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Third Degree

Third Degree

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by Julie Cross
Fans of Monica Murphy and Tammara Webber will savor this novel about coming of age in the heat of the moment from Julie Cross, the internationally bestselling author of the Tempest trilogy.
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


Fans of Monica Murphy and Tammara Webber will savor this novel about coming of age in the heat of the moment from Julie Cross, the internationally bestselling author of the Tempest trilogy.
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.
Praise for Third Degree
“[Julie] Cross’s character development is beautiful and a pleasure to read in this medical romance!”Library Journal

Third Degree is a refreshing New Adult story full of quirky characters and heartfelt, sexy romance.”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

“I loved every. Damn. Second of Third Degree. Isabel and Marshall are so intense yet so lost at the same time, and that’s exactly what I love about this novel.”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Hart

“What a fascinating read.  It’s like Grey’s Anatomy meets college life.”—My Reading Room
“Splendid! . . . A refreshingly different take on romance.”—Crazy Four Books
“Thank you, Ms. Cross, for this enchanting story—you not only made me believe in these characters but led me to fall in love with them too.”—Martini Times Romance
“I honestly couldn't put this book down!”—Miss Book Lover
“Sweet, hilarious, and emotional—sometimes all at the same time—Third Degree is a remarkable novel about accepting people for who they are beneath the surface.”—My Library in the Making
“I just loved these characters. I loved how Marshall dealt with Izzy, and how Izzy freaked out when she realized she had actual feelings for him.”—Red Hot Books

“I love a book that makes me forget all about the real world and sends me on a journey with its characters.”—Turning Pages

“With quirky characters, laugh-out-loud moments, and a touching romance, Third Degree is a refreshing entry in the New Adult genre. I can’t wait to read what Julie Cross comes up with next!”—Roni Loren, bestselling author of Need You Tonight

“I fell for quirky, brainy, socially awkward child prodigy Izzy and even more so for her sweet, compassionate, and hot RA, Marshall. I was rooting for their happily-ever-after and was sighing with satisfaction by the end.”—Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series

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Julie Cross 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. She’s also 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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Third Degree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually write reviews but this book was really a pleasure. If you are looking for a good romance novel to read on the beach, this is it. It was a great college romance that didn't involve the characters having huge emotional problems but enough to keep you intrested and the book a good read. I would highly recommened this novel!!!
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
4 stars - Fast paced, funny, sexy and fresh, this NA will please you. First Impressions... Of course I love the cover but what really drew me to this book was the blurb. It sounds totally different from other New Adult books. Izzy is like other eighteen year-olds. She's a genius without social skills. I couldn't wait for the fun to begin. The Characters... Even though I have been around students who have similar lack of social skills and lack of filters, I was floored at some of the things that Izzy did and said. One particular one-night stand her roommate has had trying to decide if I should die laughing or for embarrassment for her. It's like she's been emotionally turned off and she only sees things through the lens of her medical training. She reacts with that in mind and with no thought to how the people involved feel. But what was so incredible was how she woke up emotionally. Marsh was the reason. Her feeling for him developed and then as things about his life came to light, she found herself feeling. It was fascinating to watch her emotionally engage. As for Marsh, I was totally in love. He's so sweet. As the RA, he shouldn't be "getting frisky" with the residents but he can't seem to help himself. I love his creative excuses to touch Izzy. I loved how he called her out on behavior and was patient with her as she figured things out. I loved how he got jealous but tried so hard to keep Izzy at arms length. Yeah, right - all the while finding excuses to touch her. And speaking of touching, that hands-on anatomy lesson was brilliant. The Story... So unique, this story isn't like any other NA book I've read. Though it's clearly a "figuring out who you are" kinda of NA book, the approach is completely new. Loved that. I enjoyed the writing as well. I've read other books by this author and wasn't surprised that the book was so readable and that I loved the characters so much. Could I Put It Down... I didn't want to. That annoying problem of needing to sleep before I face a class or middle schoolers forced me to put it down. I did read it in two evenings. In The End... If you enjoy New Adult but have been looking for something fresh, then this is the one you need to pick up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written
pepperjwooten More than 1 year ago
Third Degree by Julie Cross 4 out of 5 Stars Isabel Jenkins is an 18 year old Dr. who has 2 degrees under her belt but can't manage to comprehend the emotional or physcological toll her diagnosises take on her patients.  She's a genius at medicine but failing in life, so when the opportunity comes up to be a normal college student she is completely comfortable sharing her fellow student's health issues with them but can't seem to make a friend to save her life.  That is until she meets Marshal Collins, Marsh.     As her RA, Marsh is given the joy of hearing every complaint about Izzy and finds the odd girl pretty interesting.  Until she starts making medical observations to close to home. Cross wrote a very well paced, believeable, developed story with likeable characters who the reader truly becomes invested in.  As a "nerd" myself I liked Izzy and Carson's pecuilur ways and they weren't so hard to get, but they were well matched with Marshall and Kelsey so that the fun and factual could play well together. This was a great book in that it covered some very deep, heavy topics but kept it relatable and informative without making it depressing or too technical. *A complimentary copy was given in exchange for an honest review* Pippa, My Secret Book Spot Sent from my NOOK
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I'm still reading this book. It's a cute story and an easy read. It's about two college kids and their romance. It's the kind of book for a day at the beach or to take on vacation and kill time at the airport.
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I absolutely loved this book!!! I can't wait to read more books from Julie Cross! She just got added to my list of favorite authors!
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Good read!!
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This book was the book that gave me my first 'breakthrough'! I love Julie Cross. Totally recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Yes, write a sequel.
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Just down right boring. Whats all the capital abrv' stuff....... do not see what so good about this book. Got to page 30. Enough for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE everything about this book. Izzy and Marsh are addicting; I couldn't put it down. Can I get a sequel???????????
BridgetKay More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book! 
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BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wanted to read this because my attention went to the medical student and I love medical drama, it makes my heart happy. I loved ER, love Grey's, and although Izzy is going to college to learn to fit in to keep practicing medicine, you can tell it is written on her DNA and she can't help herself but be nerdy.     Nerdy girls make me happy. She is hardcore smart and did everything at an accelerated pace, but now she is told she doesn't have empathy and that she isn't connecting her delivery to patient care, so off she goes to "regular" college to experience some of the life she missed because of school work. She is so awkward and it makes for some pretty blush inducing and interesting situations, making me laugh and feel for her at the same time.      She slowly learns how to interact with her peers, and she has the help of her hot RA Marsh. He is certainly swoon-worthy because they have an intense chemistry causing feelings for Izzy that she isn't sure what to do with. She's done the affairs, the benefits, but no real boyfriends persay. So, they flit on that forbidden line because as an RA he isn't supposed to cross the friends line, and she is frustratingly smart and something in him is turned on and drawn to help her.      After a bad start (not to mention hilarious and embarrassing) with her roomate, Marsh manages to get Kelsie on board with helping Izzy. Marsh knows Izzy's full story but she isn't telling anyone that she was a medical intern, so the cover story is that she was homeschooled to cover up the social awkwardness. But Marsh grew up in the same town and had Izzy's mom as a teacher so he knew about prodigy child from the start, and he keeps in on the DL for Izzy.      The chemistry was amazing and overall fun and fast NA read. The twist in this one did surprise me though. I liked that it was more the guy that had some vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It didn't show in his character, he still put others first, was a family guy, and always put forward his best foot and tried his best at school. Marsh loved hard, but his secret broke my heart. Maybe I should have seen it coming with Izzy being a doctor in training and all.    With the medical stuff involved Julie handled subject very well, it can be embarrassing and debilitating, but I think that she handled that well. It gave details, but not enough to freak anyone out or gross out (unless pretty squeamish).      I liked how everything wrapped up as well as the epilogue. I would have liked a little more closure from the epilogue I think, if it is going to be there, then give me a wrapped in a bow ending, but that could just be me.      Bottom Line: The chemistry was amazing and overall fun and fast NA read with a twist that surprised me.
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
Isabel Jenkins failed her emotional readiness exam for her residency. That means no residency at Johns Hopkins. Which throws her whole world upside down. What is she to do now? Izzy Jenkins is a surgeon. She has six months before she can take the test again. So now what? At her parents urging, she re-enrolls in college. Taking classes that dabble in a little bit of everything. Enter Marshall. The RA for her dorm floor. After pissing off her roommate royally for the last time, he decides to help her in her quest to prepare for taking that psych exam given by the "not a real doctor" psych doctor at the hospital. Marshall and Izzy end up spending a lot of time together doing everything from studying to dinner. They know each other's secrets and give each other advice on how to handle their secrets. But then Izzy realizes something. Are they helping each other or hurting each other? There's only one thing to do. I liked this story a lot. I would have given it 5 stars, but to me it seemed to start off a bit slow. I'm not sure if it was because I had a hard time connectiny to Izzy in the beginning or what my deal was. It made me laugh out loud and feel sorrow at the right times. This book was very well written. The author did her research for this book and it shows. I would definitely read more from Julie Cross! ***I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Unique story line and great characters! A must for summer reading!
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