Absolute Beginners & Absolute Lovers by S.J. Hooks Review


Absolute Beginners & Absolute Lovers

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5 Star

Professor Stephen Worthington’s life makes perfect sense.

He teaches classes on Tuesdays and Fridays. He has dinners with his parents on the weekend. He goes to the gym with his comically crass stepbrother, Matt, a few days each week. And every night, he heads home at a reasonable hour, alone.

There’s only one thorn in Stephen’s perfectly organized side: Ms. Julia Wilde. Never has Stephen dealt with a more unruly student. She’s rude, provocative, infuriating—and she dresses in a way that is completely unbecoming for a lady. Stephen can’t wait for the semester to be over, and then he’ll never have to see her again.

That is, until Stephen finds himself out of the classroom and in Julia’s apartment. Suddenly, the student/teacher roles are reversed, and the professor receives a much-needed lesson between the sheets. Stephen thought his life made sense, but after his tryst with Julia, he finds himself changed in more ways than one. Maybe he’s coming down with something.

Or maybe, something a little out of the ordinary is exactly what this stuffy professor needs to really live.


I absolutely loved this first book….
Teacher student books are my weakness. The whole forbiddeness of it all.
I just love it.Usually you get the girl student that super shy and experience. But in this book it’s the opposite. The student was the one to teach the teacher. It was something different. I really was feeling everything about this book!Stephen and Julia was so hot together. Julia really knew how to handle Stephen. She was super patient with him and allowed him to slowly spread his wings. She was a great teacher to him in the bedroom. He was just super shy and reserved! And she just brought another side of Stephen out.
He really let it all go with her.The relationship started off so casual. Julia called all the shots. Stephen was really fighting his feeling of what his body really wanted. Julia awakened Stephen in ways he never felt before. He really had a hard time letting go.
But as time went on…. He really opened up to her and started to relax.
I loved that.The ending of this book left me feeling like there was hope for both of them. Julia was opening herself up to Stephen and Stephen wanted to be with Julia as a couple and not just as a casual thing.I can’t wait to read book 2 to see how this story ends with big of them.

 *ARC provided by Full Fathom Five via Netgalley*
5 Star

Professor Stephen Worthington has been schooled in the bedroom by free-spirited student Julia Wilde. But what started as a casual arrangement has turned into so much more—at least for Stephen.

Head over heels, Stephen is tired of being just “sex buddies.” Julia’s resisting, but her blithe attitude towards keeping it casual may just be a front. Can he prove to her that their amazing sexual chemistry can mix with romance and ultimately win her heart?

In this eagerly awaited sequel to S.J. Hooks’ successful first novel, Absolute Beginners, readers will find themselves riding alongside Stephen and Julia’s highs and lows as their friends-with-benefits relationship reaches a crossroads. Absolute Lovers’ humor and romance will tease and delight both dedicated fans and new readers alike.

Absolute Lovers is the final installment in the Absolute Novels series.

This novel contains mature content.


I LOVED this book. Stephen has come a long way and he truly has let go and embraced his new found sex life!…lol

I felt the tables turn a bit in this book and Julia was the one that needed Stephan to be her rock and fight for them to be together. They were both so scared and both were in new territory with being in a relationship.

This book picks up right from where book one ended. Almost makes me think why make 2 books at all. And just make 1 whole book.

There was a lot of growth from both characters in this second book. And I loved that. I loved how confident Stephen was becoming in the bedroom and in everyday situations.
He really found himself.
He just needed someone to show him and guide him.
Julia had to let her guard down and let Stephen in. Which wasn’t very easy for her. She was burned by a past boyfriend that kind of shaped her to who she is today.
I think that’s why Stephen was perfect for her. She was able to be in charge but at the same time open up and to him on her terms.
And… I think that was the key for both of them.

The sex was out of this work in this book! They were so hot together! I loved how they were so open with each other and just tried everything!

There was a lot of funny little moments in this book that just had me laughing so loud!

The sex shop visit and what happens after had me laughing! Omg that was so funny!
And I loved Matt in both books! He was so funny too!

I’m so glad I read this book! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for other books this author puts out!

*ARC provided by Full Fathom Five via Netgalley*
About this author

Although she is a native of Denmark, SJ Hooks has always had a keen interest in the English language. She has a BA in English Literature and is close to finishing her MA in American Studies. As a student and a working mother of two special needs children, her days are busy. At night, when she isn’t passed out on the couch, she’s in front of her computer, writing stories of love, humor and passion – the best things in life. Her dream is to build a career as a full-time author and give her children the life they deserve.


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