Third Degree by Julie Cross: Review

Third Degree by Julie Cross: ReviewThird Degree by Julie Cross
on March 5, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

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.

Alexis says…

Third Degree was such a delightful surprise that I was not expecting. It is definitely going on my favorite New Adult list.

Isabel is a child prodigy already practicing medicine at the ripe age of eighteen. Unfortunately, after failing part of her intern exam, she is forced to evaluate life and find out who she really is. She ends up going to college and along the way finds out who she really is and what she wants out of life.

Isabel is not the typical heroine that you usually read. She’s beyond awkward, she’s a bit emotionally detached from everyone, and she’s a bit clueless when it comes to social interactions. Though you can’t really blame her for all of that, she’s been sheltered a bit. She’s very wise way beyond her years academically ,but socially she’s utterly clueless. It’s a bit sad really; she missed a lot of milestones that normal teens go through. Going to college was the best thing that could’ve happened to her social, emotionally, and romantically.

Enter in Marshall or Marsh. He’s her RA and should totally be off limits. Does that stop the attraction that builds between the two of them? Nope!! Marsh is the one person who seems to “get” Isabel thus bringing her out of her shell a bit. He is really the only person that gives her a fair chance and almost keeps her ridiculousness at bay. He pretty much knocks some sense into her and helps her mature a bit.

Third Degree is not the average NA book. The storyline is completely fresh, the writing is stellar and I devoured it in one day! It is also very funny, sweet, and whole-heartedly has you rooting for Izzy the entire time! She is definitely different but just that much more lovable.



About Julie Cross

I’m the author of the YA sci-fi trilogy, the Tempest series (St. Martin’s Press). I’m also the author of the YA contemporary novel, Letters To Nowhere.

But even more importantly than the above, I’m a fan of books and an avid reader/reviewer. Keep in mind, however, that a review is just one person’s opinion, one perspective. My goal is to show as much bias in my reviews as possible because this makes it easier for you to decide if your perspective is similar to mine or different. Everyone’s tastes are different. I like books with emotion and believability. I don’t mind edgy and heavy themes. I also like humor and quirk. I like weird characters in odd situations.

I have low tolerance for insta-love, flowery sex scenes, or mushy declarations of feelings. Not a fan of possessive/controlling male characters who get the girl in the end. When I recommend books, I always ask about favorite current reads and cater to each person’s taste.

I believe every book plays an important role whether I love it or hate, it’s having an effect on society. It’s changing, shaping, and molding the future of publishing. Regardless of my feelings about a book, I value the author’s time and effort put into creating their work. I only rate books available for purchase (or soon-to-be available) and consider those books as published works and their creators as professionals in their field therefore I treat them as professionals, giving my honest opinion on the work itself and not the person producing it.

If I rate a book and don’t provide any written review and you’d like to hear my thoughts, feel free to comment on the review and if I can, I’ll explain my reasoning behind the rating. I don’t mind authors commenting on any review I post – negative or positive. Also happy to email to discuss Juliecrossauthor (at) gmail (dot) com please alert me if I misled readers or given false information (accidentally of course) and I’ll correct the situation as soon as possible.