Book Title: Extra Credit Author: Poppy Dunne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
The first time I saw Will Munroe I had him pegged as a typical LA douchebag—a little too handsome, a little too rich, a little too into his probiotic kale smoothies. The next time I ran into him—at his daughter’s parent/teacher conference (me: teacher, he: parent)—I noticed his steel grey eyes, his hard chest under a crisp white button down, and his suggestively bare ring finger. I was hooked.
If life really imitated art, he’d have swept me off my feet and taken me right there on the principal's desk. Instead, we are stuck in our assigned roles. He’s the workaholic single dad of a precocious girl child, and I’m her fiery substitute teacher. Never the two shall meet. Enter one zany, yurt-dwelling ex-wife, a stock market that never sleeps, and some over-the-top, A-list fundraisers, and I've got plenty of drama ahead. Better to keep my hands to myself.
But when Will asks me out for a pancake breakfast, how can I resist? My heart (and my stomach) say yes, but am I willing to risk my job for a short stack and a romp in the hay? A slow, sensual, mind-blowing romp in the hay…
But where there’s a Will…
While snogging a parent.
Snogging’s a great word.
Okay, brain. Let’s get back to it.
“That was…” Will’s voice trails off. The tone is deep, rugged, sexy.
I respond, “Shhweee.” I think I was looking for the word sweet, but we’ll never know.
“Very,” he agrees. He steps away, even though every molecule in my body right now is telling me to fling myself back at this tall, infuriating, infuriatingly gorgeous man. But just as I’m about to throw caution and my bra to the wind, someone adorable comes bouncing up to us, her mouse-eared hoodie still on.
Seriously smart, sexy rom coms by Poppy Dunne are my new favorite. Extra Credit is everything I wanted and more with it's sexy hero, sassy heroine, laugh out loud funnies and sweet sexy times. I've read a lot of funny books and Ms. Dunne ranks right up there at the top.
Chelle is ready to mold the minds of young theatre students and she's good at it. Now she just needs someone to give her a shot-permanently. She's moved from place to place temporarily setting up shop until she moves on. Becoming a substitute in a new school district is her final shot at putting down roots. The longer she stays, the more she loves it even if kale isn't her favorite and her crazy hair has probably thrown her chakras permanently out of whack. But one thing she finds here that she really, really likes is Will-the parent to one of her more clever students. He might be a workaholic, no funny business kind of guy but he also fills out his t-shirts really well and is obviously dedicated to his daughter.
But as much as Chelle would love to climb on to Will and never let go, it's a no go zone-well, it should be. But what the school doesn't know won't hurt them. As Chelle learns how to navigate the waters that surround life in LA, Will finds it impossible to stop thinking about the spirited theatre teacher whom his daughter adores. She's everything his ex-wife isn't and nothing he thought he wanted yet exactly what he finds he needs. They just have a few things to iron out first.
Right from page one, I was hooked. I laughed and laughed. Then laughed some more. Now I live in one of those middle of the country flyover states that people can't tell apart so I found all the references to LA absolutely delightful. It was like LA became part of the story and not just as the setting. Add in the eccentric cast of side characters and I was learning about a life style that I'll likely never encounter and I couldn't get enough.
And I can't forget Will and Chelle. Oh Em Gee. I adored them both. They were complete opposites but just so obviously perfect for each other. Will was all quiet and demanding while Chelle was a bit zany but dedicated. Watching them tip toe around each other as they moved closer to combustion was pure romance perfection. Neither was perfect but their problems weren't so outrageous that they didn't make sense and make me believe in them. By the end I was a little giddy and lot ready for more from Ms. Poppy.
Reviewed by Paige
★★☆ 5 "Quirky" Stars ☆★★
After ten years of hiding behind a bathroom door, Poppy Dunne has sent both children to school, emerged from the bathroom, and is excited to release Room Service, a romantic comedy plotted mostly on the toilet.
Poppy writes books with relatable heroines who speak their minds and whose riotous inner dialogue reflects their complex characters. Her goal is to deliver a story that has equal parts heart, romance and humor. Her heroes are swoon worthy, yet hold on to your suspension of disbelief, because they pick up their own socks and cook.
In her free time, she looks for hobbies other than Netflix and procrastinating to fill out this author bio. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.