I picked this up just to see what Ryan could do with something that wasn't set in space. It's a very different sort of novel, and a completely different type of heroine--she's brash and abrasive and would almost be off-putting, if she weren't just vulnerable and colorful enough to seem truly real. Ryan is as fabulous as ever, technically, but is far better in "Vibes" at allowing us to see inside her characters' hearts and minds. It's an extremely engaging book. I only downgraded it some for language, which always bugs me. 3.5 stars.