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Absolute Beginners

(Absolute #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,219 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Romantic. Funny. Sexy.

Professor Stephen Worthington’s life makes perfect sense. He teaches classes Tuesdays and Fridays. He has dinners with his parents on the weekend. He goes to the gym with his stepbrother twice a week. And every night he heads home at a reasonable hour, alone.

Only one thing is bothering Stephen’s perfectly organized life: Miss Julia Wilde. Never
Paperback, 269 pages
Published March 18th 2015 by Full Fathom Five Digital
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S.J. Hi Annie. Yes, Absolute Lovers will be released on the 24th of June. However, if you order a joined paperback copy on, you will…moreHi Annie. Yes, Absolute Lovers will be released on the 24th of June. However, if you order a joined paperback copy on, you will receive the ebook, which is included, earlier, plus an erotic outtake that didn't make it into the books. :) (less)

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Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teacher student romance lovers with a silly sense of humour
*********ARC received by Netgalley********

Genre: Humorous Teacher/Student Romance
Cover: 8/10
Writing: 7/10
Heroine: 8/10
Hero/s: 9/10
Humour: 7/10
Hotness: 7/10
Romance: 6/10
Extra book Details: Hero POV only; 1st person. Can be read as a stand alone. First in the series.

Bow tie clad Professor Stephen Worthington can't help but keep his eyes off his loud-mouth, dressed to excess, student Julia Wilde.

She torments him with her opinionated discussions, her too tight clothing and her flirtatious
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Absolute Beginners
Series: Absolute, #1
Author: S.J Hooks
Release Date: 18 March, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: Yes
HEA: (view spoiler)

*5 - Why wasn't I aware of this book?!?!?! - stars

OK guys we finally have a winner!!! I honestly can't remember when it was the last time i gave 5 stars to a book i had to R&R...

So, in this book one of the main characters is confident, hot, sexy, smart, has a tattoo, doesn't date but has occasional hook-ups, is a dirty-talker,
4.5 stars. I am a sucker for a good student teacher romance and this story is unlike any I have read before in this genre. Stephen is a college professor and he is inexperienced with women. He's kind of shy and nerdy. This book is told entirely in Stephen's point of view. Being inside Stephen's head is hilarious - the stuff that goes through his head really made me laugh out loud. He's so sweet and innocent, I just loved him. Julia Wilde is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and isn't ...more
Formerly the Twilight fanfic "The Education Of Professor Cullen" by Sheviking. In which Edward is Bella's professor. And Bella is Edward's sex teacher.

I liked it.
However, I have to say that Stephen is immature, just like a teenager. I don't read an adult in his behavior.
Caged Paradise
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, romance, arc
This book was quite a novelty for me. With the recent trend of sexy, alpha, sex gods. It seems that every guy you read about is cocky and can eff you like a porn star. With this book, it was so refreshing to see a regular guy be well, normal. He wasn't your normal full of himself hero. He had questions. He had doubts. And he was learning as he exploring who he was. It was endearing to read how innocent Stephen was. I could not take another make character who had slept with half the town.

I also
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked:

* Sexually experienced heroine who didn’t apologize for her past and knew what she wanted. I’m not hating on people who prefer inexperienced heroines, but I do genuinely think it’s sexist that males are expected to be more learned than females.
* Sexually inexperienced hero. Western culture dictates that a man should be more experienced and should be a monster in bed from jump, but it’s sometimes hotter to teach than to be taken. I love reading about heroes who learn everything from
Melanie Moreland
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
In a world filled with Alpha males and over the top testosterone, Professor Stephen Worthington is an enigma. Quiet and unassuming, his life is mapped out, predictable, and he is happy with it.
At least he thinks so.
Until one night he finds himself in bed with one of his students.
Julia Wilde is everything Stephen is not.
And somehow, it turns out, perfect for him.
This light, humorous romance is a balm for your
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So...this was my original post on this book: "This is on my "Most anticipated books for 2015 list". I can't wait for its release! Will leave a full review once the book has dropped and been devoured."

I'm a tad late with my thoughts on this, but here they are! I loved it! It was fun, funny and well written. The dynamic between the slightly curmudgeonly Professor and Julia was a joy to watch unfold. I loved that it was a story of a student schooling the teacher...and school him she did!

This was a
Winter Horses
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait until the book is available!! The fanfiction version is one of my "absolute" favorite stories, and I know the author has included much new material. My only concern is that if the chemistry between the two main characters gets any hotter, I might catch on fire, LOL!
I requested Absolute Beginners on Netgalley because I'm a sucker for student-teacher romance. There are so many bad books with the same premise out there that I didn't expect much from it, to be honest. That and I usually find ARCs to be pretty awful.

This book is shelved under 'erotica', but I'd say it's more NA. Now, let me get my note, because I have A LOT of them. And they're all about the main character, Stephen. (yes, it's told from the male teacher POV)

To give you a taste:

So the guy is a
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great, can-t-wait
I loved this book. It's fun and it's impossible to stop reading until finish it.

I can not wait to read the sequel!
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015
This story was interesting.. I had no idea it started as a twilight fanfition!
Stephen's innocence was a little ridiculous at times (for being a 33 year old guy!).. Julia was a complex character.. She was definitely sweet with a tough exterior.

I can't wait for book #2!

*This arc was kindly provided by Full Fathom Five via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read this book!!!!!
✴ Cindy ✴

This was a fun sweet read. Several times I laughed out loud.

The entire book is from Stephens POV.

Stephen is a straight laced English professor who becomes enamored with a bold 22 year old student. She seduces him, initiating him into the art of satisfying a woman. I loved his inner dialogue. Somehow his inexperience didn't come across as a turn off.

I was surprised when I got to the end and noticed it was continued in a second book. I won't be reading it because I feel it's a pretty happy place
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I noticed this come up on my feed, and being partial to a teacher/student storyline, I jumped right in. Now I’m aware that it was published as a fanfic by Sheviking, who has decided to publish to a wider audience, and I think that is great.

Stephen Worthington is a teacher of classic literature. He unconsciously models himself on his father, nerdy glasses, tweed jackets, and even his father’s bow tie. He enjoys his introverted life outside his work, including the constant ribbing he receives from
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Note: This ARC was provided by Full Fathom Five via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Stephen Worthington is the poster child for tenured professors everywhere. With his bow tie and suits, tamely groomed hair, and glasses plus his penchant for staying at home to read books, write articles, grade papers, and listen to classical music, he doesn't look anything like a thirty-three-year-old should. Nothing really gets him riled up--until the one student who gets on his nerves steps into his
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe

Absolute Beginners 5

“I want to…” Take away the pain I see in your eyes, kiss you, hug you, talk and laugh with you, make love to you…

This is one story I absolutely love. It started with a slow build up, getting to know the characters and the people around them, the dynamics and the total feel of the story.

Well, to be honest, I was a little hesitant with my view of Professor Worthington’s character. He actually hates this student of him, whom he thought dresses the way she does just to get
Christi Snow
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Let's get a little housekeeping out of the way up front. Yes, Absolute Beginners was first written and available online as fan fiction. No, I don't care. My thoughts on fan fiction are this: Many authors get their start that way. It's a way for them to test if they can do it, a way for them to gain some feedback, some readers. None of which I have a problem with. If they do believe it's a career they want to pursue, all I ask is that they follow the steps. Write, beta, cover design,
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rating

They’re polar opposites. She’s black, he’s white. She’s a cat, he’s a dog. He’s the teacher, and she’s his student. Julia likes thick eyeliner, rockin’ clothes, is very outgoing and has a mouth like a sailor. Stephen, on the other hand, always dresses’ to impress (even if he does look outdated sometimes), is embarrassingly shy around women, and is very behind on how to deal with women, in other words, he’s inexperienced.

It’s forbidden, but neither seems to care in each other’s
ARC provided by netgalley for an honest review.

If I could give more stars, I would. I thought this was a great, cute and funny book. Also, I was happy to find out that it took place in a city I've been to and know. It's different from other books I've read and it's the first book I've read from a man's point of view.

Stephen Worthington is a professor at a university in San Francisco. He teaches American Literature and he knows his subject. He is a hot, nerdy, shy, skeptical man. He is a
Jess Brown
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while, you read a book that turns a common trope on its ear. And this is one of those. I loved it in its previous incarnation as a fan fiction, and you know what? This version is way better and there’s more to the story now! Five stars!

You may read my full review here:

SJ Hooks is taking the unusual step of offering this novel via two separate pathways. She will be publishing it on Amazon on March 18th as a normal eBook. She will be publishing it
Jennifer Schultheis
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Absolute Beginners was an enjoyable read. Loved the teacher and student situation. Julia and Stephen are definitely opposites, but that’s okay because everyone knows opposites attract. The naughty student and the stuffy professor have quite the chemistry. I loved the storyline and adored the characters created by S.J. Hooks. It was definitely refreshing not to read about another man whore alpha male. This professor is unsure of himself, and has to take his cues from Julia. Julia knows exactly ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: safe
I absolutely loved this book. I had a smile on my face for most of it. Stephens POV was so wonderful! He is the sweetest, kindest, most sensitive guy out there. I loved his take on things- and especially being in his head the first time he was with Julia. Julia was a great heroine- so different from Stephen, but they always treated each other with respect and were concerned for each others happiness. I loved watching their relationship grow and was happy that their drama was not caused by other ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. It is told entirely from the hero's POV. While at times I felt he sounded a bit feminine, I'm sure it is mainly because of his personality as the author had no problems writing his male stepbrother.

Professor Stephen Worthington's life is rather mundane and boring. He's an old soul in a 33 year old body. He's not a virgin but he's definitely not very sexually experienced. The women he had sex with never wanted to see him again so he doesn't know how to please a woman. He
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had no idea I would like this that much, but it took me by surprise ( The good kind ). I liked how the usual roles were reversed here. The hero was the inexperienced awkward and insecure one and the heroine was the loudmouthed confidant and forward one.

I really enjoyed this and had a lot of laughs because of Stephen's outdated and innocent way of thinking. He was really adorable sometimes, but don't be fooled, when he was angry.. Yup I loved angry Stephen.

But what really bummed me out is that
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, adult, romance, humor
This is exactly what I needed to read right now! It was fluffy and funny and so refreshing. Usually the male MC in a romance book is the strong predator type that sweeps in to save the girl. I loved Stephen! I loved that he was the one seduced and "saved" by Julia. I loved his caring nature and how sweet he was. I absolutely loved that when he didn't know what to do he risked everything and asked his guy friends for help. I can't wait for book two!!!

Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC from the publisher for an honest review

Great book, no big surprises here but very well written, likeable characters and, at times, laugh out loud funny fumbles. Can't wait for the sequel, want to get to know Julia better, and see how Stephen 'grows up'. :)
I ... don't know where to start with this book?

It was pretty bad I guess? But there was enough engagement for me to finish it? I dunno.

Stephen Whatshisface is a professor who is a massive nerd that wears his Khakis a-la-Simon-Cowell and bow ties and side parts his hair and listens to classical music and hasn't touched a woman in four years. He stutters his way through 99% of his interactions with Miss Wilde, which ..


Julia Wilde ... could it be any more cliche? And it gets worse, because
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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 Masters degree in American Studies. As 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. ...more

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