on June 5, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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"The heart isn’t like the liver. It doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. I’d left mine with Sebastian when I walked away that day, and I hadn’t seen it in the seven years since.” — Lux Kincaid
At eighteen, Lux is forced to make a choice. One that nearly destroys her.
She breaks a boy’s heart.
She breaks her own, too.
Seven years later, Lux never expects to see Sebastian again — especially not when her career as a journalist is hanging by a thread and she’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. As she chases down leads and explores the dark underbelly of Manhattan, Lux will put her life on the line. But after crossing paths with a still-unforgiving Sebastian, it’s her heart she’s most worried about.
Amidst the blame and the betrayal, the hurt and the heartbreak… can two lost lovers ever find their way back to one another?
Lines will be blurred. The past will be unearthed. And Lux will find out that some secrets aren’t meant to be kept…
Say The Word is Julie Johnson‘s sophomore release. I was pretty hard on Ms. Johnson’s first book Like Gravity. I gave it 4 stars but they were definitely hard earned. This book though, wow, easily 4 stars. I am so impressed that this is only her second book and she’s so young. I can only imagine what other amazing stories she will have for us in the coming years. I can’t wait.
This story has a little bit of everything, second chance love, death, heartache, intrigue, suspense, and forgiveness. One thing I really like about Julie’s writing is her ability to make you feel like you’re in the room with the characters. The pages come to life with beautifully colorful descriptions and equally colorful characters. You quickly find yourself anticipating scenes with secondary or even tertiary characters. Each unique and important to the story.
Mrs. Patel, who had to be approaching approximately three or four hundred years old if the myriad of wrinkles lining her face were any true indication of age. With a shock of thick silver hair she kept pulled back tightly from her temples with a shiny tortoise-shell clip, a wiry frail frame that belied the spirit in her dark eyes, and cheeks wrinkled like an apple long past it’s harvest, she was now a mere shadow of the lovely woman she’d undoubtedly been in her youth.
Lux Kincaid is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, with alcoholic parents and a sick twin brother. Sebastian Covington the son of a Senator, who is totally in love with Lux yet obliged to follow in his fathers footsteps. These two are torn apart not by choice, well not really, more like by circumstance. The story goes back and forth giving us the story of Lux and Sebastian when they were 18 as well as the present 7 years later.
The two are thrown back into each others lives and it definitely complicates things for both of them. I really appreciated that the author didn’t allow them to fall right back into love. In fact they barely tolerate each other. Yes there’s massive sexual tension but the story between them is believable and not contrived. Maybe even a tad revengeful and at times hateful which made it all the more real for me.
There is also another story happening, this isn’t just a second chance love story. There’s a mystery surrounding the disappearance of immigrant girls in NYC and Lux finds herself following bread crumbs. This part of the story is intriguing and I often found myself in nervous anticipation of what would happen next. I didn’t think it was at all predictable or contrived. Lux is a journalist so her chasing these bread crumbs weren’t necessarily far fetched.
Many times I found myself smiling at the dialogue between all the characters, including Lux’s friends and co-workers Simon and Fae. But there are also some very heartfelt, poignant moments that brought tears to my eyes. I really felt like Say The Word was a well rounded story, with lovely characters and a believable plot. I very much look forward to Julies Johnson‘s future work.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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