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.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“I’m happy with you, baby, but I’m fucking terrified of us.”
There is something about a love that is so passionate, so intense, so totally consuming that it becomes toxic, it becomes a drug that can’t be kicked, it can be destructive, but at times it can be good. Mary Elizabeth brings us the story of Teller and Gabriella, two people that inherently belong together, yet inherently don’t.
My heart was wrecked, Mary Elizabeth is a master storyteller of angst and this is one angst filled story. My heart and soul were willing these two along from the start, yet the more you learn, the more their past and present is revealed you cannot wonder if this is one case of love and them being together could ultimately destroy them.
“This is us, crazy out of our minds, obsessed with the thrill, and willing to break each other just to lick madness.”
Teller is one complex character, yet one thing you cannot doubt for a second is the love that he has for Gabriella. These two were best friends first and foremost, yet even from early on they knew that they could never be more. The potential is there, the chemistry is there, the passion is there, but they both knew it was combustible, in good ways and bad. The restraint that Teller shows throughout this book as far as pursuing the one and only woman he has loved is unimaginable, but he knows himself, he knows Gabriella and he tries to do what is right. But what happens when that restraint snaps? What happens when Teller goes after the one thing he has always wanted and yet thought he could never have?
Gabriella is a woman that has been through the mill, deserted by her mother, her father has passed and she has been brought up since by her brother, Emerson. Gabriella and Emerson are as tight as tight can be and the love that they have for each other is heart-warming. Ella feels though as if everyone leaves her and she does get huge doses of separation anxiety at times. Starting Med School though brings new challenges as well as a new town and new surroundings, but she finds a friend her first day and this is where Teller and Ella’s paths cross for the first time.
“My life was as fucked up as yours. I just did a better job at hiding it. I’m messed up Tell. I’m damaged.”
This book flits from past to present covering a span of seven years. The flashbacks are done really well and really add to the story that Mary Elizabeth is presenting. It gives you a great insight into why these two never crossed that line of friendship. Seven years though is a long time, seven years of pent up passion, seven years of lust, seven years of torture, seven years of seeing the woman and man you love every, single, day yet not doing a thing about it, seven years of friendship, seven years of pushing boundaries, seven years of toxic love, fermenting, building, intensifying until one event maketh the cup runneth over.
“For seven years, she’s been everything to me. For the last seven years, I’ve taken what I can get from her and stolen what I could not. No matter the consequences, Gabriella Mason is who I have always wanted – needed – most.”
When these two are good, they are so damn good, the smiles, the love, the warmth all flowed from the pages in spades, you begin to think…at last…they are going to make it, but it only takes one thing, one spark, one firework to go off and burn everything to hell. The kicks keep coming, the bruises get deeper, more painful and yet this two always navigate back to each other like a moth to a flame. These two are magnetised, painfully attracted to one another, they are each other’s confidante, their soul mate, but could these two ever make it as lovers?
“We are a conundrum of fucked up. A disappointment bomb. Ella and I are wrecked and damaged. But we own it.”
Circumstances push them together, circumstances push them apart like the ever-present ebb and flow of a tide, but while this kind of read to some is torture, to me it was unputdownable. I didn’t want to leave these characters for a second, my heart and head were close to bursting, bursting with frustration and with anger, I wanted to bash their bloody heads together, strangle them even, but most of all I just wanted them to love, be loved and just be damn happy. These two are like an acid, bubbling, corrosive, burning, I just want them to find their alkali, their neutraliser so they can live blissfully happy and have that happy ever after they deserve. I guess I need to wait…bring it on Mary Elizabeth, I have been your emotional punching bag for a day, I get a few months’ reprieve, but I’m waiting.
About the Author:
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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