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.
“Life isn’t easy. Love isn’t for the faint of heart. You have to put your fears aside and go for it.”
The is the story of Elin and Ty. This is not your typical love story. In this book, boy met girl, they fell in love and then life happens. Falling in love for these two was no problem and they did that years ago. But what happens when everyday life gets in the way? What happens when the person you thought you would love forever does something to shatter your heart? Is it too late for Ty and Elin or will they be able to find their way back and find the timeless love they once shared?
What I Loved About This Book
WOW!!! This book had so many feels for me and not in the typical way that most contemporary romance novels do. This is a good thing. This book was so very different for me then what is out there and I am so thankful for that. This was not just a book I read but rather a journey I took with Ty and Elin. In so many books nowadays you see couples falling in love or working towards that point. Everything is great and perfect. With this books you are going to experience some raw feelings and see the trials and tribulations that actual couples go through. This was a perfect couple who is faced with many things that will test them and their love. Like the quote above says, life isn’t easy and love isn’t for the faint of heart. I can attest to both of those and I think that is why I connected with this book on such a personal level. I do not typically cry in books, but I did with this one. I felt EVERYTHING these characters did. Speaking of the characters I loved them. Ty and Elin were fantastic. The secondary characters were amazing. You will become invested in them all and this is a mark of a fantastic book.
What I Did Not Love About This Book
There was nothing I did not love about this book and story. Well maybe one small thing but I cannot mention it without spoiling the story.
I highly recommend this book! Grab your tissues, get comfy and enjoy the ride. Get acquainted with a very real book. Adriana did an exceptional job with this one and I happily give it five rocking stars!!
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.
Interview With Adriana Locke
1. What book(s) have influenced your life most and how?
There was a book by Danielle Steel that I got from my grandmother in high school. It’s what made me fall in love with romance and, sadly, I can’t remember the name of it!
2. What is your writing kryptonite? Must have in order to keep the writing flowing?
Honestly, I have to be focused. That’s really it. I can ignore everything else if I’m in “the zone”. (It helps if the kitchen is clean. A dirty kitchen will nag at my subconscious until I stop and go clean it.)
3. Outside of friends and family, who has been your biggest supporter and what advice have they offered you?
4. What piece of advice would you offer to someone who has a passion and desire to write?
Write. Honestly, it’s that simple. Sit down every day and write SOMETHING. One word. One idea. A half-assed outline or concept. A quote. Just keep the words coming and the passion burning and everything else will work itself out.
5. Throughout a story you are writing, how do you keep track of details regarding the characters, plots, or scenery?
I have a notepad for every book I write or plan to write. I have a page for each character, a page for setting, a page for quotes, a page for ideas. I’ve been known to jump between notepads a hundred times a day when an idea or concept jumps through my mind.
6. This story is so different then what is currently out there. Where did the idea come from? Was there apprehension in doing something different?
I was nervous about writing a romance that begins with the characters already married. Usually we see boy-meets-girl, boy-likes-girl, etc. This one doesn’t follow that pattern and I was concerned readers would be turned off by it.
The idea actually started with a phone call from Gail McHugh. We were discussing where I lived one night and she said, “Write that story.” I was like, “No one wants to read about a small town in Indiana”. But the more I thought about it, the more I really started to feel these characters.
7. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
They are fiction, as they aren’t based off of any one person in particular. However, they are based off the people I know, the people I went to school with. This book is very much like the place I grew up, the place I live in now after a long absence. It’s a special place and I love that readers seem to have accepted the fictional town of Jackson, Indiana.
8. What do you love most about the writing process? and what do you dislike most about it?
I love the joy it gives my heart. When I write, it’s for me. It’s my time – time away from all the roles I play daily and can kind of go into that “flow” of just being. The thing I dislike most is deadlines. LOL That last-minute crunch to produce a book, the business part of it, is killer.
9. What would the main characters in your book have to say about you? Pick one from Written in the Scars.
I think Cord would say I’m frustrating. We battled a lot about the plot in this book. But I also think he’d say I’m dedicated to doing my job, that I have a kind heart, and I become very emotional while writing.
10.Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why? (I am sure this is like asking you to pick a favorite child so it may be hard).
I always say that my favorite character is the one I’m writing. Right now, that’s Lincoln Landry, a super sexy, flirty baseball player in SWING. It’s the second book in the Landry Series (first book is Sway) and it will be out this winter.
11. You are stranded on a desert island and can only pick three books to bring with you. What are they and who wrote them?
Gah! Only three? I’m going to cheat a little and go with Fifty Shades because I get three books in one and I don’t think I could survive without Christian Grey. I would also take a book about survival because that seems logical. And probably the longest book I can find. LOL
12.What is the weirdest or strangest thing that has happened to you as an author?
I went to Love N Vegas this year. My husband and I are standing in line to check into the hotel and someone came up to me and said, “You’re Adriana Locke, aren’t you?” It was surreal that someone recognized me. Granted, we were all there, it seems, for this signing. But it was still absolutely incredible (and my husband almost had a heart attack).
13.What are three random fun facts you can share with your readers?
#1: I haven’t seen most girlie movies that everyone else has. I have four sons, so my life is about things blowing up. Honestly, before kids, I was never a girlie girl anyway. I guess I can’t really blame it on the boys. LOL
#2: I have to brush my teeth after a shower. Even if I brush them before I get in, I MUST brush them after. I have no idea why.
#3: I’ve never eaten seafood besides local-caught fish and shrimp once. (And I hated the shrimp.)
14.If you were to be granted any three wishes what would they be?
I’d only need one: a million more wishes.
15.Is there anything you would like to tell your readers?
Thank you for considering my books! I know you have a million choices and I’m honored to be a part of the conversation about what to read next!
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 www.adrianalocke.com. She loves to hear from readers. Join Adriana's Facebook group here or Goodreads group here.