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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“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
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.”
What do you do when the person that is your other half isn’t the same any more? When the life that you’ve built together has crumbled, and your happily ever after doesn’t look so likely? Do you do everything you can to keep the dream alive, or give up?
I’m a sucker for a second-chance love story, and WRITTEN IN THE SCARS by author Adriana Locke delivers in every possible way. This is a story about love, loss, and renewal, and Adriana has done a wonderful job of writing it in a way that will resonate with readers.
Elin Whitt thought that she’d have forever with her husband, Ty. Together since they were young, Elin and Ty were building the life that they’d always dreamed of, until an accident derailed them and changed everything. Just when the dust has settled, and Elin is doing what she can to adjust to her new normal of life without Ty, he’s back, and determined to win back the love that he walked away from.
I think that one of the reasons that this book resonates so deeply with me is that Adriana has written from the heart, put so much of herself and her life into it. The comfort and safety of a long-time relationship, the betrayal when things go wrong, and the joy of finding love again make WRITTEN IN THE SCARS a book that I could not put down. Love, passion, anger, bitterness, the emotions of life, are all grittily present in this book. It’s not always an easy read, because, second-chance love or not, there is angst aplenty, but the constancy of friendship and love make it so worth the journey with Ty and Elin and their crew.
Adriana continues to surprise and delight me with the stories that she writes, and this is easily one of my favorites of hers. It is completely different from her other books, but no less powerful, and redemptive. WRITTEN IN THE SCARS is an easy 4.5-star read for me, and one that I heartily recommend be added to your list of BOOKS TO READ NOW.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
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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