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Vibrizzio (The Big V)
by Nicki Elson
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Published Date: April 21st (expected)
Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries (long-lasting) and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category. Thank the gods of Internet ordering.
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 when the only thing standing between her and her next mind-blowing O is the case in which she keeps Vibrizzio? Yep. She gave it a name. An Italian name!
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, and Vibrizzio's days may finally be numbered.
Lyssa is dating Keith. They never had much in common so when she ends up receiving a vibrator the relationship never stood a chance. Here's the thing with the book. I liked it in general but there were a couple of things that bothered me. I didn't like how Lyssa never really addressed the fact that she didn't have the best self esteem. She went out with a guy who told her to her face that she was gettable. Really?! Lyssa just did not gel with me. And though I actually liked Hayden, there wasn't enough of a back story to really get to know him to make a connection.
So what I was left with was a cute story about a girl who finds a very suitable substitute for a boyfriend until the right guy comes around. I think romance readers will like the story. You may not make any deep connections with these characters. The story is good for those have been in a slump and need a quick read.
About the Author:
Writing fiction 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. 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).
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*This is an ARC review
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