Hiee and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal. Today’s feature, Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson is one of the best laughs I’ve had all week! I just know that you guys are going to love this! Follow the Vibrizzio blog tour here 🙂
Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category. After yet another failed relationship, the twenty-six-year-old investment analyst is convinced that real guys aren’t ever going to live up to her expectations—so why should she bother with them? She’s determined to keep her dating life purely electronic…though she occasionally fantasizes about Hayden King, the delicious new associate she just got partnered with at work.
While Lyssa manages her romantic risks by deleting men from of the equation, the ever-charming Hayden protects his heart by diversifying his love life across multiple women. As the two young professionals travel together around the country for business, their flirty working relationship develops into a close friendship that hurtles toward something more. Between hot tub confessions in Baltimore, an accidental kiss in Dallas, and an all-nighter in Chicago, Hayden proves himself to be better than any fantasy.
“Vibrizzio? You named it! Okay, this isn’t even close to healthy.”
Lyssa Bates doesn’t need men in her life and she’s perfectly happy choosing her BOB—Vibrizzio—over the loser men of the world. Except maybe sometimes, when she thinks about Hayden King—the hottie whom she’s partnered with. And even though he gives her these really intense looks, she doubts a man like him would ever be interested in her.
“He’s so outta my league, we’re not even playing the same sport… He’s professional soccer in Europe and I’m intramural badminton in the States.”
The concept of the book—a woman dumping her boyfriend for a BOB—as silly as it may sound, was both fresh and nicely done. I’ve never quite heard of anything like this done before and I think that was a definite pro because I was really, really curious about how the book would go about it. Apart from that, I think the characters pretty much ensured that this story would completely blow me away 🙂
I think my favorite part about Vibrizzio (the book, not the you-know-what) is the dialogue. By God, Nicki Elson can write some amazing dialogue. It kept me hooked from page one and it was everything. The banter—not only between Lyssa and Hayden—but every small piece of conversation this book contained was amazing. The characters were witty and crass and it was was so much fun to read the book! I think a good narrative and funny, sensible dialogue is the best way to a reader’s heart, and the author got that bang on.
While Hayden was a DEFINITE hottie, Lyssa was my definite favourite. But these two together? Holy shit! Chemistry, people. These people had some chemistry! I loved that there was no love at first sight, and that they became friends first and then lovers. And that too, came with a lot of forethought. And I liked that. I liked that these two independent people didn’t just jump into a relationship for the heck of it. I loved that they had enough chemistry to light a house on fire, but also a sense of comraderie, that came with working together.
Two things I didn’t like in the book: Firstly, Hayden’s double standards with dating. I won’t talk about this a lot because spoilers, but I felt like Hayden’s thoughts on dating were a bit too stupid for me. The other thing? The investor jargon. Could be only me but, I didn’t get a word of what they were talking every time they spoke about work. It wasn’t really a distraction from the book, just something I thought I should make a note of.
Overall, the book is quite funny and absolutely perfect if you’re looking for an angst-free read and the writing is goddamn fabulous so if nothing else, you should definitely give Nicki Elson a chance 😀
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Writing wasn’t something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.
Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Watch for her new title Vibrizzio, coming in 2015 from Swoon Romance. Her published works include Three Daves, a light-hearted romantic romp through a 1980s college campus, Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, and Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella. Her published short stories include “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire