Closer by Mary Elizabeth

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Closer by Mary Elizabeth

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.

This book is…I can’t even find the words. It left me in awe, breathless, exhilarated.

Our story starts in the past. Teller and Gabriella aka Ella are first meeting each other. Ella is starting her first day of college, and Teller is a few years ahead of her. They immediately connect and a romance, and friendship, is born.

This story is really interesting because we go back and forth between the past and the present. Normally, I don’t like that. But for this story, it worked really well. I say this because the author’s writing is extremely dynamic. The way the descriptions are woven into the story truly bring this story to life. One scene, right near the beginning, that stuck with me is when Teller and Ella are on the boardwalk. I could literally smell the alcohol, see the smoke hanging in the air. It was incredible.

So with the story going back and forth in time, we get more of that, but also a more in-depth look at our characters. This friendship has lasted over seven years, and Teller and Ella are extremely explosive throughout.

Teller is intoxicating. It was so easy for me to see how Ella could become addicted to him. I felt addicted to him. He’s this charismatic, sexy, broody guy. But yet he’s so incredibly tender. Even from the beginning, it was clear to me that Teller isn’t showing everyone the side of himself that he shows Ella.

Teller and Ella are both dealing with a lot of issues. Between bad pasts, their own issues…you can see why they keep hesitating with each other. But like anything in life, whats meant to be will find a way. These two keeping flowing back to each other.

This story does in a cliffhanger. Just as Ella and Teller are tortured, so becomes the reader. But with Mary Elizabeth, I know the wait is worth it. I truly don’t think Ella and Teller could be contained to only one book. And this is coming from someone who normally doesn’t like cliffhangers. But for these two, it makes sense.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I am somewhat new to Mary Elizabeth and I could not be more astounded by her talent. This book is showstopping, addictive, and painfully beautiful.

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Tuesday by E.L.Todd

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Tuesday by EL Todd

Getting over Hawke is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

I couldn’t breathe, sleep, or eat. Every day was more agonizing than the one that followed. But somehow, after two years of suffering, I finally got back on my feet.

And I moved on.

Now I’m living in the city and running my own bakery. Life is good again. I’m surrounded by good friends that I love, and every day is even better than the last.

Until everything changes.

Now I have to face him after two years of silence. I have to look him in the eye and act like he has no effect on me. I have to hold my head high and pretend he didn’t shatter me into a million pieces.

I have to act like he doesn’t mean a damn thing to me.

Can I fool him? Can I fool myself?

I highly would recommend all bloggers have surgeries that put them on bed rest. I am blazing through books I need to review. Its ridiculous how much time one can really devote to reading when they aren’t supposed to be doing anything else.

So after the way “Monday” ended, I am not going to even try and act like I was looking forward to reading “Tuesday”. E.L. Todd has woven such a connection between Frankie and Hawke and I honestly felt like a part of me died at the end of book 1. But back to that surgery that’s left me with more time than I know what to do with…

“Tuesday” starts with Marie and Axel becoming engaged. Frankie has her bakery in Manhattan and its been two years since she’s seen Hawke. We don’t hear about anything else that’s happened in the meantime. I, personally, appreciated that the author took that approach. There is a scene where Frankie and Hawke basically have almost a confessional type of moment and I actually felt that although it was intensely painful to experience, I felt it was right for Frankie to be the one to tell Hawke everything she experienced. Had it just been narrated, I don’t think it would have done it justice.

It was really interesting to see Frankie and Hawke both just existing. I don’t think anyone really noticed their connection until they truly focused on it. I appreciated that when Frankie or Hawke tried to communicate to Axel or Marie about being soul mates, no one really understood. Not because I don’t think Marie and Axel aren’t meant to be together, but I think when you have that special connection with someone, its just there.

I think in life, we sometimes meet people and that connection is just there. No one else understands but its there. That’s what Frankie and Hawke have. This book seemed to more, to me, about both Frankie and Hawke both healing. Its like they were both forgiving themselves and each other at the same time. But even as those things are happening, we are seeing them evolve as a couple. There is a scene where Frankie was upset about the other women in Hawke’s past who have been in his bed. He initially talks to her about it but he rectifies the situation. Not because he just has money and can, but you can tell he truly can see why Frankie feels the way she does. To me, it was a poignant moment.

Not going to lie, I am SO nervous for “Wednesday” because I just don’t know that I think E.L. Todd will make it easy on Frankie and Hawke and I want them to have their happily ever after like, 5 books before this even existed.