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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. Willingly. 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 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. Willingly. 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 their sophomore year… The back and forth is what kills me the most. I’m not his princess, I’m the girl he toys with when he’s bored. And he’s definitely not my prince, no matter how badly I want him to be. Our senior year and we’re months away from never having to see each other again when disaster strikes—and brings us closer together. All it takes is one touch, and I’m burning for Ash. Hotter than I ever have. But will that burn turn into a devastating fire? Or can we actually make it work this time?


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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. Willingly. 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 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. Willingly. 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 their sophomore year… The back and forth is what kills me the most. I’m not his princess, I’m the girl he toys with when he’s bored. And he’s definitely not my prince, no matter how badly I want him to be. Our senior year and we’re months away from never having to see each other again when disaster strikes—and brings us closer together. All it takes is one touch, and I’m burning for Ash. Hotter than I ever have. But will that burn turn into a devastating fire? Or can we actually make it work this time?

30 review for Close to Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    ❥ 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 '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 away in the background, the thrown barbs, the hurt feelings, the stolen kisses, this author did not hold back when it came to the full teenage angst. This blew up my kindle!! These two were perfectly imperfect but perfect together, it just took them a long time to come together. So many times I just wanted to jump in the story knock their heads together and yell enough!! Phew these two were a hot mess!! Fourteen year old Autumn has just started highschool and that's the day she encounters Ash he's the quarterback of their schools football team, he's hot, he's arrogant, and he makes her blood boil like no other. From that day onwards they try their hardest to avoid each other. As we travel through the years and their tumultuous hate you, but I like you, but I'm not going to tell you that these two put us through is what made this book so enjoyable, from their first kiss, to more I was rooting along with everyone else that these two became a couple. She grounded him, and brought the best out of him, and together they were just perfect. I couldn't get enough of them. (view spoiler)[The reason why I didn't give this 5 stars is the ending felt a wee bit rushed, I wanted to know how it would work, if it would work, did they stay strong, did they break up? I wanted to know it all!! (hide spoiler)] * Teaser used is off the authors facebook page *

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 school. and during their senior year, Asher is forced to live with Autumn and her family (love this trope). characters: — Autumn (h):i found her so annoying in the beginning just because i thought Asher was being really sweet and i liked how he was chasing after her but she just kept rejecting him and she dated this other irrelavant dude and yes, she cheated on him with the H and i don't even think she told him. i don't know, because of this i didn't connect with her at all. BUT her inner monologue is so realistic for a teenage girl since she keeps talking about snapchat, tiktok, and watching youtube. — Asher (H): i definitely liked this dude more than the h, especially in the beginning. i liked how he would chase the h and show her he liked her. but i started NOT liking him during the second part (senior year) when he finally has a pov chapter. he was just- an ASSHOLE, mainly because of the nonchalant way he talked about his hookup with this OW. and i honestly thought he liked the h when they were younger but when he said this: When I was younger, I wasn't serious. Not about Autumn, not about anything. I just wanted to toy with her. Kiss her, fuck her, be done with her. That had been my plan the night of the homecoming dance, and I thought I had her there for a minute. .... bruh. i know this is probably pretty minor but i felt DECEIVED. i genuinely thought he had serious feelings for her but nahhh. OW/OM drama (SPOILERS): sometimes i don't mind this type of drama in NA books because they're kind of mandatory nowadays so i just go with it but i was honestly super annoyed with the OW/baby mama drama here because i felt that it was added just so there is MORE drama. the H wasn't celibate at all throughout the years. again, i didn't mind this (still annoyed tho) cuz the MCs didn't even see each other after their sophomore year and the h was still with this other dude. but yeah, the H had a fling with this OW weeks before he and h got together and apparently they only had sex three times and he basically used her cuz he was lonely and he was upset that the h hadn't talked to him after her break up with the OM, and a part of him wanted her to be jealous *eyeroll*. OW faked her pregnancy, almost burned h's house down and apparently she was crazy, y'all know the drill. _________________________________ anyways, i believe the H's "feelings" in the beginning when they were sophomores but when i started reading H's pov during their senior year? i was like but im still interested with Jake's (h's brother) story tho, that little snippet at the end left me intrigued.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monica Murphy

    CLOSE TO ME is LIVE and NOW in KU!! 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!** KINDLE UNLIMITED: https://geni.us/CTMAmz Spotify playlist inspired by CLOSE TO ME! Lots of music my teenagers listen to is included (so NSFW): CLOSE TO ME is LIVE and NOW in KU!! 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!** KINDLE UNLIMITED: https://geni.us/CTMAmz Spotify playlist inspired by CLOSE TO ME! Lots of music my teenagers listen to is included (so NSFW): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7i2... Read the first chapter here: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/...

  4. 5 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    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 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 his mother and her boyfriend. Our main girl Autumn is the daughter of a former NFL player and lives in a perfect house with her picture-perfect siblings. Of course, ''Asher the bad boy'' wants to corrupt our innocent leading lady, and there's some push and pull between them for a while. Until Asher takes a beating from his mom's drug dealing bf and goes to live in Autumn's house, rescued by her dad (now his football coach). I love the forced-proximity plot, and I feel like Monica Murphy added the perfect amount of drama to this teenage tale. It's a bit angsty without overdoing it. There is one plot point regarding another girl that I'm not a fan of... but overall I really enjoyed this story. I also wish the ending was a bit more fleshed out... it seemed a bit rushed compared to the rest of the story. But, I loved it. Thank you, Monica Murphy and Social butterfly PR for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    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. 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 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. 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 a normal life, but no matter where they go everyone still knows who her celebrity dad is. Autumn is starting high school, and hoping to make new friends. What she didn’t anticipate was meeting Asher Davis. The gorgeous, cocky, arrogant jerk who drives her crazy. They clash at every turn. He’s the quarterback on the foot a team who is rough around the edges. He’s had a tough life, and is full of attitude. He looks like trouble, and makes her feel on edge when he’s near. Autumn and Ash can’t stand one another, and she tries to avoid and ignore him, but he’s always there. They are constantly being thrown together and partnered up in school. She’s frustrated how attracted she is to him, and over the years they go back and forth with their reckless, toxic relationship. She feels like he plays games, but there is an undeniable connection and spark between them that never goes away. She can’t deny how much she wants him anymore, but their timing is never right. He makes her feel too much, and soon she’s falling for the bad boy. Will he cherish her heart, or destroy it? -He completely unsettles me. Just having him this close, I feel something crackling between us. Electricity? Chemistry? -I can say without a doubt that we definitely have a connection, and it’s not one sided. He feels it too. We feel it together. -He always makes me want more. -All I want to do is feel and give in to this madness that he creates every time I’m with him. Close To Me by Monica Murphy is an enemies to lovers, standalone new adult, high school romance full of emotion, drama, angst, amazing chemistry, and fabulous banter! This story is about Drew and Fable Callahan’s daughter from the One Week Girlfriend series all grown up. This book takes you along for the journey of Ash and Autumn’s turbulent, love/hate relationship through four years of high school. I really loved this story, and getting more of Drew and Fable as well. I adore the Callahan’s and hope we get more books for the other siblings too! ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/3boPgFg

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    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 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 ever done before. I wouldn’t say this is a bully romance by any means, but there’s definitely that love/hate tension between the two main characters! This story follows them over their four years of high school, and time jumps a bunch at the start. These two try to avoid each other, but the spark is just there between them. If you enjoy teenage angst, then this book is for you. I realize that real teenagers of today have bigger problems and focus on more than just their love lives, who their friends are, and one day playing college football, but sometimes the simpler angst is what you’re looking for. You can find it here. That’s not to say that there aren’t some heavy situations in this one, because there are. Enjoyed this read, and can’t wait to see what’s next for the Callahan kids! *A note - I guess that this is a spin-off series based on the kids of the couple from her book “One Week Girlfriend.” I’m going to have to go back and read it now, because Fable & Drew were so awesome in their oldest daughters book.* https://instagram.com/p/B8cEcsyA2M6/ ^edit on IG! Available now! *ARC

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    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 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 to lock down. He is a bit of a bad boy and deeply troubled due to a rough home life. And Autumn? She is the new girl in town whose dad takes on the role of the coach for their local high school's football team. The two of them don't exactly hit it off at the start. But in time, the pull between them grows stronger and stronger. Their chemistry and connection is sizzling and electric with sparks crackling between them. Their fire burned up the pages making my heart race, my palms get sweaty and my panties sizzle. I can't give you any more details than what I've given. This book needs to be experienced page by page, word by word. The story flowed exquisitely and flawlessly leaving me completely captivated and entranced. I felt myself never wanting it to end. I am so happy to have found this book that I fell in love with so deeply. This book is a book that you do not want to pass up. It is a must read and an absolute favorite of mine. Five stars for Ash, Autumn and Close to Me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miftahul

    THIS BOOK IS LIKE PRETTY RECKLESS BY LJ SHEN WITH HARDIN SCOTT AS THE HERO... [image error] IG- Miftahul_mslovesreading REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS 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 THIS BOOK IS LIKE PRETTY RECKLESS BY LJ SHEN WITH HARDIN SCOTT AS THE HERO... [image error] IG- Miftahul_mslovesreading REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS 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 ll be something heartbreaking or forbidden, I really liked Ash at the beginning but towards the end I literally started hating him and Autum is just so naive. whatever he tells her, first she protests but eventually listens to him. 20-35% of the book was really fun reading but then the Ash's mother's boyfriend beat him up and then the Autum's dad took him under his wing. Ash then starts to live with them and thats where I started hating with my guts. Like he keeps mocking Autum cuz they are rich. there was one part where he stole condoms from the Autum's brother and when the she called him out on that he just lashed out on her saying that they are Rich and can afford anything they want. his behaviour was so awkward and controlling, he kept manipulating Autum like he didnt even want her to hang out with her friends. I mean whenever she had to leave him he was like are you ashamed to be with me, like how fucking manipulative is that, and then she gives up and spends her time with him. The first half of the book Ash was like that fucked up kid with a rough childhood, he has feelings for Autum but doesnt know how to express it so thats why when he tries to be friends with her , he ends up insulting or being rude with her. So thats why I thought this story is gonna go on that way and Ash will turn out to be the good guy who doesnt know how to show his feelings but after reading 50% of the book it was like all he wanted was to have sex with Autum because whenever they meet he only talks about fucking her and I am like dude...stop. Tho I liked the relationship between Drew who is the Autum's dad and the hero because Drew felt that Ash had potential to become something in his life so he helped him to shine. I want to read Jake's story so badd because i think his one is gonna be interesting. . . . . .

  9. 4 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***4 "Don't give up!!!" stars*** !!!NOW AVAILABLE!!! "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 ***4 "Don't give up!!!" stars*** !!!NOW AVAILABLE!!! "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 certain story very much!!! "Nothing's going on between us." "You go ahead and keep telling yourself that." Autumn and Ash have some kind of history... Since their first year of high school, they are sniffing around each other... even though they're trying their best to avoid each other mostly... But still... They 're coming around over and over again, but usually, they are ending hurting each other, so they're moving on... Until next time!!! At the present, at their senior year, the things are about to change cause something bad is happening and they are getting closer than before... "I hate him. I like him. I'm drawn to him. He repulses me. Sometimes, I think I repulse him too. "I don't really know how to feel... anything," he admits... "Then neither do I," I lie. "I still can't feel anything... I think it's gone." "What's gone?" "My heart. I don't have one. My chest is hollow." "I just poured my heart out to you and that's what you have to say to me?" "You don't have a heart, remember?" "Yeah, because you stole it." Autumn is a good girl. A girl from a good family and she is growing up in the best enviroment... Ash was an enigma for her, the crazy bad boy that she couldn't stay away from, even though she was trying to... Ash's life, from the other hand, can't be more hard. But still, he is trying to hold his head above the water and survive. To do something good for himself... Autumn was in a way his obseesion.... He was trying really hard to stay away from her, but at the same time, he couldn't.... Now, these two are forced to be around each other more and how that will end up??? "He's not bright and sunny like Ben. He's dark and foreboding, like a stormy night. Yet here I am. Drawn to the darkness when I should be seeking the light." "Autumn Callahan is not for me. I need to remember that." Well, i love both Autumn and Asher... There was fire between them from the very first moment and i wanted them to be together, but there were many obstacles standing in their way... The truth is that Asher hurt Autumn many times in the past, but i'm thinking that he didn't mean it. He just didn't know how to handle his feelings... especially since he was feeling that he never deserved this girl... "I react to him no matter what. He's yelling at me, I'm disgusted with him, we're arguing, yet I still feel the spark. I hate that stupid spark with everything I've got." "He needs someone to believe in him... I want to be that person. If he'll let me." Now, Drew and Fable were having a big part in here and i loved how they were between them and with their family... I loved how good people they were and the way that they embrassed a troubled kid and tried to help him... Well, honestly, i love this family and i can not wait more of them... Jake, be careful!!! "Just... be careful with him. Troubled souls are hard to fix... Troubled souls also just need someone to love them sometimes. Someone to believe in them when they already feel so defeated."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    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 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 for her. She is drawn to bad boy Asher. He annoys her and makes her feel things that she has never felt. Most of the time she thinks that he doesn’t like her as he is always making fun of her. Then there are the times that he says things that she likes. When a situation arises, it pushes them closer together but to them it feels like everything and everyone is pulling them apart. Both of these characters are great individually but together it is pure beauty. It was great to see Drew and Fable as parents. As one of my favorite couples, they are raising wonderful children. I’m looking forward to seeing the other kids in their own stories. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lex Martin

    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

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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 is one that I always look forward to. It is never clunky and the dialogues are always realistic and on point. Her smooth and clever writing style always wins me over. I fell into these characters' lives effortlessly. Autumn, one of the main characters, is the daughter of Drew and Fable from Murphy's One Week Girlfriend series. I honestly have not had the pleasure of reading that series, but the author does an amazing job of pulling the reader into their world even if they haven't read the other series. What's better is that the reader doesn't really feel lost for not having read the other series, yet can still feel the compound world-building. Ash, the other main character, has some excellent character growth in this story. I loved his character development and his backstory was detailed and relevant. Autumn's character also had some nice development. These characters are written so wonderfully that the reader can't help but sink their teeth in. While there is a lot of build-up in terms of the relationship and the tension between Autumn and Ash, I felt that the physical part of their relationship moved a little too quickly once they finally gave in to their feelings. Sure, they are teenagers, and yes, they have hormones, but I felt that in terms of their relationship it went a bit too fast. They needed a little breathing room to get used to being a couple before they hopped into the sack with each other. Otherwise, I think that Murphy did an excellent job with the build-up and the sexual tension between Autumn and Ash. They definitely had a spark with each other and the reader could feel it through the pages. We get to see them throughout their high school career, not just in the present. The plot of the story was done really well. The plot has a very fluid progression and all the details align in the end. I really liked the plot points in the story. I couldn't stop turning the pages. Overall, this was another fantastic story from Monica Murphy! You'll fall in deep with this one and you won't be the least bit sorry. I can't wait to sink my teeth into Jake's story, which will the next story in the Callahans series. He's a character from this book that I was curious about and I can't wait to see where Murphy takes his story. More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    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 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 little Beck yet. Hopefully, readers will get check-ins from Autumn and Ash in the upcoming books as well. Their happy-for-now ending left me wanting so much more, with too many questions unanswered.

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 i 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 is expected to be a proper girl and have the perfect boyfriend. That perfect boyfriend isn't the bad boy she meets freshman year that she can't stop thinking about. Ash is not so much a bad boy, but he comes from a rough home. He has no one that truly cares about him and he feels like he has nothing left inside him. Until he meets Autumn. He knows she steals a bit of him and he will never get it back. You see glimpses of their interactions over the course of their four years in high school and you are just rooting for these two. There is always something that happens that forces them apart, but you know in the end, love will win. There is, of course, the high school drama that I don't love, but it was done in such a way that it didn't bother me, even when it probably should have. This is why I read Monica Murphy. I trust her writing and I loved this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    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 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 thighs." I liked this book, I loved Ash.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    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. Cl 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. Close to Me is angst driven with a lot of see-sawing of emotions and interactions between Ash and Autumn. I completely adored Autumn’s family and the investment they put in to their family as well as nurturing those around them. I would really liked to have seen the future of Asher and Autumn to gain a sense of completion. As I have previously stated, while Close to Me is a fantastic story with brilliant characters, it just didn’t truly work for me due to the age of the characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    * 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 * 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 Autumn’s senior year. The year that changes everything for them ;) I was completely captivated by this story from the beginning. I usually don’t like when New Adult and High School aged characters are in this same book, because we get a picture of high school that I don’t always think is correct, but with this book it worked. Now don’t get me wrong, there were some aspects that I didn’t think needed to be in the story. I thought some of it was added for more drama, and truly Asher and Autumn had enough of that already I don’t think it was necessary to add more (Rylie storyline) That of course is just my opinion. What I didn’t know when I picked tis book up, was that the heroine of the story is the daughter of the couple from One Week Girlfriend, Drew and Fable. Now you don’t have to have read that series, because I haven’t and I don’t feel like I was missing anything. What I did realize though is now I want to go back and read that series. Close to Me follows the story of Asher Davis and Autumn Callahan. Asher is the QB of his high school football team and also from the wrong side of the tracks. Autumn is the daughter of famous NFL QB Drew Callahan and his wife Fable. She comes from a family with a lot of money. She is new to town when the story begins and she is also someone Asher finds captivating. Their first interaction was unique….they didn’t exactly hit it off. So over the course of the next four years, Autumn and Asher have a rocky friendship. The go through a lot of back and forth and ups and downs. Until something happens and they grow closer and realize their feelings are the same. They finally have the communication they should’ve had from the beginning. I will say that I really did love these two together. Their unique friendship and smoking chemistry was amazing. My only negative is that I wish we would’ve seen them as an actual couple for longer. I felt that the ending was kind of abrupt and open ended. With the ending that way I am hoping we get another book for them or we see them more in Jake’s book, that comes out next. If you are a fan of a high school/ New Adult romance, then this is one you should read. I love Monica Murphy’s books and this was no different. I can’t wait for more of her books to come!!! Follow Us at :: Book Bitches Blog | Facebook | Twitter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marrybooksreadathon

    Title: Close To Me Series: Standalone Author: Monica Murphy Main Characters: Autumn Callahan & Asher Davies Maria× "We were a perfect match, But sadly, matches burn." *Sighs* 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 Title: Close To Me Series: Standalone Author: Monica Murphy Main Characters: Autumn Callahan & Asher Davies Maria× "We were a perfect match, But sadly, matches burn." *Sighs* 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 want her just because of HER, they want to get close to her because her father is a former NHL. I can't really say much about this, this is just an okay read for me, nothing special or interesting, I'm bored reading this that's why I skimmed the 50% of the book, I just didn't care at all. It's predictable. 🙃 The next book will be Autumn's brother - Jake Callahan. Falling for her (June 2nd). I don't know if I'm gonna read the next book, but well see.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Lucy ✨

    I always enjoy Monica Murphy's books . I really liked this story, and the fact that in between their get together there were so much highs and lows, it made their story more real. I can't wait for Jake's story. I gave it 4 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    aniryllis

    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. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandy S

    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. Willingly. 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 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. Willingly. 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 their sophomore year… The back and forth is what kills me the most. I’m not his princess, I’m the girl he toys with when he’s bored. And he’s definitely not my prince, no matter how badly I want him to be. Our senior year and we’re months away from never having to see each other again when disaster strikes—and brings us closer together. All it takes is one touch, and I’m burning for Ash. Hotter than I ever have. But will that burn turn into a devastating fire? Or can we actually make it work this time? ••••••••••• REVIEW: CLOSE TO ME is the first instalment in Monica Murphy’s contemporary, young adult THE CALLAHANS romance series focusing on the Callahan siblings-a spin off from the author’s ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND series. This is high school students Asher Davis, and Autumn Callahan’s story line. Told from several first person perspectives including Asher and Autumn CLOSE TO ME covers four to five years in the life of high school students Asher Davis, and Autumn Callahan. Autumn Callahan is the eldest child and daughter of former NFL quarterback Drew Callahan and his wife Fable, and as such finds herself often on the outside looking in but her four year, love/hate relationship with high school quarterback Asher Davis pulls our heroine into the vortex that is about to suck Asher Davis into the depths of h*ll. When trouble at home finds Asher living with Coach Callahan, his relationship with Autumn is stepped up to the next level, no longer a love/hate relationship but a teenaged love affair wherein Asher’s past is determined to destroy them all. What ensues is the building friendship, relationship and romance between Asher and Autumn, and the potential fall-out as Asher’s home-life, and previous relationships affect everything going forward. The relationship between Asher and Autumn begins acrimoniously as Asher’s attempts to befriend Autumn are met with derision and scorn. Autumn struggles to accept everything that Asher represents without ever truly understanding the totality of the darkness that controls his world. As Autumn and Asher dance around one another throughout their entire high school career, Asher’s life begins to implode leaving our hero a shell of his former self. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The colorful and energetic cast of characters include Drew and Fable Callahan (One Week Girlfriend series), as well as their children Jake, Ava and Beck; Autumn’s friend Kaya; several high school students, mean girls and wanna-bes. Jake’s story is next in Falling For Her. CLOSE TO ME is a story of family, dysfunction, betrayal, secrets and lies; of one boy’s struggle to survive against the odds; of one girl’s need to love a boy who believes he is not worthy of love. The premise is heart breaking and emotional; the romance is passionate; the characters are charismatic, broken, struggling but strong. Copy supplied for review www.thereadingcafe.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brown Li

    I don’t even know where to start I can not believe I even wasted my time on this book 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 its a dare going around the football team, who can get the new girls pussy snap first. She gets an I don’t even know where to start I can not believe I even wasted my time on this book 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 its a dare going around the football team, who can get the new girls pussy snap first. She gets angry at him and leaves. Then comes junior year and they end up being chemistry partners. She still hates him, when they announce some dance queen and king nominees. She and Ash are nominated and now they have to apparently couple up until the dance and play some games to win the title. 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄 Lmao so they obviously win and at the dance she and Ash secretly kiss and when she admits she likes him. Ash is like idk how I feel. So she gets angry and leaves. They both go back to avoiding each other until one day after a practice (she is a cheerleader and he is a quarterback) she is going towards her card when Ash calls her to sit in his truck to catch up with her. By this time Autumn is dating a guy named Ben. Ask keeps on asking about Ben again and again and then somehow Autumn ends up straddling Ask and then they both are making out until Ash says something dumb and Autumn runs away. The next day she gets a call from her friend saying she saw Ash with another girl named Mia. She is hurt that just last night he was making out with her and now he is with someone else. Few hours later Ash messages her to come down he wants to talk to her and she is all like no go talk to Mia. 🙄🙄 They go back and forth until she graces him with 5 minutes to talk where he clarifies he was not with Mia she was just clinging to him and he only wants one person and that’s Autumn. It was kind of sweet he was all like you have my heart and etc etc. And Autumn who OBVIOUSLY has feelings for him is like no I’m dating Ben. It’s best we stay friends. Then comes senior year where Autumn has broken up with Ben. But she gets to know Ash is dating a girl named Riley. She gets upset but tries to stay cool about it. Until when she is at home and hears her parents discussing about Ash. Ash’s mom’s boyfriend beat him up really bad so Autumn dad took him home and now basically he is going to stay with them. Autumn and Ash go back and forth until finally they both admit their feelings for one another and are together. Riley Ash’s ex turns full on psycho mood then pretends to be pregnant with his baby blah blah starts a fire in Ash’s room in Autumn’s house and pretends she was with him the entire night and they both accidentally dropped a burning candle. Drew Autumns dad is furious, Ash goes to jail but then Autumn is like no he was with me this he entire night Riley is crazy. Ash is released and then finish. They both live happily ever after.

  23. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    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, the 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, there is a powerful pull between the two that ultimately leads to the most important year of all, their senior one. Everything goes a bit upside down as the brooding and troubled Ash becomes much more to Autumn and not just because her dad is his football coach at their small-town high school. And yes, both Drew + his Fable are key components of this story and add just the right amount of parental guidance and support when needed most. But it's the unmistakable chemistry Autumn and Ash have that drives this book and all the reasons they shouldn't be together. Their secret meetings when everyone is asleep are both sexy and touching. The rawness that bleeds out of Ash would turn most girls away but Autumn, with her strength and desire to be there for him, wins out time and again even when he is downright cruel at every turn. Much like her parents before her, there are plenty of obstacles standing in her way with Ash but I can undoubtedly say that Autumn is her parents's daughter and her devotion to her bad boy never really wavers. And she never gives up even when she probably should. Close to Me is full of feels and I appreciated that the author didn't waste time with unspoken truths. Everything is laid bare and she lets Ash and Autumn figure out which way they want to go in their relationship, even when it hurts. Being back in this world has shown me once again that there is no love quite like Callahan love and I look forward for more to come. 5 big stars!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lina's Reviews ❥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❥ღೋBook Blogღೋ ❥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❥

    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 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 recommend it. Do not miss it!! 4 Stars!

  25. 4 out of 5

    queen_of_the_books_18

    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 Romances, check out this book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    HMS

    I always forget how much I enjoy Monica Murphy's romance. This YA was full of angst and I really loved reading about Drew and Fable's kids, this installment starred Autumn, their oldest. Monica Murphy makes these high schoolers problems based in the real world and Ash, well that kid was dealt a shit hand when it came time to choose a mother. I really hope I get to read more about Autumn and Ash, I felt their story isn't quite finished.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Princess

    This was so absorbing. I flew right through it. Ash had such a bad home life and him and Autumn took the very long way around to a relationship. From drug deals to abuse to a crazy ex, he really had his work cut out for him. The Callahan’s were such a wonderful family and really took him in and helped him to become better. My first book by Monica but definitely not my last

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Ziglar

    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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    Close to Me, a New Adult Romance by Monica Murphy, is LIVE! Did you know this book is about Autumn Callahan, Drew + Fable's daughter? The couple from ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND & SECOND CHANCE BOYFRIEND are parents! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/RBCloseToMe Close to Me, a New Adult Romance by Monica Murphy, is LIVE! Did you know this book is about Autumn Callahan, Drew + Fable's daughter? The couple from ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND & SECOND CHANCE BOYFRIEND are parents! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/RBCloseToMe

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gina Grabosky-Hollingsworth

    If you love YA reads then this is a must read.

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