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The Fourth Time Charm

(Fulton U #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,725 ratings  ·  429 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
“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
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
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
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
➶ archer chapter.
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 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
Amazon US * Amazon UK

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
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
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
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
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
I feel like I've been waiting for this book for years and Im so glad I didn't get disappointed
- the tropes: even if I love the concept of best friends to lovers there's a few that actually make me feel something, the fourth time charm checked all my boxes with that trope there's development, there's angst, and there's a little bit of forbidden romance in it.
- the characters: Marisa was beyond incredible here, she's amazing and incredibly strong, she's the best main character Maya has written esp
Hiba ✰
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
So, this was not the ideal way to start 2021...
Am I the only one that found this book..boring??
I really liked the understanding between the two but the plot was imo like every other friends to lovers. The relationship between Marisa & her father was extremely heartbreaking and the way Maya ended was amazing. However, I just did not connect with the plot. I felt it was a bit cringe. 🤷🏻‍♀️
☆ 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
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
someone give marisalj a physics textbook because they need some chemistry
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
I loved the little tid bits we saw of the sweet friendship between these two during the previous books. It was like looonnnngggg drawn out foreplay. You know what's coming and it's going to be even sweeter when it gets there! It helped build up the anticipation for the reader.

Marisa's apartment building ends up catching fire and her bestie is the white knight who swoops in to save her. He offers his bed(room) to her until she can find something else. If he had anything to say about it though, s
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
“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
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: bipoc-authors, 2020, 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
konstantina  avouri
“𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲.”⁣

When i got this arc i was at work and i almost passed out....and yes i started reading it right there if you are wondering. If you know me then you already know that i have an unhealthy obsession with this couple. Reading the all the preview series i couldn't wait for Marisa and Lj's book, they were already my favorite especially after the fire part.....seeing Lj so protective over her made my heart so warm.

Once again in this book we
Romance Schmomance (Malia)
If you didn’t know, friends to lovers is my least favorite trope to read, so I wasn’t sure how this one was going to go. But I’m a huge fan of this series and Maya, so of course, I wasn’t going to miss out on this.

The Fourth Time Charm beat allllll my expectations and Maya wrote the hell out of this one. I’d say this is probably my favorite book out of the entire series. With The Second We Met coming up as the second favorite 😉

First of all, I can’t even tell you the amount of times that I cried
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

FIVE CHARM STARS for Marisa and LJ 💙💙💙!!!


Although it’s been a few months since the third book of "The Third Best Thing" from the "Fulton U" series came out, I have to admit it was worth the wait for Marisa and LJ’s book for so long.

Unlike the other books in this series, Marisa and LJ’s book was more than a romantic comedy that will make you laugh constantly while reading.

As I was reading, many emotions swirled inside me.

There were times when I wanted to get into a book and hug Marisa and LJ
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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