By: Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth
Series: Dusty Book 2
Released On: October 23rd, 2014
*An e-ARC was provided by the authors for an honest review.*
The innocent girl with a delinquent heart has to live with her bad choices. Secret hope and hurt feel like falling while she learns how to breathe again, but there's still freedom in trouble.
The runaway with blacked-out eyes is losing his grip. Crushing two hearts in one fist, his addiction bends rules and breaks deals, but the boy born for bliss isn't going anywhere without a fight.
Love is knowing they should stay away, but love is illogical at best.
She's afraid to let go.
He won't let her.
This is how silliness and foolishness grow up.
Here, forever is a lie.
I stand silent, breathing in through my nose and out my mouth. Tonight’s argument is years of frustration stacked and hidden, too tall to push away anymore. A little trigger is all it takes, and we end up like this, saying things we don’t mean, taking our aggravation out on each other.
My heart pumps misguided love.
“This isn’t how it’s supposed to be,” it beats. “But that’s your boy—aimless and crazy for you.”
Knowing that I had a role on his spiral to the bottom kills me. As his parents continue to fail him, I should be the one that steps forward and says, “This is wrong.”
But to do so at this point in his madness would be betrayal, and I have to handle his trust with care.
Inhaling an uneven breath, I watch him under the moon’s glow washing out his already pale complexion. Icy wind blows my boy’s white tee against his slender body under his unzipped hoodie, and his hands shake at his sides.
There is so much to say about this book.
It is so heartbreakingly beautiful!
In case you haven't read Innocence, Dusty Book 1, you can read my review HERE.
The things not only Thomas and Leighlee endure growing up, but as well as their friends, is a sad reality of what it's like growing up in the world today.
How do you protect your child from this? From being in a toxic relationship or being an addict?
Do you smother them like the McCloys did? Or let them be free to make their own choices, like the Castors did? They basically turned their cheek to everything their kids did. But, how do you find balance?
These are just some of the questions I was asking myself at the end of this book.
Leighlee may have been young, but she was a hell of a lot more tolerant than I would be. Maybe that was her downfall? She loved Thomas TOO MUCH.
Thomas loved Leighlee the only way he knew how. High and uncaring of how she truly felt. Their love for one another was all they knew. It was a powerful one, but not the best kind of love. Thomas loved her truly, madly, deeply. Possessively. It was the ultimate consummation of love.
We can all relate to these characters, because we know them. We've either been them or know someone like them. We’ve all been in a love like this, or we partly want to be loved like this, and that’s what keeps the reader emotionally invested.
This book had me crying, mad, reminiscing on past relationships, and knowing exactly what they felt, because I felt that too before.
My favorite line from the book, is during Thomas taking Leighlee's virginity:
“I knew it,” he whispers, pushing permanently deep. “I knew it. I fucking knew it.”
*Heavy sighs* There is so much more to say, but I don't want to give anything away. Please, do yourselves the favor and read these books. I promise they will change your lives, like they have changed mine.
Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth have such a poetic style of writing, and this unique story connects to readers on such an emotional level.
I LOVED this book so so much, and these books are my new American Classic.
I deem Delinquents "Sexy Read Approved" and will recommend it to anyone who will listen!
This is equivalent to a 6-star review! It is selectively given for those books that were extra special to me. Sometimes they moved me emotionally or made me think deeply about a certain topic. Sometimes they were beautiful stories. Most of the time they were the books that I need to own and will reread over and over again because I love the characters and story.
About The Authors:
Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets. Known as The Realist, she is one half of The Elizabeths--a duo brave enough to never hide the truth.
Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She's a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it's perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she's not letting go until every story is told.
"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure."--Jeremiah 17:9
Sarah Elizabeth is the author of Innocents, Delinquents, Don't Let Me Go, and various other projects under various other pen names.