Absolute Lovers (Absolute #2) by S.J. HooksAbsolute Lovers by S.J. Hooks
Published June 2015
Series: Absolute #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Forbidden Romance
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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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.

Stephen Worthington is everything you would expect from a literature professor: old-fashioned cord trousers, big-sized shirts, side-combed hair, and glasses. Except he is only 33 years old, and is an absolute beginner in all things sexual.

But that was before his rebellious student Julia Wilde schools him in exactly that department. Yet, while the two of them are having a great time in the bedroom, Stephen finds himself falling more and more for his beautiful student.

What I loved about this book:

  • Can’t think of anything

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The lacking storyline
  • The sappy love-confessions were too much
  • The cheesy and cliché main character

Absolute Lovers has got to be the most disappointing sequel I have read this year. I find this very unfortunate since I absolutely loved Absolute Beginners.

What bothered me the most in this book was the lack of story. There wasn’t anything major going on in terms of intrigue, making way too much time for countless sex scenes (yay!) and sappy reiterations of “I love you”, “Sweetheart”, “I miss you”, “She’s the love of my life” etc. (nay!)

So yes, all of this book was way too cheesy. I was waiting for the sappy love-professions to end and make way to some proper story but at 50% through the book, I realized there would be nothing captivating coming way apart from the occasional and uneventful running-into-the-ex moment. Maybe I would have had a different feeling about it if there had been a better story than just Stephen and Julia getting to know each other better (because honestly, there wasn’t much more of a storyline), so that’s my take on this book. I would have wanted to hear more about Julia’s friends or even Stephen’s stepbrother Matt. Yet, I was only awarded with glimpses of what was going on in their lives…

And again, the whole student/teacher thing was completely left behind – a full non-issue – while it could have been an interesting turning point in the story.

Last but not least, what I also disliked was Stephen’s POV. As sexy and charming as it was in Absolute Beginners, it now just came across as idiotic. While you would have assumed that Stephen would have become more self-assured, he’s still the same self-conscious and unsure “boy” he was before – but worse. Some of the stuff that went through his head at times… I just wanted to roll my eyes at his inner monologue. Don’t get me wrong, he was cute and sexy, but some of his inner monologue just killed it for me. Surprisingly, I had nothing against Julia, who behaved like a normal and plausible person.

In summary, I really loved Absolute Beginners, but Absolute Lovers is unfortunately the prime example of a bad sequel where the story just completely lost its interest, and that’s a real shame… I would still encourage you to read the first book, though, since it really was great.

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