Release Blitz + Book Review: SILENCED BY LEDDY HARPER





Blurb



Haunted by a photographic memory, I couldn’t escape the worst night of my life.
The blood they shed.
The pain they endured.
The evil that still walked free.
It was all I saw. Those memories, my childhood—the images.
Silenced and scarred.
But nothing lasts forever.
Torment turned to blinding rage. Hate sought revenge, which pursued death. 
Then there was life.
The moon.
Rylee Anderson.
I had to choose..




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"If I could've, I would've stolen the moon from the sky.
Held it hostage.
And kept her with me."
Bravo to a woman who never ceases to amaze me!! Leddy, hands down to your versatility and talent as an author. Having been following your career and books, every releases shows how you keep getting better and better at what you do. Silenced  proved that. This book broke me and healed me. Thanks to your writing, you really awaken my deepest emotions.  But then again.... give me a warning will 'ya? Just a BEWARE will suffice!!! You might be laughing that evil laugh of your's right now... go laugh at your victory, because even with unexpected scenes and the tears I shed what with emotional torture I experienced, I admit I am so in love with this story. It topped my love for Eminent Love. 

True, I love this book so much and I might have been bracing myself reading this book, because as a Leddy fan, this woman is just so hell bent on making me cry. However though, with the course of my journey with Rylee and Killian, I never expected the turn of the events. I cried both tears of joy and sadness, I was on the edge reading page after page and I ached for a man that has been damaged and broken form the events of the past, trying to let go of it, finding himself again on the ways he only knew. Safe to say, with Silenced I was on a roller coaster ride of emotions. 

First few pages, and it had me captivated with the story. That Prologue, had me even gripping my reader wanting to turn the pages fast enough because I cannot contain my will to know the rest of the story. Started narrating when they were kids, I love how every scenes was written in a way that made me love the characters immediately. I appreciated that we were given opportunity to know the characters well enough when they were young, not just getting glimpses but fully given how the story started, the significant events, everything and I mean everything we wanted so we can appreciate more the story as it progresses. And even then, I ached for Killian,  I ached for a child that has been with a traumatic experience any child doesn't deserve. I feel the pain and it hurts so much but I was given hope through Rylee. My God, this kid had me wanting to bottle her up. I love that she complemented Killian so much. I love how she make his walls crumble. They were just a pair and filthy as it seems I have been rooting for this kids even when they were still young. Damn Leddy for portraying such forbidden and taboo scenes with these kid that even how wrongly people will see it, she has written it artfully and holy hell I enjoyed their scenes so much. 

But please don't get me started with the rest, because that's one hell of another story better read than me spoiling you. Scenes are way hotter and filthy and it had me guessing and looking for answers because with every turn of the pages is another intense and raw scenes.  But what really made me love with this story aside from how it is flawlessly written is the growth of both the characters. It was portrayed perfectly and even with flaws, these characters journey, their history, how they surpass every bumps in the road is heart warming and awe inspiring. I admit, I have been so broken really, I just really cannot fathom a tragedy and event that will definitely scar us for life. That's why reading this book had me wanting to really root for their happiness. Had me wanting for a closure and had me wanting to please oh please heal a broken heart and a damage soul. Greatly, Leddy did that and what an amazing resolution and closure it was.I may have been broken but in the end I was fixed.

And oh, that cover!!! Whoa!! I am a cover hoe, but damn!!! That masterpiece!!!It speaks so much about the story. I've been so curious about it even then, and when I finish reading the book, everything just made more sense. It's so beautiful and once you read the story you'll appreciate it even more. 

To sum up, Silenced is a beautiful story, poignant, raw, angtsy, heartbreaking but will definitely leave you with heart warming feels. It is not just about a story of love but a persons growth and healing so beautifully and artfully written with sexiness and heat.

“I’m impossibly yours.”“Always.”“And forever,” I added.
“Until the sun stops rising in the east.”
“And stops setting in the west.” She took my hand in hers.
“I love you.”
I had it all. Everything. Whether I deserved it or not, I had it.




Excerpt


Sweat dripped down the side of my face, collecting in the collar of my shirt. The heat was almost unbearable, but I didn’t want to be inside. Mom was away for work again—this time for a full week—and Dad was stuck in front of the television set watching another football game. I hated it when Mom was gone, because my dad didn’t really know how to handle me. He had no problem bonding with my brother, but where I was concerned, he acted completely clueless. So Sundays became the day I’d take a book and sit in the back yard beneath a tree.
     I brought my water bottle to my lips when something caught my attention near the privacy fence, separating the houses in the neighborhood and the wooded area behind it. It ran up the side yard, offering us seclusion to the house next door. The young woman who lived there often had guests over, which made my parents uneasy. But now, someone was in her back yard, climbing her fence.
     No…not just someone.
     A boy.
     His stick-straight hair, the color of sand, hung to the middle of his ears. But I couldn’t see his face. He had his back to me as he climbed, just before jumping over to the side filled with trees. His black T-shirt was a blur. He was there one second and gone the next.
     I stared at the barrier, wondering if I could climb over and follow him. I knew everyone in the neighborhood, but I’d never seen him before. I glanced over my shoulder and waited a moment, just to make sure my dad or my brother weren’t on their way out. When I noticed no movement beyond the sliding glass door, I jumped up and ran as fast as I could. Without second guessing it, I began to scale the tall slats of the wood.
     Once I made it to the top, I looked down and realized it was much higher on the other side. I’d never been in the wooded area before, and for a second, I contemplated just going back to my yard. I thought about my book I’d left beneath the tree and my father who might’ve gone looking for me. But then I remembered the boy—and I so desperately wanted to find out where he came from.
     Curiosity got the best of me.
     I swung my leg over and, with the pace of a sloth, I used the wood between the slats to lower myself to the ground. Standing on my feet again, I searched through the trees, hoping to spot the boy with blond hair and a black shirt.
     But he was nowhere.
     I carefully walked farther into the trees on the soft dirt, keeping as quiet as possible. I didn’t want to venture too far, because I worried I wouldn’t be able to make it back to my house. From this side, I couldn’t tell which house was which. So I made sure not to deviate too far from behind my back yard.
     It felt like an hour, but realistically, it was probably closer to five minutes before I decided to give up. I thought it might’ve been better to have just waited until he came back. I turned around, ready to head home, when I spotted him.
     Or…he spotted me.







About Leddy Harper





Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped. 


She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.



She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females. 



The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.



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