Received from Social Butterfly PR

Title: Close to Me
Author: Monica Murphy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 11 Feb 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads

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 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? 

Close to Me Excerpt


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.