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.
Every once in awhile you come across a book where you write, erase, and re-write a review many times because you can’t possibly find the right words to explain how it affected you. WRITTEN IN THE SCARS is a deeply reaching second-chance love story that touches on dealing with both inner and outer demons in an incredibly real and painful way. A book that can reach into my heart and squeeze it, all the while building a powerfully emotional connection between the two characters, is a hit in my books. Books that are meant to evoke emotions don’t always hit their mark with me, but this one did in every single way.
The simmering anger and passion is a constant between Ty and Elin; it brings the words off the pages to be felt in the soul. And this story felt ripped from real life…grounded in how deep love can really go and how resilient even those who thought they were broken are. Locke led me through the story, showing me the way, never telling me how to feel but putting that blueprint in the words so I could find it on my own. It was seamlessly written with an ease that led the reader to be introspective to their own experiences.
The characters will resonate with you from the very first page. Their deep connection constantly pushes the story forward, and highlights how sexy that bond truly can be. It brought forth personal reactions that connected me to them in ways I didn’t expect. Locke did a wonderful job creating and bringing this story to life. WRITTEN IN THE SCARS has a beautifully gratifying love story that I absolutely loved. It isn’t one to be missed.
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.”
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
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 her via her website. She loves to hear from readers.