Thursday, January 7, 2016

Reasons to Take TOUCH ME NOT with You to a Deserted Island

Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker
Published 2015
Kindle // Goodreads

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?


It’s certainly not going to help you find drinkable water, and it’s probably going to make you real thirsty (hehe), but at least you can ponder about all the could have, would have, and should haves with your new book boyfriend who YES HE CERTAINLY DOES HAVE A SWOON-INDUCING RUSSIAN ACCENT. Not only will he listen to what you have to say, but he’s also patient and kind and happens to have abs that one could grate some hella good parmesan on. Mmmm. Make you some yummy pizza with that cheese. With our main girl, he’s all of this, but also someone who she learns to trust. Nik helps her to come back to who she is. Not the girl before the accident, because things like that get written on your soul, but someone who can perceive their own strength and flourishes in in.


The friendship in this book is something I cannot fathom. I mean, I could look up into the night sky all night long and try to write poems with candle light and I still wouldn’t really ‘get’ it all. There is loyalty and misunderstanding. There’s growing with and against. There are hands to hold and hands that Lily (our super sweet main girl who has a phobia to touch) needs to be shielded from. Sometimes those hands are covered in good intentions. Sometimes they’re not. But the kind of friendship that is molded from these characters is amazing. I mean, sure, I hate her supposed best friends (for reasons you’ll have to find out and evaluate on your own of course) but I love how the school regards her with such compassion and kind of (should I call it awe?) awe. And wonder. And protective-ness. The last one is especially amusing. So you can learn about all that on this island of lost hopes. (did I mention this island is no where near in air travel paths or boat coordinates? How did you even manage to land yourself in this pickle?)


Maybe this book will help you figure out what you want to start searching for! Food wise, I mean. Because HONEY. You are going to survive this. This cute little Cuban restaurant serves fantastic and foodgasm inducing yumminess in the book. You’ll find out real quick that you DON’T want a pepper that will set your mouth on fire. Even if it does create a super cute and laughable bonding moment between you and…whoever you stumble upon. If you do indeed stumble upon anyone. I mean, it is deserted. Food makes me think of togetherness, and Nik is helping her put the broken pieces of herself into something that can be stitched up again and food is how it all started. Maybe when you find food your wheels will start turning as to exactly how you are going to go about getting back to the mainland.

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