Thursday, 15 October 2015

Blog Tour Review ~ Touch Me Not (Manwhore, #1) by Apryl Baker

Touch Me Not (Manwhore, #1)eARC received via a tour company in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 22nd 2015

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

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 Opinion

Although I've seen this author around social media a lot, this is the first book I've read by her. Her other genres aren't really my thing, but I was intrigued to see how she'd cope with the move to a NA romance. I didn't know what to expect, but I definitely didn't expect what I got.

Touch Me Not was just one of those reads that drew me in and refused to let me put it down. I seriously stopped a lot of work that needed to be done and am going to have to spend tomorrow playing catch up. It was a sweet, endearing read and I felt for the characters every step of the way.

I thought the concept and Lily's problems were different. I liked her growth and thought it was believable. She was one of those heroines you can't help but love. She was sweet, slightly nerdy, yet held her own. She stood up for herself and wasn't afraid to be her true self. For that I respected her. Similarly I liked the games she played with Nik. I felt and believed in the connection between them both, and I thought the relationship was crafted well. I liked Nik's development and the kinder side I saw to him around Lily. He won me over and that slight hint of dominance gave him a little extra edge to balance out his good side.

As for the story, for the majority I really liked. I fell in love with the romance and characters and didn't what the book to end. There was only one issue I had, which is why this isn't a five star read for me, and that was the ending. The serial killer plot thread felt a bit out of place to me. I don't know if this is going to be a series, but I didn't feel it added anything. I won't give away the ending either but it felt a bit random to me. I had a gut feeling something was going to happen but the motives were so out of the blue it confused me slightly. When combined with the killer hints I just don't think it worked. For me it needed to be one or the other.

Overall though I really enjoyed this book. You wouldn't be able to tell this is the author's first time writing in this genre if you didn't already know. The story is well executed, put a smile on my face, and also tugged at my heart strings.


“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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