Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 20, 2016
Falling in love is easy.
Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.
And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.
The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.
Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.
Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.
When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin's torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.
Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it's their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.
I had a hard time writing my review for this book because I didn't know how to get my feelings together in a coherent way. I felt a myriad of feelings while reading this.
First, lets talk about Elin. I adored her, i'ts no surprise, but I love a strong female lead. I especially love a female lead who is independent and has foul mouth. Elin is exactly that. She is hurting right now, because her husband left her. He walked out the door and he didn't tell her where he was going and he didn't come back. If that wasn't devastating enough she has another extreme loss to deal with that just may have been the thing to break her.
Ty, will break you down slowly, sweetly and seductively. He will make you melt. He wants his life back, and by life I mean Elin. He made a hard decision when he walked out of that door. One he regrets deeply and now he will do anything to get her back. Did I mention he was fuck hot? Well he is and he is the right mix of cocky and humble. I didn't want punch him but he wasn't a wimp either.
I went through several emotions. First, this story killed me. I was devastated when I heard of the issues they were facing as a couple. One that my family knows personally and deeply. I will be honest and admit that while reading there was a part of me a bitter part that didn't that particular situation to have a happy ending. I didn't want a happily ever after for her since I never got mine. Life doesn't work that way. I was left raw and forced to face the ugly truths about myself that I try to keep hidden in the deep recesses of my heart.
Then after learning some more hard truths about her life I felt bad again and I wanted nothing more than for them to be happy. I love that she didn't let him back in right away and she made him work for it. I love that he did work for it. I wished it with all my heart.
I cried my eyes out because I felt the words so deeply and completely. I loved this story and this book. I love it when an author can connect with you on another level and pull you into a story so completely you find yourself so immersed that it blurs the lines between fiction and reality.
Also, I want to talk about their friends. They were a group of great people that I could see myself hanging with. One friend in particular won my heart, I distinctly remember thinking oooh I love him, I can't wait to read his story. I love when a story introduces me to lovable side characters. I love that they had normal people problems. Jobs, relationships and life period.
The end of the story made me angry. I screamed out loud and bawled my eyes out for a different reason. I always thought it dramatic when I would read the line, "sobs wracked her body." well I'm a believer. Sobs wracked my body.
This story was personal for me but it doesn't take someone going through what I did to relate. This story is for anyone who has had to deal with brokenness and heartache and pain and had to move on and live each day like nothing happened.
It reminds me of a saying:
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
This is so true for me, for you and for all of the characters in Written in the Scars.
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PRAISE FOR WRITTEN IN THE SCARS
“Locke has created magic!” - NYT Bestselling author SL Scott
“A book you must read—just keep the Kleenex close.” - NYT Bestselling author Melanie Moreland
“Written in the Scars is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I give it all the stars.” - author Rachel Brookes
“This book … one of the most emotionally powerful and beautifully written books I’ve ever read.” - BB Belle, Goodreads review
“A top read of 2016 … Impeccable and stellar!” - Dawn, Divas Book Lounge
“The words will seep into your soul.” - Books and Boys Book Blog
“What a beautiful book that left me in tears.” - Minxes Love Books
“There are no words to express how much this book affected me.” - Kristin, Book Lovers Obsession
I pull her into me, trying to put her, me, our life back together with my embrace. Her arms find my waist, and I hold her in the middle of the driveway, swaying back and forth in a moment I’ll never, ever forget. The feeling of my world careening back into focus, into the places it should be, nearly drops me to my knees with my girl in my arms.
“I should go in,” she says, looking up at me.
“It’s cold in there.”
She shrugs and I see her start to slip away from me again. Frantic, I struggle to find a way to stop it.
“Let’s go for a drive,” I suggest.
She looks at me warily.
“It’s just a drive,” I promise. “The house can warm up and then I’ll drop you back off, if that’s what you want. What can it hurt?”
“You won’t try to make out with me or anything, right?” she teases. “Because I know that look in your eye, Tyler Whitt.”
“Only if you ask,” I wink, opening the door to my truck and watching her climb in. Before I shut it, I lean in and whisper into her ear. “Hey, E.”
USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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