Friday, August 23, 2013

Destructive Silence Review

If you never speak of the past, can it be erased?

Lacey Edwards has a past.

A past which changed her life forever.

A past she is desperate to forget.

Lacey is quiet and reserved compared to her best friend Becca Fox. They became instant friends when Lacey moved to Maryland nine years ago. Becca helped pull Lacey out of her internal shell to experience life. By high school, Lacey was active in the club scene and would occasionally have to drag Becca with her. One night, Lacey realized she might be able to run from her past with the help of Becca and one steamy Caine Rogers.

Lacey didn't know, until it was too late, how feelings, honesty, heartbreak and life altering events can change a person. Lacey has Becca’s support but will that be enough?

Will Lacey sacrifice her own happiness to do what is expected?


Appropriate for readers 18 & up only!

This novel contains explicit language, sexual situations and abuse that some might find offensive.

5 Emotional Stars 

“What is life? Is it a journey or just something that you have to get through? It seems like a voyage to everyone around me. A blissful life filled with happy memories occurring on and indefinite timeline. To me life is more like a struggle to get through each day."

Lacey is trying to forget her past. She moved to Maryland from Florida with her family and meets her best friend Becca. Lacey’s story starts when she is a senior in high school. She keeps herself busy with school, working for her parent’s boutique, and dancing.  Lacey needs the distraction of getting lost in the music to escape from her silence, from her past.  It’s at the club that she meets him…..Caine.  Mr. Dreamy is every girl’s fantasy come true. On the surface Caine is perfect, everyone loves him, especially Lacey.  Their romance starts of as a whirlwind and they fall deeply in love, until things change, and boy do they change. 

There were many times in this story where I wanted to jump in and shake Lacey to open her eyes. I could feel her conflict with the situations she was in. Was she right? Absolutely not, but this is her journey, who are we to tell her what to do. I can only imagine the thought process Lacey went though is exactly what someone else in the same situation would feel. I think L.U. Ann perfectly conveyed those feelings in Lacey. Becca, I adore her and I wish I had a friend like her. Her vocabulary cracked me up and making me pull up urban dictionary on my phone several times. I think I may be adding some of her words into my daily vocabulary.  Caine, I really have no words for him, I really don’t. I think the game Lacey and Becca played called Name the Douche bag sums up how I feel about him and then some. 


Destructive Silence takes you on a ride. The cover is absolutely beautiful and perfect for this story. Lacey’s story was hard to read, not because it was a bad book, but because of the situations in it. This book does deals with the sensitive subject of abuse.  I did want to throw my kindle a couple times and had to step away from the story, but always came back. I’m glad I read Lacey’s story and can’t wait to read the next one. After reading Destructive Silence you will be begging the L.U. Ann to release the next one.

Author L.U. Ann recently moved to Colorado from the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and two children. Life in Colorado is so much different. In Maryland, you would find her in the garden tending to her vegetables and flowers, sea glass and shark tooth hunting once a week, and enjoying the kids swimming in the backyard. Her life took a drastic change when her family moved to their own “Little House on the Prairie" at an elevation of over 6,000 feet above sea level, and a semi-arid climate that makes it hard to grow anything. While barely anything can grow where she resides now, the wildlife makes up for it. Mountain Lions, and coyotes, and rattlesnakes, oh my!

She tries to spend a little time each day writing, but domestic chores around the house usually take precedence. She would much rather hide them from her husband. She tends to her loving four-legged children who at times become much too demanding when she locks herself in the office. This often results in MORE domestic work, and she finds herself cleaning up after their deviant behavior.

At night, you’ll find her begging the kids to go to bed so that she can catch up on the latest book before her sister can. Yes, she is an avid reader who escapes her chaotic but wonderful home to the feisty depths of romance land in search of her newest book boyfriend. Shh, don’t tell her husband!

She is an artist by the grace of God. She worked as a set designer for six years, helping establish a local children's theatre where she was the scenery artist, set, and prop designer. Before that, you would find her covered in paint, so engrossed in painting a mural that time didn't exist. Graphic design is her guilty pleasure.

Destructive Silence is her debut novel. It is one of three books in The Destructive Series. Each book will hit its reader with lots of angst hoping for a happily ever after.


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