Review: Written in the Scars

Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Release Date: Oct 20, 2016
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“It’s better to have a scar than a bruise.  Bruises go away…Scars stick around to prove you showed up for life.  That you lived. That you fought. That you loved.”  ~Mrs. Roberts

Adriana Locke’s Written in the Scars slayed me.

Ripped me to the core and left me shattered.

This book emotionally obliterated me to the point where I have tears pouring down my cheeks and my hands are shaking as I write this review.

Please do not let that deter you from reading it, because quite frankly Written in the Scars is one of the best books that I have read in the past few years. 

It tells the story of Elin and Tyler Whitt, a young married couple who meet in junior high, date throughout high school and marry soon after graduation.

They appear well on their way to a “happily ever after” until a mining accident at the local coal mine forever changes the landscape of their marriage.

After a nearly tragic accident, the couple face seemingly insurmountable obstacles that tear them apart.  They go through hell and back in an effort to save their marriage and secure their hope for the future.

Both of these characters owned me body and soul.

Tyler is a broken  man who makes mistakes along the way, but he earned my utmost respect by owning his faults.  He does everything in his power to win back the woman he loves and he pursues her with a tenacity that impressed and enamored me.

“I quit pretending like I don’t know what we’re doing. I’ve tried to ease back into this because I think that’s what you want. I’ve slept on that futon in Cord’s room with that stupid dog licking me in the face long enough…Baby, I’m coming home.  If you don’t like it, too damn bad.”  ~Ty

“All this s*** will only make us stronger, like a scar that has healed over.  That skin is stronger than the area around it. It’s been to war and won. That’s us.”  ~Ty

“We fought the good fight and now we’re here with the scars to prove it. Nothing could ever get between us now.”  ~Ty

I adored Elin, but I loved Ty’s take charge, no holds barred attitude when it came to the woman that he loves.   He refused to let her give up on their marriage even when she nearly wavered, and that earned Ty a very special place in my heart. ❤️😍

Another aspect of Written in the Scars that makes it so special is the amazing cast of supporting characters.   The dynamic between Ty, Elin, Jiggs, Cord, and Lindsey is utterly fascinating.  They are childhood friends that stuck together through good and bad and support each other through thick and thin.  More importantly, they are willing to give each other a swift  kick in the ass when they need it, and that embodies the essence of true friendship.

There are so many themes in Written in the Scars.

Eternal Love and heart-breaking loss.

Incredible joy and tremendous pain.

Redemption and sacrifice.

Written in the Scars left a scar on my heart that I will never recover from.

Even so, I do not regret reading it.  In fact, I am glad that I did because the lessons that this book taught me will remain with me forever.

I think that Elin said it best:

“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.”

Please read this prolific work of art.

It is so profound and wonderfully written.  This novel has a brilliant message that is so deep and meaningful that it will stun you by the time that you finish the heartwarming epilogue.

Written in the Scars is one of the most powerful love stories that I have ever read. I have no doubt that you will be just as deeply moved by this beautiful book as I am.


That is my final word.

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ But there are no amount of stars good enough for this book!!

Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥


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.


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 She loves to hear from readers.


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