Third Degree by Julie Cross

Posted January 30, 2015 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments

Third Degree by Julie CrossThird Degree by Julie Cross
Format: eARC
Published by Random House LLC Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, New Adult, Romance
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I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen.

But so far, my roommate hates me and I’m not into the party scene. The only good thing about school has been getting to know my insanely hot RA. Marshall Collins makes me wonder about everything I missed while I was growing up too fast. Pretty soon we’re hanging out constantly, but for the first time, I find myself wanting more than a no-strings-attached physical relationship. And the lesson I really need is one Marsh definitely can’t teach me: love. Because I’m going to be alone forever if I don’t learn fast.

I loved this book! I admit I had it in my to read pile for way to long. The synopsis didn’t make me want to run and read the book, and I am so annoyed with myself that I didn’t read it sooner. This book was so much more than I was expecting, it was funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking, sweet, romantic, and everything in between.

So Isabel is like a child prodigy times five, she’s 18 and a medical doctor. Only she didn’t pass her emotional readiness test, and therefore is not allowed to continue on past intern. So, she decided to go back to college and get real life experiences of people her own age. I love Isabel, she’s so blunt, she actually reminds me a little bit of me and my sisters (minus the crazy insane level of intelligence). But she takes blunt to a whole new level and sometimes goes way to far, getting herself into some serious issues with her roommate, but really some of the situations she gets herself into made me laugh so hard.

Isabel has an R.A. while she is living in the dorms, Marshall, and he makes an effort to kind of take her under his wing and help her adjust to life in college. He’s way more understanding of Isabel’s lack of social graces than other people, and he has a great sense of humor as well. You can tell that he likes her right off the bat, but she is kind of clueless. He’s really just such a good guy, you can’t help but like him from the minute he shows up on the page. And the two of them together is even better, I found myself wanting them to get together way sooner than I thought I would. Plus Marshall has some great interactions with his family that I adored, his family is really awesome.

I really loved the way the two of them finally come together, it’s not the most conventional way, and I loved that about them. Marshall has a health issue, and even though Isabel is a doctor and in the past has been so bad about having emotional responses to people, seeing Marshall in pain allows her to finally start to make emotional connections to people, something that has held her back for so long. As Marshall helps Isabel to understand her feelings, Isabel also accepts Marshall for who he is, something Marshall has struggled with in the past. The two of them really do help each other.

That’s not to say that these two don’t have issues that they end up having to overcome, but Cross’s writing is just so amazing, and enjoyable to read, that I felt Cross was dragging me around by my emotional heartstrings. If you like new adult, then this is the book for you, I loved it, and I can’t wait to read more by Julie Cross.

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About Julie Cross

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing credibility’s, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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