RELEASE BLITZ & BOOK REVIEW - Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

October 20, 2016

Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 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.



“Bruises go away. Scars stick around to prove you showed up for life. That you lived. That you fought. That you loved.” 
I have been reading this book several times and even up until now, I'm still a mess. The first time I keep my hands on it, I dropped everything and stayed up in the wee hours not caring I have to sleep and wake up for work. It didn't even matter that I stayed all night sobbing and will eventually get to have a puffy and red eyes the next morning. It didn't even matter that I was so emotionally drained but still managed to read it again. What's important is, I get to live in the moment. My first thoughts when I finish reading Written In The Scars??? It's a beautifully written, highly emotional, addictive, engrossing and realistic masterpiece of Adriana Locke to date!

Indeed it is! I have been a reader quite a while and I had my fair share of romance and real feels of the story but this one right here is just so different that I did not have a difficulty of connecting with the characters but even with the story as well. The character portrayal and the delivery was exemplary. The realness of the story is legit and the feeling is deeply moving. I was struck directly at the center of my heart. Honestly, this book feels so very close to home. So I really understand the crisis this couple experienced. And when I read this line,
He was talking about love, naturally, and how we should use every experience in our life to build love and how that’s a test in this world. How can you take your darkest moments and find a way to love more? 
I, too question my own self, like seriously, How?? It's so hard to answer this question and even harder to find love more during our darkest and lowest moments. Oftentimes, relationships were destroyed because of the weight of those lowest moment in our lives, and this was what happened with Ty and Elin. That moment when everything seems to be so good. That moment when you think you have it all planned and figured out only to find out that really life is never what it seems to be. More often than not, it's those unexpected curve balls that will determine how strong your love can be and how are you going to do in your power to fight for your marriage, to fight for love and to continue it to succeed. In their case, up to what extent are they willing to go and fight for it? It's true that The foundation of a marriage is love. The walls of a shared life are built with trust, loyalty, and respect. Once those are torn down, there’s nothing left standing.But admit it, it's even more truer that, It’s making life work around the love that’s hard. Life doesn’t care about feelings. It couldn’t give a shit about who you love and want to be with. It keeps tossing crap your way, trying to break you until all you know is the chaos of it all. 

But the good thing is, with the right people around you all this is not hard at all.For Ty an Elin, they have with them their family and friends that understand, loved and helped them clear their minds and helped them to realize what is worth fighting for. And these right here is one of the reasons why I love Adriana Locke, in as much as I love the lead characters, she has this way of making you love the secondary one's just as much. And in her true fashion, she left me SPEECHLESS, Oh, I was looking forward to her "fruit signature" but instead, she gave me more than that. Everything she writes with this book is so unexpected. Nothing prepared me for the realness the story brings. I swooned, laugh and cried tears of sadness and joy. She just not portrayed what love is all about in the real aspect but what life is all about.

Some of those things might hurt. Life does pack a punch. But it’s the scars that make us who we are, that tell the story of the life we lived. 

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!

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Available in Kindle Unlimited


“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


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.”


“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.

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