Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Series: A Manwhore Series Book 1

Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb: A past tragedy has left Lily Holmes burdened with a devastating secret…

Since the death of her twin sister, Lily can’t bear to be touched. Not accidentally, not casually…and certainly not intimately. This makes it impossible for her to confess to her best friend Adam Roberts that she’s in love with him. She can’t give him the sort of relationship he needs, so she watches in silence while he plans his wedding with someone else.

Enter Nikoli Kinkaid, the campus manwhore…

Nikoli is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of women, and he wants to add Lily to his list of conquests, but she wants nothing to do with him—until he makes her an offer she can’t refuse. He’ll teach her to enjoy human contact again, giving her a chance to win over Adam, while Nikoli uses all his considerable charm to seduce her.

But Lily raises the stakes…

Lily loves cars. Her late father was a racer, and she grew up under the hood of a car and on the racetrack. Nikoli has a limited edition 1970 Plymouth Barracuda she covets, so she informs him the terms of their deal also require he not sleep with anyone for six months. If he does, she’ll win the car. If she surrenders and ends up in his bed, his beloved ’Cuda is his to keep.

In an intricate dance of control and surrender, a reluctant friendship becomes something more. Lily begins to crave things she never believed she could, and Nikoli realizes there is more at stake than his reputation.

If Lily overcomes her phobia, will she crave Adam’s touch as she’s starting to crave Nikoli’s? Or will she only find pleasure from the touch of a semi-reformed manwhore?

Review: This was my first book by Apryl and I loved every minute. I couldn’t put it down and literally read this book within just a few hours. Lily and Nikoli pulled my emotions all over the place. One minute I was laughing, the next crying, then swooning, and of course I wanted to smack both of them a few times. Get ready for fast cars, a girl with a phobia, a prick of a best friend, and a hotheaded dirty mouth manwhore.

This book is told through both Nikoli’s POV and Lily’s POV so we actually get to see both change and it’s a fun process to watch. We meet Nikoli first… TOTAL 100% cocky smart mouthed player!!! But I loved him with Lily right from the beginning. He was so different with her and so willing to help her with everything without thinking twice. And that definitely wasn’t Nikoli!! Now that they have a bet Nikoli is bound and determined he isn’t losing his car at all. But is Nikoli actually starting to lose his heart to Lily instead??

Then we meet Lily. I LOVE LILY. She is the sweetest most compassionate person ever! She would literally do anything for anyone as long as it didn’t involve touching. Once you get the full background story of Lily then you can understand why she is the way she is. She has her friends that she has met in college and people who love her and want to protect her and then you have her best friend Adam. UGH Adam is a hard subject for me. One minute I liked Adam because he was always there for Lily but on the other hand I really honestly can’t stand him. The way he was with her and the way he let his girlfriend treat her. I wanted to smack him around a few times. It took Nikoli coming around for Adam to really open up his eyes and by this time I was team Nikoli manwhore or not.

This book is a story of overcoming emotions and weaknesses. I also knew there was a back-story to Nikoli too but it takes a bit to understand what it is. I loved watching Lily break out of her shell and become the young beautiful person she was. I also loved watching the change in Nikoli. Now it wasn’t an easy road by any means. You will get mad and frustrated quite a few times but it is so worth it. I am actually looking forward to the next book and I would also love to see another story with Nikoli and Lily.

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