ARC Book Review | 'See Me After Class' By Meghan Quinn*


2020 is definitely the year my love for romance books skyrocketed.

Let’s get one thing straight – being stuck in two lockdowns, there’s definitely not much else to do at the moment. So what better way to pass the time than filling my days with catching up on the hottest, latest reads from some of my favourite authors? It’s a great way to pass the time, plus if I get to escape into another world for a couple of hours and bypass what’s happening around us at the moment, well let’s say I’m all for it.

So when the opportunity to give USA Today Best Selling Author Meghan Quinn’s latest offering a go, I was all for it. Having read some of Quinn’s books in the past, most notable the sports romance books (I have a weakness, clearly), I knew I was in for a treat, especially after reading the blurb.

"Did you have relations with my brother . . ."

Good question.

I’d like to preface this by saying it was never my intention to ever get involved in a workplace romance, let alone get involved with the most surly, agitating, and pompous man I’ve ever met who just so happens to be my new friend’s brother.

My intentions were to show students how English and reading books could actually be fun and make a new life for myself in the suburbs of Chicago.

But so far, I’ve managed to be called into the principal’s office.

Coerced into participating in the teacher's badminton league.

And instigated into passionate fights with Arlo Turner over education and decorum while losing my underwear at the same time.

Known as Mr. Turns Me On, he’s the reason I might get fired from my first ever teaching job.

Greer Gibson is ready to start her new job and make a difference teaching English through new methods, as well as taking on a role as volleyball coach at one of the most prestigious public schools in the country. One thing she doesn’t expect however is having to deal with the surly, stuck-up attitude of her fellow colleague Mr. Arlo Turner, someone who she immediately hates but also finds herself strangely attracted to.

'I want something sweet. Something naughty. Something that rocks my word and changes the colors around me. I want . . . love.'

Greer is a sweet and young protagonist, with an optimistic outlook on life and teaching. She wants to bring a fresh outlook and feel to teaching, but straight from the outset its clear she has some opposition – in none other than her colleague Arlo. As the two butt heads Greer decides he needs to be taught a lesson of his own, resulting in pranks that ultimately lead to…punishment if you catch my drift.

Arlo is a grumpy, set in his ways but sexy hero. He can be a complete pain at times, but Quinn manages to keep him on the side of not being completely insufferable. You can tell that behind all the bite he has a reason for being the way he is, and when he finally starts to let his walls down it’s difficult not to fall in love with him.

I’m all for a enemies to lovers romance at the end of the day, and I love seeing how authors manage to show the progress of relationships from hate to love. It truly is a talent, and it’s definitely one Quinn excels at – seeing the main characters go from the denial of attraction and hating each other to falling slowly in love was a beautiful and emotional journey. Their connection and relationship is explosive from the start, and the chemistry practically pours off the page. There’s an undeniable connection there, and the bickering and slow burn was incredible – plus when the two finally give in to what they’re feeling, boy is it worth it.

'The proper term would be bewitched...utterly bewitched.'

The side characters were a breath of fresh air aswell – especially Keiko! More often than not I’ve found that the secondary characters can make or break a book – if they’re not on some level worth reading about, I can quickly lose interest in a book. When we first meet Keiko she’s definitely…different than you may expect. Very literal, I didn’t know if I’d warm to her at first, but after a few interactions she’d quickly burrowed her way into my heart. What a girl!

Overall the book is such a feel good rom com, I found myself wanting more long after I’d finished reading. There’s a perfect amount of tension, push and pull between the characters, and angst to keep you invested until the very last page. I absolutely loved seeing Greer and Arlo’s relationship develop, and oh my GOD were the romance scenes hot. Like seriously, burning. Plus the way Arlo wins her over in the end…so sweet and perfect for the characters. I honestly couldn’t imagine a better ending for these two!

Have you read any books by Meghan Quinn? Or are you planning on adding See Me After Class to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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