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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: #2,117 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 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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48 of 62 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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11 of 13 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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34 of 45 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The writing is beautiful and poetic July 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I would describe Innocents as frustrating and raw. It certainly challenged me. The writing is beautiful and poetic. However, this was not a story that I personally loved. I struggled with it and had some issues with some parts of the story. Watching Dusty and his self destructive behavior was difficult. It became even harder as Bliss begins to develop feelings for him. Bliss is a kid. She's young, naive and inexperienced. Although Dusty (a couple years older) says he wants to protect her, she ends up being the one hurt by his behavior.

This story moves along slowly and tells the story of Dusty, Bliss and other characters which make up this angst filled adventure. I particularly liked the friendship between Bliss and her best friend. It's artfully crafted and certainly heart wrenching. The ending is like whoa! I’m not sure if I can honestly root for Dusty & Bliss as a couple.

I was hoping this story would wow me, but it didn't. This story and it's characters will certainly appeal to many. It's emotional and gritty with absolutely no fluff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 days 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 4 days 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 13 days 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 15 days ago by Katie Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars I got completely wrapped up in this book!
This book is so worth the read! I got completely caught up in this book. You will experience every emotion reading it, you will be laughing, then mad, and sad, then back to being... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amills
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, fantastic 5+++++ stars Must Read
This book has blown my mind. LeighLee Bliss & Thomas (Dusty) are on a journey of inner destruction but their love for each other holds them together like glue even when they can't... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Robbiehotreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor. Read this book!!
This is a very unique book. It's true that it's not for everyone. It's not your usual romance-fluff story and that's what makes it so perfect!! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! I could not put it down.
Published 20 days ago by Andie
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put this down, angst filled and unpredictable... I need more
This story is hear breaking, hate inducing and painfully beautiful. True depiction of the teen years and all the angst they are filled with. Read more
Published 21 days ago by LoveYaBooks4Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars speechless
I can't even begin to put into words how this book grips your mind and heart and soul. Leaves you begging for more and hoping for.....anything and everything. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gin p
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