Series: Manwhore Series
Titles: Touch Me Not and The Sinners Touch
Author: Apryl Baker
Genre: NA Romance
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?
I fucked up.
She was the best and worst mistake I ever made.
I took the coward’s way out and ran.
Now I have a chance to make it right, but she's being stubborn. It used to be cute, but this time it can get her killed.
Boston's latest serial killer has his sights set on the only woman I have ever truly loved, and I will keep her safe even if it pisses her off, even if she hates me for it.
All bets are off this time. I want her. He wants her. Only one of us will win.
And I never fucking lose.
He left me broken, shattered. Pain unlike any I’ve ever felt filled me in the wake of his absence.
Six years later, I thought I’d finally gotten over him and moved on.
But Fate is a tricky bitch. She likes to torture us.
She brought Kade back to me, but I won’t ever hurt like that again.
I just have to stay out of his bed until this is over.
Fate is a cruel, cruel bitch.
Touch Me Not
Touch Me Not is book one in the Manwhore series and was such a good read. It's your typical boy sees girl, boy wants to make girl his conquest, but girl is in love with her best friend who is engaged to someone else. The twist with this is that Lily, our leading lady, has a touch phobia in that she can't handle having another person touch her, even her family. Nikoli, the college campus manwhore, learns of Lily's unusual problem and uses it to his advantage in the form of a deal. If he can help her get over her phobia so that she can try to win over her best friend's heart, then she will sleep with him. If he loses, he has to give Lily his most prized possession, his car. The two of these characters together just seemed really true in every sense. They both have all of their cards laid out and have no secrets from each other, everything is completely upfront and real. You learn of the tragedy that has lead Lily to not be able to touch anyone and it's so unexpected. You can see that Nikoli, while a "connoisseur of women" as he likes to call himself, is actually an extremely caring, family oriented guy who is still carries the guilt of how his last relationship nearly destroyed him and his brother. The journey that Lily and Nikoli bring each other on is funny, sad, angry, lustful and I can keep on going but I think you get the picture. Their story was just so entertaining in every aspect.
The Sinner's Touch
The Sinner's Touch is book two in the Manwhore series and is darker than the first. Kade is an FBI agent of the Behavioral Analysis Unit and is brought to Boston to track down a serial killer. When the killer finally slips and leaves a witness, Kade goes to interview her only to find that it's his ex from years before, Angelique. To say that these two have a very tumultuous past and breakup would be putting it mildly. This story is a mixture of both Kade and Angelique's previous relationship and how both of them ended up in the current positions they are currently in their lives. Angelique is now enrolled in college and working at a bar to put herself through school, and Kade became the walking definition of a manwhore. Not only does Kade now have to protect Angelique and catch a serial killer, he has to come clean to her about what really happened in their past and find a way to make her stay. This was an emotional story and kept you absorbed right from the start. I'm really looking forward to another installation in the Manwhore series by April Baker.
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 tells 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 , 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 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. I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.
Now, I live in a small town in WV 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.
I love books, I love writing , and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.