Series: Closer #1
Author: Mary Elizabeth
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Gabriella Mason is damaged.
Teller Reddy is wrecked.
Misery loves company, and that’s exactly what Ella gets the afternoon her path crosses with Teller’s: the misunderstood premed student who instantly becomes her lifeline when she moves to Los Angeles, an attempt at escaping her heartbreaking past.
In the beginning, Lonely and Defensive complete each other. But in the end, their relationship is like broken glass—cutthroat and jagged.
Calling it off before they kill each other, Ella and Teller decide to “just be friends” despite the intensity that binds them together. It’s a delicate foundation rocked by tragedy, effectively destroying the illusion they’ve so carefully built.
Unable to deny what’s between them any longer, this is what happens when wrecked and damaged collide and close is still not close enough.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“Tell me what this is.”
“Tell me what this isn’t.”
Speechless. That’s what I am. I admire the way this author tells her stories. I love her characters. So I had no doubt she would allow me to fall in love with wrecked and damaged. But this? This was a masterpiece.
“We’re written in the stars.”
Gabriella (Ella) Mason and Teller Reddy become friends easily in college. They are drawn to each other on a level that neither can explain. The closer they get, they realize they are just better off as friends. But the spark. The burn. It never goes away. It surrounds them in every aspect of life. But they never learn. Every time they get closer, its complete devastation with those they love that are left to pick up the pieces. But what happens when fate comes into play? Can old habits really die? Or does the cycle continue?
“I see you Teller. You’re all I ever see.”
Teller is destruction. His love overwhelms. Consumes. His love is as much dark as it is light. His love hurts. His love is selfish. Earthshattering. His loves pulls. His love pushes. His love leaves you breathless. His love is a mess. But it’s a mess Ella loves deeply. She’s scared. That loving Teller will make him leave. But what she doesn’t get is she grounds him. She makes his world right. Chaos and confusion is a world Teller will live in as long as he has Ella. There are no words for their love besides devastatingly beautiful. They love with such an intensity. A ferocity I’ve never seen. Yet their love is full of hope. It’s resilient. Its theirs.
“What do you want from me, Ella? From us?”
“I want forever.”
The writing is straight poetry. Spellbinding. Magical. Poignant. Every word is meticulous and gives deeper meaning to the story as it progresses. The highly refined prose will astound you. With every word, it made my heart beat. The author is brilliant in her execution of love in its most raw form. Their love is toxic, yet beautiful. Damaged, but full. The emotions are visceral and unyielding. As a reader you become emotionally invested in everything that is their love story.
“Tell me what this is.”
“This is falling in love.”
Closer is a story about loving through flaws and tragedy. A powerful story that reminds us there is beauty in the ashes. The fire between Ella and Teller is intense. They are broken. But their story is real. Genuine. This is a love story executed in honesty and grace.
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, 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.
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