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Innocents (Dusty Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Elizabeth , Sarah Elizabeth
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Book Description

The girl with an innocent heart knows all about bad choices, but has yet to make them for herself. Searching for freedom, she finds it in the delinquent down the hall.

The troublemaker with summer-sky blue eyes knows he should stay away, but can’t resist the blissful wonder who makes his house a home.

She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s just hopeless.

She’s his reason, but he might not catch her when she falls.

She loves him. He loves her crazy.

This is what happens when a love made of secrets is kept with rules instead of promises.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1772 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: The Elizabeths, LLC. (July 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,690 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! It has been a LONG time since a book has literally kept me up ALL NIGHT! The writing is perfect… poetic. The story is different. It is relatable. It is real. Innocents took me back to my own adolescence. And while my story, of course is different from Dusty and Bliss’s. We can all relate to young love. How all-consuming it is. How stupid love can make you.

Innocents spans years. Years of secret moments… tender loving moments and heart breaking, soul crushing ones as well. I felt like that young girl crazy in love with the unattainable boy. Secrets, lies, betrayals… but you just keep coming back for more… because those stolen moments are worth all of the pain. After all… the heart wants what the heart wants.

That hot-headed, troubled boy and baby princess girl have wormed their way into my heart and I cannot wait to see where life takes them in Delinquents. There is so much that I want to say but I can’t find the words and I really don’t want to give their story away. I didn’t just read Innocents. I lived it. I experienced it and those are the special books. I have a feeling the Indie world is going to be blown away, just as I was when this book goes live. I will be stalking The Elizabeths for the follow-ups release in October!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocents is More Than A 5-Star Read! Pure Poetry! July 14, 2014
My heart is so full right now.

You know when you read a classic book such as Wuthering Heights, or Romeo and Juliet, and you have a sense of contentment, fulfillment, and satisfaction, right after you've finished reading it?

Innocents is just like that and so much MORE.

This is not your average book.

This is not your average coming-of-age story.

This is a story about growing up, sneaking for love, loving passionately, heart-overruling-mind-and-common-sense, and love being a trader.

This story is about Thomas and Leighlee. Or, as some of us know them, as Dusty and Bliss.

Who knew starting your first day of school, while eating a banana popsicle, would change your entire life?

Bliss didn’t.

And yet that is exactly what happened.

Best friends enter your life and so do newly-appointed brothers.

Bliss and her best friend, Becka are inseparable. Sometimes Rebecka’s brother, Thomas, was around, sometimes not. But the girls never had to worry, because Dusty and his boys always had their back.

After all, little sisters are untouchable.

Becka and Bliss have a sleepover, and on one fateful night, Bliss couldn’t fall asleep; she was restless.

Call it fate, destiny, a higher power, or whatever you believe in, but Dusty and Bliss are soul mates. They are meant to be together. Should they be together? That is up to you, the reader, to decide.

But, I digress.

Now, on the way to the bathroom to wash her face, Bliss sees Dusty’s television is on and asks him if she can watch TV with him.

Was that the end of the beginning? Or the beginning of the end?

Finding out for yourself is the sweetest reward.
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50 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A story that glorifies abuse. July 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The story of a drug addicted cheater and the doormat that loves him no matter what is not a story that I enjoyed. This book glorified drug usage and abusive relationships. I don't recommend it to anyone. I really hope that people under 18 aren't reading it. I don't want young girls thinking that this relationship is an indicator of love. This is a story of what abuse looks like. What to run away from. I hope in book 2 Bliss finds a way to cut ties with him. That her parents seek help for her.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I have so many good things to say about this book but if you take anything away from my review,take this : Dusty and Bliss will stay with you after the last page. This is how well written this book is! I loved everything about this story and it really pulled me in.
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35 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother July 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Abusive behavior isn't fun or interesting or needs to be glorified at all-
Let alone the whole 'let me be your doormat' thing going on. I was hoping that these 2 actually read their FanFic reviews to realize that not everyone likes this crap prior to publishing, but as usual, they think everyone else just doesn't get it
Spend your $5 on a coffee
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting July 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
"I love your heart," he tells me, making it beat. "And your heart loves me."

I was aware of Dusty as a piece of fan fiction work but I had never read it therefore I was interested in reading Innocents in all its polished glory. From the synopsis, I had assumed it was a New Adult novel like all the others, I hadn’t heard much about the book so I had that in mind. So imagine my surprise when the book starts with Leighlee Bliss McCloy as a young eleven year old, I thought perhaps it was a little bit of setting the scene and there would be an imminent time jump to the present day. But in actual fact the story focused on Bliss and Dusty’s childhood from 11-15 and 13-17 years old respectively.

Bliss has moved to a new neighboured and the normal worries of a small child is making friends. She needn’t have worried the moment Rebecka Castor literally ran into her. From then on Bliss’ eyes were opened. Going from a strict household and being the only child to spending time at Becka’s house were the rules are lax and Thomas “Dusty” Castor is the hot older brother makes everything more appealing to Bliss. Bliss is in for a childhood full of fun, secrets and many firsts.

To be honest I struggled with the age range, I really did. I know teens are getting up to good younger and younger. I know this is a fact, would I choose to read about it? Probably not. I couldn’t even be frustrated with Bliss when she forgave Dusty time and time again. She was practically a baby, she knew no better.

I am really torn with my feelings on this book. It took me a while to appreciate the writing, it was over half way when it really kicked in for me and I loved the prose and the phrasing used.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book and these characters will stay with me for ...
This book and these characters will stay with me for a long time. I'm looking forward to reading this one again and again.
Published 5 days ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars UNFORGETTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!
I just finished my 3rd YES 3rd re-read! That should tell how much this story has stuck with me. I can't ever find the words to describe this book, so all I can say is GET IT! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
This book will make you feel so much emotions. You will wonder how someone can love a person who is so self-destructive. It will hurt your heart, it will make you made. Read more
Published 15 days ago by D.L. Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 16 days ago by M. Whitlark
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating, intense and passionate. Great writing, lasting...
going through some of the 1-star reviews, I have to say, I don't think they really read the book all the way and with
the necessary concentration and intellectual ability you... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book was one of the best book I have ever read! The writing was amazing and the story just pulled me in. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Brandy ware
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm
It started really good, but I really wasn't interested in their childhood lives. Hoping book 2 is better and older.
Published 1 month ago by Amy W
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Beautifully Heartwrenching
This story wraps you so tightly around her finger you might suffocate. I wouldn't have been able not to read it.
The characters are completely convincing and endearing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy D
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely take time to read
What a beautifully exhausting story. I feel like I just walked through the days and nights with Dusty& Bliss. How insane! Never has a story whole heartedly captured my attention. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lola
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than I hoped for!!!
Saw this book on a blog I frequently read and thought...why not? It's free and sounds decent. Boy did I get way more than I bargained for. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie Alexander
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