Eric Jerome Dickey, author of fourteen New York Times bestselling novels, imagines the formative college years of one of his most popular heroines, Nia Simone Bijou. This Penguin Special includes a preview of Decadence, coming April 2013.
From her first days at Virginia’s Hampton University, impressionable, creative Nia falls smitten with Chris Eidos Alleyne, an athlete and a scholar.
“Love is sweet nothings and beautiful promises,” Nia writes in her journal. What her girlfriends know, and her mother doesn’t, is that Chris’s expression of love is deeply physical. Wielding powerful charisma, Chris soon has Nia abandoning innocence for experience.
Believing that Chris will reward her sacrifices with lifelong commitment, Nia thrills to her newfound pleasures. She knows in her heart that each act of intimacy draws them ever closer. But when the Big Man on Campus learns to take what is freely given, without regard to love, Nia finds herself newly enrolled in Heartbreak 101.
The Education of Nia Simone Bijou is a rousing tale of youthful passion, once kindled, never extinguished.
I will start this by saying Nia Simone Bijou is MY girl! Eric Jerome Dickey enlightens us on the college years of Nia from his 2008 book, Pleasure. This novella is one that will not disappoint and is a great filler to get us ready for Decadence that will be released in April. Nia’s college experiences are much like what I had while attending The Ohio State University (and, I’ll assume for others who had the opportunity to attend college), I started as a barely legal adult and on graduation day due to experiences including love, freedom, passion and heartache, I emerged a woman.
“During that era I had sex because of love. I was a slave to my heart, to romance. I was beautifully imperfect, but incapable of seeing my own flaws. That was the arrogance of youth, when you believed that you owned time and gravity, those things that betrayed and aged us in the end, when you believed that universes rotated around your existence. I didn’t understand that my body would want sex even when love wasn’t present.”
Eric Jerome Dickey is my most favorite male author for many reasons and The Education of Nia Simone Bijou will keep him in my top spot. His style & delivery, his ability to connect words and imagery is far above other authors, and he always weaves tasteful erotica with intellectually stimulating conversation. The Education of Nia Simone Bijou is a quick afternoon read and will make you want to go back and read Pleasure all over again and it will definitely get you excited to purchase Decadence which will be released on April 23rd!!