Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Absolute Beginners by SJ Hooks

Title: Absolute Beginners
Author: SJ Hooks
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: #1
Main Characters: Stephen and Julia
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: Full Fathom Five
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
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.

*This novel contains mature content*

My Review:
I liked this book just in that it was such a different style than normal. The book is told from the hero, Stephen's, POV. Stephen is a nerdy, shy, socially awkward professor. He's fine conversing with others when he's at the front of his class, but in any other setting, he isn't. 

He has a student who drives him batty, Ms. Wilde. Ms. Wilde sits on the front row, interrupts discussions with her points (which are usually right), she dresses all wrong (way too sexy), and she's driving him crazy. His brother says he's hot for her, which Stephen thinks is way off base...until suddenly it isn't. Then Stephen finds himself being schooled in a very different way by Ms. Wilde. 

I enjoyed this book and the story line. This is a seriously forbidden affair. Julia is a decade younger than him and his student. This can't happen, but it does...over and over again. And suddenly Stephen finds that he doesn't want it to end. I liked this book. Stephen is awkward and geeky, but it's his own hang-ups holding him back. He's really sexy and sweet...he just never lets anyone see that until Julia begins to coax it out of him. She's irreverent and in your face. I loved how she simply put things out there with him and left it to him whether he wanted to go for it or not. 

The book is extremely sexy just in that Stephen has hardly any sexual experience at all. Julia takes it upon herself to teach him and that makes for some great and smexy scenes in this book. I liked that about it... a lot. She's just so straight-forward about it all. I loved her for that and it helps him too in that he quickly becomes unafraid to ask questions and eventually make demands.

Both characters have an amazing set of friends who also play heavily into the story. I loved one of the scenes toward the end in the gay bar which was completely fun all the way around. 

I do have to admit that I was shocked when the book ended. While it doesn't end on a cliff-hangar, the book most definitely is NOT finished. I can't wait to read the second installment, although I do wish I had realized it was a two (or more) parter before I started it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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