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.
There’s no greater emotion than love. It takes hold of your heart, your mind, your every thought. It can be beautiful, all consuming, but it can be ugly too. Sometimes love can drown you and take you down a path that destroys you.
Gabriella knows firsthand how love can heal and love can destroy. It always seems the ones she loves leave her. She has a fear of being abandoned since it’s happened all too often.
Teller is damaged in his own way. Always following the path his father set for him, he’s had to make choices that weren’t his own.
Fate led Tell and Ella together, but the destruction and hurt the two cause to themselves and all those around them seem to destroy any chance for them to find happiness.
They can’t seem to find a balance. Finding their way back to each other one disastrous night, they decide to give their love another chance.
“I can be better than before.”
But can he? Can they?
“What is this, Tell?”
“Tell me what this isn’t.. Try to tell me this isn’t everything.”
We follow Teller and Ella in the past and present, along for the ride of their bumpy yet hard core love story. Where there was pain, there was pleasure. Where there was hurt, there was healing. But most of all, there was love even through their tumultuous history.
“…we are anything but normal; we’re addicted, defeated, and obsessed, and I can’t lose him, because without him, there is no me.”
Mary Elizabeth always delivers a different kind of love story. Her writing is top notch as usual, and with Closer, I found myself in a love-hate relationship with Tell and Ella. There were times I wanted to smack them to get there shit together and other times I wasn’t so sure they could work through their differences.
But one thing is for sure, they love hard and deep and more than anything, I NEED more.
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About Mary Elizabeth
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.