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Summary

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 Girl even harder.

My notes were supposed to be a one time thing.

A little too much wine and naughty thoughts on a winter's night. I never thought Berk would write back. I wanted to tell him it was me, but the fear of rejection kept my lips sealed.

Now he’s enlisted my help to track down The Letter Girl and our search has him hot on my, ahem, her trail.

She's the girl next door.

He's my secret pen pal.

Truth is on a collision course with their hearts and it’s only a matter of time before one of them gets wrecked....

©2020 Maya Hughes (P)2020 Maya Hughes

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I am in LOVE!!!

I am in LOVE!!! Berk and Jules are off the charts amazing... they are so sweet, so fun. There's this sweetness and purity to both of them. But they both come with baggage and I'm not talking about Berk's ever present book bag. I'm talking about their emotional baggage that they carry around from childhood. I won't get into those issues since Maya Hughes kills our hearts with these quick emotional jabs and y'all should be tortured just like I was!! I will say that I felt an insanely strong connection with Jules. I think she has some demons and struggles most women will relate too.

There were so many times I was left screaming at my Galaxy to talk... to stop lying or keeping secrets!! But these two, ugh, they are too wrapped up in their fears to acknowledge that those fears could ruin everything IF they continue to hide it. It has been a while since a story has made my heart to so many emotional flip-flops! One minute I'm all..... ohh Jules is wonderful, the next I want to assassinate her mom/sister, the next I want to twirl around in circles with Berk, only to add Alexis to the assassination list... all while stuffing my face with Jules' treats!! So you see, I went back and forth so much that my heart was just on emotional overtime and I needed cookies or baked goods STAT!!

Maya Hughes played with my heart like one of those hacky sack players... up and down, up and town, twist and splat. I felt like an emotional mess after finishing and I loved it!! I know, I'm psycho but isn't that why we read? Well that and for the author to take us on a mental sabbatical from our own lives. It's always fun to play in another person's life and know exactly what they're doing wrong when we can't fix our own problems! Hughes wrote an emotionally charged story that I was so endeared too. I’m not saying a cried because I feel rung out after this story but IF I did cry, I ended it feeling happy and content that like95% of it the story is wrapped up with a lovely bow!

I am now anxiously awaiting LJ and Marisa’s story! I’m not sure I’ve ever left a story feeling so anxious to know more about other couples… or yet to be determined couples! I’m really confused if I want to know more about Max and her story or more about LJ/Marisa. All I know, is I NEED more from all of them! Then, these narrators!! I mean you can NOT go wrong with Jason Clarke and Emma Wilder. I'm soo sooo happy Wilder played Jules! She was able to really get into her head and I FELT her feelings. I felt her insecurities. Her doubts. She was Jules! Then Jason Clarke as Beck.... can I just say YAAASSSS!! He's so confident and charming but he's a bit shy with Jules. I loved them... can I just say that on repeat? They make me want to listen to the entire series again just to be here with them again!

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a must listen !

these books keep getting better and better ! I have been dying to hear Berk at TLG (the letter girl) and it did not disappoint ! each book is amazing but this one was my favorite so far, the whole story line had me hooked and the narrators do such a good job you feel like you actually know the characters and are there with them the whole way, an absolute must listen !

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Bert is desperate to find letter girl, the two have been exchanging secret letters.
Needing help he's convinced Jules to help but will he discover her secret.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book I liked the fact that Burt built her up despite her mother's constant put downs.
Jules was the friend you need for life, her loyalty and that shes an expert baker seal the deal

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  • Susie
  • 05-03-21

So much self loathing

The first two books were great but this one had too much drama for both characters and it was hard to get through. I get that you want them to be complicated people but maybe dial it back a bit? I almost had to stop listening at one point. It just got to be so sad and gratuitous.
Also, I can usually tolerate Emma’s narration but Jules insecurities really made Emma’s breathy voice more irritating.

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  • Native
  • 25-03-21

The best in the the series!

First of all, let me say that this is a fantastic series. And I am a hard critic. I am not a huge fan of the female's narrator but the storyline is so good. I love Jason Clark. Period. I have loved every one of these books, but this one I could not stop listening to. It had the best build up and Gah how could you not love Jules and Berk. Berk was a beloved side character until this book. Berk is the ultimate BF for ladies that have natural sizes. Then he became a HOT hero. I am so picky about my books but you best believe I will finish this series out! on to LJ and Risa

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  • Ashely
  • 03-02-21

Definitely

Definitely the best in the series so far! Not sure if it’s because you started hearing their story in the second one but definitely not just a one time listen!

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  • OR Avid Reader
  • 21-12-20

So Emotional

Loved this book. Berk and Jules have a rough road and lots of tough times but they manage to find each other and be exactly what the other needs when they need it. Great performances by Jason Clarke and Emma Wilder.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 11-12-20

Beautiful Story!

This is the third book in the amazing Fulton U Series, a New Adult and College Romance. I love this Series with intertwined characters. Berk and Jules's friends to lovers romance is beautiful, sweet, fun, emotional, and heartwarming. They are perfect together. Berk is handsome, charming, caring and supportive. He had a heartbreaking past. Jules is such a lovely young woman, insecure, but strong, and independent. Her family is dysfunctional, and her mother is awful. The supporting characters are amazing. Jason Clarke and Emma Wilder did an outstanding job with the narration. They both have a beautiful voice. They are perfect as Berk and Jules. I enjoyed it, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

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  • Gillek2
  • 05-12-20

Jules and Berk!

Jules is strong not because of her past but in spite of it. Not only was she not supported by those who should have loved her but the way they treated her is enough to break your heart. She doesn’t believe her neighbor would ever be attracted to her but that doesn’t stop the feelings she has for him. What was supposed to be one anonymous letter has snowballed as she certainly didn’t expect him to write her back and even more when she stopped writing he didn’t think he would come to her door looking for help to find the woman who wrote the letters.

Berk is the sexy football player who exudes confidence but due to a painful past that is far different from the man he truly is. When he starts receiving the letters, he is drawn to the woman who wrote them so when they stop, he feels lost. He knows that she is special and now all he needs his neighbor to help him find her, but the truth is much closer than he thinks.

The more time they spend together, the closer they become and the way that they are there for each other is magical to watch. This is sweet and sexy story with all the feels about two people who with the help of each other realize they deserve more than the hand they have been dealt and that family is about love not blood. I thought that the narrators were the perfect choice for the characters and the story.

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  • Christine M
  • 03-12-20

So many feels with this one!

This book gave me so many feels! Jules is so easily relatable to me. The insecurities and the way you see yourself not being how others see you, but that negative look at yourself is so hard to overcome. Berk's story broke my heart again and again with how he grew up and how he lost everyone in his life and always waited for them to leave. Jules and Berk were perfectly matched from the beginning. The letters started something, but TLG became irrelevant when Berk really got to know Jules. He fell in love with her and nothing else mattered. These two were so easy to love. I want more of them!

The narrators did a great job bringing them to life. I felt all of their pain and their love. It was well done!

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  • Liz Thompson
  • 11-11-20

Loved it! Could not stop listening!

Narrated by Jason Clarke and Emma Wilder, they brought Berk and Jules story to life in The Third Best Thing by Maya Hughes. We first met Berk and Jules in the previous book and I had no idea how much I would just love their story. I devoured it! Just devoured it! Could not stop listening.

Their journey was emotional, charming and sweet read. They each carried so much personal baggage. Jules was just so likable. She was sweet and caring and on the timid side. Her insecurities just broke my heart. I just wanted to give her a hug. Berk was so unexpected. He is still the fun guy we got to know previously, but we also see so much more of him and who he is. I loved their friendship, their chemistry and watching them fall. This was a great story and one I highly recommend!

Happy listening!

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  • Melena
  • 04-11-20

The Third Best Thing

The Third Best Thing was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and Maya Hughes delivered!

Berk and Jules were introduced earlier in the series and the set up for their story was intriguing. They start writing letters to each other, but Berk doesn't know who The Letter Girl is. Jules is hesitant to tell him it's her because she fears being rejected, but she's put in a tough spot when Berk recruits her to help him find The Letter Girl.

If the story had stuck to just that I probably still would have enjoyed it. However, we get to know these characters on a deeper level and in different situations. The letters play a huge part in the story, but by this point Jules has stopped writing Berk back. So we get to see them connecting as they spend time together vs on paper.

The narration, as with the earlier books in the series, is spot on. I loved hearing these characters brought to life.

I absolutely loved stepping back into this world and am already planning to reread The Third Best Thing and the other two books in the series.

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  • AEW
  • 03-11-20

Amazing friends to lovers story

The Third Best Thing is the third book in the Fulton U series. We’ve previously met Berk and Jules in the other books and their story does not disappoint.

Jules is a great character. She is the sweetest thing with a spine of steel. She has insecurities about her body yet she owns her body as well. I mean, hello, strip pole in her room. I loved how Berk was able to bring her out of her shell and help her with her body image. Berk also gave her the strength to stand up for herself with her family. I was so happy about that because they needed to be put in their place.

Oh, how I loved Berk. I just wanted to hug him when I learned his heartbreaking back story and then the way he was still being manipulated. He had trouble accepting that people were going to stay and Jules proved to him that he was worth fighting for.

These two had their flaws and struggles and watching them support each other through them was inspiring. They were truly friends first and then realized that they were so much more. It was perfect!!

The narration was spot-on. Jason Clarke's voice is so yummy! It's deep and like velvet. I LOVE it!! Emma Wilder was fab as well. I felt like they captured the characters and their emotions perfectly.

I’ve loved all of the books in this series, but Berk and Jules’ story holds a special place in my heart. Now bring on LJ and Marisa’s story. I can’t wait to read it!!