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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,749 ratings  ·  449 reviews
“I walked away from him… but I left my heart behind.”

At eighteen, Lux shatters Sebastian’s heart – and breaks her own in the process.

When their paths cross again unexpectedly in New York City, Lux does her best to feign indifference toward her first love. But the harder she tries to hold Sebastian at arm’s length, the more determined he becomes to uncover the secrets she
Published 2014 by Julie Johnson
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Julie Johnson Thank you! So happy you enjoyed STW. And yes, Fae now has her own story -- it's called ERASING FAITH and it starts out a few years before Fae ended up…moreThank you! So happy you enjoyed STW. And yes, Fae now has her own story -- it's called ERASING FAITH and it starts out a few years before Fae ended up in NYC with Lux. If you read it, you'll learn why she was so brokenhearted in STW... Plus, what happens when she crosses paths with the man who broke her heart in the first place. ;)

** ERASING FAITH can be read as a complete standalone! (less)
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May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book!!! It captured the intensity of a once-in-a-lifetime, heart pounding romance that was given a second chance and mixed it in with suspenseful drama and lighthearted fun. From the moment I started reading, I could not put it down!! This is definitely one of my favorites of the year!!

I knew I was off to a good start as soon as I read the dedication. Then the prologue gave me tingles and I was already hooked and desperate for more before I’d even started the first chapter.

Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

I needed a little less internal dialogue

A little less "suspense"

And a LOT more of this:

I was bored and skimmed a lot.


“I think that if two people are meant to be together, nothing can ever truly separate them. Time, distance, other people — it doesn’t matter. They’ll circle back around to each other eventually.”

Lux broke her heart among with Sebastian's. She shattered her heart into thousands little pieces, and since then there was a constant hole in her chest. Until seven years later, when she met him again and he was not the sweet boy she fell in love with any more. He was

**Say the Word generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

5 Just Say the Word Stars

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
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
Say the Word was a little too "Wordy"

I think I would have enjoyed the story much more with less dialogue. I also felt a disconnect between the two parts of the story line so it somewhat felt I was reading two different books. One a NA second chance romance, the other a Nancy Drew special.

Lux Kincaid was in love at one time with Sebastian Covington. Due to not so great circumstances, she breaks up with him. (It's pretty easy to figure out early on what happened)

She has pined over him the past few
There are no words to describe how devastated I am that this book came to an end so damn quickly. It was the perfect disaster.
Loved every second.
Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam
I shall either find a way or make one.
Julie Johnson
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Not ready to say goodbye to SAY THE WORD? Don't worry --- FAE's STORY IS NOW AVAILABLE! Check out "ERASING FAITH" next! Erasing Faith
Now available on Amazon!

Soooo..... I am so happy/nervous/excited/thrilled/anxious/emotional/crazy/angsty/ecstatic about the release of SAY THE WORD! But, above all, I'm grateful! Grateful to have such wonderful, supportive readers who leave such kick-ass reviews. I seriously love you all! xoxo


Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't bad, but I wish the author had taken a different route. I thought it was going to be a story about second chance love and with some suspenseful elements. However, that wasn't the case. There was a story where she meets the love of her life after 7 years, the-second-chance-romance, and then there was a separate story where she investigates where young immigrant girls disappear, her Veronica-Mars activities. And with the flashbacks from the past it simply appeared that there was too much ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why this missed the mark for me ! I loved the authors debut novel and there were definite 5 star moments in this book but .... It fell short for me. I enjoyed it but didn't love it as I wanted. Usually books like this ~ second chance at love , that have letters and the *sadness* I would shout my love for at the rooftops !

3.5 stars
3.5 Broken Stars

But what did you do when you lost your soulmate, and there was no chance of ever having him again? Did you move on, even with the knowledge that nothing would ever be quite as good? Did you try to fill the empty holes inside yourself with misshapen parts that someone else could offer?

Lux Kincaid is young, beautiful and broken. She was forced to break the love of her life's heart seven years ago and she's never fully recovered. Sabastian Carrington, or Bash as Lux nicknamed him,
“Soulmates are a reward, not a certainty. I think you have to earn them. And I believe, if you’re one of the bastards lucky enough to stumble across yours, that you have to fight for them with everything you have.”

4.5 stars, with lots of feels!

I love this book! A deeply intense and emotional story of true love the first and second time around, told with humour and lots of heart and intertwined with a mystery/suspense storyline featuring the disappearance of young girls. And the writing is
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
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Why this book?
It seemed like a book for me

What I thought

This book was amazing! It's full of emotion, love and second chances. It was captivating and the writing is riveting. The characters are relatable and the romance has you feeling all kinds of emotions. There are two storylines going on within this book that came together perfectly. As for the characters Lux was a strong heroine, her sacrifice was heart breaking and Sebastian was swoonworthy, even if he pissed me off at times. This
Yomi M.
Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars

I really wanted to like this, honestly, I did. The problem was that it was just TOO wordy for my taste and I found myself skimming a lot. This made me really sad because I did enjoy Julie's debut novel.
Anne OK
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kristen Cansler
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What else can I say besides that I devoured this book? I flew through Say The Word without realizing it because Julie Johnson did such a good job at getting me to interested and invested SO quickly. I've never read anything by this author before, but I will definitely be seeking out more of her books after this.

This book is so much more than a romance, and I loved that. The added elements only enhanced the story. I never felt like it was crowded. Everything flowed really well. And the
Jun 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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It took me two weeks to finish this book. *sigh* There are too many plot lines with no central idea to hold them together. The novel starts with a great potential in the second chance romance, but quickly degenerates into excessive inner dialogues and unrealistic storyline.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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‘Say The Word’ is the second book by Julie Johnson that captivated me right from the start.

Like Gravity was the first book that I’ve read by Ms Johnson and it was one of my fav. Books of 2013.So I was a little bit apprehensive while starting this book but there was no point of it because I loved this book.

The writing was perfect. The way the book was written in Then and Now chapters was refreshing for me and can’t say I didn’t love it. Both the Now and Then chapters mixed together piques your
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Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed, I cried, I smiled and I went through the ringer of emotions. I so so so felt for Sebastian when Lux did what she did and you can really understand why he was so cold to her after seeing her 7 years later. What I felt so sad about was Jamie.

Jamie was Lux's brother who was struggling with cancer. He was vivacious and full of life to the end and was always there for Lux. Not telling Sebastian about him when they were friends really was Low Lux. But when the reason behind the tearing up
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My new year has not started very well, or so it seems. Well not personally of course but bookwise. I'm leaving this book unfinished at around 50% not because I don't want to read it, simply because I don't have enough courage to go on....

I won't say reasons because that would be really too spoliery, but I didn't sign up for so emotional read so I'm just gonna stop. It's such a shame because even though bit cheesy, I thought the writing was pretty neat...Still not my cup...
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy wow. I got an ARC copy of Say the Word and my lord am I happy I got a chance to read this book! Not only did I master it in a day but I now have a whole bunch of new additions to my "Quotes (mostly from books) That I Want Tattooed" list.

I don't even know where to start. I wish I had the patience to find all the gifs that would help me express my love and enthusiasm for this book, but I dont. Because I just want to write this review and go read it again!

After the love affair that I had
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a great book! I was a little worried when I first started this book, mainly because I don't know when books go from past to present all the time, but for this book, it just worked! Let me start with Bastian. When you start the story, you know the two main characters are not together. Reading that scene, BROKE MY HEART! Seriously, I didn't even know him as a character yet and my heart broke in two for him. But they were both young. Once everything is explained you totally understand ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...this book blew me away with the writing. You know that moment you come across a line or quote and your breathing stops, your world tilts, your heart literally hovers over the page and the words seem to pulse off the page as you struggle to catch your breath? Yeah...this happened throughout the book. I loved it. She has a way of painting a pretty picture with her words but it's never just a picture it's also a different perspective. It's honest and the pages become a canvas of emotion that ...more
Eliza Castillo
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it and you'll forget the word 'regret' !!

Everytime I read—even just a portion of— this book, I come to live in their world. I get to see them, meet them, know them, feel for them. Behind the anguish and danger... where it grinded my heart to dusts which were blown away by the cold breeze and made it whole anew... I've met love.

It made me utterly confused on whether I would like to read as fast as I could till I finish the story because it leaps my excitement so high OR better yet, to slow
"..You have to cherish the insignificant moments you have with your most significant people. To hold onto the times when you're happy. To smile often, and laugh loudly. To enjoy the ones you love, and hold them close to your heart while you still have them."

Holy shit! I'm rendered speechless. Shit. Nothing I expected AT ALL. Julie Johnson is capable of making my heart sing and cry and beating rapidly. I felt it within me. Not my first time reading her work but damn, I was thrown off the
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.

What a wonderful discovery this piece of story. Even though the story line was not something that i have not come across before but the way the author executed those tender emotions of falling in love, heart break, sorrow, loss, hope, love and happiness was just splendid. I love Lux Kincaid's character here, she is loyal and brave and such a beautiful and giving heart even at the expense of her own happiness. It takes a lot of courage to break one's own heart for someone else's benefit. I love ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10 shooting stars!

**Say The Word Review**

It took me a day to finally write a review for this book. I just can't do anything after reading it. I was so overwhelmed. Words were overflowing and so were my emotions, and yet I couldn't do anything or didn't even know where to start. I got lost. Caught up. Stilled. Immobilized. Because all I did is felt. Absorb. I let it consumed me because by gods, I love how it made me feel.

I don't just read books. I passed the phase of tagging it as just a mere
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

IDK how she managed it but this story is so much more and so unexpected. Reading the blurb, you will get the idea that this story is a second chance love story but let me tell you this is not your typical second chance, second beginning love story. It is so much more. Julie Johnson blew me away. This story she created is surprising because she managed to write a second chance romance and incorporated one of the most cruel & inhuman issues of the world which is
when i started reading this story, i had no idea that it would end where it did. it started out as a relatively heavy, yet lighthearted read, and along the way, it took a turn on the boulevard of mind-fuckery. with that being said, it felt like a work of complete fiction to me - but isn't that the reason we read? to get out of our own heads and delve into the mind and world of someone else? that justification made sense for me.

for probably the first third/half of the book, i really didn't like
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JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-seven-year-old Boston native and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. When she's not writing, Julie can most often be found adding stamps to her passport, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, and Instagramming pictures of her dog. (Follow her: @author_julie)

She published her debut novel LIKE GRAVITY in
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“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.” 28 likes
“Maybe instead, I wanted the kind of love that devastates you. The kind that rips your insides open and leaves you gutted, out in the cold. Maybe I wanted that great, epic, once-in-a-lifetime love, that consumes with the brightest of flames. And maybe, even though I knew the hottest fires often burn out the fastest, even though it couldn’t last… it was worth it.
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.”
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