faster than I'd expected. Still better than most books I've read recently. There were few moments of authentic emotion but generally, it didn't deliver on conflict. Dobbs was a little too perfect, with the kids, Jesse's parents, Jesse. Jesse felt more real but he also fell into Quiz Bowl faster than I'd expected. Still better than most books I've read recently.

  29. 4 out of 5

    San

    🌟 5 'HIT THE BUZZER' STARS 🌟 Opposites in every way Jesse & Dobbs are not excited to work together on the Quiz Bowl tournament. Dobbs doesn't want a haughty, stuck-up jock on his team and Jesse has no time to get distracted by an annoying, mouthy nerd. Okay so Dobbs also thinks Jesse is sinfully handsome and Jesse is mostly distracted by Dobbs' hot librarian vibes but that's beside the point...or so they think. I once again applaud the characterization. I adored how we get to see the layers of eac 🌟 5 'HIT THE BUZZER' STARS 🌟 Opposites in every way Jesse & Dobbs are not excited to work together on the Quiz Bowl tournament. Dobbs doesn't want a haughty, stuck-up jock on his team and Jesse has no time to get distracted by an annoying, mouthy nerd. Okay so Dobbs also thinks Jesse is sinfully handsome and Jesse is mostly distracted by Dobbs' hot librarian vibes but that's beside the point...or so they think. I once again applaud the characterization. I adored how we get to see the layers of each characters. Both authors make you love Jesse & Dobbs. Separately and together. The strength in this book lies with having two very different people complementing each other so well they make each other better people individually. I know Eli Easton does this beautifully but I wasn't familiar with Tara Lain's work. If I remember correctly Tara wrote most of Jesse's POV and it was him that tugged on my heartstrings more. Apparantly I've been missing out on one fantastic author and I'm going to pick up Tara's books for sure! And while this was a co-authored book I never felt like I was reading two different voices; their writing styles blended together seamlessly. The biggest lesson or take away: don't make assumptions about someone. You never know what someone is struggling with. And people don't fit into just one box, or one frat in this case. Both authors did a fantastic job conveying that message. All the characters were very distinct. Even within the frat the nerds & jocks were not the same type of people, fitting a stereotypical mold, but very much fleshed out characters with their own quirks. "Dobbs had challenged me in more ways than one. And maybe, just maybe, my world could be a lot bigger than I'd realized." Jesse & Dobbs surprised each other. Time and time again they were confronted by their own assumptions and as they got to know each other they found something unexpected and beautiful and precious. "He'd spoken the word out loud, and my heart felt sore and tender as if someone had inserted a long-forgotten key into a rusty lock. Click." Also quizzes make me very competitive so the Quiz Bowl scenes read like an action sequence 😂 I just finished the book and I still have adrenaline rushing through my body! Even though I knew none of the answers I was rooting for our MCs to win so hard. Seriously kudos to the authors for coming up with those questions. This is just one of those stories that leave you feeling giddy. The epilogue made my heart burst with joy and I finished the book with a big grin on my face. This book really got to me 😩 Alexa, play In My Feelings by Drake 😭 *in a puddle of feels* Just leave me here until the second book comes out!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    What a truly fantastic book , I started last night in bed finished this morning in bed ... I definitely couldn’t put this wonderful book down I just had to know what could and would happen. Everything in this book is 100% me — all that I love in one book , I was in total heaven. The connection between Dobbs & Jesse is thrilling and delicious, when they sizzled they burned .. An outstanding story one that I will not forget, with brilliant writing that made me “ see” all the characters. A completely di What a truly fantastic book , I started last night in bed finished this morning in bed ... I definitely couldn’t put this wonderful book down I just had to know what could and would happen. Everything in this book is 100% me — all that I love in one book , I was in total heaven. The connection between Dobbs & Jesse is thrilling and delicious, when they sizzled they burned .. An outstanding story one that I will not forget, with brilliant writing that made me “ see” all the characters. A completely different storyline written beautifully. Certain parts I cried happy cries holding my head with the tension — that’s for me it’s a wonderful, fantastic,perfect book. Added with perfect banter which is exhilarating and funny. Beautiful characters everyone . Thank you Eli Easton & Tara Lain for writing this perfect book .

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