Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Teaser Tuesday # 165 ~ Third Degree by Julie Cross

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Third Degree
Julie Cross  

First - The Blurb:

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.

Second - The Tease:

The second I absorb the feel of his lips on mine, it's like a giant knot inside me unwinds. I reach for his shirt, tangling my fingers in it, pulling him to me. Our lips part and his tongue is in my mouth. My eyelids flutter shut and I fall hard into this feeling. Two minutes ago I'd wanted to punch him,and now I can't get enough of the softness of his mouth, the strength of his arms around me, the scent of soap and deodorant, the annoying weight of our clothes between us.
Kelsey was so right - he's a gifted kisser. I should have tested the theory a long time ago.

I came across this one while browsing the eBook library and thought, yeah, this sounds interesting. Then I looked it up on Goodreads where I read a lot of very positive reviews.
Did it live up to them? Hell Yes! This was a great read.

Izzy is not your normal 18 year old. She is a girl genius - highly gifted and way ahead of her peers educationally. I liked her right from the start. She does have one fault though. Her social skills are extremely lacking. And... because of this, she doesn't quite make it into the medical residency program. Told that she needs to take a 'time-out' to experience 'normal' teenage life, she is forced to attend a local college. At first she struggles to make friends and fit in, but with the help of the resident RA, that slowly begins to change.

Marshall is not your typical bad boy, in fact, he's not a bad boy at all. However, as mentioned in the blurb, he is insanely hot. As soon as he meets Izzy, he notices that she is different. It doesn't faze him though. If anything, it intrigues him. And very soon, he wants to learn every thing he can about her.

As the two of them begin to grow close, Izzy discovers that Marshall has a secret. (I'm not going to tell you what that is because I don't want to spoil the intrigue). It does however, bring them a lot closer together.

I love the romance between these two. It starts slow and then builds with trust, understanding and total acceptance of each other. A beautiful story. One well worth your time.

My rating: 5 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?
If you liked my Tease, please leave a comment below.


  1. Awkward girl, bad boy- I am so there. Adding this one to my TBR pile.

    My Teaser

  2. Ooh great teaser!! And yay, a Pepe cover! ;)

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  3. Oh my gosh! Definitely like the sound of this one!

  4. Almost blushing! LOL Sure sounds good:)

    My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/11/10/teaser-tuesdays-135-tropical-depression/

  5. Yay! That tease is yummy and I'm so happy this lived up to your expectations, Marilyn. And I love the sound of it. Especially how the romance is done - that's refreshing in NA. I'm going to see if my library has this one. :)

  6. He certainly is a gifted kisser! Love it! And you have me curious about Marshall's secret!!

  7. Gotta love testing the theory of a gifted kisser!