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When We Faded

(Faded Duet #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  102 reviews
"A classic country song come to life.” - Inked Avenue Book Blog, 5 star review

When Felicity Wilde arrives in Nashville, she’s not looking for fame — she just wants a safe place to hide from the ghosts of her past. And for a while, starting fresh seems possible. She lands a job at a local music hotspot, collects her tips, and keeps her head down.

Until one night, he steps
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Published (first published April 4th 2018)
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One of the most poignant stories Julie Johnson has ever written.

With Faded, she managed to ruin me (again).
She punched me in the gut, blew my sanity to pieces and wrecked my soul. Everything I was, it was simply fading, until all I could breathe were her words, until every molecule was filled with Ryder and Felicity, until eyes were brimming with tears and my blood was chanting her name, its pounding deafening my ears. It was a tangled web of music and heartache, and I cherished every minute of
@40%. on hold for now.
Julie Johnson
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, the-faded-duet

"They say fame comes with a price... but what if that price is the love of your life?"

You are now officially approved to start binge-reading.

part one ➔
part two ➔



On the fence? Here's the 411...

♬ It's a story about a sexy musician with dreams of stardom and an introverted son
Jennifer Kyle
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars
4.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Wow. I was seriously not expecting to be so blown away with this book! The emotions it provoked!! The first chapter felt a little too flowery for me in the wording to where I really became skeptical, but once it got into the actual story I was completely sucked in and didn't want to come out! I shed tears off and on, and it wasn't just the relationship that I was crying for -- I was fully invested in these characters as individuals. The ending is a doozy too, and I was
4.5 “Big Changes” Stars

I binged this book from start to finish without moving from my spot on the couch. And now I wait in eager anticipation for book two. Ms. Johnson wrote a bit of a grittier tale with two imperfect characters with very different outlooks on life but find a connection they never expected. It made my heart race, had me questioning everything and on the edge of my seat.

In Faded we find Felicity moving to Nashville to start over. She’s on her own and likes it that way. She’s no
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
5 ★'s

“It’s the best damn music I’ve ever made.”

This is my second book by Julie Johnson and while I quite enjoyed the first (Uncharted), this one blew my socks off! I seriously was not expecting that...and I loved it!

Does that mean everything was perfect? No. Were there issues? Yes. But sometimes you just have to go with your gut and my gut is very happy with this story.

The story starts out with Felicity ending up in Nashville with hardly any money after her expensive bus ride. She goes to an i
**Faded generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

5 "Not when it comes to him." Stars

Since her very first published book in 2013 I've followed the trail of words from Julie Johnson. Over ten books later and her gift for story telling still glows bright. And although Like Gravity holds a very special place in my heart, this book, Faded and these characters are my new favorite from this talented author. It's music, love, despair, friendship, and soul wrapped within the p
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️

My first book by Julie Johnson and boy was it a dousy. A story full of raw and angsty moments. A story where I wanted to jump inside and hold the characters. Each needed a person in their corner and I wanted to be that person. Troubled souls, polar opposites, drawn to one another like moths to a flame.

An aspiring young songwriter, Felicity is running from her past. Hopefully in Nashville she can start a new life under the radar. She is sweet, shy, and doesn’t crave the spotlight. Ryder too is a
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

Phew. I inhaled this book. I finished it in one sitting. I was addicted and had to know what happened. I cannot wait for the next one!

This is the story of Felicity, a young songwriter from the middle of nowhere moving to Nashville to chase her songwriting dreams, but also to run away from....something. We never really find out the full story of what she is running away from, but it is clear that she had a less than perfect childhood and wants a chance to start over. Enter Ryder. A sexy
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

I devour it,such a beautiful story, I couldn't put it down!It was fast paced and intense!I had many feelings while I was reading it and my heart was aching most of the time!I fell in love with the characters and I could feel their connection and the passion.There is also angst between them to keep you on the edge!The ending left me wanting for more!I can't wait for the next book!!


2.5 Stars!

So the blurb is misleading...

H and h are total opposites!

H is a 23 years manwhore wanna be rock star, dreaming with the high life in LA!

h is a 18 years virgin, song writer, granddaughter of a legendary singer know first hand how bad living in the spotlight can be!!! All she wants is be in the shadows and write music!

h is running from a drug addicted abusive father, ends up in Nashville working has a waiter.

It's love at first sight, insta-love, insta-lust you name it!!!

They barely ta
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know the feeling you get when you are reading a book that just hits you in the right spot, eliciting feelings and takes you on an emotional tilt-a-whirl? You have crappy mundane tasks to do (BLEK.... work, household crap) but don't care because THE BOOK is waiting and you are so excited to get back to reading? Yep this was this book for me and I am blowing off a few things today to start the second book. So there!

Ryder has dream and it is simple really, use his music to get the hell out of N
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First person, Dual-POV, First book in Faded Duet.

Don't say I didn't warn you: this story isn't about getting what I wanted. Because I never wanted Ryder Woods. I needed him.

Ugh. Julie Johnson, this is twice now you've ripped out my heart and left it on the floor bleeding and I just DON'T know what to do with you.

(Other than worship you all the live long day)

Uncharted was one thing. Thanks again for that by the way. This, however, was in a league all its own.

Ryder and Felicity, 22 (him) and 18
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Julie Johnson AGAIN shows me why I fall so hard, so fast, so unhealthily in love with her words.

Did all of those things just happen? Did I just crawl into a hole with that incredible ending?!

Yes. I did.

You meet Ryder the artist. Ryder the playboy. Ryder the bad boy. Ryder the lover. Ryder. Ryder. Ryder. Than there is Felicity a girl who is running from a dark child hood past. Trying to make it on her own. Her own way. The only way. Felicity was strong, yet gentle. Broken yet fixed. Felicity ma
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
5 Move the Stars CROWNS

Angst and Julie Johnson will now and forevermore be synonymous. Seriously, my heart cannot take it, and yet I always seem to go back for more. Why? Because her prose is beautiful, her stories rich with emotion, and I never fail to get wrapped in her words and her characters.

Her heroes ALWAYS kill me. I love and want to murder them at the same time, and they are sexy as heck. I can honestly say that there has not been one Julie Johnson hero who hasn’t won me over, and Ryde
Shannon Moore
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come!
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Faded Duet by Julie Johnson
Book 1: Faded
Book 2: Unfaded

4.5 stars!!!

“Whether we’re on stage singing or a thousand miles apart… we’ll always have the music.”

I adore this authors words, no matter the subject she never fails to captivate me and this duet was no different. From start to finish of both books, I couldn’t put them down. I was totally engrossed; my emotions were all over the place and my connection to these characters was intense. I lived and breathed their story and while you won’t
Nicole Levy
5 Can't Wait for the Sequel Stars
Holy cow did I devour Faded, and I can't wait for Unfaded to release next month! I love Julie Johnson and expect her books to provide the perfect mix of drama and heart with some steam thrown in. Boy does Faded deliver! The story is told in duel POV, and we get to know both Felicity (a song writer intending to avoid the limelight that's literally just gotten off the bus in Nashville) and Ryder (singer, songwriter, and guitar player) quickly. I was attached to bot
To think I was delaying reading this since the second book isn’t out yet. Good thing I didn’t order the second one yet because this one was not good. As much as I don’t want to be persuaded by raving reviews, I can’t help but unconsciously believe all the great ratings. Well, I don’t know if I read the same book as the rest but I hated this one. I honestly wanted to DNF this at 10% when the ridiculous insta-love scene happened. With just one glance at the h, he’s suddenly a changed man and not a ...more
Dora Koutsoukou
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 💞⚡💔⚡💔⚡💞 🎸 📝 🎤 🎶 ✨✨✨✨s ❣❣❣❣❣❣❣

Julie Johnson has just taken my breath soooo far away.......


My tears drip faster against the skin of his chest. His mouth drops to my ear, rasping deeply.
“Don’t worry Felicity. For you, I would move the stars.” Ryder

I should have known there was no cure. Loving Ryder Woods was a life sentence. Felicity
Veronika's ReaderFeeder
Julie Johnson never disappoints! It was amazing I can't wait to read Unfaded! :)
Patrixia Lansangan
ARC provided by the author, Thank you so much Julie Johnson!

Happy release day!!!!!

OK!!! The someday girl duet was my favorite. It was amazing and I really loved that story SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!

But Faded was sooooo damn HOT!!! For a moment, I even forgot that I was reading a Julie Johnson book, usually her characters are pretty humorous!!!

But Ryder and Felicity was just bad ass and I love them together!!

They were like Fire & Ice and I genuinely loved the story line...

This sort of cliffhanger w
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Anne OK
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Fast-paced and entertaining rock star themed storyline. A little bit on the far-fetched realm, but still a solid and fun-to-read romance. The lyrics to the music are really good and the history related to Felicity's grandmother was an added plus. I liked both of these worn and torn characters who had faced some bad times in both their short lives. Beware - major cliffy ahead. Luckily, it's only a few more days until the release of the second book in this duet, "Unfaded" to find out if the relati ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great love story set in Nashville! I loved Felicity and Ryder. Their chemistry was off the charts and the lyrics... Gah! I can't wait to the conclusion, Unfaded to see how their story unfolds!
Inked Avenue
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I want to make things with her-- music she won't sing, promises I can't keep, love that won't last. I want to know her. To unravel her secrets, layer by layer. To strip her bare."


In the first installment of her next showstopping duet, Julie Johnson spins her thread and weaves together a whirlwind romance novel filled with whiskey, drugs, and broken hearts. It's a classic country song come to life about two souls that fell, burned bright, and were snuffed out by misunderstandings and questionabl
Shelby (Book Lovers Have More Fun)
4.5 stars!!!


I couldn't wait to DEVOUR more words from Julie Johnson. She NEVER ceases to amaze me. Faded hooked me completely from page one. Ryder and Felicity were complex characters that I couldn't get enough of!! I'm looking forward to learning even more about them in Unfaded.

The reason why I rated it 4.5 stars instead of 5 was because of the last few chapters of the book. It has a completely different feel than the rest of the book and it didn't help that Ryder REALLY pissed me off.

I'm SO t
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh fuck. Didn't expected this. I HATE cliffhangers. The writing was so much better from a previous book of hers I read before. I read it in one breath. So i'll have to wait. But it's a dirty play to divide this book in two. At least we have less then a month to wait...
I thought it had a great start, but then it lost me. After 50%, I found myself skimming.
The switch in POVs did not work for me. Everything became predictable. Blah.

Reading is subjective. You may love it.
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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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