Book Review – Schooling the Jock by Eli Easton and Tara Lain

Nerds vs Jocks #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 233
Characters: Dobbs/Jesse
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, series

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?

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

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I’m already a huge fan of both these authors so I had to read a book they’d co-written. I loved Dobbs and Jesse’s story. It’s a wonderful example of enemies to lovers, and how easy it is to judge someone by stereotypes and presumptions and be totally wrong.

Dobbs and Jesse are both very layered characters, and so much more than they appear on the surface. Dobbs is intelligent, kind, and witty, and I particularly loved the scenes with him and Jesse’s autistic twin brothers. I liked how he and Jesse, while initially forced together, began to realise there was more to the other they they’d originally thought. They both come out of their shells, and I enjoyed not only their romance, but their relationship. I felt for Jesse with how he feels he has to stay closeted and his unfounded fears of what would happen if he’s true to himself. I loved how he soon shows he’s far from a stereotypical jock and is intelligent and his football scholarship is more of a means to get to his dream, than who he is.

The scenes with his family are wonderful and heartfelt, yet don’t pull punches about how difficult things can be either raising autistic twins. I thought the authors did a great job in showing Jesse’s fears. It doesn’t excuse what he does to Dobbs, and I liked that Dobbs will remind him of that too. I thought Dobbs’ reaction was realistic.

The supporting cast are interesting and quirky, and I’m already looking forward to more in this series. I’d already guessed there was something going on between two of the characters, so I’m happy they are getting their own book. It’s also obvious right from the start that Dobbs and Jesse are attracted to each other, but instead of detracting from my enjoyment of their story, it added to it, as I was waiting for sparks to fly. Denying emotions and a connection that strong never works.

The Quiz Bowl was an exciting icing on top of this story as I love anything quiz related.

5 out of 5 stars.

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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