*** 5TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION ***
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?
I enjoyed it so much! The dynamic between Nikoli and Lily was beautiful. It did turn, cringey rom commy towards the end, a lot of dialogue could have been cut, and it really dragged. I wish we explored more of their relationship before marriage, but hey! I have to say I do enjoy action and some thrill, but the stalker twist was just out of nowhere would have enjoyed a trail of hints if that was gonna be introduced, just seemed random. But that’s also the essence of the book, just great fiction, not everything has to be realistic! I loved it, just some parts could be cut!
I liked that although it is a romance novel, it talked about a real illness, that many suffer from, maybe not the same reason as the character in the book, but the same debilitating illness known as PTSD.
Amazing book felt all the emotions!