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?
Lily has been in love with her best friend Adam for quite a long time now. He’s never felt that way about her, so she’s just kept it to herself. Now, he’s getting married. It’s not like she’ll be able to steal him away. He can’t even touch her without her freaking out.
Nikolai wants Lily the moment he sees her, but she’s absolutely not interested in him. Nikolai never gives up until he gets what he wants, so he relentlessly pursued Lily. He helps her too, with her problems with physical touch. It was so nice reading about them eating out at different restaurants, playing video games, and just being together. It felt normal, and anyone could see that they were really good for each other.
Mistakes were made towards the end of the book, and I must say I wanted to hurt this character, but all was forgiven. It wasn’t easy for Lily to trust Nikolai and vice versa, but they loved each other enough to stay and fight together.