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Return to Us (Letters to Nowhere Part 4) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
In Return to Us by Julie Cross, we return to the lives of our wonderful heroes, Karen and Jordan from her full length novel, Letters to Nowhere. To give you an update, Julie Cross has been giving us glimpse into their lives, with short stories that pick up pretty much after the last novella. The Letters to Nowhere series has a gymnastic background theme, with watching Karen and Jordan fall in love and learn to deal with the hectic and demanding life of a gymnast, as well as trying to cope with their sexual feelings for one another. In the last novella, the story left off Karen angry at TJ (he has a bigger role in this story), as well as her trying to cope with Jordan’s refusal to take care of his health issue. In Return to Us, we spend some time in the gym, as they continue to practice to prepare for the Olympics trials, but the main focus of this story was more about Karen and Jordan working around their feelings for each other, and Karen’s determination to force Jordan to talk to his father to get help. The side story is also about TJ and Stevie, who continue to antagonize each other; but you find yourselves rooting for them to be together. It is always a joy to come back to Karen and Jordan and their friends. I love the gymnastic background, and look forward to finding out if Karen, Stevie and the others will make the team, not to mention watching Karen mature in her feelings for Jordan. I would prefer this to be a full book, rather than these short stories, since they are too short & fast; we don’t spend enough time with them, nor enough of the story. I always find these short stories to be very difficult to write reviews, as the description tells a lot. Julie Cross is a fabulous writer, and her honors for Letters to Nowhere prove it. If you have not read Letters to Nowhere, I suggest you do so now. Perhaps when you do, Julie will put all the short stories into a full 2nd book for LTN.
4-1/2 Stars. This is my favorite installment in the Letters to Nowhere sequel so far. This time around, we get to hear from TJ, get inside his head and roll around, see some of the things that make him tick. I wasn't so sure at first about this added point of view. I initially felt like it halted the momentum of what was happening with Jordan and Karen, but ultimately, I think it worked really well. TJ is a fascinating character, so spending more time with him can only be a good thing. Things between Jordan and Karen continue to take two steps forward and one step back, but they both remain true to who they are, proving that even the seemingly perfect couples aren't actually perfect. But neither Karen nor Jordan becomes someone else in order to drive conflict. Instead, forces outside of them test their relationship as well as their friendship in an organic way. Plot The plot picks up where Return to You left off, furthering the conflict between Karen and TJ, between Karen and Jordan, and between TJ and Stevie. Although the conflict between TJ and Stevie is the highly-charged sexual kind. Karen hates that Jordan is forcing her to keep things from his father, her coach. Jordan hates that Karen is pressuring him. Karen hates TJ for pushing her, even though it seems to have worked. And Stevie and TJ have some serious underlying chemistry, making his meaningless hookups somehow seem even more trivial. I don't know if this is the last installment in the series or not, but a lot of things are left hanging. I will be waiting less than patiently for whatever is next in this wonderful series. Characters Getting inside TJ's head for the first time was a little unnerving, but the more time I spent there, the more I liked it. The more I've come to like him. I've always found him fascinating and loved the fact that the author added him. But now that I get to spend more time with him, hear his thoughts, I like him even more. I can't wait to see what happens with him next. Karen and Jordan remain true to themselves as they wrestle with things outside their control. There is some character development on both of their parts this time around which was nice to see. Top Five Things I Love About Return to Us 1. TJ and Stevie. Still love these two tough-talking characters. Love them even more when they are sparring with each other. It's just fun to watch. 2. TJ and the Stranger. I knew who the stranger was after about the second directive he uttered, but reading TJ process it gave me more insight into him than almost anything else. 3. Karen's Awakening Sexuality. Man, she is so uncomfortable with her own body sometimes. It's both cringingly awkward and innocently delightful to watch. There were several laugh-out-loud moments involving this. 4. Karen's Plea to Jordan. Without giving anything away, when Karen confronts Jordan about his health, it's a raw emotional scene that packs a punch. 5. The Three-Word Challenge. It's funny and cute and so Jaren. Bottom Line Return to Us is a fresh addition to this fantastic series, allowing the characters to grow, and introducing us to TJ's thoughts.