Book: Say the Word
Author: 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…-Goodreads
Review: Oddly enough, I just finished a book where the main character had a twin with terminal cancer. So imagine my surprise when this book featured a similar story line (although this was not the main theme of this book). Imagine my further surprise when I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. Told in alternating timelines, we follow Lux as a teenager and Lux in present day. As a teen, Lux is a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks who finds herself in love with a Senator's son. I really enjoyed their love story as we well as the friendship with her brother. They have a breakup fueled by secrets the devastates both of them. Present day, Lux lives in New York and works for a popular fashion magazine. She hasn't so much as googled Sebastian in the last seven years but her feelings for him have never changed. When they find each other again, they do not immediate reconnect. Bash is still very upset with Lux and she feels that she cannot be honest with him about their past. I really enjoyed the cat and mouse between them, the tension and their intensity. There is a plot involving sex trafficking that was slightly ridiculous but good fun all the same. I wish there was more 'romance' between Bash and Lux, but overall I loved this.