Book Release and Review: Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

There aren’t enough words to tell you how much I loved this book.  I had to keep looking away from the pages as I read it because every single word gutted me.  This is a beautiful story of fighting for love, believing in love and realizing that love is something shared amongst many.  You may even learn a little something about yourself…I sure did.  Don’t miss this book….go grab it and dive in…your heart will thank you.

 

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.

MY REVIEW
I knew I was in for a ride with Written in the Scars in the opening chapter. My heart was thumping, my throat was closing off and I kept reading. The pain and angst radiated off the pages and caused me to take a moment and think about my own life. This book makes you step back and look at your own relationship and examine all the little things/the little jabs and digs you may do or say that you think are insignificant but over the long haul can be so destructive and detrimental. This story makes you want to try to do a better job at being a partner, a friend, even just a member of your community. To take a moment to realize that you may not be the only one suffering in silence. To work harder. To love more.

After reading this book, you just want to be more…more understanding, more communicative, more courageous, and more loving than you can ever imagine to stay married/be in a relationship. You have to put your fears aside and be honest even when it hurts. Elin and Ty could be any of us. And that is why this book needs to be read.

This story is beautifully written and the words jump off the page. Adriana creates a poignant tale that all of us can relate to and she sets it in a small town that many of us have lived in at one time or another or maybe all of our lives. The friendships that are shared here are for a lifetime and you love the secondary characters as much as Elin and Ty.

To say that I cried a few tears is a true understatement. This book pulled at my heart strings and played with my mind. It is a true rarity that you walk away with a book feeling like you may have learned a little something about yourself and life in general. Written in the Scars is what loving someone for the long haul looks like.

 

Don’t miss these release week events!!!

Join some of your favorite authors LIVE on Adriana’s Facebook Page to celebrate this release! On Friday, October 21st, authors will hop on and chat with you. Don’t miss it!

Lots of fun things and giveaways will be happening in Adriana’s Facebook Group. Make sure you join the festivities!

Check out Adriana’s website for a Week of Giveaways, starting Monday, October 24th. You don’t want to miss this!

 

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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New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby continues to delight the senses with the latest novel in her delectable Fusion series.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

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