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Closer (Closer) by Mary Elizabeth

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Closer
Mary Elizabeth
Fiction, New Adult
December 6th 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.

ARIANNA’s review


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Once again, Mary Elizabeth blew me away. This time with an intoxicating, enthralling, so very gripping read. ‘Closer’, the first installment in her newest series with the same name was fantastically written, intense and full of passion, angst and emotion. It held me at the edge of my seat from beginning until the end and I simply loved every minute of it.

“Absolutely nothing compares to the dope-like feeling Teller inflicts on my senses, like a shot of adrenaline directly to my heart.”

‘Closer’ tells the story of Teller and Ella, two individuals who met each other when they are 20, respectively 18 years old. They became very fast friends and faster something more than that. The story fallows their complex, strange relationship over seven years. We get to see how they are changing as individuals and also their ups and downs as a “couple”.

“What is this, Tell?”

“Tell me what this isn’t,” Teller whispers, lowering himself to his elbows. “Try to tell me this isn’t everything.”

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Teller and Ella are not sure they are good together as something more than friends. Neither their families and friends. They know they are damaged, individually and together and so f@cked-up in a very crazy way. However, they also know they…somehow…are made for the other because when they are together they become one person.

“You’ll never not be mine, Ella.”

‘Closer’ was such a fascinating read! This story of obsession and passion was 100% addictive. Teller and Ella’s story took my breath away so many times. I love intense, angsty stories and Mary Elizabeth delivered an amazing one. Told in dual POV, both in the past and in the present, this first installment in the series will keep your attention from the very first chapter. What I love the most about this author’s stories are her amazing characters and the crazy, yet captivating dynamic between them.

Both Teller and Ella were wonderfully developed, flawed and so very realistically portrayed. They felt real, relatable and I loved both of them. Both of they were a little crazy in same way, but together they were consuming, so intense and passionate, so wrong, yet so very right together.

“Our hearts beat the same, too swift and pounding, driving fever-laced blood through veins and arteries. We’re dizzy and frantic, forgetting to breathe, because who needs air when we have lips and tongues and small cries that send chills up our arms?”

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These two might be dysfunctional together, but they were good together in a very f@cked up way. I simply loved them together. The author truly made me believe these two were good for each other…in one way or another.

The back and forth between these two characters was amazingly done. The author did such a great job portraying the love/hate and also friends/lovers relationship between them. Like I mentioned above, the dynamic between these damaged characters was addictive as hell, so toxic, so very well done. As crazy as it sounds, for some reason, I loved the aggressiveness, the co-dependency between them.

The story is full of crazy angst and drama, but nothing overwhelming, which I liked. This first installment ends with some sort of cliffhanger, which to be honest I expected and I’m so looking forward to find out how these two will manage to solve their issues in the next book in the series. If you are looking for an intense, crazy story that portrays an unconventional relationship with a gut-wrenching romance that will suck you in from the beginning, then you must read Teller and Ella’s story.

Overall, a fantastic read!

“Tell me what this is,” she whispers.

                A single tear runs down the side of her face, and I kiss it away, smirking against her skin because I finally have an answer.

“This is falling in love.”

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