Authors: Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth
Source: The arc was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
Flirty Review: Four Lip Bites
If you haven't read the first book in the series, Innocents, check out my review HERE or just pick it up because it's freaking amazing. Anyhoo....in book two, Delinquents, focuses on mainly the plight and hardship of true addiction. And I'm not just talking drugs. It's personal and physical addition to people, situations, drugs, and a way of life. It seemed to me if you really delved into it, that almost every character in the book held some sort of addiction. Albeit Tommy's addiction to wine, Becka's addiction to Petey, or even Bliss's parent's addiction to the oblivion of what their daughter was really doing all those years at the Castors. Delinquents continues the story of Bliss and Dusty as they grow up, fall into a more substantial relationship, and then fall out. I'm not going to lie, this book was harder to read because I wanted to so much for the two characters. Where in the first book, I felt like them, in this book I felt like I was their parent as I read them messing up and falling apart. I wanted to fix them, wanted to scream at their parents for being blind, and wanted them to heal.
Thomas (Dusty) spirals more out of control as the book progresses. Leeleigh (Bliss) is right behind him equally. Dusty's vice is drugs and Bliss while Bliss's vice is Dusty and keeping the secret of their love. They are both so addicted, neither has time to let life in. Nothing helps them. they are recluses to the world. It was like reading their private bubble the whole time. The book made me feel like I was going down their rabbit hole and that's a great fete to do for a writer. They brought the reader with the characters on their journey. Even if it was a scary one.
Dusty and Bliss have to find a way to help each other but really neither one of them knows that it's themselves they have to help first. I think Bliss got that by the end of the book and I like to think that Dusty did too even if you didn't really see that. I think that was the one thing I was missing, the nice wrapped up bow. I wanted more conclusion to their story. I did speak to one of the authors who assuaged my feelings on the book. So I'm not going to hang myself over the ending. But I will say that this series is one I'm going to remember for a really long time. It just struck me so much. The writing, the prose was beautiful and, really, if you haven't picked up these books by now, you're going at a snail's pace and need to hurry it up.
About The Authors
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
lone wolf born a unicorn with a red panda soul and a heart i drew myself.
friend, sister, elizabeth, and truelove.
synesthete, heart-junkie, compatriot, and messenger.
truth seeker and shiner.
i like people who make me feel like dancing, and i'm in love with limerence.
i make art with words and love with my art.