Published by Lauren Blakely Books on January 6th 2016
Genres: Friends to Lovers, Romantic Comedy
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It's not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It's definitely the SIZE of the boat too.
And I've got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big cock.
You might think I'm an asshole. I sound like one, don’t I? I'm hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.
Guess what? You haven't heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind.
The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.
And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.
But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.
What the fuck have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?
BIG ROCK is a standalone, dirty romance novel written from the guy’s POV by NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…
Considering I haven’t read too many books coming specifically from the male point of view, I’d say this one was pretty well done. Spencer was funny, sincere, and good lord he was blunt. Whatever was on his mind you could just about guarantee it would come out of his mouth. At the same time, I thought some of his speech and actions were a little bit on the immature or more outlandish side of things, considering his age. Our heroine, Charlotte, is a sweet, smart and sassy girl that happens to be Spencer’s best friend and business partner. I wish we could’ve gotten a little more on her character and her feelings behind the entire scheme.
I liked this fake fiancé trope because it’s also a friends to lovers. The main characters already have a solid understanding of the other and where their relationship is at. They know what will make the other smile and what can also make them tick. The essential glances and touches and flirting covered between these two – both in public and not – made their fake relationship that much more plausible.
“We are tethered. She doesn’t look away, and I couldn’t if I tried. In her eyes, I see everything I never knew I wanted. Now I need it fiercely.”
I enjoyed the concept of coming up with rules for our main characters to follow, to ensure they could keep their friendship and not get weird. I then loved when these two continued to break every rule, consciously, while falling deeper for the other. They knew that things would change whether they were willing to accept it or not but simply couldn’t give up what they had, so they ignored their feelings and tried to maintain the pretence of following the rules. Along those lines, guys can be really, really dense. I thought it was really sweet when Spencer finally realized not only that he had romantic feelings for Charlotte, but just how deep they stemmed within him. This was the one point of the novel that I could really understand the characters feelings, and truly believe they loved the other in a different way than previously. And of course, with it being a male POV and seeing it from Spencer’s eyes made it that much sweeter.
“I love every goddamn thing in the universe, and I am the happiest bastard in the world right now, here, in this room, with the woman I have fallen for.
That’s what this is. That’s what the alphabet soup spells.
I’ve broken the biggest ground rule of all.
I’ve fallen in love with my best friend.”
Just a quick note. Be sure you have a fan. Or air conditioning. Or ice. This book gets a little spicey let me tell you! Thankfully it’s winter here in Canada so I was okay, but I’m suggesting we play a game of BYOF(an).
Big Rock is basically the epitome of a light and easy read, a full on romantic comedy. There wasn’t a ton of depth and I found it to be predictable, but it was fun, entertaining, quick and enjoyable. And hot! Definitely hot. If you’re looking for something along these lines I’d suggest to give Big Rock a try!