Friday, November 4, 2016

[Review + Excerpt + Giveaway] 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.

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.



 4 Stars!

As a fan of Adriana Locke's, there were mixed feelings after finishing Written in the Scars. I was annoyed with the first half of the book and then she ramped up the angst at the end, which I really liked.

He left. That is all I could think about when Elin's friends were trying to talk her into taking her husband back with no questions asked. Elin and Ty were high school sweethearts, shoot, junior high sweethearts, got married and were to live happily ever after. Well, as we all know, things sometimes get messy and when the going got tough, Ty got going.

Years have passed, I don't remember how many because I was that annoyed and Ty is back thinking he's going to waltz right into Elin's good graces. Geeze louise, if her friends had any say, he would have too. I liked that Elin stood her ground, although not for long, and made Ty work for any sort of communication from her.

So it's obvious I didn't like Ty much and the fact that he felt owed because he had a s$#t hand dealt to him in life. I didn't buy his excuses and didn't care if she took him back or not. However, I realized we need him for the story, so I read on.

After getting over every single on of her friends trying to push her back with Ty instantly, I enjoyed the bond they all had. How Elin's best friend was married to her brother, forming thier own little family. Throw in the single friend Cord, and a story is made.

I slowly moved through the first half of the book realizing how predictable and almost boring it was. You can tell from a mile away what is going to happen with Ty and Elin, until Adriana Locke throws a nice curve ball to shake things up. That instantly turned the book from a three to a four star read for me.

The book is well written with irritating and not so irritating characters. They were all needed to bring this story to life, which helped with that ending. Bethany's book is next and I will read it if we also get to see how everybody else is doing as well.

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
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