Release Blitz + Review: The Third Best Thing by Maya Hughes

Series: Fulton U #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: January 30, 2020

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...



**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

"She was sweet as hell and now I wanted a taste."

I have been looking forward to Berk and Jules' story ever since I witnessed their interaction in the previous book The Second We Met. The whole secret pen pal trope really appealed to me and I was anxious to see how the story would develop. Jules loves to bake, and she is pretty amazing at it. However, she doesn't have a lot of self confidence mainly because of how her mother always put her down and put emphasis on her weight. She has been crushing hard on her neighbor Berk, and one day while she has liquid courage she decides to write and leave him a sexy note, telling him all the things she wants him to do to her. Berk doesn't know who this mystery letter girl is, but writes back. They go back and forth and Berk finally wants to know who she is. So he asks Jules (who is the letter girl) to help him find out. I loved the bond they already had before they started falling each other. Berk is a nice guy and has trauma from his past that he hasn't dealt with, and my heart broke for him. Jules is trying to build her self-confidence up and doesn't really think Berk would ever see her as desirable, but she couldn't be further from the truth.

"Beside him, I did feel like he was ready to take on the world on my behalf."

The Third Best Thing is a great addition to the Fulton U series. I really enjoyed this book and it kept me entertained until the end. It had its fun, sexy, and emotional moments. And everything just fit perfectly together. However, I was anticipating the discovery of the Letter Girl to play a much bigger part in the story. I wanted to see Berk and Jules try to figure out who this person was. But I felt like that fell a bit in to the background. That was the only thing I would've loved done differently. I wanted a bit more focus on that particular aspect of the story. But overall I was still really happy with how the story developed. Seeing Berk and Jules go from friends to lovers was amazing and super hot. These two couldn't keep their hands to themselves, which I loved. They were a great match and I loved seeing them make very sensible decisions. Maya Hughes characters are very likable and original, and her stories feel very refreshing. I am a big fan and I am already looking forward to the next book in this series. If the blurb sounds good then definitely give this book a try!

"The electric fire of desire coursed through my veins and the only antidote was her touch."


#1 The Perfect First

 #2 The Second We Met

Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

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