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Publisher: Flirt on March 25, 2014
Genre(s): Coming of Age (NA), Contemporary Romance (NA)
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.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Isabel Jenkins is a genius, but that doesn’t mean her life is perfect. Sure, she’s already graduated medical school and completed her internship, even though she’s only eighteen, but when she faces her first major failure, not getting the residency she had her heart set on, she’s adrift. All the smarts in the world don’t make up for her lack of socialization, and inability to relate to her patients. Now determined to recapture the opportunity to be a “normal” young adult, she returns to college, for the first time attending with students her own age. And that’s where we meet Marshall, the Resident Advisor who knows all about the child prodigy.
While not a bad cover, it just didn’t do it for me. It doesn’t scream “socially inept genius meets hunky RA” or capture the wonderfully sweet romance that develops between Marshall and Isabel. Not that I have any better ideas. I just think it makes the book look like just another young romance when it’s soooo much more.
Izzy’s romance with Marshall is delightfully awkward, and Marshall is refreshingly sweet. Rather than insta-love, a fun friendship builds, with Marshall determined to show Izzy how to loosen up and for once in her life have a good time without worrying about her next big goal.
What really makes the story, though, is that Marshall isn’t set on changing who Izzy is at heart. Instead, he simply shows her how to live and patiently waits as she follows. And behind his gorgeous mug is a kind, caring man of depth who finds himself letting his own guard down.
Third Degree is nothing I thought it would be, with none of the clichés I’ve grown to expect and all of the romance I was hoping for. While the story doesn’t lack drama, it’s drama done right, a rarity lately in the world of New Adult books. There’s growing up, letting go, falling in love, and discovering each other. Izzy’s super-intelligence makes for an interesting narration and a heroine who, even if I couldn’t completely relate, fell in love with. And Marshall… He’s gonna be number one on my wishlist to Santa this year.