Close to Me by Monica Murphy
Release Date: February 11, 2020
Close to Me, a New Adult romance by New
York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Monica
Asher Davis. My first
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 as they avoid 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
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.
Finally it’s 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
But will that burn turn into a
devastating fire? Or can we actually make it work this time?
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“Do friends give each other hugs? The friends I have do.
“There is no way I’m hugging you.” I roll my eyes.
“A truce hug then? Come on.” He lets go of the door handle
and faces me fully, stretching his arms out in invitation. “I’ll leave you alone after this, okay? I
I’m not sure if he’s the type who keeps his promises. I’m
This could be the last time I hug him. This entire encounter
has been weird. Confusing. We’re a mess. We would never work, and us going ’round
and ’round in circles tonight just proves that.
So what’s the harm in getting one last hug from Ash? It’s
just a hug. A brief moment of bodily contact and then I’ll send him away. He won’t bug me
again. He’ll get over his so-called feelings for me. He’ll give his heart to someone else or even
better, he’ll discover he actually has one, and he’ll forget all about me. He’ll give it to someone
else, and he’ll finally leave me alone forever.
Why does that thought make me feel so empty
Deciding it’s do or die time, I walk right into his hug, my
arms sliding around his waist, my head resting on his chest. I can feel the steady thump-thump
of his heartbeat and I close my eyes when his arms come around me. Slowly. Enfolding me into
his body so that we’re snug tight.
He holds me with a desperation, almost as if he’s afraid to
let me go, and when I lift my head, tilting it back so I can stare into his eyes, I find he’s already
“Friends don’t make each other feel like this,” he says, his
voice a gravelly whisper.
The hairs on the back of my neck rise. “Feel like
“Like you could be my everything.”
My shoulders sag. “Ash—”
“Stop talking.” He presses two fingers to my lips, silencing
me. When he’s seemingly assured I won’t speak, he lightens the pressure, gently caressing my
lips. Back and forth. Making me tingle.
Making me want him to do more than touch my
I want him to kiss me.
“You have the sexiest lips,” he murmurs, and the blush
returns, setting my face on fire. No one has referred to me as sexy before. “What we’re doing is
fucking crazy. You know this right, Callahan?”
I ignore his question. “How could I be your everything when
you told me you don’t know how to feel?”
“The only time I seem to feel is when…” He presses his
fingers into the corner of my mouth, so gentle, I could almost think he never actually touched
me. “I’m with you.”
Monica Murphy is the New York
Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series,
the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a
dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published
and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young
adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of
three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their
one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading
or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she
will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard
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~🏈~ MIchelle’s Review ~🏈~
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
He’s the quarterback, she’s a cheerleader. They’ve danced around each other for years. Now he’s living in her home.
When the two are in the sane room sparks fly. Ash and Autumn are totally made for each other. He comes from nothing and she’s privileged but that doesn’t matter cause these two are made for each other.
Really enjoyed this read. Loved the characters and their story.