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?
Touch Me Not starts out like so many other books… girl, in this case Lily doesn’t know she is beautiful and meets a boy (Nickoli) who wants to love her and leave her, girl wants to take on the challenge and change the boy. Friends say not a good idea… But this book is so much more! You fall in love with both characters. Nickoli is a total tool in the beginning. But as the story progresses you see why he is the way he is. You also get to see Nickoli’s true morals and his sweetness he tries so hard to hide. Nickoli is also smart, daring, and arrogant. Although he is all of these things Nickoli sets out and accomplishes his goal and truly helps Lily. One thing I struggled with was the fact he was Russian. I kept forgetting, but Apryl Baker solved that problem by using Russian nicknames for Lilybells. I absolutely loved how she worked that in. I would love to hear his accent in an audiobook.
Lily is a sad little thing or so you think. She has so many layers, she is fun, flirty, and sly. She made the story a lot more interesting when adds on to her part of the bet. I really grew to love Lily and her wiles. Lets just say they both win in the end. I rate this Touch Me Not 5 stars!