BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Release Date: Oct 20, 2016
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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.
Adriana Locke’s, Written in the Scars is loaded with some heavy issues which revolve around Ty and Elin. I adore books that are both emotionally charged and realistic at the same time. Story lines that look into the happenings, both the happy and not so happy moments in a marriage. It pulls a chord that’s directly connected to my tear ducts which in the past have led to some really bad bouts of ugly crying. I waited for that moment time and time again while reading this book and while there were definitely times that had my stomach aching because I felt so incredibly bad for Elin, the tears never quite came.

Ty and Elin have been a love match from a young age and though their love for one another is true and strong, the countless tragedies that befall them become too much to bear thus leading Ty to walk out on Elin. Being apart for those couple of months allows both of them to think through the worthiness of their marriage and their love for one another. When Ty finally returns home, he’s set out his mind to win Elin over. I felt like Ty expected Elin’s forgiveness to come too quickly and too easily, never quite allowing her to work through her feelings of abandonment and resentment. To be frank, Ty annoyed me during so many times in this book. I was frustrated about how overtly confident he was. Like, he was given free rein to just walk back into her life, as if nothing had happened. Gosh, I wanted to bad for Elin to make him work to regain her love and her trust. I wanted to feel that push and pull so badly!

However frustrated I felt in that regard, it can’t be denied that when Elin and Ty came together, they were sweet as honey. I loved how Ty would tease and prod her to lighten the weight on her shoulders. You could feel just how much they adored one another through their interactions; be that arguing or making up. I couldn’t get enough of the flirty feel that went on between them. It made me feel young and in love.

The last few chapters of this book brought on some major emotional punches to the gut which was a nice touch in my opinion. I also thought that the author wrapped up their story nicely. Bittersweet to say the least but it ends with such a meaningful message about love and life in general.

Written in the Scars is a roller coaster of a read with a set of characters who have issues many of us could relate to. A story of the ups and downs in relationships and the ultimate fight one is willing to go through in order to save a worthwhile and lifelong love.

As soon as the call is ended, my finger is in his chest. “You lied to me!”
“Calm down,” he scoffs, clearly entertained by my reaction.
“I’m not calming down! She called you. The girl that you didn’t do anything with.”
I start to march to the door, but his arm is around my waist, dragging me into his arms. “Will you stop acting like this?” he laughs. “What’s wrong with you?”
My arms pinned to my sides, I struggle to break free. “You are what’s wrong with me.”
“Tell you what,” he says, resting his head on the top of my head. “Let’s make a deal.”
“I don’t deal with liars.”
“I don’t normally deal with lunatics, either, but I’m making an exception tonight, so I guess you can too.”
The complete lack of fear or frustration in his voice calms me a little. I stop fighting to pull away.
“Let’s go in and have dinner with our friends. Then we can go to bed and I will tell you everything you want to know about her.” He plants a kiss to the back of my head. “And if you’re a good girl, I’ll let you have my cock after we’re done talking.”
“I doubt I’ll want it,” I sigh, trying to not succumb to him.
“There you go, lying again,” he laughs. Swatting me on my ass towards the house, I reach for his hand. He laces our fingers together and we head inside.
USA Today and Amazon Top 10 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.
Please contact Adriana at She loves to hear from readers. Join Adriana’s Facebook group here or Goodreads group here.

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