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The Fourth Time Charm

(Fulton U #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,198 ratings  ·  376 reviews
“Are you sleeping with my daughter?”

Not a question I want to hear from my coach. The man holding my pro future in the palm of his hand.

The answer: No, sir.

The real answer: I’d sure as hell like to be.

Marisa’s been my best friend since third grade. And now she needs my help—and a place to stay. Senior year was supposed to be the year to keep some distance until the season
Paperback, 354 pages
Published January 7th 2021
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Melanie (mells_view)
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
”Every taste was always too short and left me starving for more. She stole my restraint and my breath away.”

The Fourth Time Charm is LJ and Marisa’s story and I know most of us Fulton U fans have been dying to read this childhood best friends to lovers romance. We’ve been getting breadcrumbs of their friendship and little moments in previous books with the other characters noticing their “more than friends” potential, so it feels like we’ve steadily watched this relationship grow. Now that I’ve
Jul 28, 2019 is currently reading it
for some reason i remembered the lj and marisa breadcrumbs we got from fearless king and i'm emo all over again bc i. want. this. book. nOW. ...more
“I love her.”
He squeezed the back of his neck, shaking his head. “Will you still love her in a year? In two years?”
“I’ve loved her since we were fifteen. It’s never going away.”


I've been obsessed with Marisa and LJ since I read my first Maya Hughes book, The Perfect First over a year ago and this quote was IT for me:

“LJ and his completely platonic but always around him best friend had been practically joined at the hip since they’d arrived at Fulton U
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Tonight, I’d hold her in my arms. Tomorrow, I’d figure out how to deal with being in love with the coach’s daughter.

Confession time, friends to lovers isn't my usual choice of trope. Don't ask me why. I have no idea. I'll read it but it's just not a trope I yearn for or gravitate towards. But when it came to LJ and Marisa's story? I had to have it. I was downright ravenous for it. Ever since we met them as secondary characters in the beginning of this series, I've been dying t
This is undoubtedly the easiest 5 stars read and I'm so happy after almost 2 years of waiting it didn't disappoint me 😭

To all of my safety gang out there who loves best friends to lovers but sick with all of the stereotype issues that it has in it: this book is written for you.

It's been so long since I read books about childhood friendship to love where they're loyal to each other. Usually they would spite one and another to make them jealous by dating someone else for fucking someone else but M
Spoilers ahead, 4* bumped up to a very RARE for me 5 😯😳

original thoughts
Please don't let this be another friends to lovers where the H was sleeping with OW even though it's clear he has feelings for the h! *fingers crossed

Current review
Evidently from the update above I had high hopes for this book and thankfully the author delivered.

So the backstory
LJ and Marisa are best friends and have been for years, there were a couple of kisses over the years that didn't go further and they both settled int
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

*Safety Spoilers*

I love LJ😍💕 not only was he everything we need in a book boyfriend, but my favorite part of him is definitely how much he cares for Marissa. Like he legit wanted to be there for her in all ways and root her on and I just feel like that support is something we have been missing in heroes and books nowadays. Marissa needed a bit of work in some areas, but she knew she had problems and she actively tried to fix them, and I can say I would probably do and say the same thin
Aug 16, 2019 added it
I'm so excited for this book... I just know marissa and lj would be the cutest beans in love. need this book in my life rn ...more
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
❝Sometimes it felt like I could disappear and no one would really care. It felt like I was a temporary fixture in someone's life until they moved on. But with LJ I felt like I mattered— always.❞

Let me start this review by saying that I have been waiting for this book for a long time. Ever since I read The Perfect First I have been drawn to MarisaLj, their easy friendship and underlying tension, and after THAT scene in The Third Best Thing I was very impatiently waiting, and the wait was so w
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!! THIS!!!!! BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

Ever since I first read The Perfect First, I knew LJ and Marisa’s book would be my favorite and, sure enough, they did not disappoint. I’ve always been so intrigued by their friendship and the secrets I knew they kept from the rest of the gang about their past, but thinking about it and actually reading it are two different things — and let me say, reality was so much better than anything my imagination could ever achieve.

The friends-to-lovers trope has been my f
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“𝗜’𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗻. 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆.”

I waited so long for this book, didn't disappoint me. Was everything i wanted and more. This book is so perfect and emotional and I have so many feelings about Marisa and Lj.

Marisa is definitely one of my all time favorite characters. She's was everything, funny, sarcastic, sweet, so strong. Your story made me cry so much. I have no words to describe how much i love her.

Lj will definitely be one of my fav
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I finished this book last night and I'm still thinking about these characters because I just loved them so hard. Marisa and LJ were so amazing together and I'm not usually a huge fan of friends-to-lovers romances but I was a huge fan of them and they made this book a really fun read.

I really enjoyed that they didn't just fall into a romantic relationship easily and instead they both kind of struggled with their feelings at times. It made the story feel very real an
☆ sana ☆
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
”i’ve loved you from as far back as i can remember.”

my heart is so full. this was hands down the best book in the entire series and everything you’d expect a childhood bestfriends to lovers book to be! the plot in this book was also the strongest compared to the other fulton u books. reading about marisa’s childhood story, her relationship with her parents and how it gave her this fear of abandonment made me really emotional. but the romance in this book takes the cake. marisa and lj’s shared hi
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Ahh I just want to scream at how good and cute this book was!! I've been waiting for Marissa and LJ's story since I read the first book and heard about their friendship and oh my god was the wait worth it because this book met all my expectations and more!

Maybe it's because I don't think I've read a single college sports romance this year and thought I was done with this trope, but Maya Hughes just proved me wrong. I mean don't get me wrong, I'm still very much done with the "the footb
Meredith Wilson
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-arcs
The Fourth Time Charm is the fourth book in the Fulton U series by Maya Hughes. Told in dual perspectives, this is the long-awaited story that follows LJ and Marissa. I knew their story would be nothing short of amazing, and without a doubt, it mostly certainly was. It was such a sweet, sexy and heartfelt read that I truly loved.

Marissa didn't have the easiest life growing up. The people that were supposed to love and care for her failed her. Her dad left when she was young, and her mom was rare
“When the choice presented itself to do something with or without LJ, there was a hands down, no contest, clear winner.
He was my rock, and the one person I could count on to have my back”


I've been waiting for this book ever since I read both Fulton U and Kings of Rittenhouse, Marisa and LJ were the couple I was most excited to read about alongside Berk and Jules, and like the Berk & Jules', their book did NOT le
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it

this turned out to be definitely a “it’s me and not the book” type of situation because there’s nothing really wrong with the book honestly, but it just didn’t do it for me and here i will present you with two reasons for it as to maybe why.

1) i’m beyond— just annoyingly very picky when it comes to the best friends to lovers trope and i’m just so hard to please because not every story with this trope works for me. maybe because it’s not really my favorite trope, don’t get me wr
Lula Grayson
Update dec. 31 - in regards of people asking about OW/OM, here's the answer: (view spoiler)

*ARC provided in exchange of a honest review*

Rate: 4.5 stars /5

What a way to start a new year with LJ and Marisa’s story! And let me tell you the first thing… the wait for this book is SO worth it.

So, the book starts when Marisa’s apartment is set on fire and LJ goes to rescue her. They’ve been friends for ages and without even thinking about it, LJ in
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, bipoc-authors, arcs
Release date: January 7, 2021

I felt like I’ve read Marisa and LJ as side characters from this series + Fearless King for so long, and now their own story is finally here.

They've been friends for so long and over the years they've set aside their growing feelings and stayed within the boundaries of their relationship. Now in college, the football team's coach is Marisa's dad. LJ is working hard because he wants to help his family out if he gets drafted to a professional football team. Marisa is a
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
”’I love you, Marisa.’ This wasn’t the first time he’s said it, but this time it felt different. It felt heart-stoppingly, soul-scorchingly different.”

Rating: 2.5/5

As you all must know by now, “The Fourth Time Charm” is a best friends to lovers romance. This is a tricky trope because the main conflict is often about the fact that the main characters love each other, but they don’t want to ruin their friendship. However, most of the time they end up ruining their friendship anyway because the
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided for an honest review*

The Fourth Time Charm is the fourth book of the Fulton U series and Marisa and LJ's book. Every moment of this book was so well written that I did not want this story to end. However with every beginning comes and ending that both characters deserved.

Marisa and LJ have been two characters that are first introduced in the previous books and we finally have their book. Both characters have such a unique friendship that we first found out about in the past books b
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Finally got to read one of my most anticipated books since last January and it was everything I had hoped for. The Fourth Time Charm is the fourth, and final, book in the Fulton U series by Maya Hughes, and just like the other three it did not disappoint.

Marisa and LJ’s story is one I had been eagerly waiting for ever since reading their little scenes in Maya’s previous Fulton u books and in Fearless King (Kings of Rittenhous
Nadine Bookaholic
What a great way to start the new year with a five star read!

I had no idea on what to expect going into this book other than the deep friendship between LJ and Marisa but one thing I knew was that I would most likely enjoy it as I had with the previous books in the series, what I hadn't expect was the emotions that this story pulled from me.

You can read my full review here:

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Nadine's Obsessed with Books **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obse
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

ARC provided for an honest review.


"I've loved you from as far back as I can remember."

The Fourth Tim Charm is the 4th (and last?) book in the Fulton U series and it's about two best friends that have always been in love with each other, but because of fear, insecurities, plans, they didn't take the next step after many years.

I have been waiting for this book since Liv&Ford's book on the Kings of Rittenhouse series and it didn't let me down, it met all my expectations and more. I loved
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Boy have we been waiting for this book ever since the beginning of this series. All those little sneak peeks at LJ and Marisa’s friendship we got through the other’s books got us all pumped for The Fourth Time Charm and in my opinion the wait was worth it! We all know by now how much I absolutely love friends to lovers and these two - I adored them sooo much. Their friendship was envy-worthy. The way they’d be there for each other, the way they were willing to sacrifice their future for the othe ...more
Keri Loves Books
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully memorable, friends to lovers romance with so many feels! I shared their laughter, shed many tears, felt heart-wrenching sadness and was overwhelmed with unending love. Their love will put you through the ringer, but their journey will be so worth it. So many have told me they can’t wait to read this story and I can say, without a doubt, the author delivered a poignant romance and you are going to love it.

Best friends. That’s what they have always been, even if each of them secretly
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-2020-reads, arcs
“𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣'𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚.”
𝙃𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙛𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙬𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜-𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚-𝙖𝙧𝙢-𝙛𝙡𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙪𝙗𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙗𝙤𝙣𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚. “𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙞𝙩? 𝙄'𝙙 𝙙𝙤 𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪.”

I have been excited to read marisa and lj story since the first book if I'm being honest. To say that I have a weak spot for best friends to lovers is to put it mildly.

I thought after berk and jules maybe that was it, nobody was going to top them but of course Maya loves to prove me
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

“This was a crazy, can’t-imagine-my-life-without-her kind of love.”

I'll start by saying that I am the most suspicious person in the world to be doing this review because 1: I am the biggest stan of childhood friends to lovers ever and 2 :lj marisa was already my favorite fulton u couple before they even won one book, but look if there's one thing I can say is that this book was worth every moment of waiting.
The most anticipated release of the year
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Release date: January 7, 2021

"I've loved her since we were fifteen. It's never going away."

If you've followed Fulton U from the beginning, you most likely collected every single breadcrumb that Maya had left about LJMarisa (they were also seen in Fearless King in the Kings of Rittenhouse series). When I say that this book was ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that I've ever wanted and that this book was worth the wait, I'm not kidding. This book gave me such an emotional rush. I was enchanted; I was on clou
Amy Reierson
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marissa and LJ are going to steal your heart and give it the biggest warmest hug.
The history, friendship, and love these two share is something everyone needs and hopes for in life.

This beautifully written book with this life altering reminder so many people need to hear and learn, is expertly conveyed through Maya's words and feelings towards her characters. Your true family is often who you choose, and those who choose you first.
And that is the best kind of family. 💚

As always you will get to r
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