VIBRIZZIO by Nicki Elson
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 21st 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
It all felt very nice, but Lyssa found herself yearning for … more. The vibrator was in the drawer of the side table. Reaching her arm over her head, she stretched her fingers but swiped at air, inches away from the drawer pull. She could tell Keith to hold up for a moment while she grabbed the toy and fired it up, but her intuition told her that after kicking him out of bed the week before, it might not be wise to blatantly pre-empt him in favor of her new favorite gadget. Even still, as enthusiastic as his tongue was, it simply wasn’t humanly possible for him to reach the speeds she now craved. Maybe if she slowly eased the device into their activity, he wouldn’t mind.
Digging one of her heels into the mattress and pushing into it, she slowly inched herself across the bed. Keith followed along, not seeming to notice. Almost there but not quite. She made a quick lunge, grabbing at the drawer, and didn’t notice that the motion had tilted her pelvis, causing her thigh to crush into her boyfriend’s ear.
“What the hell are you doing?” He jerked his head away and stared at her outstretched arms. Three of her fingertips rested on the drawer pull.
“I … I thought maybe it wouldn’t hurt to bring some vibration into the action.” The way his eyebrows flinched stopped her from pursuing her goal. Instead, she brought her arms down to push up on her elbows. “It was just an idea.”
“How exactly are both me and that supposed to be down here?”
She gave a small shrug. “I was thinking this could get me going and then you could swoop in for the kill at the last moment.”
“At the last moment.” He pushed away from her, flopping onto his back. “Because I’m not capable of working you up to that point. Did you not enjoy it at all?”
“What? Yes.” She scooted down the mattress so her head was even with his and leaned over him, tracing his lean chest muscle with her thumb. “It felt really nice.”
“Nice? Now there’s a ringing endorsement—‘He gives nice head.’”
Lyssa laughed. “Well, it’s not like I’m going to put out an ad for you. Why would I do that when I want to keep you all to myself?” She peppered his chin with baby kisses and worked down his throat to his nearly hairless chest, relishing the feel of his firm, smooth muscles under her warm mouth.
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