Back to Us by Teresa Roman Blog Tour!

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Title: Back To Us
Author: Teresa Roman
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Abandoned by her parents at fourteen, Jessica knows what it means to struggle. She's vowed that getting her degree is the only thing she has time for, until a summer internship brings Justin into her life.
But Justin has scars of his own. A tour of duty in Afghanistan has left him with wounds. A medical discharge from the Navy leaves Justin struggling to make sense of his new reality. Then he meets Jessica; but can the two of them leave their pain in the past and make a future together?

Here is a story about two broken individuals who met at a place that encourages teens to live better lives.

"You're going to grow up and be a prostitute and die from AIDS."

Jessica Maravic goes by with the regular student fare (noodles) while sharing a dingy apartment with her brother. She endures this for the sake of proving her father wrong. Thus, she focuses on finishing her studies while inspiring the younger ones to do so by spending the summer at the community center.

"You know, Justin's a real good guy. You be good to him." 

Justin suffers from both physical and emotional scars that the war has left on him. Working at the community center helped him deal with these scars. Yet, he still faces trouble when it comes to opening himself to new possibilities and the love of someone that's real and not out of sympathy.

Both characters are mature for their age as they struggle with the trials they are faced with. However, when the two of them come together, there came another set of trials for them. That is why, there were moments into reading that had my mind reveling at the motion of their relationship. At one point they were okay and at the next, they were not. And yet, what matters is that they have both found growth as individuals and as two people who love each other.

Back to Us is not just about Justin and Jessica. It's also about the people in their lives and how it shaped each and every one of the characters into who they are. The story showed the reality of how one may get lost in their problems yet find solace in the people that truly care for them.  

actual rating is 3.5

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Teresa Roman is a lover of books, both reading and writing them. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and the puppy her son convinced them to adopt. When she isn't at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer writing or with her head buried in another book.

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