The Third Best Thing (Fulton U, #3)
Dear Letter Girl, I need to see you. When can we meet? Her response never came. My secret pen pal with a dirty mind has ghosted me. I've roped Jules, my sweet as pie next door neighbor, to help me track her down.There's only one problem--I'm falling for her. The tortoise shell glasses, out of this world curves and delicious treats are making the search for The Letter Girl even harder.  My notes were supposed to be a one time thing. A little too much wine and naughty thoughts on a winter's night. I never thought Berk would write back. I wanted to tell him it was me, but the fear of rejection kept my lips sealed.Now he’s enlisted my help to track down The Letter Girl and our search has him hot on my, ahem, her trail.She's the girl next door.He's my secret pen pal.Truth is on a collision course with their hearts and it’s only a matter of time before one of them gets wrecked...

The Third Best Thing (Fulton U, #3) Details

TitleThe Third Best Thing (Fulton U, #3)
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ReleaseJan 31st, 2020
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GenreNew Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Romance, Academic, College, Sports, Contemporary, Humor, M F Romance, Fiction

The Third Best Thing (Fulton U, #3) Review

  • abire
    January 1, 1970
    “She was the kind of girl you didn’t come back from. The kind who’d always have a place in your heart to keep you warm on those nights alone long after she’d kicked you to the curb because she deserved better than you.But I was here now, and I’d keep the fires going as long as I could.” MY FIRST FIVE STARS OF THE YEAR : WHAT THIS AND BERKJULES DESERVE!!!THIS WAS PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT!! THE LOVE I HAVE FOR BERKJULES IS UNQUANTIFIABLE, AND THIS BOOK EXCEEDED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS AND BOYYY DID “She was the kind of girl you didn’t come back from. The kind who’d always have a place in your heart to keep you warm on those nights alone long after she’d kicked you to the curb because she deserved better than you.But I was here now, and I’d keep the fires going as long as I could.” MY FIRST FIVE STARS OF THE YEAR : WHAT THIS AND BERKJULES DESERVE!!!THIS WAS PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT!! THE LOVE I HAVE FOR BERKJULES IS UNQUANTIFIABLE, AND THIS BOOK EXCEEDED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS AND BOYYY DID I HAVE A LOT OF THEM!!!Is there honestly a better bookish feeling than one of your most anticipated books not only not disappointing but exceeding all your expectations? Especially when those were quite high to begin with.Everyone who knows me, even a tiny bit, knows how hard and fast I fell for Jules in The Second We Met and how intrigued and excited I was about hers and Berk's story.These two captured my heart from the very first chapter, their chemistry is absolutely undeniable. Their relationship built naturally and felt real and the farthest thing from forced. They start as friends who both have a crush on the other but think are not enough but just cannot see the other not being in their life, they both see the best in each other, and that develops into more.. Because in the middle of their love for each other, they also learn to love and accept themselves. Which just makes their love even stronger and makes them the perfect match. I loved how Berk fell for all sides of Jules, even if he didn't know it. I loved how he saw her even before knowing she was Letter Girl and fell for her having no idea that the girl he was hell bound on finding was the same girl he was head over heels gone for already. And, one of the best things about this book was that the romance wasn't the only amazing thing about it. The characters were just as interesting and captivating separately. It's always a huge bonus when the characters themselves aren't just one-dimensional cardboards with no personality whatsoever. And Jules and Berk were the farthest thing from that.It's never been hard for me to pick a favorite character in a series, I always know as soon as I meet them, so I knew Jules would be my soft baby in this series as soon as she was introduced in the previous book. And somehow, as much as I loved her then, it does not compare to how much I loved her in this book. Jules is one of those characters who is just impossible not to fall head first for, she is one of the sweetest, most genuine, and, unbeknownst to her, one of the strongest characters. She puts everyone first, and she has so many façades, whenever you think you know who she is, she goes and shows you a whole new side.... Which, at the risk of repeating myself for the hundrenth time, just makes you fall for her even more. Berk, on the other hand, was a complete surprise to me. In the sense that as much as I knew I would love him to an extent, I never expected to love him THIS much. His personality and story were so unexpected, yet so.. I don't even have the words. I expected a kind of one-dimensional quirky boy who just unapologetically loves having fun, but I never expected.. THIS. His story is heartbreaking, the way it shaped the way he thinks and protects himself in a way without ever letting people around him down... My heart and I didn't stand a chance. As much as I knew these two would be my favorite couple in this series (alongside MarisaLJ), and as much as I knew Jules was it for me the minute I met her, I never realized that what would become my favorite couple in this series would also have BOTH my favorite characters in it.Another thing I absolutely adore about this series is the friendships, and my favorite one here, that I just cannot not mention is Jules, Avery and Max's. This trio is one I never knew I needed but oh my God did they feed my heart and fill it with all the sweets (pun intended). Not to mention the guys' friendship and constant support for each other.. I love seeing this type of brotherhood without the whole too-alpha-for-this bullshit in the mix.This book has absolutely everything in it. It made me fall in love with more characters (MAX) and made me even more excited for upcoming books (MarisaLJ and Max's). I still feel like this review doesn't fully express how much I loved this installement, but Maya has truly outdone herself and I absolutely cannot wait to read MarisaLJ's book as well as her other series. * ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    5 STARS She was an indescribable kind of perfect for me. The kind that made my heart ache that I’d only just found her and was ready to get down on my knees so I didn’t have to wait another day without knowing her beauty. Be. Still. My. Heart.It's so full right now. I can't stop grinning. This book was one of the most satisfying, feel-good, keep you swooning from beginning to finish kind of reads. My absolute favorite in the series and favorite Maya Hughes book to date!! It was, simply, 5 STARS She was an indescribable kind of perfect for me. The kind that made my heart ache that I’d only just found her and was ready to get down on my knees so I didn’t have to wait another day without knowing her beauty. Be. Still. My. Heart.It's so full right now. I can't stop grinning. This book was one of the most satisfying, feel-good, keep you swooning from beginning to finish kind of reads. My absolute favorite in the series and favorite Maya Hughes book to date!! It was, simply, EVERYTHING. Like all of the things. Perfection between the pages. I never wanted it to end. Everything about her made me want to never let her go. She was the kind of woman I’d dreamed of one day being at my side. Beautiful. So warm and caring, and with a hint of a potty mouth. Berk has been one of the most fun secondary characters in this series. He's the goofball that always has an easy smile on his face. But you just know that beneath the smiles and easy going attitude there are some hidden layers, and boy were those deep. As a hero, this man was beyond multi-layered. Berk is a character with a tremendous amount of depth. he's a guy that hides his pain and difficult childhood behind easy smiles and fun loving attitude. But beneath the college football superstar persona, is just a boy that wants love.Jules has been crushing on Berk for over a year. What first started as a way for her to get her feelings out by writing him anonymous letters, soon turned into more when they began to write each other. But while Jules knows exactly who the letters are going to, Berk only knows her as the mysterious Letter Girl that he's desperate to know the identity of. Living next door to each other they develop a sweet friendship. And while Berk adores Jules for everything that she is, Jules struggles with self esteem issues and can't imagine someone like Berk ever going for someone like her.I have to say that I loved both of these characters so much. Both Berk and Jules were incredibly multilayered with their own broken pieces. I loved how they filled in the broken pieces for each other in their friendship. I loved seeing Jules through Berk's eyes, and I loved even more watching their friendship blossom into something so much more. Berk is a hero that's simply impossible not to love. He's vulnerable and tough, and oh so endearing.Jules, even though her crazy family has certainly added to a lot of her self esteem issues is still a tough cookie. I loved watching her grow into herself throughout the book. She's not a damsel and I loved that about her. And together? GAH. PERFECTION. I couldn't get enough of the two of them. If you're looking for a New Adult romance that has one of the most memorable friends to lovers tropes I've ever read, you need this book in your life. I'm addicted to this series. Simply addicted. ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Maya Hughes' sports romances, they always come with a healthy dose of humor, a lovely amount of sugar and sweetness and a smidge of angst... They are like a recipe for cupcakes...perfect for me and I immensely enjoy them.Ironically, the heroine in this story loves to bake sweets, which seems really fitting and also made me extremely hungry while reading this one ;)I loved Jules, she was as sweet as her baked goods...all she needed was a bit more confidence.Jules has been having I am a big fan of Maya Hughes' sports romances, they always come with a healthy dose of humor, a lovely amount of sugar and sweetness and a smidge of angst... They are like a recipe for cupcakes...perfect for me and I immensely enjoy them. Ironically, the heroine in this story loves to bake sweets, which seems really fitting and also made me extremely hungry while reading this one ;) I loved Jules, she was as sweet as her baked goods...all she needed was a bit more confidence.Jules has been having a secret crush on her neighbor Berk for a long time, even going as far as writing him anonymously and confessing her "lust" to him. Being too self-conscious to face him, and thinking he would never go for a girl like her, it seemed like her only chance at the time to express herself. Berk falls head over heels for this anonymous "letter" girl and her "lusty" way of confessing her feelings. So he writes her back and back and forth they go... Until the letter girl stops writing. This really upsets Berk and so he asks his sweet, cute and friendly "neighbor turned friend", Jules, to help him find this girl...Yeah...that sure as hell backfired... Since Jules is helping him out, he decided to also help her out by accompanying her to her sister's engagement celebration weekend. A sister who is about to marry Jules' ex-boyfriend. It was clear as day to see where Jules' low self-esteem came from... Who needs enemies when you have a family like that??!!I loved seeing Jules and Berk getting closer and closer, he was perfect for bringing her out of her shell.And even though there were definitely some tears while reading this one... I closed it with a huge smile on my face.  Highley recommended! An ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review  
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKBerk was seriously the cutest and I want him all for myself now. I'm calling dibs! He and Jule's had me ready to beg for their story by the time I finished The Second We Met and it ended up being an even better book than I was imagining. Jules and Berk both had issues that were keeping them away from each other and relationships in general, and there were times that I wanted to slap both of them and make them get their shit together and see that they were amazing NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKBerk was seriously the cutest and I want him all for myself now. I'm calling dibs! He and Jule's had me ready to beg for their story by the time I finished The Second We Met and it ended up being an even better book than I was imagining. Jules and Berk both had issues that were keeping them away from each other and relationships in general, and there were times that I wanted to slap both of them and make them get their shit together and see that they were amazing together. But getting to see them work through it slowly was so good and brought so much sweetness to the book so I can't even be mad at them. Seeing Berk bring Jules out of her shell some had me smiling so much and I loved that it wasn't even on purpose. He was just himself and honest with her about how amazing she was, which was exactly what Jules needed. And himself actually. He needed someone like Jules who wouldn't abandon him and would put him first sometimes. They both had some strong emotional moments that I loved and they brought me a lot closer to each of them and truly had me connect with them. Overall, this is a brilliant NA romance and I highly recommend reading it. I think it can be read as a standalone with no problem but I would suggest at least reading the previous book first so that you can get the true connection between Berk and Jules. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Phuong ✯
    January 1, 1970
    "And you were never the third best thing in my life, Jules. Never. I'd never play a game again, if it meant I could be here with you." I had my eyes set on Jules and Berk since I started 'The Second We Met'. I already liked them in the previous books, but didn't know them enough. My obsession really started to take fly when they interacted in TSWM and my expectations for TTBT was huuuuuge! It was one of my most anticipated books of 2020. And it didn't disappoint! This is by far my favorite book "And you were never the third best thing in my life, Jules. Never. I'd never play a game again, if it meant I could be here with you." I had my eyes set on Jules and Berk since I started 'The Second We Met'. I already liked them in the previous books, but didn't know them enough. My obsession really started to take fly when they interacted in TSWM and my expectations for TTBT was huuuuuge! It was one of my most anticipated books of 2020. And it didn't disappoint! This is by far my favorite book of the Fulton U series and Berkjules are my favorite couple of the series. I don't think they can be topped! Let me talk about Julia Kelland and Berkely Vaughn as individuals for a moment, before I jump back to them as a couple. ↳ Jules. The baker and pole-dancing sweetheart. She's is such a shy, genuine, warm hearted and strong human, who would put the people she cares about first, always. Jules has insecurites about her body, because she is curvy and not as thin as other girls. Her family plants seeds of doubt inside her head since a young age, about how she should look. I wanted to beat up her family a couple of times. Why are the parents, especially the mothers in New Adult romance books so damn awful?! Therefore, the majority part of TTBT deals with Jules overcoming her insecurites, accepting herself as she is and putting herself first, which was beautiful. I love character arcs where the character slowly learn to love themself!↳ Berk. He surprised me with his story. We got some glimpses from the previous books but in those we only saw the "happy" side of Berkely Vaughn. Football player, the little brother of the group and overall a fun person to hang around with. In TTBT we see behind his cheery exterior and his backstory is heartbreaking. I wanted to jump into the book and give him a hug. I can really say now that I love Berk even more than I have before. Berk best characteristic is proabably that he's the most loyal person to the people close to him. He would leave everything behind, if his friends need help. I was positively surprised about the depth his character had.↳ Berk and Jules as a couple: My expectations: Jules and Berk will be the softest couple. Reality: Jules and Berk are the softest couple. Everything about them was so easy. Their friendship. Their conversation. How they didn't feel embarrassed to be their real self with the other. It was amazing how whipped Berk was for Jules from the start, he always saw how awesome she is. There were some specific scenes where Berk and Jules were SO DAMN adorable as a couple. I'm pretty sure I'm getting diabetes with all the sweetness of this book lol. ↳ the friendships in this series are what made me fall in love with it in the first place. The brothel (Reece, Nix, Berk, LJ). I don't think we got enough with them all the together, but the glimpses of the gang were sweet. Luckily for me, I got another friendship trio I can stan: Jules, Max and Avery. I LOVED how supportive Avery and Max were of Jules and how they invited her in their close friendship. While I haven't read Avery and Emmett's book yet, I'm really looking forward to it, now that I got a glimpse into their world. I really hope Max gets a book too!! She is such an interesting character!! — It couldn't give it 5 stars because I read TTBT after I read another amazing book that put me in a massive emotional slump that my heart wasn't fully the first 20%. This is clearly a "it's not you, it's me' kind of situation. If you loved Jules and Berk in The Second We Met, you'll be very happy with their book! *ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.___________________________________________I haven't even finish The Second We Met yet, but I want Berk and Jules book now!
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  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*”Don’t ever let anyone else make you feel like you’re not awesome.”Jules & Berk have absolutely stolen my heart. Both of these characters are so damn precious that you just want to wrap them up with all of the hugs. Between their sweet friendship, Jules love of baking and Berk’s obsession with eating it (her baking), and the sprouts of love blooming between them, this book is everything. This story picks up a year after The Letter Girl (Jules) has stopped writing back to Berk. He’s on a 4.5*”Don’t ever let anyone else make you feel like you’re not awesome.”Jules & Berk have absolutely stolen my heart. Both of these characters are so damn precious that you just want to wrap them up with all of the hugs. Between their sweet friendship, Jules love of baking and Berk’s obsession with eating it (her baking), and the sprouts of love blooming between them, this book is everything. This story picks up a year after The Letter Girl (Jules) has stopped writing back to Berk. He’s on a mission to find her, and Jules is on a mission to not let that happen, while still being around the guy she’s become so close with. The friend-zone sucks, but it’s also better than nothing.Berk and Jules both are dealing with insecurities and struggles that have been ingrained in them from a young age. What they find in each other is a love and safety that neither one has had in a long time. These two falling in love isn’t simple of course, because there are so many obstacles in their way. Those obstacles come in both mental and physical forms. People who are toxic in their lives and hang ups that are toxic in their minds. I don’t want to say too much, because you just need to read their story. Ms. Hughes did a fantastic job with TTBT infusing it with a rollercoaster of emotions without making it too heavy of a read. You will feel it in your feels, but you’ll also end this story with a smile on your face.Can’t wait to read what’s to come next at Fulton U! 💜🧁https://instagram.com/p/B7oN5JmgT5F/^reader edit on IG!COMING JANUARY 30th!*ARC
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  • bruna
    January 1, 1970
    “I saw a home with her in our future. The complete picture. There wasn’t anyone more perfect for me than her. And I’d spend as long as I needed to make her believe it was true.” I’ve been trying to write a review since this morning, but all the words going through my brain just doesn’t seem enough to convey everything I felt while reading The Third Best Thing. You know when you love and connect with a book so much it feels like you’re a completely different person after you finish it? That’s “I saw a home with her in our future. The complete picture. There wasn’t anyone more perfect for me than her. And I’d spend as long as I needed to make her believe it was true.” I’ve been trying to write a review since this morning, but all the words going through my brain just doesn’t seem enough to convey everything I felt while reading The Third Best Thing. You know when you love and connect with a book so much it feels like you’re a completely different person after you finish it? That’s what TTBT made me feel. To say this was an emotional book for me would be an understatement. Everything just moved me in a way not many books can do. Berk and Jules story is so beautiful, magical and captivating. When I first read The Second We Met, I already knew they would be complex characters and reading their story just confirmed it. Jules is still the cute and shy baker we met in TSWM, but she’s also so much more than that. Discovering all her layers and her past was a raw and wonderful experience, but it was totally worth it. She is funny, selfless, caring, sweet, talented, beautiful and so strong. I can’t even explain how the way she dealt with her problems and slowly started to trust herself and her feelings was amazing. Her growth happened naturally and her struggles weren’t solved with a few motivational and fake speeches. That’s definitely one of the things I loved the most about this book. Berk surprised me so much! In TSWM we saw a little of how he was always telling jokes to hide his feelings and now I finally understand why he acts like that. What he went through really breaks my heart, but I think how he faced his past and his problems is nothing short of spectacular. He showed a maturity and responsibility I honestly didn’t expect. Berk is the sweetest and softest boy I know and I just want to protect him from everything. Now onto Berk and Jules… It’s hard to explain how much they mean to me and how their relationship is simply OUT OF THIS WORLD. I cried so much while reading TTBT because their love felt so real I almost could feel it myself. I love relationships that starts as friendship because they just seem stronger. You were friends and then decided that you also wanted to share the rest of your life with that one person. There’s nothing more precious than that. I also loved the way Berk and Jules just connected. I know for some people it may seem a little rushed, but for me it all happened the way it was supposed to be. They were so comfortable and carefree with each other that there wasn’t anything else they could do besides falling in love.The side characters were also amazing. No surprises there. The Brothel + Seph, Elle, Jules and Marisa’s friendship is literally everything to me. The way they always support each other and are there through thick and thin makes me want to have them as my friends too. Avery, Emmett and Max appearances were very sweet and funny. They are amazing characters and seeing them again made me the happiest reader in the world. And to make the book even more perfect there were a lot of Marisa and LJ breadcrumbs. I’m so excited to see how their story is gonna unfold! Ugh. Is it too early to say I’m already counting down the days for their book even though I don’t even know when it’s gonna be released? Lol I wish I could go even more in depth about why this book is so special, but I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Just know that it was hard keeping this review spoiler free because I just want to scream from the rooftops how cute and brilliant some scenes were lol In conclusion, if you’re looking for an emotional, magical, funny and sweet secret admirer/friends to lovers romance, then this is the perfect book for you. I swear the wait is gonna be worth it! *ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review*
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  • zaira
    January 1, 1970
    "How many times do I have to tell you, Jules? I’m into you. Whether it’s in letter form, cookie form, pole dancing form, sitting in your sweats on the couch watching TV form, or any other way you want to show me what you’re all about, I’m here for it. I’m here for you." This is one of my highly anticipated reads for the year and Maya Hughes did not disappoint! Right off the bat, the premise is just so unique - anonymous dirty letters? Love that. From where The Second We Met left off, Berk was "How many times do I have to tell you, Jules? I’m into you. Whether it’s in letter form, cookie form, pole dancing form, sitting in your sweats on the couch watching TV form, or any other way you want to show me what you’re all about, I’m here for it. I’m here for you." This is one of my highly anticipated reads for the year and Maya Hughes did not disappoint! Right off the bat, the premise is just so unique - anonymous dirty letters? Love that. From where The Second We Met left off, Berk was very determined to find out who The Letter Girl is and has enlisted help from Jules, completely oblivious that she’s TLG herself. 
I found that Berk and Jules are characters you easily fall inlove with individually and together. Their relationship is just the purest thing. Even at the start just as friends, up to watching their relationship unfold. You can just tell their feelings are truly genuine. I love that they helped each other overcome the struggles they’re dealing with.In The Perfect First and The Second We Met, we got to see Berk as someone who is very outgoing - he also described himself as the little brother in their friend group. Jules is the resident baker, pole dancer, and The Letter Girl herself. She’s also really selfless and is the absolute sweetest. What I love is that they both have issues they deal with on their own which make it easier to connect with them. Jules is struggling with her self-confidence. The way her family treated her all those years broke my heart so much. I loved seeing her overcome those struggles, learn to love herself, and put herself first.Berk struggles with his past - what he went through and how it still affects him now. My heart just goes out to him. Reading his POV and finding out why he acts the way he does had my heartbreaking too. I’m just so glad now they both have these amazing people in their life who loves them and wants the best for them - something they didn't get a lot of (but definitely deserved) while growing up.It was also a plus to see Avery, Max, and Emmett (from Kings of Rittenhouse) again! I especially loved what Emmett said to Berk, that deserves a special mention. And that tease at the end - I can’t wait for Marisa & LJ’s book! ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • readingsnfeelings
    January 1, 1970
    If I could give The Third Best Thing more than 5 stars, I definitely would because BerkJules were everything I expected and more! This is hands down my favourite book of the Fulton U series."Every day with her was an adventure in what it felt like to be so loved it was like living in a dream."Berkley and Jules were the most adorable and endearing couple that will make you both smile foolishly at their sweet interactions and deeply feel - maybe even shed a couple of tears - for their If I could give The Third Best Thing more than 5 stars, I definitely would because BerkJules were everything I expected and more! This is hands down my favourite book of the Fulton U series."Every day with her was an adventure in what it felt like to be so loved it was like living in a dream."Berkley and Jules were the most adorable and endearing couple that will make you both smile foolishly at their sweet interactions and deeply feel - maybe even shed a couple of tears - for their vulnerabilies and insecurities that they carried with them for years. Berkley is the sweetest and most supporting boy ever... he is always there for his girl Jules and others. His story shattered my heart as did Jules' struggles with accepting and loving herself. More than once, I just wanted to reach across the pages and cuddle this precious pair and protect them at all cost. Lord knows how much I wanted to slap some characters that dared harming my babies. These are characters that you will easily and quickly fall and root for. Once they got together, HOLY SHIT they were wild as fuck, unable to keep their hands off each other... there's a particular scene that had me dying of laughter on the floor lmao I don't think I will ever forget it."She was the kind of girl you didn’t come back from. The kind who’d always have a place in your heart to keep you warm on those nights alone long after she’d kicked you to the curb because she deserved better than you."Ever since their introduction in the pevious books, BerkJules had stolen my attention, i.e. I had so many expections for them. And Maya Hughes more than exceeded those expectations with this splendidly executed third instalment of the series. I absolutely loved the cameo of the other boys from The Brothel and the previous couples. The ending tho! I need LJ and Marisa like yesterday after that. I can't wait to see how their friends-to-lovers love story will progress and moreover, I can't wait to see more of my BerkJules in The Fourth Time The Charm. I can't recommend you this book enough. Although it can be read as a standalone, I highly suggest you to read the previous two books in the series to fully savour the amazingness that Fulton U is.*ARC kindly provided in exchange of an honest review.
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  • flavia
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first 5 stars review of the year and honestly is what BerkJules and this book deserve, the love I have for them could not stop me for giving them such a high rating.Everyone knows that this was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m so happy that it not only not disappointed me but it exceeded my expectations (which were high to begin with). While reading The Second We Met I fell in love with Jules and right after finishing the book I could not stop thinking about what ☆☆☆☆☆This is my first 5 stars review of the year and honestly is what BerkJules and this book deserve, the love I have for them could not stop me for giving them such a high rating.Everyone knows that this was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m so happy that it not only not disappointed me but it exceeded my expectations (which were high to begin with). While reading The Second We Met I fell in love with Jules and right after finishing the book I could not stop thinking about what will happen with Berk and Jules in their book and everyone knows how I would not shut up about them.Where do I begin? These two had me captured from their first interactions in The Second We Met, and their book begins showing their undeniable attraction for each other. I loved how the relationship began with their friendship, both having a crush on each other and not putting their feeling out in the open because they didn’t want to consider the possibility of not being present in each other’s lives. This relationship was developed into something more since they learned how to accept and fully love themselves as individuals while being side by side. Which makes their love stronger, real and natural.We know that Jules has some feelings already for Berk, but I loved how we got to see Berk falling in love with Jules. He was slowly falling for all the aspects involving her without even knowing she was the Letter Girl, the girl he was ready to find with all the help he could get. He saw Jules for who she was and he accepted her from the start and he began to love her without even realizing it. The best thing is that apart from the romance being amazing, we get to know two amazingly interesting characters that are so captivating separately that you cannot not love them for who they are.As I mentioned before, Jules hit my soft spot right when her character was introduced in the previous book. I already love her character then but I cannot compare it to how much I love her now. Jules is the kind of character that you fall for and you want to protect her so bad since she is one of the sweetest persons out here. She’s so genuine, always wondering what’s best for others and wanting to take care of everyone and show them her best side without never failing to her true self.Berk was such a pleasant surprise for me and what I mean by this is to say that I never expected to love him as much as I love Jules. His personality and background were so unexpected and they can hardly be described with words. He is such a caring person, kind of always guarding himself and not being able to think about the idea of letting down the people that surround him. His story was so heart-breaking than he made me have the same ‘let me protect you’ feeling that I had for Jules. When it comes to friendship, which I think is written and represented flawlessly in this series, I have to say that I adored the trio that were Jules, Avery and Max. They added sweet, funny and heart-warming moments to the story. Cannot go without mentioning the guys and how their brotherhood showed their constant support and love for each other.This book was absolutely stunning and had everything I could wish for and I am sure my words cannot explain the half of the feelings I have for this couple and the Fulton U series and all the other couples and side characters. Maya had the power to make me smile at the book in some many occasion but she also managed to get my tears, I am so excited to get to know Max in her upcoming book and OF COURSE cannot wait to get the MarisaLJ book.ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • SHIRLEY ♡
    January 1, 1970
    “She was made for me, and I’d spend the rest of my life giving her every beautiful thing she deserved—starting with my love.” 4.25 stars These two are my favorite couple in this series. They became my favorites as soon as I read that scene in The Perfect First where Berk received a letter from a someone and he wanted to know who sent it. In The Second We Met we met Jules. I loved her as soon as she made her first appearance. She was really cute, kind and she loved to bake and pole dance. I “She was made for me, and I’d spend the rest of my life giving her every beautiful thing she deserved—starting with my love.” 4.25 stars These two are my favorite couple in this series. They became my favorites as soon as I read that scene in The Perfect First where Berk received a letter from a someone and he wanted to know who sent it. In The Second We Met we met Jules. I loved her as soon as she made her first appearance. She was really cute, kind and she loved to bake and pole dance. I loved how this book turned out to be. In the previous books, Berk was the funny friend. He always looked happy, like he didn’t have anything to worry about, but in this book we see that Berk has gone through a lot. He feels like he isn't good enough and that in the end everyone will leave him. Berk’s story has such an important message. We see a person acting so happy, like they have no worries in life but we actually don’t know what that person is going through. Jules is my favorite female character in this series. Jules has a lot of insecurities and she wants to love herself but she can’t start to love herself when the people that are supposed to love her are the ones making her feel down. These two are defiantly perfect for each other. Jules thought that Berk was never going to be attracted to her because of her body and there was a time where Berk thought that Jules was never going to date him because he didn’t have anything. Berk, like the perfect man he, loved her not because of her body but because of how she was and Jules, too, loved him because of that. I loved seeing Every, Emmet and Max (from kings of rittenhouse) here. I read the prequel recently and Every and Emmet became my favorites as soon as I finish it. This book kind of spoiled me because here we see them already together, but I’m glad they appeared here because now all I want to do is read their story. I also loved Max Hale; I know she appears in Every and Emmet’s book and I can’t wait to see her there too. I was told she’s getting her own book and I can’t wait to read it.I was a little sad that we didn’t get to see too much of Seph and Reece but I still loved their appearances. Nix and Elle were really cute. I loved seeing them as a couple. Marisa and LJ, I am so ready for these two. Childhood best friends to lovers. Thanks the lord their book is coming out this year because after the ending of this book I don’t think I can wait any longer. Overall, I loved these characters and their story. The only reason why I’m not giving this book five stars was that I was in a reading slump when I started the book and I couldn't enjoy the first chapters. This is one of my favorite books of the year and I highly recommend it.*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    This is my FAVORITE Maya Hughes book to date. For me it was a total hit! I went into The Third Best Thing excited beyond belief. I had been sitting on pins and needles, anxiously waiting to get my hands on it. From what we'd seen of Jules and Berk in the prior two books, I just knew their story would be nothing short of AMAZING! And let me tell you... It was absolutely everything I was expecting and MORE. I loved every single word of it. The story begins with the quest to find The Letter Girl This is my FAVORITE Maya Hughes book to date. For me it was a total hit! I went into The Third Best Thing excited beyond belief. I had been sitting on pins and needles, anxiously waiting to get my hands on it. From what we'd seen of Jules and Berk in the prior two books, I just knew their story would be nothing short of AMAZING! And let me tell you... It was absolutely everything I was expecting and MORE. I loved every single word of it. The story begins with the quest to find The Letter Girl (Jules). Berk is on a mission to find her and enlists Jules help in order to do so. But Jules is determined to keep her secret. She has insecurities about her body because she is curvy and not as thin as other girls. From an early age, her parents instilled in her the idea of how she should look. So naturally she is worried that if Berk finds out the truth, she will be rejected. So it's better that he be kept in the dark. But what happens when the secret gets out?Jules and Berk absolutely captured my heart. They were the perfectly imperfect pair. I loved how real and authentic they were. It's incredible how I could relate to them on almost every single level. I loved how well the book flowed, the way the characters interacted with each other and the depth of the feels. It just brings the book to life. It was absolute perfection! It had everything I needed in a book and so much more. Five stars for Jules, Berk and The Third Best Thing.
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  • My Own Bookshelves
    January 1, 1970
    Berk, Berk, Berk...I would like you not to be so stupid ass wonderful. You know how book boyfriends are blamed for ruining real-life chances with a potential mate. Let me give you exhibit A: Berkley Vaughn. Seriously, he made me melt.I mean he wasn't without faults. But even in his faults, you see through his vulnerability and just...He deserves a HEA.Jules, Jules, Jules...You are every girl. You are the heroine we can connect with on any level. Through her faults - either real or perceived, the Berk, Berk, Berk...I would like you not to be so stupid ass wonderful. You know how book boyfriends are blamed for ruining real-life chances with a potential mate. Let me give you exhibit A: Berkley Vaughn. Seriously, he made me melt.I mean he wasn't without faults. But even in his faults, you see through his vulnerability and just...He deserves a HEA.Jules, Jules, Jules...You are every girl. You are the heroine we can connect with on any level. Through her faults - either real or perceived, the reader can connect with her feelings and thoughts.MY GOD MAYA HUGHES... This is one of my favorite books EVER!If you follow my reviews, you know. I yammer on about 'connecting with characters', 'understanding motivations', yada yada. It's important to me as a reader. Besides the fact I want to fall headfirst into a story that keeps me engaged and entertained, I want to connect in some way. Jules and Berk do just that. Although it's been a while since my college days, you can relate to the cusp of leaving this world you feel comfortable in. But there are things set aside you need to deal with to grow up. Berk and Jules both have their hurdles to fly over. And what better way than in the arms of someone who gets you. Maya Hughes' story weaves you in and sets you as an observer to a couple of friends you just want to push together. Because they are just the right amount of perfect for one another. Readers are hopeful and earnest that they find their HEA with each other. The pages magically turned and before you know it you reached the end. Hopeful, happy and satisfied. I have loved all the stories in the Fulton University series. You love seeing the connection and friendships bloom along with the love stories. You want to read them in order and read them you should. Recommendation: Buy them all. But you'll fall the hardest for Berk and Jules. Five Plus Stars from me!The Third Best Thing
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  • Maria le Blanc
    January 1, 1970
    “She was the most beautiful thing in the world to me and it scared me more than losing the next game or not making the draft. Because I’d never had anything as beautiful as her in my life.”Ok. Wow. I need a second to process what I just read. I was excitedly waiting for this book and imagine the complete FREAK OUT I had this morning when I woke up to the ARC in my email. I think that if I screamed for one minute more, the neighbors would’ve called the police.I study English, I speak 3 languages “She was the most beautiful thing in the world to me and it scared me more than losing the next game or not making the draft. Because I’d never had anything as beautiful as her in my life.”Ok. Wow. I need a second to process what I just read. I was excitedly waiting for this book and imagine the complete FREAK OUT I had this morning when I woke up to the ARC in my email. I think that if I screamed for one minute more, the neighbors would’ve called the police.I study English, I speak 3 languages fluently and yet, I can’t find one word to describe how perfect this book was.The Third Best Thing was everything I wanted and more. Jules and Berk were THAT couple, the plot was interesting and I couldn’t stop reading it. It was physically impossible for me to put my phone down and, whenever I absolutely needed such as when I had to be forced out of my room to eat, I could only think about what was going to happen next.Let’s go by parts of why this is SO amazing. Firstly, Jules. She was the main girl I was hoping for and it only got better and better with her development. I could see myself a lot in Jules when she talked about her insecurities. She was a complete inspiration, working harder and harder to be better, to love herself more, to be an amazing person to whoever she loved. I believe some characters have traits that simply make you fall for them. And while Jules’s intelligence, humor and talent were things I loved about her, her strong will and kindness had me head over heels for her (and I am 100% sure Berk would agree with me). Jules’s character wasn’t at all stereotyped (what many times happens in NA books) and Maya brought in many insecurities that most women out there have. She was so careful and respectful when dealing with them.This book was a page turner for me, and I need to admit that I grew incredibly attached to Jules. She has the heart, the kindness that I want to have. Yes, she is beautiful, and smart and funny but she is also so much more. Getting to see Jules in better lenses, go deeper into the amazing character that she is was a privilege that I will never forget. Jules became one of my favorite NA main girls, and I am adamant that this will never change.Now, we have Berk. Oh Gosh, how can I start with him. I already knew I would fall for him, but holy shit I fell hard. Berk was the typical character that seems like something in others’ books but he has SO MUCH MORE going on. Getting to know Berk more in depth was perfect because I got to meet a caring, funny and soft character that deserved so much more than life gave him. All throughout the book I was thinking about how loyal and good he was. Berk was probably one of the most unselfish NA characters I have ever met, and fms if I wasn’t drooling over him every single page of this book. His character is funny as we’ve seen in the previous books but he’s also smart and hardworking. He’s loyal and completely sincere, he’s such a soft and honest person about his feelings... Honestly, where can I get one Berk for myself?Something about Berk that I keep swooning over is how OK with his feelings he is. He’s such a calm, good person. The way that he’s never denied that he loves Jules, that he wants her for so many reasons. The way he kept seeing those reasons everyday when he got up and every night when he went to bed, even when no one else could. He had a fucked up childhood and he used that to become the best he could ever, and that’s fucking inspiring. “How many times do I have to tell you, Jules. I’m into you. Whether it’s in letter form, cookie form, pole dancing form, sitting in your sweats on the couch watching TV form, or any other way you want to show me what you’re all about, I’m here for it. I’m here for you.” THEIR. RELATIONSHIP. If Berkjules relationship development was a religion, I would be the freaking Pope. I love friends to lovers, and Berkjules friends to lovers was so goddamn cute!! It seemed so natural and the way their friendship developed before they turned into a couple made me extremely happy. I loved how they could always count on each other no matter what. He was always there for her, and she was always there for him. The whole plot of mystery girl+letters made me hyper excited to read this book, but I knew it could be done badly. IT WASNT!!! The mystery girl+letters added an amazing component to the plot. Their acceptance, their support, their unconditional love and respect to each other........ Everything to me tbh.The sad parts in this book (that had me tearing up, not gonna lie) were so well written. I could feel the characters’ pains and doubts and I got so involved with them that I started to see myself in the book. Crazy lady alert, I know, but it’s true. Maya’s writing is so amazing and so involving. She writes the plots and characters with so much care and precision. Her writing is for me what Jules’s sweets are for Berk: delicious, addictive and the only thing I can think of.Other points that made me extremely happy were how this book was crafted. The development seemed so natural and the characters’ personalities weren’t at all changed, so I got a few breadcrumbs of characters I already love. AND OH MY GOD AVERY AND EMMETT??? This book was a 5 star rating the moment Avery’s name was cited. Their contribution to the plot (mostly Avery’s) was perfect and so cute and I was so happy it happened. I would die and kill for Avery and Max. We also had cute Ellejules moments, and I was so happy to see my friendship again!! They’re adorable and I love them.The Sephreece, Ellenix and Marisalj breadcrumbs were.... *chef’s kiss*!! I can’t wait until the fourth book so I can get more of the Brothel and these amazing girls! TTBT was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and COMPLETELY WORTH THE READ!! If I could I would erase the book from my mind just to feel everything again (as I would with TPF and TSWM too)...Ps.: GIVE KEYTON A BOOK I BEG OF YOU MAYA I WILL LITERALLY GIVE YOU MY SOUL FOR A BOOK WITH HIMPs2.: WHAT WAS THAT EPILOGUE
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  • zaraa
    January 1, 1970
    “𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙧𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚, 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙚𝙨. 𝙉𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧. 𝙄’𝙙 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙮 𝙖 𝙜𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣, 𝙞𝙛 𝙞𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪.If I thought it was possible to love Berk & Jules anymore than I already did— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 was one of the most heart whelming books I have read in a while. There aren't enough words to say how much I adore these characters. Berk & Jules were everything that two characters part of a romance story should be. When I first started the Fulton U series, I “𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙧𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚, 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙚𝙨. 𝙉𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧. 𝙄’𝙙 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙮 𝙖 𝙜𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣, 𝙞𝙛 𝙞𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪.If I thought it was possible to love Berk & Jules anymore than I already did— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 was one of the most heart whelming books I have read in a while. There aren't enough words to say how much I adore these characters. Berk & Jules were everything that two characters part of a romance story should be. When I first started the Fulton U series, I fell in love with Berkley Vaughn the moment I met him. Throughout the first two books, Maya Hughes showed his goofy, athletic, and endearing side. However, in his book, we get to see a completely different front of him. The emotional depth that Berk showed was built stunningly. He has so many layers to him, and I felt so incredibly proud of him to see him unveil his different layers and show it to the world. He was emotional, vulnerable, and yet he stood tall and proud. Usually, when there are books about the jocks, the characters lack emotional development or depth to them. However, Ms. Hughes broke all those barriers and made her male characters of the Fulton U series feel every emotion, and she ended that toxic idea of how if a man cries, he isn’t much of a man. Also, the way the characters of this series have been paired up together, it couldn't have been any more perfect. Julia Kelland was an ideal balance to Berkley Vaughn. Maya Hughes highlighted real and deep issues in this book. Jules was a very charming female character who was hiding a more in-depth personality. She had insecurities, but the way she fought through them and found her real happiness in herself before forming that emotional attachment with someone else showed her maturity and the ability to put herself first. Just like Berk, Jules had so many different sides to her; she was shy, emotional, fierce, and a sexy baker. Together, Berk & Jules were beyond adorable. They filled each other's lives with warmth and light that they had never felt before. The way they both handle other familial relationships around them, they gave each other the strength, but also found it within themselves. Berk & Jules have such a real and emotionally beautiful story; I cried a couple of times where I just had to stop reading and take a couple of moments. I just wanted to wrap these characters in a blanket and protect them from the world.If you know me, you know how much I love the found family trope, and seeing that trope all in its glory in this book made me emotionally happy. Seeing Reece & Seph and Phoenix & Elle in their little love houses made my heart so excited to see how far they've all come. The family they all found in each other is one of the things that I love so much about this series. They all start as friends but end up to be more, and that's what's so appealing about the found family trope. In conclusion, The Third Best Thing turned out to be one of the best reads for me this year, and I had been so scared because I had a lot of expectations from Berk & Jules, but they owned up to all of them. Nextly, I cannot wait to read more about Marisa & LJ, the little tease at the end, Ms. Hughes is something! Also, hopefully, Keyton gets his own story too. *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • gilda
    January 1, 1970
    ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.I know it’s only January but this is my favorite book of the year without any doubt and if i could give it more than 5 stars i totally would, this deserves all of the stars.I loved everything about the book, the story, the characters, everything. Maya Hughes has written some of my favorite books and The Third Best Thing was not the exception, the way she portrayed Jules and Berk was just beautiful, their flaws, their ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.I know it’s only January but this is my favorite book of the year without any doubt and if i could give it more than 5 stars i totally would, this deserves all of the stars.I loved everything about the book, the story, the characters, everything. Maya Hughes has written some of my favorite books and The Third Best Thing was not the exception, the way she portrayed Jules and Berk was just beautiful, their flaws, their imperfections, their struggles, it was so real, she definitely created two of my favorite characters. I loved Jules and Berk’s relationship, the way they went from friendship to more, the way that Berk treated Jules and the way Jules treated Berk. They saw each other past their struggles and insecurities, the connection and the chemistry they have is truly unique. If I already loved Berk and Jules as individuals I loved them even more as a couple, they were supportive of each other, of their dreams and aspirationsOther thing that i really enjoyed was the connection as a reader that you have with the characters, is indescribable, or at least for me. Throughout the whole book i was feeling what they were feeling,their emotions were so pure that you could feel it. I think that all the problems were handled very well, like when Berk discovers Jules is the letter girl, they were handled with communication, which is something I really appreciate in a book because is more common that those kind of plots are use for miscommunication and more unnecessary drama and that’s something I don’t really like.And about all the side characters, they were just as amazing as Berk and Jules, i also loved the addition of Avery and Max to the story. And of course after the ending I can't wait to read Marisa and LJ storyI totally recommend this if you're looking for a sweet and emotional romance.
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  • mel
    January 1, 1970
    i would sell my soul just so i could get my hands on this book ASAP. i need berk and jules right tf now. pls and thanks.
  • simran
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait to read Jules and Berk's story. Jules is my soft baby girl, I will protect her with my life.... It's gonna be a long wait. sigh
  • stine
    January 1, 1970
    “Every day with her was an adventure in what it felt like to be so loved it was like living in a dream. She was my dream girl, and no matter what, we’d have our dream life filled with all the love we’d been searching for all our lives and could finally share with one another.” The love I have for this book is unmatched??? Like, I just finished it but I already want to reread it… you feel me?? Anyway, full review to come!!
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  • Bia
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Okay. Wow. So many emotions, so many feelings.This book was exactly how I had hoped it would be and yet so much more. This was the third book in the Fulton U series by Maya Hughes, and like the first two books it did not disappoint. I was hooked since the very first page, hell, since the epilogue of The Second We Met and am so happy that i finally got to read it. Putting words to how I actually felt while reading this book has been a ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Okay. Wow. So many emotions, so many feelings.This book was exactly how I had hoped it would be and yet so much more. This was the third book in the Fulton U series by Maya Hughes, and like the first two books it did not disappoint. I was hooked since the very first page, hell, since the epilogue of The Second We Met and am so happy that i finally got to read it. Putting words to how I actually felt while reading this book has been a challenge because all the different emotions TTBT put me through, but heres little more detailed review.Plot: Like the first two books in the series, there wasn’t a single moment where I got bored or lost interest in the story line. I think that the plot was very well paced and there were no details left out, leaving no room for plot holes. Even though I was happy and smiling through most of it, there were moments when tears were shed. This book really was a emotional rollercoaster but I loved every single part of it.Characters: Let me start this section by saying that Berkley Vaughn and Julian Kelland are the best, most precious characters to exist and I will risk it all for them.Ever since I read The Perfect First, I always thought of Berk as a very carefree and fun kinda guy, constantly making jokes and making everyone laugh, but reading this put things more into perspective as to why he acts the way he does and what actually goes around in his head. His character really did surprise me and made me love and want to protect him even more. Reading about his past and his struggles absolutely broke my heart and had me crying at every turn of the page. The moment we got to know Jules in The Second We Met, I knew I was going to love her. This book just showed me more reasons as to why that was. I found my self relating to Jules a lot more than I have with any other character and thats part of the reason as to why she’s so special to me. Just like Berk she had struggles of her own past and well the present and I absolutely loved reading about her growing as person. And finally, I loved reading all the Elle-Nix moments, i miss these two so much! As well as Marisa-Lj breadcrumbs that were collected from the pages. I am so excited for their book!!Relationships: I dont think I have ever waited to read about a couple the way I waited for BerkJules. Ever since finding out that Jules was The Letter GirlI had been eagerly waiting to see how the whole secret admirer story was going to fold out and how they went on as a couple and let me tell you one thing: it was worth the wait!. I loved how adorable both Berk and Jules where when were around each other and how they both grew comfortable and into themselves with each other. I also loved how they connected with each other, with any hesitation. Overall comments: The wait for this book was SO worth it. I hope y’all enjoy reading this as much I did!! Just 8 more days and its out!
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  • Angela | Romance Readers Reverie
    January 1, 1970
    "She might not see it, but Jules was the sexiest woman I'd ever met. She made it so easy to fall into the dream land of breakfast at the kitchen table laughing and smiling and late nights making her scream my name" 2020 is the year of BerkJules and TTBT did not disappoint with them! This story is a beautiful friends-to-lovers secret admirer romance between the ever-lovable goofball Berk and the bubbly baking extraordinaire Jules. "I saw a home with her in our future. The complete picture. There "She might not see it, but Jules was the sexiest woman I'd ever met. She made it so easy to fall into the dream land of breakfast at the kitchen table laughing and smiling and late nights making her scream my name" 2020 is the year of BerkJules and TTBT did not disappoint with them! This story is a beautiful friends-to-lovers secret admirer romance between the ever-lovable goofball Berk and the bubbly baking extraordinaire Jules. "I saw a home with her in our future. The complete picture. There wasn't anyone more perfect for me than her. And I'd spend as long as I needed to make her believe it was true" Berk is the sweetest - he loves Jules exactly as she is. He's had it rough in life and while his good-humored nature is partially a coping mechanism, it's also a testament to his inner strength. This is a man who is seriously difficult to bring down. He exudes energy and positivity, and is fiercely loyal. "But I deserved to be happy just as I was, regardless of size, and I deserved the love of someone like Berk. And I wasn't going to let my doubts about my self-worth get in the way of that anymore" Jules is so relatable - while she is sweet and caring and open to new people, she's also riddled with self-doubt about her appearance. Who can't relate with that at least a little? She has bouts of confidence, but it's an uphill battle after years of slowly having it chipped away with biting remarks and backhanded compliments. While she struggles, she is also a tough one to really bring down - she's a fighter and we see her actively fighting and confronting those demons and negative self-talk.With both of them being outwardly positive people who harbor negative beliefs about their own worth, these two are the perfect match. They get where the other person is coming from and bolster each other to overcome their fears. Their love and relationship doesn't fix it all or make it go away, but it does give them a shoulder to lean on and the support they need to keep going when their fears get to them.The Third Best Thing is an amazingly hot, overwhelming sweet, and breathtakingly honest story of finding love in the most unconventional ways and learning to love yourself the way you love others.
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  • Maya Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    Berk and Jules are finally here! Their secret admirer, next door neighbor story brings all the feels! Damn, I needed to touch her. I needed to touch her more than I needed my next breath. I needed to touch her to make sure this wasn’t all a dream and the beautiful sight in front of me didn’t disappear before I could.She was so gorgeous it hurt not to touch her.Grab your copy or read it for FREE in KU! US: https://amzn.to/2U6nuHkUK: https://amzn.to/2U8Tj2hCA: https://amzn.to/2U953lqAU: Berk and Jules are finally here! Their secret admirer, next door neighbor story brings all the feels! Damn, I needed to touch her. I needed to touch her more than I needed my next breath. I needed to touch her to make sure this wasn’t all a dream and the beautiful sight in front of me didn’t disappear before I could.She was so gorgeous it hurt not to touch her.Grab your copy or read it for FREE in KU! US: https://amzn.to/2U6nuHkUK: https://amzn.to/2U8Tj2hCA: https://amzn.to/2U953lqAU: https://amzn.to/31edWM3
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  • yasmin
    January 1, 1970
    i pinched my lips together. “are you inside my head or something?”“no, but i see the way you always want to take care of the people around you, even if it’s at your expense.”“i don—”he cut me off again at the pass. “don’t ever let anyone else make you feel like you’re not awesome.”the third best thing is such an unexpected story that will give you such a meaningful messages behind it. i didn't expect something so raw and vulnerable would come from this book but it did. it exceed more than any i pinched my lips together. “are you inside my head or something?”“no, but i see the way you always want to take care of the people around you, even if it’s at your expense.”“i don—”he cut me off again at the pass. “don’t ever let anyone else make you feel like you’re not awesome.”the third best thing is such an unexpected story that will give you such a meaningful messages behind it. i didn't expect something so raw and vulnerable would come from this book but it did. it exceed more than any expectations i had because of how beautiful it is. jules is the heroine for this book. from what it describes on the second we met, we could know she's very shy person but has so many surprising side of her. she's the best friend, the sister, and girlfriend you'll ever want in life. but she's also never been the most confident person with who she is. in this book it explains the reason why she lost that self-confidence is because being put hateful words ever since a kid makes you feel like that word is true and that you struggle to believe whatever nice people has said to you. jules's character show what real beauty is, that someone could be as raw and as vulnerable but that thing is going to make them who they are and they're what makes them strong. her character shows the struggle she face on trying to accept herself instead and be okay with who she is in what shape and form. it reflects with so many people that are like jules or just people who are very hard on herself and is struggling with self-acceptance. jules's character is also the character that makes me sob at exactly 1 am in the morning because it hits close to home, so close that you just unconciously put down your phone and cover your face with your favourite blanket. and then there's berk, he's the hero in this story. some people know that i've loved berk since reading the perfect first. he's fun, funny, and has an image of a mwhore just like the type of hero i would fall for. the reasons why i fall for someone who is a jokester is because they're always these people that are trying to cover themselves with the jokes and laughs they made but it was actually just a costume. like a clown costume as their mask to hide the broken pieces of them inside. to be their shield so the world won't know the raw part inside of them. berk character lost what's the meaning of love. just love in general seems to terrifies hin so that's why he never try to get attached on something knowing he's also a foster care child. but he's the guy who falls and cares deeply for other people though sometimes he always hide that part of him and just showing the funny side of him. but then jules came and it's like teaching him what love is. i love how his character is not captured as cruel like most stereotypical heroes just because he's broken so we could accept his behaviour and what he's done. berk is so different on how he shows himself to the world and how he makes the world sees him. jules and berk also compliment each other as a couple. you'll love them as a person but you'll going to love them more as a couple because they're both two people who are trying to love themselves/believing in the existence of love. this book has so many soft and cute small moments of them that are super swoony and gives you butterflies and heart flutter everywhere. the two are also being with each other's at their hitting point and there to support each other, like a team they are and i think it's so cute and it warms my heart reading it. the side characters ugh i love seeing the characters of kings here; avery and emmett and MAX! i've been waiting for max so bad that sometimes i feel so bad and sorry for maya for bribing her about max all the time. maya said max is going to have a book because of how awesome and amazing her character is and im so excited for her book(s) 👀 and what story she's going to deliver. i want to know more the raw and vulnerable side of her so i could fall for this amazing girl each and every day.there are an unexpecting moment that maya pulls in the end that make my eyes just budge out and leads to the next book The Fourth Time Charm that has marisa & lj as the main characters. i've been waiting for them since "the third time charm" and totally can't wait for the angst these two will deliver because what they have is not just friendship because it's so much more that could guaranteed to make your eyes puffy because of crying. writing wise, i could definitely say this book is the best one that maya has written, the writing from The Perfect First to The Second We Met gives a very huge differences but the differences with this book from the previous one is also as huge. the story of the two main characters really delivered to the heart. from time to time maya just don't disappoint and keeps delivering her very best work and i can't wait for her to grow even bigger and for more people to read her amazing works.arc provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • jordane
    January 1, 1970
    “How many times do I have to tell you, Jules. I’m into you. Whether it’s in letter form, cookie form, pole dancing form, sitting in your sweats on the couch watching TV form, or any other way you want to show me what you’re all about, I’m here for it. I’m here for you.” The Third Best Thing picks up right after the epilogue of The Second We Met: Berk asking Jules for help, because his secret Letter Girl stopped writing to him and he wants to find out who is behind those letters, not knowing, “How many times do I have to tell you, Jules. I’m into you. Whether it’s in letter form, cookie form, pole dancing form, sitting in your sweats on the couch watching TV form, or any other way you want to show me what you’re all about, I’m here for it. I’m here for you.” The Third Best Thing picks up right after the epilogue of The Second We Met: Berk asking Jules for help, because his secret Letter Girl stopped writing to him and he wants to find out who is behind those letters, not knowing, of course, that Jules is his Letter Girl.I knew before I started reading that I was going to love Jules and Berk’s story a lot, but TTBT exceeded my expectations. IT WAS PERFECT AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH.I really tried to take my time while reading this book because I didn’t want to finish it too quickly, but it was impossible for me to do so, because TTBT was so addictive. Through the whole story I tried to figure out how Berk would find out about Jules being The Letter Girl and what his reaction would be, but how everything unfolded was even better than I imagined.We already knew a little bit about Berk and Jules from the previous books, which made me really interested to learn more about them in their book. I really loved discovering new things about them, even if some were heartbreaking. Seeing both of them accepting what happened in their past to grow and become stronger was amazing to witness. I love them both so much. What I also really enjoyed was how they went from being friends to lovers, it felt really natural and not rushed at all! They were so patient with each other and respectful towards each other. They are literally the softest and are made for each other.Like the previous books in the series, the friendship between the characters in TTBT was perfect and I liked seeing them all reunited, I can’t explain the love I have for all of them. I also hope Keyton is going to have his own book, I’m so intrigued by him!LJ and Marisa’s book is next!!!!!! I’m a sucker for best friends to lovers romance and I have been waiting for them since The Perfect First came out last year. And after that epilogue I’m even more excited. The wait is going to kill me!!!*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.
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  • iasmin
    January 1, 1970
    “I know there’s so much shit out there about women and their bodies and I don’t want you to think I don’t see you. I love your curves. I love your thighs and how strong they are when you wrap them around my waist.” I was so looking forward to this book and so excited that I don't even know how to express my happiness after reading it. the third best thing is so much more than i expected, berkjules made me sigh, cry, fall in love with them all over again and made me wish I have one of the “I know there’s so much shit out there about women and their bodies and I don’t want you to think I don’t see you. I love your curves. I love your thighs and how strong they are when you wrap them around my waist.” I was so looking forward to this book and so excited that I don't even know how to express my happiness after reading it. the third best thing is so much more than i expected, berkjules made me sigh, cry, fall in love with them all over again and made me wish I have one of the brothel’s boys in my life.jules *sigh* what can I say about jules? my love for jules was at first sight, from the moment she appeared on tswm, I was instantly drawn by her, she's just so charismatic and fierce and oh so talented, I loved seeing her development, and how she came to love herself more, — shout out to how it showed, something that should be obvious but that is not, as self love its not something easy to come through and that with the help of a professional and a support system you can get the necessary kick off. berkley vaughn... is simply perfect, I love how sweet he was, the way he wears his heart on his sleeves, never backing out from his feelings and I think that's beautiful, their chemistry is truly out of this world, it was so beautiful to see their relationship developing and how everything just went naturally, I really don't have exacted words to describe the amount of love that I have for this two. I know the year it’s only starting but its already one of my favorites. I have so many other things to talk about it but I caaaaaaan’t, I’m just sad that I have to wait so long for marisa and lj’s book but then again I can always reread this one and is something I’ll probably be doing a lot. * ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing could have prepared me for just how much I LOVE this book,I am at a loss for words.So I am guessing that you have all read the blurb right?So you think you know what it is about....but you are wrong...This story is so much more than you could even imagine.Jules and Berk got me right in the heart with their Romance,I mean I loved them when I first met them as side characters in the other books...But Wow having their story printed right in front of me and the emotions that they stirred Nothing could have prepared me for just how much I LOVE this book,I am at a loss for words.So I am guessing that you have all read the blurb right?So you think you know what it is about....but you are wrong...This story is so much more than you could even imagine.Jules and Berk got me right in the heart with their Romance,I mean I loved them when I first met them as side characters in the other books...But Wow having their story printed right in front of me and the emotions that they stirred inside me was just beyond words could describe...Both of them had their issues,Berk especially surprised me I just didn't expect him to be so imperfectly Perfect and have such a tragic background...I bloody Love him.The Third Best Thing was an absolute privilege to read,I adored EVERYTHING about it..The Secret Letters which started it all,The attraction between them,The explosive Chemistry,the angst, the tears, the Joy and laughter and believe me there were some Classic LOL moments..Just as much as the heartwrenching ones.Jules and Berk had me completely smitten I invested myself heart and soul into their opposites attract,friends to Lovers romance.I resonated with Jules so much and her struggle, always feeling self conscious within her own body,feeling inadequate and using food to ease her anxieties with not feeling good enough.She had low self esteem and baking gave her an outlet ,it was something she excelled at and was praised for..Praise she never got from her Mother.Berk is my dream guy,I want my very own Berkley Vaughn he Fell in Love with Jules unconditionally he didn't care what she looked like .It was her heart and goodness that drew him in,(and her baking lol )he made her feel like she was the most beautiful woman in the world...I loved him for that.I have so much deep affection for this story and for ALL of the characters in this series I am already excited for LJ and Marissa's story.This funny,quirky,emotional sexy book is worth its weight in 10 gold stars,you need to read this book for yourself and take away its beautiful hopeful message.The Third Best Thing by Maya Hughes is as delicious and as moresish as one of Jules's baking treats,once you start to devour its goodness you won't be able to stop and just want more and more.Maya Hughes you are just Brilliant ,flawless writing,quintessential characters and superb story a must read and it has my highest recommendation.
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  • Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
    January 1, 1970
    Rate: +5/ 5 starsI have so many feels after reading this one! I knew it was gonna be good and I was not so patiently waiting for it but gosh it exceeded all and any of my expectations. Berk and Jules were so perfect, I just can't! I have so much love for them.A friends to lovers, secret admirer romance with all the heart, fun and sexy times and so many emotions! Berk and Jules were both dealing with their own doubts and insecurities, and both their journeys packed a punch at times. My heart ➳ Rate: +5/ 5 starsI have so many feels after reading this one! I knew it was gonna be good and I was not so patiently waiting for it but gosh it exceeded all and any of my expectations. Berk and Jules were so perfect, I just can't! I have so much love for them.A friends to lovers, secret admirer romance with all the heart, fun and sexy times and so many emotions! Berk and Jules were both dealing with their own doubts and insecurities, and both their journeys packed a punch at times. My heart hurt alongside them. These two had been a long time coming and I could not have loved them, as individuals, as friends and as a couple. These two were so damn perfect for each other, I loved their friendship and how obsessed Berk was with Jules' baked goods and good in general ;) They were both such a surprise, in the best way because they were both hiding such deep struggles that were so relatable and just really made them endearing and precious characters. I just wanted to hug them and not let anyone or anything happen to them. They deserved to be happy. It might have took a couple of arguments and tears but in the end everything was worked out in the best way. These two were always there for each other and even when things weren't okay they always looked out for each other and cared about what was best for one another. My heart belongs to them. They are handsdown my favorite Fulton U couple. And The Third Best Thing is also my favorite book in the series. Again, what I always love about a Maya Hughes book is that she gives us so much of the other characters in the series and about the situation of the next book. You'll die when you see the cliffy that ties into Marisa and LJ's book. I also just really adore Maya for creating the best crossovers. In TTBT she gives us a little more of Emmett and Avery from Ruthless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #3) and gosh I loved hanging out with them again and seeing how they are. My heart was so happy for that bonus. And Max, I am even more intrigued about her now but at least I know she won't be Colm's love interest; she's getting her own trilogy which I'm kind of super excited about. I hope we'll get more of Jules and Avery in it.The Third Best Thing was literally the best thing ever. It's a sugar sweet book with two precious people that you'll love and care for so hard. Maya just keeps getting better and better with her fabulous, heartwarming and just addictive stories. I have been a huge fan since the first book I ever read of her and I don't see that changing any time soon or ever. I read anything she writes like the flash; it's so good I don't ever (nor want to) stop. Berkjules are #life and you'll love them to death. ➳ARC kindly provided by author, in exchange for an honest review.➳ Coming January 30th!➳ Follow me on: Blog ⁕ Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Twitter
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  • Eli
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewIf you read the previous books in this series you probably know who they are and how their story begins, basically Jules starts sending Berk dirty notes and Berk starts replying not knowing who's behind the letters, latter on she stops sending the notes and Berk ask her for help to find who the letter girl is. Guys, seriously, I knew this book was going to be perfect, but I don't think I was prepared for how everything turned out here, ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewIf you read the previous books in this series you probably know who they are and how their story begins, basically Jules starts sending Berk dirty notes and Berk starts replying not knowing who's behind the letters, latter on she stops sending the notes and Berk ask her for help to find who the letter girl is. Guys, seriously, I knew this book was going to be perfect, but I don't think I was prepared for how everything turned out here, the plot and pacing were so good, I swear I couldn't stop reading because it's really addictive. Jules is probably my favorite girl, she's really going through a lot with her family and I love how strong she is, she's not really confident in herself, which made me sad a lot of times, but learning to accept herself was a big part of this book and I think Maya handled it really well NOW BERK I'M IN SHOCK, okay, I knew that his personality and how outgoing he acts was probably a facade to hide an ugly truth, but I wasn't ready for him and how his story is, he's really so strong and for all the things he experienced made him so mature at such a young age.Connecting with these characters was probably the easiest thing I've done, Maya really wrote two amazing characters with real problems in which whoever reads this book is going to find a little or a big part of themselves in them.Seeing both Berk and Jules is struggling with self-love and underestimating who they are because they don't think happiness can last for them made me shed more than a few tears.I was a little scared about the miscommunication trope in this book, but don't worry, I love how the problems get solved and how they always show that they trust each other.Putting this in fewer words, the book was everything I was waiting for and more and seeing them grow and realize their worth was the best thing ever.
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  • Thuy Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I just have to get something off my chest....BERK IS PERFECT!!!!! I’M IN LOOOVE!!! SighhhhhhBerk and Jules story is just really insanely good. I’ve been excitedly awaiting for this one and it fulfilled all my Berkeley lovin heart. Berk is the epitome of the perfect guy in my opinion. He sees the good in everyone. We are able to delve into his back story and you just want to hug this guy and never let him go. But he has his guys and The Letter Girl, who he wants to find, and Jules who is I just have to get something off my chest....BERK IS PERFECT!!!!! I’M IN LOOOVE!!! Sighhhhhh😍😍😍Berk and Jules story is just really insanely good. I’ve been excitedly awaiting for this one and it fulfilled all my Berkeley lovin heart. Berk is the epitome of the perfect guy in my opinion. He sees the good in everyone. We are able to delve into his back story and you just want to hug this guy and never let him go. 😫😭 But he has his guys and The Letter Girl, who he wants to find, and Jules who is becoming important to him. He is slowly developing a crush on someone who writes him letters but doesn’t know it’s someone nearby, right in front of him. Enter in Jules, his friend, his neighbor, his amazing baker friend who is also, TLG. Jules has self confidence issues, hoping he’d never find out, she works out some of her issues penning her crush. They’re dirty, hot, sexy and he wants to find out who she is. But, the more he spends time with Jules, he slowly falls completely head over heels in love with Jules and puts aside The Letter Girl, because Jules is worth it.I loved seeing the crossover with a few of the Rittenhouse Kings characters. I love seeing everyone in Fulton U. I am so ready for LJ and Marisa's story. Also, I am so ready for Max's story, because there is definitely something there, and I am so here for it(at least I am hoping there will be a story there, fingers crossed) Fantastic story for this couple!!! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!
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  • CourtRocks
    January 1, 1970
    4 Sweet and Cute Stars!Yay, I loved Berk and Jules! They were like the ultimate cutesy couple. Especially how they both loved some sweetness in all aspects of their relationship *hint*hint*. This was such a fun and lighthearted read. I love how there isn't any unnecessary angst which is just one of the many reasons why I love this series. No OW drama, no excessive amount of drama either.I liked Jules, and am happy we finally get to see her get her happy ending with her crush. It was sad to see 4 Sweet and Cute Stars!Yay, I loved Berk and Jules! They were like the ultimate cutesy couple. Especially how they both loved some sweetness in all aspects of their relationship *hint*hint*. This was such a fun and lighthearted read. I love how there isn't any unnecessary angst which is just one of the many reasons why I love this series. No OW drama, no excessive amount of drama either.I liked Jules, and am happy we finally get to see her get her happy ending with her crush. It was sad to see what she went through with her family and the effect it had on her social life, and on her thoughts towards herself. I'm sure many of us can empathise with some of the problems she faced, and it made her a more realistic character. I also like how she had an overly sweet and sexy side which contrasted each other, but also worked well for her and being with Berk. Now onto Berk, I loved him! He always saw the best in Jules, and never understood why Jules would wouldn't see herself as amazing as he saw her, which he always thought she was, and that can do wonders for a women's self-confidence. I also always felt for him, especially coming from a large family with many adopted relatives, some that started out as foster kids in our family, so I have seen how big of an impact of feeling not wanted by your family could be, and it always makes me sad when i see people feeling that way. He did have problems with Alexis, which on one side I can understand him seeing as they only had each other, but I'm also glad he took his blinders off to see the negative impact she had on him, but I love how he never gave up.I do have some critiques that I had to take a star down though. One being this was a pretty Insta love story, which although they had known each other the past couple books, I felt like they started loving each other a bit too fast in my opinion. Another was although I liked Jules, I felt like she had forgiven Berk a bit too fast? Even her sister, especially after all the years she was nasty to Jules, maybe it's just my cynic side coming out, but I would have liked to see a bit more groveling. One other thing would be how many times Jules' name was said. There are pronouns for a reason, and I wish there were more in this book instead of repeating her name every time. I had counted Jules' name in it and got approx. 400 times, which is excessive to me. Maybe it is just me, because repeated words are one things I do not like in a books, (I've gotten annoyed over a word being said 11 times, so really, maybe it IS just me), but either way this book definitely could have done with some more pronouns.One last thing would be that I felt like a lot of things were missing, or that I was left out on them. Some things I'm sure it is just because i don't remember everything since reading The Second We Met, which I know we were introduced to some characters in that book, but i wish we would have gotten a reminder of who they were exactly in this one. Another reason for feeling left out was because it is an interconnected series with Maya Hughes' other series which I have not yet read and some of the characters from that series are in this one a bit, and everytime they would talk about something, I was a little confused like I should know what they mean.Overall, this was a super sweet and cutesy story. Each and every book in this series I anticipate till I can get my hands on it. So far, Seph and Reese are still my favorites, (legit loved everything about the Perfect First), so I'm glad we finally saw a couple of snippets of them (I felt a little deprived of them in the last book). I think Marissa and LJ's book will be the last one, and I cant wait for it, but I'm also hoping Johansson gets his own, whether it be in this series or the next one, I will for sure read it. Either way, I'm exited for what is to come!*ARC provided in exchange for honest review*
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