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***Blog Tour ***Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker

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Title: Touch Me Not
Series: A Manwhore Series Novel
Author: Apryl Baker
Genre: NA Romance
Published: September 22, 2015


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?



 



Such a smile and sigh worthy story. This is the first book I've read by Apryl Baker and I can't wait to see what other stories she adds to the Manwhore series. This book held so much depth and a sincerity that I just wasn't expecting. Watching Lily and Nikoli grow to understand and love one another was beautiful indeed. 

Since losing her sister when she was a child, Lily has grown despise being touched. Even her best friend and secret love of her life, can't touch her. Now in her senior year of college and her best friend marrying a girl she can't stand, Lily has decided that after graduation she's going to move to New York and start over without her past haunting her. What she doesn't expect is for the university manwhore Nikoli to pursue her. Nik knows that Lily is held is high regard by most everyone on campus. She's also the only woman to ever turn him down. Not one to let anyone get the best of him, Nik sets out to seduce Lily. But what happens is so much more. 

Lily knows exactly who Nik is and what he wants from her and she's determined to make it plain that she isn't going to fall into his bed. When he proposes a bet, she can't refuse. He is going to help her learn to tolerate touch and in the process show Adam exactly what he's been missing out on all these years. On the flip side, Nik states plainly that he is going use all their time together to get her into his bed. If Lily resists, she gets his beloved car. It's a win-win until both realize that more is at stake than a car and rumpled bedsheets. When hearts and feelings get involved, neither can escape the pull. But can the girl who can't be touched and who has been in love with her best friend for years really tame the unapologetic manwhore?

From the start I was pulled into Lily's strong and defiant nature and loved watching her banter with Nik. Knowing that something has made Nik the way he is, I could tell he was suffering and wanted him to open up. Lily and Nik's interactions were both intense and surprisingly sweet. Nik's ability to get through Lily's defenses and aversion to touch was absolutely heart meltingly beautiful. As the story progressed I could feel their devotion to one another and smiled every time they stuck up for each other and proved their unconfessed love. Knowing that their time was coming to a close was hard to read and had me rooting for them to be able to confront their issues and work it out together. I wished the ending showed more of their continued connection, but nonetheless, it was the perfect ending for these two bent but not broken characters.

Reviewed by Paige


★★☆ 4.5 "Touching" Stars ☆★★



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“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.” ~ Saint and Sinners Books
“Love, love, love this story. I ended up staying up all night to read the story and I had to work the next morning. Thank you for such a wonderful read and I can't wait to read more in the series.” ~ Amazon Reviewer
“I felt every emotions there possibly is it seems while reading this amazing book! To overcome something is remarkable! To fight for what you want, unbelievable! This is just an amazing book to add to your list of books to read or to grab right now and read!” ~ Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’






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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