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by Mary Elizabeth, Sarah Elizabeth
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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - (Author) Debra Anastasia
This book. Ugh. I loved it so much. It reminded me how consuming a fabulous read can be. When a great book grabs you by the balls and forces you to make excuses for losing sleep –that’s my favorite.

It’s so generous. This book gives you an entire life to live. From Elementary School to first kisses. When I tell you this is the most perfect summer read to ever be read in summer, I totally mean it.
http://foxyblogs.com/ - Amy Foxy
The story has a captivating poetic flow that makes it hard to put it down. A well written story makes me feel twitterpated. I was so WOWed by the writing that it has taken me a couple days to finally pen my review. My copy looks like a bag of Skittles because of all the highlighting I did while reading it.
Reading is my Breathing - Lucia Valovíková
Goodreads - Meredith Walters
If I could give this book a MILLION STARS, I would. Mary and Sarah have created something truly beautiful with Bliss and Dusty
Goodreads - (Author) Amber Johnson
Fifty Shades was originally passed around by housewives in secret until it became so sought after that it exploded. I believe that Dusty will be that book to kids in high school. Passing it around and buying it on their phones because it’s a reflection of their generation. Or a warning of the trappings of love.

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Innocents 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about how much I loved this book. I was completely consumed with it and finished it in a day and a half bacause I could not stop reading it. It is so well written and the authors did an amazing job of making me feel so much for these characters. Every situation in the story felt so raw and real to me and reminded me so much of my teenage years. I can't wait for the next book in October. I highly recommend it and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
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Myrtlebean More than 1 year ago
The subject of addiction and codependency is not easy and this book got tougher and tougher the longer I read it.  I felt like my heart was being torn apart with each bad decision and I wanted to reach into the story and shake every character. It was hard not to compare the characters to people in my life who I know were going through these same issues and with that my heart ached even more. Having said that, this book was wonderfully written and I highly recommend it to those who want a story that is gritty and real. I don't think it will disappoint. 
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AnneR24 More than 1 year ago
Where to begin... This book was amazing. I'd been hearing great things about it, so I one-clicked and I'm not disappointed at all. It is emotional, angsty, heart-breaking, gut-wrenching and I loved every second of it. Thomas, Thomas, Thomas. So messed up for someone so young, and Leighlee, so amazingly loyal in spite of the hurt caused to her. So much messed up between the two and, really,  between everyone. This story depicts what truly happens within the lives of some (a lot) of teenagers and it's a very sad tale indeed. I'm going to be dying for the next installment. I want it right now but I know I'll have to wait... which makes me want to scream UNFAIR! at the top of my lungs. I'll be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series...
ignite_the_page More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of coming-of-age stories like Dusty, about teenagers, homesick for a place that doesn't exist, getting high off love and drugs and sex, looking to fill their God-shaped hole. But this one. The writing, in this book. Yeah. I have a bad desire for it. The Elizabeths are dynamical together. I'm sickly satisfied by the beauty in Dusty because it hits you with dark truths and dark reality. It's about love, shared between an innocent and a delinquent. It's moments of hell and bliss, good-spirits and laughter, swelling rage and heartache. I gave Innocents 5 stars because it made my black heart warm to a faint purple, so it deserves no less from me. I love it a million ways.
Byrd009_ More than 1 year ago
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. They are the youth of a nation. They are kids growing up causing anarchy. They are a group of kids we all know too well, or can relate too. There is so much I want to say, but don’t want to spoil it for you. I’ve never loved a book more than I do with Innocents. Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth write poetry with their words, and immerse you into Dusty and Bliss’ world so deeply, you’ll definitely have a book hangover, wanting more. Innocents is riveting, soul-capturing, gut-wrenchingly beautiful, and I can not wait for Delinquents to release, which comes out in October. If you were to ever read a book, Innocents is it. It was life changing for me, and I hope it will be for you as well. I give Dusty 5-stars, if not more, and highly recommend this book!
MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
Innocents, Dusty #1 by Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth 4 1/2 of 5 stars  They meet in elementary school, she is his little sister’s best friend, the new girl in town.  Bliss and Dusty have a special connection from the beginning but the connection only gets stronger as they get older.  So do the outside influences trying to keep them apart.  The outside influences that don't know they are together: together every night when Bliss stays over after Becka has fallen asleep, together texting during class, together leaving notes for each other.  Something is always in their way, Dusty has the "sluts" chasing after him and Bliss is too young, her parents are too strict and then there's Oliver.  Somehow they always manage to find their way back to each other.   Then one day, Dusty and his friends start spend more time getting high and experimenting with other drugs and the road back to Bliss is becoming longer and longer each time.   I loved this book for the most part. The group of friends was awesome. I loved their loyalty, their willingness to fight for each other, bleed for each other and help each other celebrate.  I didn't like the freedom given to the teens by Tommy and Lucus.  I didn't think it was very realistic considering he's an attorney.   I would recommend this story.  I enjoyed it from beginning to end.  I will read the next one.  Although it didn't end necessarily in a cliff hanger I'm glad the story will continue.   *A complimentary copy was received in exchange for an honest review" Susan, My Secret Book Spot
XxonlyhumanxX More than 1 year ago
This book needs to be in every library, both personal and public. I have read it four times and the emotions it elicits each time are just as powerful as the first. The story of these two is one that is a parents' worst nightmare but all too real in the world we live in. Realistically, not every child has protective, responsible parents to guide them away from a destructive life. Here, we get a view of two sides of the same coin and a very real view of what can happen when secrets are kept.  This story is not for the faint of heart and even though this is a work of fiction, it reflects a sad truth. Our youth don't always follow the right path. It's a coming-of-age tale that depicts the life of young kids that have vastly different upbringings. On the one hand we see a family that is structured and well mannered. Mealtimes, bedtimes, curfews and traditions. They raise their daughter to beware of bad choices. She's a good girl. A blissful wonder. On the other hand, we meet a family with no rules, no structure and no consequences for bad behavior. Parents that are either afraid to say no or just don't care result in kids that have too much freedom. They run the streets, drink, smoke, have sex and discover drugs all while the parents turn a blind eye. When the children of these two very different kinds of families meet in elementary school, there is an instant bond. Leighlee Bliss McCloy and Rebecka Castor become best friends but Becka also has an older brother, Thomas “Dusty” Castor and as they grow up, he knows that Bliss was born solely for the purpose of being his heart and soul. First love? Puppy love? First crush? Those are laughable when compared to the soul-shredding, childhood-taking, requirement Dusty and Bliss have for one another. If there has ever been a name for that thin line between love and hate, these two have made it abundantly clear. Madness. They love each other beyond rationality. They live a secret life mostly in the stolen hours of the night when the world is asleep. They can't tell a soul or they risk losing each other for good. Instead, they live through the daylight hours as if he is "just a brother" and she is just his little sister's best friend. Dusty plays the role of a delinquent boy. He’s the leader of his group of friends and has no reservations about drinking, smoking, or being the "playboy" of the group. He eventually goes on to live recklessly as their secret love starts to weigh on him. Whose there to stop him? No one. Bliss is the girl who is suffocating under her parents rules and finds freedom with this family but when she falls for her best friends' brother, her innocent little life is changed forever. She becomes a liar, a secret keeper and girl who has to watch as Dusty lives an unruly, teenage life with no way to stop him because even though they love each other, they can’t be a couple. Yet lies, secrets and heartbreak aren’t powerful enough to sever the need they have for the other. She’s his Sunny-side girl and he’s her Dusty Delinquent. The journey that Dusty and Bliss take is one that will stick to the inner walls of your heart, trickle through your blood stream and settle into the marrow of your bones. If you aren't afraid to laugh a little, scream out of frustration or cry in public with the need to help these kids, you need to read Innocents (Dusty #1). You never know, it may very well trigger memories of your very own Dusty or Bliss that your parents never knew about. It did for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago