Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Mary Elizabeth is an author who's been on my radar ever since I came across the Dusty duet that she co-wrote with Sarah Elizabeth--I've had both books somewhere on my Kindle app since early last year--but it's taken this long (sorry!) for me to actually read something by her. Closer is her latest release and it's the first novel in the series by the same name. It's the beginning to the love story involving Gabriella Mason and Teller Reddy, who meet when she's an eighteen-year-old freshman and he's a twenty-year-old pre-med junior on the campus of UCLA. It's also tells of the aftermath after a romantic relationship between them implodes and they have new connections while still maintaining the one they share. This first part of their story--which does end on a cliffhanger and will continue when the second book releases early next year--spans seven years or so. They're both struck by tragedy, one that brings them closer and makes them realize that maybe they do belong together. Until, of course, the past rears its ugly head, then their present is threatened and their future could, quite possibly, be a non-existent one.
Now I get it. I see what I've been missing. Mary Elizabeth's ability to put such strong emotions--both negative and positive--and put them into words is a gift and thank goodness she's sharing it with the rest of us. Ella and Teller don't have an easy story, whether as individuals or as a couple. There's nothing subtle with these two and they never go for the bare minimum when it comes to one another, and that's even after the end of their relationship in college. The story is told in various flashbacks which are interspersed with what's going on with their lives as a twenty-five- and a twenty-seven-year-old. You see just how intense they are and that what they have between them isn't just inevitable but it's unavoidable. There's such a frenzy when Ella and Teller are together and it almost feels as if those around them get swept into their vortex, that includes those of us just reading their story. As I mentioned, this does end in a cliffhanger, and we do see in which direction Ella and Teller are headed, but with these two, there are never any guarantees how they'll end up. Closer gets five stars and I can't wait to read Sever! ♥
Release Date: 06 December 2016
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