Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson ~ Excerpt & Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Vibrizzio by Nicki Elsen. I hope you enjoy this excerpt and enter in the giveaway!

Title: Vibrizzio
Author: Nicki Elson
Series: The Big V Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 21st 2015
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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.

New York City was warm, but the ocean breeze cut the humidity. During a pit stop in a public restroom after the eight-block walk between the first and second meeting, Lyssa was able to easily blot off her thin layer of sweat with just a few squares of institutional toilet paper. When she stepped back into the worn lobby, she didn’t see Hayden and wondered if he’d proceeded to the investment manager’s fourth-floor suite without her. Her mind eased when the men’s room door creaked open.
Her partner had removed his jacket and loosened his tie during the walk, but now every thread was back in place. He once again looked like the poster boy for “The Hottest Men on Wall Street.” They traversed the cracked and yellowing tile to the bank of ancient elevators, and as he reached to push the brass button, he said, “I think you should take the lead on this one.”
“What? Me?”
“Yeah, you.” His steely blues fixed on her. If he hadn’t been holding his briefcase, Lyssa was sure he’d have been folding his arms across his chest in a dare. “Think you can handle it?”
Lyssa nodded with a confidence she didn’t entirely feel. She’d led a few brief, introductory meetings with investment managers before, but nothing as in-depth as what they were doing that day and never on the manager’s home turf. But her experience in the business world had taught her that the ability to pretend she knew what she was doing was often more valuable than actually knowing. So when the ding sounded, she slid on a smile. “No problem. Follow my lead and try to keep up.” Winking, she resisted the urge to condescendingly slap Hayden’s rear as she moved past him into the elevator.
He gave her a few helpful pointers on the way up, but three steps before the entrance to Ardent Capital’s suite, he added, “Also, watch the um’s and stop biting your erasers.”
She halted and turned to glare at him. Why would he throw her off like that right before walking in?
“Sorry,” he said, “But it’s never a good idea to start out too cocky.” Side-stepping around her, he crossed to the door and pulled it open, gesturing her through. She was too irritated—and nervous—to even glance toward him as she brushed past. She wished she’d have thought to hold her breath too so she wouldn’t have taken in the provokingly yummy scent of his now familiar cologne.
During the meeting, Hayden pulled back like he said he would, and Lyssa dug into the investment process and depth of professionals while also assessing Ardent’s intentions for future growth. On the tour of the facilities that followed, Hayden’s natural tendency to lead took over, and Lyssa didn’t mind the opportunity to let him do the work of questioning while she sat back and observed.  
When she and her partner were once again alone, side-by-side as the elevator lowered to the ground floor, he nudged her shoulder with his. “You did a good job in there.” Tiny sparks snapped inside her … and she hated herself a little bit for feeling as elated as she did by his compliment.
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

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  1. Oh yeah, he smells yummy. AND he has her right where he wants her. She's in trouble of losing the need for her toys. I can see it now. ;)

  2. Thanks for hosting today, Naomi! :)

  3. Ooh, love the sound of this one. And how about a real-life ... masseur? Yeah, I know, I'm never happy, lol :D

  4. Oh I'm liking that set up. How fun. But, okay, is that a bra strap on the cover? I can't get my brain around it. So looks like a girly gun holder to me. lol

  5. I got to agree with Anna! I can't tell what the picture on the cover is. Lyssa's partner sounds yummy and very alpha! I can already see the chemistry between these too in the excerpt. Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  6. Sounds good and I'm with the other ladies below on what the cover is? Bra stap, g-string perhaps. LOL

  7. I know, right! She is getting the perfect package right there!

  8. It was my pleasure, yet again Giselle!

  9. I know, I want one too... if only...

  10. i would've thought bra strap... but i like your thinking!! lol

  11. Yup, they have great chemistry... And I'm wondering what it is now too!

  12. i know, it sounds great, and you all have me thinking now too!


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