Absolute Lovers (Absolute, Book 2), by S.J. Hooks

18 Jul

25215292Format: e-ARC, 268 pages

Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital

Published: June 24, 2015

ISBN: 9781633700598

Genre: Contemporary romance, erotica

Back cover blurb: 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.

My review: I really wanted to like this more, given my love for Absolute Beginners and Hooks’ other online works. However, I really struggled to get through this and just felt like Stephen had been totally emasculated. Male POV is tricky for female authors, and what was awkward and adorkable in the first book became whiny and teenage-girlish here. Also, very little happened – apart from the sex – until well over halfway. I still liked Stephen and Julia, but can’t help feeling a lot of this could have been trimmed back and added to the first book to make one volume. The writing is great, though, and I will still read anything this author puts out.

***Disclaimer: This e-ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to them. ***

My rating: 3/5

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