Excerpt + Review: Written In The Scars by Adriana Locke

Tuesday, November 1, 2016




About The Book
Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Release Date: Oct 20, 2016



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.



My Review
Most of the time, we start off books with a whole heart. As we read, it gets fuller and fuller until the climax, where the hearts bends and breaks and we are left waiting anxiously for the characters to mend it and make it whole again. I think Written In The Scars starts off with a broken heart. That's the best way to describe it. Starting off with a broken heart and chapter by chapter stitching it back up. Sometimes I'd come across a particularly hard chapter where a stitch would break and I'd have to start again. That's what reading this book was like for me. It was different. Elin's experience and her loss was so heartbreaking. Knowing all that she had to face practically alone when she needed her husband was devastating. These characters went through so much when they broke apart and tried to find their way to one another while being hesitant to really trust each other. It was hard to read but it was realistic and and it had such a beautiful touch to it. 

This book, to put it simply, broke my heart. No other Adriana Locke book has ever made me feel this much. I cried like a baby and I loved these characters so damn hard. By the time I got to the end, I felt like my heart was in my hands. I started and ended this book with a broken heart. It was gut wrenching, realistic, hopeful and 100% unforgettable. Hats off to the author- who has grown so much since her first book and I honestly believe each book that comes out is better and better and better. 

*Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose by the author in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.


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 www.adrianalocke.com. She loves to hear from readers. Join Adriana's Facebook group here or Goodreads group here.

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