Thursday, October 15, 2015

TOUCH ME NOT by @AprylBaker - #REVIEW #5Stars

TOUCH ME NOT by Apryl Baker
Series: Manwhore Series, Book #1
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: New Adult Romance
✰ ✰ SYNOPSIS ✰ ✰
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?


Have you ever read a book that absolutely captivated you? That stayed with you, in your heart, for the longest time? A book you could not stop thinking – or talking – about for days and days, even after you finished reading it? Yes? No? Well, THAT is what Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker did to me. Talk about a book hangover! I could not get over the amazingness that this book was. If you’re a fan of NA Contemporary Romances, you HAVE to check this one out. As in, you NEED to.

“Lily is the best thing that’ll ever happen to you, but by the time you figure it out, she’ll be long gone.”

Nikoli, the campus manwhore. There was SO much more to him than what everyone THOUGHT they knew.  Sure, he got any girl he wanted and he really didn’t care about what people said or thought. He was always clear from the get-go. If the girls he slept with thought he was going to offer something more than just sex, that was all on them. HE was always upfront about things. It was ONLY sex. That is, until one girl changed everything for him when he least expected.

Lily James.

The second Nikoli set her as his goal, everyone and their mother wanted to keep him away from Lily. You see, Lily was the nicest girl anyone would ever meet. She was kind, witty and funny, generous, helpful, down-to-earth, and the kind of beautiful that’s enhanced even more by the fact that even though she was gorgeous, she didn’t realize it.  

Determined to get Lily naked and under him, Nikoli went above and beyond. He annoyed Lily to the point where she decided to go out on one date with him if he promised to leave her alone. There was one problem, though. A situation, of sorts, that Nikoli did not see coming…. Lily had a phobia. The kind of phobia that didn’t things easy for him – or her – AT ALL.

“He hadn’t been prepared for her. She made him laugh, made him question his own sense of self. She made him want to be a better person.”

One bet led to another, things evolved, and let’s just say, a can of worms got opened. Lily’s best friend, Adam, started to finally see Lily – something she had always dreamed about. But life doesn’t always go how we plan or want it go, now does it? For a moment there, I was torn. Team Adam? Team Nikoli? Oh, golly! Both we pretty darn hot and protective of Lily….but Nikoli won over my heart fairly quickly, if I’m being honest. Plus….Adam was quite the jerk at times. Not that he meant to be, but my God! My heart ACHED for Lily and what she got put through!

“You fucking go near her again, and you won’t walk away from it.”

*fans self!* Oh, my. Did I mention that Nikoli was protective of Lily? Ha. What happened to the manwhore that really didn’t care about women? Well, he was LONG GONE. Lily changed Nikoli in more ways than anyone could’ve imagined. She made him want things he never thought he’d want again…but his past kept holding him back.

“She could break him, and he didn’t care.”

GOSH! The emotional angst in this book was off the charts!!!!  The situations Nik and Lily got into, emotionally, made MY heart ache and break. And good grief! I have NEVER – ever – cried during a damn sex scene! Oh, my goodness! That was a first, for sure!!

Nik and Lily’s story is one that will forever live in my heart. You guys, you HAVE to one-click this novel. Really. Seriously. YOU HAVE TO. Touch Me Not is hands down a TOP FAVORITE book of 2015 for me. FIVE BRILLIANT STARS. Fantastic job, Ms. Baker. Very well done.

“She was his home, and would always be.”

So who am I? Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there’s always someone to tell your mama you were seen kissing a particular boy on a particular day just a little too long. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled “Lord Margrave’s Deception.” I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my niece and nephew and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

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