Say the Word by Julie Johnson

Posted July 17, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments

Say the Word by Julie JohnsonSay the Word by Julie Johnson
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances, Thrillers
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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…

I adored this book, like seriously adored it. Really didn’t want it to end. Was seriously bummed when it did. I loved Lux and Bash, they were great. I liked the thriller/mystery plot going on, I liked Lux’s friends, and I completely adored Lux’s brother. Normally I am not a fan of flashbacks, especially when they happen a lot in order to tell the story, so I was a little worried when I saw that a lot of the chapters were marked “then”, but it turns out I actually liked the way that the past was kind of unfolded to me slowly.

So from the very beginning, you know that Lux and Bash were high school sweethearts, and for whatever reason Lux is forced to break up with Bash in a manner that has Bash both hating her and believing that their whole relationship was just some kind of sick joke she played on him. Once she ended things she packed up her entire life and moved, never to come back to their hometown. And so is the end of Bash and Lux… until like seven years later Lux works at a magazine (thing Cosmo) and it turns out Bash is the photographer for their huge 100 year anniversary issues. Yeah… things get messy.

I totally loved Lux, and since the story is told in her POV you get to know her really well. She is really a very caring person, she was willing to do anything for her brother Jaime (who had cancer for years), she is a good friend, and she is willing to put her life on the line to help a girl she met and cared about who worked the flea market. You can just tell that Lux has a big heart, and once you were in with her, you were in for life. She’s the kind of person you would want to be your friend, because you would know she would have you back no questions asked. There really isn’t anything I didn’t like about her, she’s independent, fierce when she needs to be, breaks when she’s hurt, but can pick herself up. She doesn’t need a man, which I loved about her.

Bash, is equally awesome in my eyes. I wish we could have gotten a couple of chapters in his POV, but I loved him nevertheless. When he first comes back into Lux’s life, you can tell he just wants to torture her. He has her assigned as his assistant, lets the models run her all over town getting groceries and lattes. But you can tell he’s affected by being around Lux, but definitely still angry. There is one moment early on where I didn’t like him, when he kind of gets in Lux’s face and says some really hurtful things. But after than one instance, I really liked him. He realized how much he loves her, and starts to figure out that their breakup really wasn’t what he thought it was, not that Lux is willing to fill him in. I loved that he was willing to stick around and figure out what is going on. Oh and I totally loved the scene with the tattoo, that was kind of epic.

I couldn’t write this review without mentioning Jaime, Lux’s brother. He wrote all these letters to Lux and you get to read them over the course of the book, and he really comes alive through these letters. You can really see how deep the bond is between Jaime and Lux, and how much they really loved each other.

I really loved this book, and I know from some reviews there was mention of too much inner monologue in the book, and I can (to some extent see what they are referring too), but it wasn’t enough to kill the book for me, or even for me to knock it down a star. I think anyone who loved romantic suspense will enjoy this book, especially if you like second chances. So go check out this book as soon as possible.

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About Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson is a twenty-something Boston native suffering from an extreme case of Peter Pan Syndrome and an obsession with fictional characters. When she’s not writing, Julie can most often be found daydreaming, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, and stalking Goodreads for new books to add to her ever-growing TBR list.

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