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.
Written in the Scars is one of those rare, emotional books that left me with more than a few tears. I’m not normally one to tear up at a book, but this book made my heart hurt. I felt so many emotions during this book: happiness, sadness, and love for everyone in this book. I really didn’t read much about what this book was about. I knew it was young love and that was good enough for me because I love that type of book.
“Loving her is so damn easy. It’s as natural as breathing or the beating of a heart.”
Elin and Ty were perfect together. They are high school sweethearts who were so in love and believed in a happily ever after. I understand this completely since I married mine, too. They live in a small mining town, where everyone knows everyone. I really know about those types of towns myself. Everything is seemingly perfect until Ty is injured in the mine. His entire perspective changes, and he feels like he’s not enough of a man for Elin. Feeling he has no other choice, he walks out on Elin and leaves her struggling with so much on her own, and it was more than I anticipated. She had lost her parents and only has her brother, but no one can take the place of Ty. I do love her and her brother’s relationship. He wants to protect her and keep her safe and is a really good guy.
When Ty finally comes to his senses, he’s back in town and faces Elin’s rage. You can feel the anger rolling off her, and I was impressed that she didn’t just roll over and let him walk back into her life. He has to work for it, and he did. It’s always good seeing a man being brought to his knees to try to make his woman happy, and I loved that it wasn’t so easy for him.
"Scars stick around to prove you showed up for life. That you lived. That you fought. That you loved."
As time passes and they are back together, I enjoyed seeing them learn to be a new couple all over again. They wanted to be better than what they were, and I appreciated they didn’t just fall back into the same routine, or rut. As the book progresses, you feel they are truly meant to be together more than ever, but when Ty goes back to the mine, because it’s the best paying job around, the tension spikes and tragedy strikes again. I didn’t see this coming at all, and I was devastated. My emotions were all over the place in this book, but that’s a good thing. When you can write a book that will pull at your heart in so many ways, that’s a good book! With this book, you don’t have a simple love story between two people. You actually see that love has its ups and downs. Family and friends mean the world to you and after reading this book, life is definitely not easy, especially when suffering such an awful tragedy, but I love how much it brought Elin and Ty back together and stronger than ever. So, grab a few tissues and be ready for a roller coaster of emotions in this 5 star book!
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.
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.
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