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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Find Me Alastar by T.L. Swan

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Find Me, Alastar by T.L. Swann

He outbid me, that was our initial interaction.

He was cocky, my first impression.

Then he stole my heart, I don’t even think he noticed.

Alastar O’Shea was full of sexual energy, the things he would say, the addictive things he would do.

He knew how to make me come undone.

He knew how to love me.

He was the best experience of my sheltered life.

But do you ever really know who someone is?

What if the story I know isn’t the story at all?

I thought I knew him.

I was wrong.

 I finished this book yesterday and I have spent the time since trying to figure out what to say in this review. I didn’t care for this book initially, and then by the end, I thought the author was a complete genius and was beyond impressed with the story.

I will say this book is different than anything I have read before. The synopsis above doesn’t do it justice at all.

This book starts with Emerson moving to London, with her best friend, Brielle. Emerson and Brielle have both just gotten out of relationships that were going nowhere. Both girls are working, and just adjusting to their new lives when Emerson meets Alastar aka Star in an antique shop. He and Emerson are both vying for the same ring, (Alastar claims its for his mother) but Emerson is the one who ends up leaving with the ring.

As this book went on, many times I found myself wanting to kill Alastar. He really gives Emerson the run around a lot, but when he’s with her, he’s beyond head over heels in love with her. In all honesty, some of this book was hard to get through until I got to the end and everything made sense.

This book will leave your head spinning. It does NOT end in a cliffhanger or anything like that. However, you will be confused at times. You will think you know what Alastar is doing, but you won’t even be close to guessing accurately. You’ll wonder what is happening with Emerson. Again…you’ll be guessing wrong the entire time.

This book would be great for someone who wants to try something different, or if you love solving a puzzle. This book is well written and extremely well thought out. I was beyond fascinated by how this author constructed this entire story, because a lot of thought had to have gone into every little detail. You will take a chance on this book, but its absolutely worth it.