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Close to Me

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Asher Davis. My first crush.

My first kiss.

The boy who ripped my heart out of my chest again and again. Over and over. I let him have it every single time.


We are that toxic high school couple you hear about, the one you witness in the hallway avoiding each other. You laugh at them in class when they’re forced to work together, their gazes full of hatred. We are
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Published February 11th 2020 by EM Publishing
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KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕

'CLOSE TO ME' Is a full length, stand alone romance novel by Monica Murphy. Spoken in various POV's.

I am drained, the drama, the angst, the sexual tension, the too and fro, these two were complete opposites, the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, and the good girl with a football legend as a father. Always worried that boys want to use her and get close to her just because of who her father is. BUT when these two were in each others space it combusted, an attraction that simmered
Monica Murphy
Jan 08, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this

This new adult, high school-set romance is a complete standalone at 95,000 words! If you like an angsty, enemies to lovers couple, then you MUST read Autumn and Ash's book!

**Did you know this book is about Autumn Callahan, Drew + Fable's daughter? The couple from ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND & SECOND CHANCE BOYFRIEND are parents!**


Spotify playlist inspired by CLOSE TO ME! Lots of music my teenagers listen to is included (so
Close to Me is your classic OG high school romance.

I feel like the blurb makes you think this is a bit more of a Bully romance than it actually is.
Asher Davis, our brooding mischievous hero is not that much of a bully... He's just you classic douchebagy guy, that looks like a tormented emo drummer, with a perfectly chiseled jawline and silky dark hair.

Boy... Am I a sucker for this type...


But moving on... Asher comes from the other side of the tracks and has a very complicated relationship with
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)

-Ash Davis makes me uncomfortable. Most of the time in a bad way. Sometimes, though I’d never tell anyone this, he makes me uncomfortable in... a good way. Though I refuse to have a crush on him.

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Autumn Callahan is the oldest of four siblings and the daughter of famous NFL superstar Drew Callahan. When her dad retires from football, her family moves to a small town to get away from everything. They buy a mansion in the mountains, and plan to live
Melanie (mells_view)
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
He’s all the rage, and I hate him for it.

Close to Me was pretty stinking cute. There are some steamier bits, but this is mostly a coming of age YA romance. Definitely on the more mature YA side, but the themes and angst were very young adult to me.

The heroine, Autumn, is the new girl in school. She has a retired NFL football quarterback dad, an awesome mom, and 3 younger siblings. Ash is the dark mysterious boy who doesn’t pull any punches. He says and does things to Autumn that no one else has
NiCoLeTa E.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
***4 "Don't give up!!!" stars***


"Don't worry. I won't burn you."
"You already have."
"You've burned me too."

I suppose that many of you have read already "One week girlfriend" by Monica Murphy.
Guess what??? Drew and Fable had a big part in here since this story was about their daughter, Autumn... And i think, that we will have more of the next generation!!!
But don't you worry!!! This is a complete standalone and even though, i haven't read yet Drew's book, i enjoyed this
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
Close to Me is a binge worthy book. I didn't want to put it down and read it in a day. Autumn is Drew and Fable's daughter and you see how close knit of a family they have. Drew coaches football at Autumn's high school so she is popular and also kids try to get close to her because of who her dad is. The good thing about her is that she is such a nice girl. Even though she is wealthy, she is also sweet to everyone, everyone but Ash. She does feel pressure to be a certain way and feels that she ...more
Heather andrews
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Autumn just can't help where her gaze tends to land when her man is basically flaunting it, "...greedy gaze drops to his front, and my cheeks grow warm. Not like he’s sporting a boner or anything, but I can tell it’s… Impressive. “Quit checking out my junk and get me a towel,” he demands." It's good to know Ash has fantasies of his woman, “indulge me for a little while, Callahan. I’ve been dreaming of getting my hands up your cheer skirt for years,” he drawls, his gaze dropping to my exposed ...more
Dec 02, 2019 marked it as wish-list
Shelves: 02-2020
This will span a long period of time (boo) and it starts with a teenage Autumn.

I read the first five chapters and omg, let the ""mature"" YA part be short. Five chapters were enough.
Rhonda Ziglar
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 HOLY MOLY STARS!! Holy moly....Ash and Autumn's story was perfect and had me reminiscing back to my high school days. Their story is full of angst, sexiness, drama, quarterback and cheerleader. I was sucked into their world instantly and held my attention all the way through. Monica Murphy has delivered another series that has me dying for the next book.
Sandy S
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

About the book: Release Date February 11, 2020

Asher Davis. My first crush.

My first kiss.

The boy who ripped my heart out of my chest again and again. Over and over. I let him have it every single time.


We are that toxic high school couple you hear about, the one you witness in the hallway avoiding each other. You laugh at them in class when they’re forced to work together, their gazes full of hatred. We are the couple you gossip about when they win homecoming prince and princess
* A review copy was provided by the author *

~ 4 Opposites Attract Stars ~

Holy ANGST!!! This book is filled with so much angst and raw emotion.

Close to Me is an opposites attract New Adult high school romance. It spans over the 4 years of high school for Asher and Autumn. Now don’t let that time frame scare you, Monica does an excellent job with writing this story so that it doesn’t drag out. She gives you enough of each year to make the story flow well, but this story’s focus is on Ash and
The Smutbrarians
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Feels 4
Steam 2
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Autumn is none too thrilled when her famous ex NFL star Dad and her Mom to decide to pack the family up and move them to the middle of nowhere the summer after eighth grade to have a quieter life out of the spotlight. Yeah great, so now she’s starting freshman year as the new girl and she is pissed at her parents and at the world. Her first day of school doesn’t go off without a few hitches and that
I have long been a fan of Monica Murphy ever since reading One Week Girlfriend, so I was super excited to discover this would be about Fable and Drew’s daughter, Autumn! Murphy far exceeded my expectations.

Close to Me is a story filled with lots of angst and drama. Asher Davis was Autumn’s first crush, her first kiss, and her first heartbreak. Whenever he is around her, he tends to bring out all of her insecurities yet he makes her heart race. She thinks he enjoys toying with her feelings, but
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
4.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This is a book that I could not put down. It was totally addicting and I binged this book in a single day. Monica Murphy always has a way of pulling the reader into the story and into the characters' lives.

No matter what type of story she tells, I always find myself loving Monica Murphy's stories. She has a writing voice that really speaks to me. Her writing style
Books Laid Bare
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This edged a little closer to the top edge of the YA genre than I had anticipated, I read the blurb and thought that it was going to be firmly ensconced in the realms of good old fashioned young adult but I was mistaken because the author gave more to this pair, she poured a lot of angst into them both but she tempered that angst with a level of maturity that encouraged my enthusiasm.
Autumn Callahan was for what is probably best termed as “old money” a family that reveled in wealth, fame and
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok

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Okay so when I started this book I thought I ll give it 5 stars because it was so damn interesting, Autum is the daughter of a famous football player and Ash is a poor guy whose mother is a drug addict. He liked the heroine from the beginning but Autum had a crush on another guy, their story started when they were 15 and took many turns. I thought it
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A coming of age High school romance.

CLOSE TO ME is a next generation series, Autumn is Drew and Fables daughter from the book ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND. The previous book does not need to be read it is a standalone but I have read Fable and Drew' s story and I like how the Author has moved onto them years later with teenage children who are now getting their stories too as they are now grown up and coming into adulthood.

Autumn Callahan is a bit of a goody girl, she's definitely a daddy's girl, one
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
On her first day of freshman year Autumn Callahan met a boy that made an unforgettable impression on her, one that would stick with her well into their Senior year. With one look that day she could tell that Asher Davis was trouble, he was the kind of boy you should guard your heart from, and try and avoid at all costs. But unfortunately life kept throwing them onto one another paths, constantly testing them, and the bounds of their so-called friendship.

Now they are about to embark on their
Anita Byars
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Exhilarating! Monica Murphy perfectly captures contemporary YA romance with the push and pull, the non-stop drama, the yearning, a super dose of angst, a scorching attraction, and the all consuming rush of first love. I loved every moment, the first meeting, the first kiss, the heartache, and so much more. Be prepared to take a trip down memory lane, to those awkward, self-centered teenage years, where this author will make you burn for these two, and oh what an Exhilarating feeling that ...more
Sara King
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Close To Me details the relationship between Autumn Callahan and Asher Davis, spanning all four years that they're in high school together. Autumn is the daughter of NFL great Drew Callahan, whose own love story was chronicled in the One Week Girlfriend series (which I have not read, so no, you do not have to have the previous stories to follow Close To Me).

Autumn is a "good girl", who never breaks the rules, tries hard not to disappoint her parents, and dates the right kind of guy. But she
HANNAH (Books, Films, and Tea)
4.5 stars
I loved Close to Me by Monica Murphy! The novel is about Autumn Callahan, the daughter of a famous retired football player, who moves to a new town and begins going to high school. She meets Asher (Ash) Davis, who at first is rude to her. They have an instant connection, but they dislike each other. Their sophomore year of high school, Ash and Autumn run for homecoming king and queen and begin to spend more time together and get to know each other. But that ends with some
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:

I was excited to read Close to Me when I saw that Monica Murphy had written a new, new adult romance. I love her stories, but my absolute favorite are her mature Y.A., and college-aged contemporaries. I didn't know anything about this story other than what I read in the book synopsis.

Imagine my surprise, excitement, and utter happiness, when I learned that the female lead, Autumn Callahan, was Drew and Fable's oldest daughter. Drew and Fable are from Monica Murphy's One Week
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2020-books
Close to Me proves once more that when Monica Murphy writes about the Callahan clan, magic truly emanates from her fingers. This coming of age tale about Autumn, the oldest of 4, hit all the right spots of my heart, leaving me sighing with pure joy over and over again.

I loved that we get a glimpse of each of the four years of high school, with freshman, sophomore and junior years showing us the meaningful albeit brief encounters between Autumn and Asher Davis. But with each of those moments,
Paula  Phillips
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it

I decided to read this book yesterday as it had been a while since I had read a Monica Murphy and the blurb was calling out to me as I was in the mood for something with an angsty kick. As I got reading it, I was enjoying it right up till I read that the main female character's dad was Drew Callahan and her mum was Fable. That made me feel really excited, that I ended up texting my friend about it and OMG'd as I loved the characters of Drew and Fable and their love story and was so awesome to
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy hotness! I absolutely loved this book! It's angsty, raw, beautiful and sexy, and I adored every single word of it. The writing. The pacing. The story. The dialogue. The sex. Everything is all so perfect. It's a perfect book that will hold you prisoner. Monica Murphy completely slayed it with this one.

This story follows Asher Davis and Autumn Callahan, a boy and a girl from very opposite sides of the track. Ash is the QB of the football team that all the girls want, but none have been able
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am emotionally drained after finishing Close to Me. The rollercoaster Monica Murphy took me on was full of angst, tears, and the right amount of moments that made me smile. I crave angsty books and when I saw Monica was releasing a new book I knew I had to read it. I love her writing and the emotions she evokes from me.

I could not get enough of Autumn and Asher. I love their opposites attract story and the push and pull each of them had. I really liked Ash and my heart broke for him at the
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book (given by Social Butterfly PR)...

This book is about Autumn, the oldest child of Drew and Fable Callahan from the One Week Girlfriend series. I absolutely loved the One Week Girlfriend series, but you do not need to read it to follow this series.

This book follows the progression of Autumn and Asher’s tumulus “courtship” spanning all 4 years of high school. At first I felt that Autumn was bit of spoiled not bratty princess who was very focused on being a
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To say I get giddy anytime a book from Monica hits my kindle, that would be an understatement. I have been on pins and needles waiting for Close to Me and all l can say is that this book was everything and more than I expected.

Drew and Fable hands down are one of my all-time favorite couples. And now we get the next generation starting with their daughter Autumn.

Close to Me gave me all the feels that I felt with Drew and Fable. Autumn and Ash are angsty goodness and I want so much more of them.
Stacie R.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first time Autumn Callahan met Asher Davis, he made quite the impression. As the new girl at their high school Autumn was trying to find her footing, and Asher didn’t help with that. Throughout high school, their paths crossed and the attraction was real, but they came from two different worlds, and Asher was so hot and cold, that while the attraction was there nothing could become of it.

Senior year. Finally, Autumn only has to deal with limited sightings of Asher Davis for a few more
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