Top 10 of 2016 – 8 Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

Number 8 is a magnificient novel! If this hadn’t been a year of such amazing writing, this would have easily made it into the top 5. It’s that good! 

Title: Written in the Scars

Author: Adriana Locke 

Genre: Contemporary (Amazon says this is a sports romance. While the main character was a high school althete and is involved in some coaching activities, the story doesn’t center on sports like a traditional sports romance. So I’m more inclined to tell you it’s contemporary.)

Release Date: 18 Oct 2016

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

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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.


Why is it a top book of the year? 

This year felt obsessed with fairy tales and happpy ever afters. I swear I saw a new “modern fairy tale” popping up every few weeks. Locke decided to push the status quo and write a book about falling out of love. She shows us that the most beautiful love stories are the ones to require a little extra effort to keep the flame alive.


Adriana Locke was a new to me author this year. I shamefully admit I had never seen her books until I met her at a signing in Chicago last August. She was one of the nicest authors that I met there. She took time to have a conversation with every single reader and her husband was an absolute doll. As soon as she saw my blogger card, he made sure I had the coolest swag items from her table to giveaway. Of course I bought a book from Locke. I selected Wherever It Leads and after reverently placing my signed paperback on my shelf, I devoured the ebook. It was wonderful and I loved Locke’s style. So I was so excited when I saw a new release in October. I had to have it. 

This is one of the books that I am most glad to have purchased this year. I think that the sports romance slot does this book a disservice. It is so much more than a sports romance. Honestly sports plays a really small role to me so I was suprised when I went to look the genre up. 

This is really a book about how you brush yourself off and keep moving when life brings you down. It’s beautifully layered with not only the lead couple’s journey but with friendships. Elin and Ty may not have not found their way with their friends and the love, advice and sacrifices made due to those relationships. 


Written in the Scars centers around Elin and Ty. They were high school sweethearts who got married. Through a series of events…failing to conceive, Ty being injured at work, the type of work that he does, and just general life issues like financial strains…Ty and Elin find themselves drifting apart. Each has a lot of baggage they aren’t sharing with the other. It leads to a seperation and the possibility of divorce. Written in the Scars is the story of how sometimes your heart just won’t let go even when your brain says it would be the best option. Ty and Elin have a lot of issues to fix to find their way home again and they have an amazing group of friends who support them on their journey. Friends who offer safe havens, honest advice, lots of love and even a few sacrifices along the way. 


Novels are a form of escape for most readers. And due to that, we often see unattainable leads such as the billionaire playboy or the movie star or the rock star who wants a secret baby. One of the most impressive elements of Written in the Scars is that the characters are normal human beings. They have normal every day jobs. They have issues we all face. But they are so wonderfully written and so raw and emotional that you still want to be a part of their stories. You want to be a member of their circle and be along for the journey. I think it shows how talented Locke is that she can write about everyday people and still keep you entranced and entertained and one with the storyline. 


This is truly one of the best love stories of the year. You will experience so many emotions with Written in the Scars. You will connect with these characters and feel their pain, their sadness, their hope, their happiness. You get a little bit of everything. I will say that the happy ending has an element of heartbreak. But I think it’s part of what makes the story so real. It makes the story relatable and makes you feel so deeply. Life is so rarely perfect and sometimes a loss is for the greater good. You will be sad but it’s the kind of sad that at the end of the day is okay.  And the epilogue will make you smile again!

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