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Close to Me

(The Callahans #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,341 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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 th
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by EM Publishing (first published February 8th 2020)
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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 simmer
mel ☽
2.75 stars

meh this was ok.

the whole book takes place in high school but there's 2 parts of the book. the first part focuses more on freshman to junior year and the second part is all about senior year.

Autumn Callahan (h) is your typical h from a NA book (she's a virgin) and she's a goody-two shoes, while Asher Davis (H) is your typical bad boy, popular football player (QB of course). throughout the years, they have been playing this cat and mouse, push and pull game since the beginning of high
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
1 Star

The entire book summarized below, So Spoiler Warning!

So we have Autumn who joins school during her sophomore year and this guy named JT comes up to her and is like “hey what’s your name, are you on snap” and she is all like omg he is probably a popular guy and is talking to me and is all excited until he leaves and we meet our hero who bursts her bubble by telling her that this is all part of a dare going around the football team, "who can get the new girls pussy snap first."

And the best p
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 NSFW):
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 liv
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
Andrea Fleury
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was sooooo good. I loved everything about it. Asher doesn't have the best life a worthless mother who has her priorities really screwed up. Asher deserves happiness and good things. Then he meets Autumn. She comes from a great family. Her dad an x football champion.what he needs is her family... And her. ...more
Meredith Wilson
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arc-reads
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 t
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Well.... what to say... I found this book OK.
Again, this is a case where NA romance gone bad with too much drama/ plot/ twist. Way too much! I do not think it needs that much of drama.

The story between Autumn and Ash are just annoying! The chemistry of enemy to lover is promising at the beginning. Then Miss Murphy adding too much twist and drama into it. It is good to see how Drew and Fable life continues with their children. I read the other books in the series before Close to Me.

Well, overa
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
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***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
Lex Martin
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a long-time fan of Monica Murphy, I have to say Close to Me is one of her best books! Autumn and Ash scorched my kindle with their chemistry, sexual tension, and the perfect amount of angst. I devoured this in one sitting!

An engrossing coming of age, enemies to lovers tale, Close to Me is a definite one-click! Fans of Drew and Fable from One Week Girlfriend won’t want to miss this next generation story.

#SwoonCity #MustRead #OneClick #ALLtheFEELS
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First off I love romance novels that continue with the next generation of love. In this book we get Drew and Fable’s children taking us on the roller coaster of emotions. Autumn is daddy’s princess, try as she might to have him see her as more. Autumn’s character is what I pictured her to be, a perfect blend of her mother’s strength and her father’s goodness and both of their kindness and goodness. I can’t wait to see how her siblings are!!

Ash, is the bad boy quarterback of their high school te
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Oh the angst in this story! I cannot express how much I loved this book. Asher and Autumn were everything I could have wanted and more. He is such a damaged soul that is looking for acceptance and love but does not know how to show his own feelings. He is dealing with so much and the only thing that gets him through are his feelings for Autumn. He believes that there is no way that she could want him so he admires her from a distance. Autumn comes from a loving family and has everything going fo ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
High school drama at its finest.

Tbh I liked most of this, I liked Autumn and her family, and how the story went through all the years but, but, but... I didn't like Asher and every time he said something stupid I wanted to shove something in his throat so he will finally shut up. I understand where he came from, but I don't think it's an excuse for how stupid his reasoning was most of the time 🤷🏻‍♀️.
Anne OK
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I think I may be getting way too old for these second generation books. Over the top high school angst creeps in all-too frequently and tends to keep me stressed and heartbroken. I need more happy times with these kiddos. And I'm always fearful that these types of series will stall and we'll never get their complete stories.

According to the author there is more to come with Drew and Fable's son, Jake's story up next, followed by their younger daughter, Ava, after that. Nothing mentioned about l
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
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 thi ...more
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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 i ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I actually loved this, autumn and ash reminded me so much of dariapenn from pretty reckless ugh gotta love the rich girl poor boy trope !!! Can't wait to read more about the Callahan family. ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-wishlist
I am devastated to admit but I think I have out-grown New Adult Romance. While Monica Murphy’s characterisation and narrative is excellent, I just kept thinking how petty and shallow it all seemed from the perspective of ‘jaded’ adulthood lol.

Asher is my favourite in all his broody, moody glory; add in his traumatic back-story and you have a character you just want to hug. Due to his age and my age, I just couldn’t see him as a book boyfriend but rather as a foster child to take under my wing.

Dec 02, 2019 marked it as ebooks-to-read
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.
* 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 Autum
Title: Close To Me
Series: Standalone
Author: Monica Murphy
Main Characters: Autumn Callahan & Asher Davies


"We were a perfect match,
But sadly, matches burn."


This is the story of Drew and Fable Callahan's daughter Autumn, and his beau Ash.

This is not a bully story, it's just the typical highschool romance, girl meets boy/ hate at first sight kinda thing.

Autumn and Ash can't stand each other especially on Autumn's side. She really hates Ash, and she has this mind set that no one's w

The high school drama was tiring and asher was annoying most of the time, but did this book entertained me? YES
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
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

I felt nostalgic reading about Drew and Fable... I kept on thinking to myself, I need to re-read the books. Reading about them being parents to 4 children is some kind of awesome.

This is Autumn's story. Eldest child of Drew and Fable... You'll see Autumn fall in love with the same boy year after year.

I loved the story. It's not something I haven't read before but I enjoyed it all the same. The angst, the banter, the push and pull—were all pretty exciting. It's mature YA and sort of an enemie
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Autumn and Ash took me on a wild ride with this stunning book by Monica Murphy!! I am so happy we got to experience the relationship of these two throughout time. The book is one you don't want to miss.
It is excellently written and it will make you laugh and cry... And kinda wish you were back in high school...sort of. At least I wish I were back in high school reading this .
Great chemistry, emotion and great character development. This is a character driven romance and I loved it. I highly rec
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Monica Murphy bought all of the angst and drama with Close to Me.

I loved that we got to see Ash and Autumn’s connection grow through the years of high school and I felt that connection, the tension flying off the page. I knew that when they collided it would be amazing and I wouldn’t be able to put the book down. Senior year is when everything changes and I loved it.

I really enjoyed Close to Me and if you enjoy high school
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