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The Third Best Thing

(Fulton U #3)

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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 Gi

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Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published January 31st 2020
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Iparis Yes, you can read this as a standalone. Only the main characters from the second book in the series make a cameo in this one but you should be fine re…moreYes, you can read this as a standalone. Only the main characters from the second book in the series make a cameo in this one but you should be fine reading this as a complete standalone. (less)
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
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
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abire
“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 B
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Laura
I adored this book and it very much delivered what it promised from the start.

I loved Jules with all my heart and Berk… my broken golden boy. I really appreciate these kind of books a lot.
bruna
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arcs-2020
“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’
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mel ☽
this made me wanna take pole dancing lessons not gonna lie.

when i read about Berk and Jules in The Second We Met, my interest for these couple just went through the roof and to be honest, i was more interested in their relationship than Elle and Nix's...

... sorry !!

but i mean come on. Jules sent anonymous steamy letters that if my mother read, she would shower me with holy water, and the fact that Berk doesn't know and was trying to force Jules to help him find the Letter Girl which was actu
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Wendy
4

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.

https://www.google.com/search?biw=1517

Jules has been havi
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Melanie (mells_view)
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 miss
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Phuong ✯
"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 bo
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EmBibliophile
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
2.5 stars

I’ll take the blame for this one! I skipped the first two books in the series in order to read this one, so maybe that’s why I didn’t have the same connection towards the characters as everyone else.

I didn’t really care much about this series, but this book sounds so sweet, like something I would enjoy. I tried to give the series a try and read the first book. I stopped after the second chapter. I just couldn’t get into it. I hate to say that, but the writing style just wasn’t for me.
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Sabrina
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Berk 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 to
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zaira
"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
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Yasmin
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
The Third Best Thing is such an unexpected story that will give you such meaningful messages behind it. I didn't expect something so raw and vulnerable would come from this book but it did. it exceeds more than any expectations I had because of how beautiful it is.

“Don’t ever let anyone else make you feel like you’re not awesome.”

Jules - the heroine for this book - from what it describes on the second we met, we could know she's a very shy person but has so many surprising sides of her. She
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Andrea Fleury
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Berk and jules

I love everything Maya has written. But I think this is my favorite. I love Jules when she and Elle Loved together in the crappy house with the mold and dirt. Since Elle moved out Jules is on her own. Beck lives across the street. They know each other. Well because Jules baked the best cakes cookies the best bake goods. What Back doesn't know is. Jules is the letter girl. They both have a past. Then there is alex.
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Maya Hughes
Jan 31, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
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!

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AU: https://am
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Syndi
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love The Third Best Thing. I am sold on secret pen pal romance. I follow Miss Highes series on Fulton U series. The romance is for NA audience.

The chemistry between Berge and Jules is explosive. and underneath it all, Miss Hughes include a topic of foster child and how hard it is for Berge to finally trust and love someone.

I especially feel connected to Jules. A young woman with self esteem issue. Her body, her self worth and how her family treated her.

Again, I love this book.

5 stars
eliana
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
If 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, t
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Stital
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"All those nights I read and reread his words. The way my fingers tingled when I slipped another note into his mailbox and grabbed one of his."

I'm currently in a state of shock, reeling from this book. It was just that good that I can't even begin to fathom how to express how good it is.

I love Jules. She is just the sweetest, most kind hearted person and by far my favorite heroine I read in a while.

Everytime I think Maya can't possibly top her previous book or make me love her writing more, she
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My Own Bookshelves
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
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flavia
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
☆☆☆☆☆

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 w
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Meredith Wilson
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-arc-reads
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 (J
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Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡


The Third Best Thing is cute. With a distinct premise and promise of unique qualities, this read made it seem as if it’ll be different and memorable within a sub-genre already filled with innumerous stories. But the execution was lacklustre and though the overall narrative ceased to excite me, there’s an important message in this romance that’ll resonate with readers (more on this later).

I saw a home with her in our future. The complete picture. There wasn’t anyone more perfect for me t
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zaraa
“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
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Maria le Blanc
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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shirley ♡
“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 da
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simran
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 ...more
❦ jazmin
“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.”


A sweet, heartwarming, and occasionally aggravating sports romance that dealt with a lot of societal issues.

Berk and Jules
These couples are only getting better and better. I absolutely loved Berk and Jules, and I really appreciated how much we learned about both of them. It felt like we got to learn so much more about them than we did all the other charac
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gilda
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cat
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ins
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mel ☽
Jan 02, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rachael*Caribbean*girl*bibliophile
Reread, hmmmm I actually enjoyed this more on a reread though I had some of the same issues..... We get Berk's news in LJ's book so there's that as well. I'd say 3.5 but not quite 4 this go around





Spoilers ahead, 2.5 not quite 3 but 🙍


Family drama drove this book from beginning to end, that coupled with the h's body issues created a ton of angst in a read I thought would be cute, fun and sexy.
It's always tough for me to properly rate books where the mcs have problems because they refuse to kick to
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