A STARLET REVEW: WRITTEN IN THE SCARS BY ADRIANA LOCKE

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Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 20, 2016

 

Blurb

 

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.

 

 

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My Review

The funny thing about Written in the Scars is that the Synopsis only barely gives you a glimpse into the story of Elin and Ty.  I was excited to read this story.  I have enjoyed Adriana’s work since her very first book.  She’s on my “say yes to the book” list, but this one transcends so many topics, disasters and relationship hurdles, I think the synopsis does it very little justice.  I will preface that by saying the synopsis drew me in, but the story was so completely unexpected for me.  I had no idea what I was about to uncover, and it kept me reading till two am to finish it while I wept in suspense, and agony wondering how far she was going to go.

 

This is a tough book to review because I do NOT want to give anything away.  But I will say a few things about this book.  Adriana explores all of the insecurities of marriage, life, our ability to handle marital situations and our ability to forgive, not just ourselves but the ones that we love.  It will also test the will of man in tragedy.  This story simply has it all.  I have to say sometimes books seem to have drama for the sake of drama.  But with Written in the Scars, honestly, its REAL LIFE.  Everything that Elin and Ty face are real life issue.  They are the day to day marriage, getting stale, feeling inadequate, it exploits all of the aspect of marriage that a lot of people sweep under the rug and build that facade of “the perfect marriage”.

 

Adriana does an amazing job weaving a story that will steal your heart and soul.  She will rip you apart time and again only to piece you back together again.  I was surprised but this story to say the least.  Eli and Ty are like many couples out there that struggle with these themes.  I was so pleasantly surprised by the depth she digs into not only Elin’s psyche but Ty’s as well, writing a male POV which is not easy, that feels both accurate and believable.

 

Bottom line, pick up this book today!  It will be truly worth it! I know that this review is a little vague but it’s on purpose, as I would rather you experience it all for yourself from the authors words and not mine.  Enjoy!  xoxo

 

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Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK
Available in Kindle Unlimited
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
Excerpt
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.”

“Yeah?”

“Please ask.”

 

Author Bio

 

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.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana’s Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.

 

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