Title: Touch Me Not (Manwhore #1)
Author: Apryl Baker
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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?
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.**
Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t even know where to start with this book! It was nothing like what I was expecting and everything more at the same time! It’s not usually the kind of book I would read, but it was so perfectly written and unsuspecting that I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I’m going to have to go out and buy it!
Lily’s phobia was something I could understand to some extent and I could understand her want and need to get through it. At times, it was hard to read the story and get through it because I could resonate with Lily. I wasn’t a fan of her and Adam’s relationship, but I did enjoy how important it was to the story. Lily and Nikoli’s relationship was something I wasn’t expecting but thoroughly enjoyed because of the way he went about trying to help Lily overcome her fear. I also loved the car related parts of the story as I am a car junkie myself! This story reminded me a bit of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster, which is one of my favorite books, so I loved that.
Overall, this book was a touching, thought-provoking story that really helped me deal with a few of my demons. I enjoyed the characters and the way they grew in their own lives.
I give this book 5 magical stars!
Happy page turning!