Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review: Say the Word by Julie Johnson

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…




This one had a very strong prologue and the first chapter itself really gutted me. I hardly know the characters yet, but the break up scene was just too much to take in. It make me rooting for them to reconcile again seven years later.

Told entirely in the form of 'now' and 'then', we got some glimpses into their lives seven years ago, how they met in Latin class, the friendship with Lux's twin brother, Jamie and the reason behind the break up. Lux is the poor girl that came from the trailer park, while Sebastian is the senator's kid. They were obviously from an opposite life, yet their love was so pure and strong.

People say love isn't supposed to be painful. But maybe the best things in life are the ones that hurt the most after they're gone."

Going into this book, I thought it was a second chance romance with the suspense in regards to the reason behind Lux's leaving Sebastian. However, this is not quite the case. The reason behind it was too predictable. It was in fact the first reason that came to my mind. 

Now, Lux is working for a women's magazine, while Sebastian is a renowned photographer and their path crossed again. There was a lot of hatred going on with Sebastian and obviously he never forget the girl who betrayed him all those years ago. 

I find that there are too many unnecessary long description of things that's not pertaining to the plot. For example, Lux's interaction with Mrs. Patel and the design of her boss' office that went on for few pages. I don't mind having some extra information in regards to her life, but it is just too long. I find myself skimming those part and only focus on Sebastian's name when he pops up. 

When the story veered towards the missing immigrant girl and Lux turning into an amateur sleuth, I felt that the story loses it focus. Is this a romance or a suspense or a romantic suspense? I like a plot that surprises me, but this one just felt a little off.

I think the reason I wanted to finish this book is because I felt invested in Lux and Sebastian when they were a teenager and wanted to see them getting their HEA. Overall, I still like the romance part of the story even though the way they get back together feel a bit anti climatic, the rest of it, not so much.

"You might think you're the villain in my story, Lux, but what you don't seem to realize is that I don't care. Princess or Evil Queen, I want you standing by my side when the tale comes to an end."

Rating 3/5