Book Review: Say the Word

Say the Word by Julie Johnson: "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, a stand-alone new adult romance, hails as the second book published by the gifted wordsmith Julie Johnson. Both this and Like Gravity are two of my most favorite NA reads. Narrated strictly by the heroine, Lux Kincaid, Ms. Johnson treats the readers to an easy conversational tone of which leaves us completely enamored with her story. The beautifully descriptive writing draws us in as if we’re sitting down with an old friend over a glass of wine listening to a sordid tale of love, mystery, and heartache. If you want a love story with a lot of sex then this isn’t for you. If you’re up for a great love story filled with longing and the journey of lost love, then please read Say the Word. The plots of this book provide a solid foundation for a grand adventure of vividly real life issues, and an exploration of the evils lurking around every corner. These issues, handled with a delicate care and sensitivity, provide the catalyst for people like Lux and Bash to become heroes.

Toggling between Lux’s past and present; the author leaves the reader constantly dangling on the precipice of understanding the heroine’s choices. The format of this book urges you to keep reading - every chapter a guessing game – the ends leave more questions, more fascination, giving just enough puzzle pieces to decipher how the events of past and present relate. Brilliant choice formatting the book this way, leaving little room for worry about the future. Its exciting reading of Lux and Bash’s past. To reconcile where they are now to where they came from – the story wouldn’t be as extraordinary without this superb writing choice.

The test of a true heroine lies in the reasoning and strength behind the choices and/or sacrifices she makes. Lux Kincaid wasn’t dealt a royal flush in the game of life. But the game she played with the cards given to her is nothing short of remarkable. Selflessly acting on instinct she guides us on a journey I never expected. She’s a woman of grace, humility, and class. She’s also hilariously neurotic, down to earth, and real. I could totally see myself sitting down with Lux for hours just to laugh enveloped by the comfort of her aura.

Sebastian Covington – just his name gives you a sense of propriety that makes you want to belong in his space. Merging Bash’s past and present, reconciling the differences between boy and man is half the fun of his character. He’s endearing, charming, gentle, and determined. Bash has an authority about him, a sense of pride that you are drawn to immediately. The royal flush Bash was dealt isn’t the most favorable hand either.

The colorful cast of secondary characters conquers the story. Parts of the charm of this book are Lux’s two hilariously loyal best friends, Simon and Fae. Their banter and easy relationship with Lux hold true to the best of friendships. The other charm - Lux’s brother Jamie - whom holds a very special place in my heart. The plot line involving him and Lux had me reaching for the tissues repeatedly. Even the villains of this story are perfect in all their evil glory.

Imagine the last time you visited a haunted house and the scary fun you had inside. Say the Word takes that fun and makes it come alive on paper. This saga about a head strong girl from the wrong side of the tracks falls for the charismatic boy who seemingly has the world at his fingertips, two soul mates destined by the fate of falling in love, Bash and Lux will capture your hearts. Say the Word fills your heart with great characters, hilarious dialogue, and intriguing adventure wrapped in real life issues. Do not skip over Julie Johnson’s books as she possesses a truly unique gift of storytelling you don’t want to miss.

Favorite Quote:

“If you walk outside before a heavy rainfall or at the start of a particularly strong lightning storm, there’s a feeling in the air – a crackling of intensity, like standing by a live wire letting off sparks. There’s a smell – the sharp, pungent scent of ozone, as a current fills the air. The atmosphere is electrified, humming with energy and, at any moment, ready to unleash a monstrous storm on the earth below. Being near Sebastian felt that way – and I was standing in the center of a treeless field holding a metal rod up to the sky with both hands. It was only a matter of time before lightning struck me.”

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great read, I love the fact it's a stand alone and the quote is pretty awesome too :)