Blog Tour and Book Review: Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker

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?

 My Review 3 of 5 stars

I’m really between “It was ok” and “I liked it”
There were a lot of things that bothered me, mainly the male leading character, I just didn’t like him, he didn’t charmed me, and to be honest here I must explain myself: I considered myself a feminist, so domination doesn’t sit well with me. I know this book wasn’t about BDSM, I really dislike this trending to make every damn male a dominant in bed; it doesn’t turn me on if I don’t see the possibility of the girl taking dominance sometimes too, equality you know?. And if I would have known this had the slightest inkling of the submissive/dominant relationship I wouldn’t have asked for a copy to review it. But I didn’t knew and as I said it wasn’t really about that. But the slightest parts that where about that (and for a very specific reason that I won’t name here because of spoilers) annoyed me and made me roll my eyes a lot. I get it was something like “a means to an end” but I didn’t like that means I found it unnecessary, or it’s just probably me and my predisposition to the subject.
BUT, the book was entertaining and it had an interesting story and if I put my subjective opinion aside, I think it’s a book with the possibility of being loved by many readers. It’s a new adult book, with college life, which I love! A supposedly swooning guy (though he didn’t do it for me); a charming, and kind of perfect female as main character (with big issues and everything but with great personality, really smart and sweet). There’s some steamy scenes, there’s bondage (‘vanilla’ type) with an alpha male, cars racing, food being ate, games played, a little bit of drama and a great climax. If you’re into all this then this is your book. With absolute honesty I can say this an ok/good book but it just wasn’t my type of book, the author seems great though and I’m probably gonna check more of her work.
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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