Thursday, October 20, 2016

RELEASE BLITZ: Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

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.

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.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana's Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.

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I feel like I say this a lot, especially over the last 8 months since diving head first into the Indie book world and starting my own blog, Next Book Review, Adriane Locke is a new to-me author and I feel like I started at the top with her. I’m just not sure how she could get any better and I’m certainly curious of her other books after this kick ass one! 

So Written in the Scars isn't just another romance novel. This is a story of your average Joe or Jane, this is completely relatable. It’s real, raw, and just so damn full of the feels!!! This book pretty much starts in reverse order; we get a married couple and a group of friends, family. 

If anything this book is not the “escape from my life” romance you might be looking for but do NOT let that put you off. This book will do more to you than those perfect romances. This is real life right here. It shows us how to live, how life is scary and hard. It isn’t always easy and we fight through and get bruised, bumped, and, of course, scarred.  This is about family and how they live with us and share our love, our pain, they share our journey. This is about being there for those you love.

We have Ty and Elin working through their marriage problems, those things that happen to all of us. This is why this book is so completely relatable. You’re like… oh I remember when that happened with me and Don… its real life. This is not that sugar-filled romance with floating hearts… IT IS SO MUCH BETTER!! This could be yours, mine, or our relationship… it’s anyone’s life and that’s what makes it so friggin’ amazing!

This book is chock-full of utterly usable quotes!! Like…

"Sometimes you have to take that step back and breathe. That you can't make insane decisions when your head is a mess. That even when you can't walk in someone else's shoes, you do have to try them on."


"Bruises go away, Tyler. Scars stick around to prove you showed up for life. That you lived. That you fought. That you loved."


“If you take you away from me, you take everything."

Or after 10 years of marriage myself, I totally get this one:

"You can't expect a relationship to succeed based on the love you felt at the beginning. It succeeds because you continue to build on it until the end."

OK, I’m going to stop… I feel like I could review this book 4ever and really just talk in circles. Read it, you WILL be glad you did. You won’t regret it. It’s amazing. It’s real. Do it!!!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.