Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
Published by EverAfter Platinum on January 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult
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 c*&k.
You might think I'm an a*&hole. 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?
This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
In the midst of an important business transaction, Spencer Holiday, businessman and playboy extraordinaire, has to pretend to be the perfect, domesticated, one-woman gentleman to seal the deal. The perfect way to show that is if you’re tying the knot. It’s a good thing his best friend, Charlotte Rhodes, is perfect for the role.
Despite the predictability of Big Rock, there were so many things about this book that thoroughly surprised me! When I read the first sentence in this book, I thought “Ugh I am going to hate this guy”. I was wrong. So wrong! Spencer’s such a self-assured man when it comes to women and sex, but he’s not a douchebag about it. He knows women and enjoys sex, but he doesn’t treat them badly because of it. No slut-shaming whatsoever. He respects them and understands how much the opposite sex enjoys tumbling in the sheets as much as men do.
I never expected to enjoy a book that’s purely written in the male protagonist’s point of view. Spencer is such an entertaining and colorful guy. It was nice to read an adult contemporary romance in the guy’s eyes. To read his thoughts especially when he was falling in love, gaaaaah. I’m a sucker for those! Especially when the narrative is convincing and entertaining!
“You don’t want to ride a miniature pony when you can saddle up on a rock-star cock at the rodeo of your pleasure.”
The book wasn’t as long as I expected it to be, but the pacing was just right. Set in the duration of the fake engagement, we can see the relationship between Spencer and Charlotte grow from platonic to romantic. The love could be a bit instant if you think about the week-long engagement, but they’ve had a long-standing friendship; they have been business partners for a while now and have been best friends since college. They’ve been friends for so long that they never really thought of being in a relationship until they had to pretend to be engaged.
The sparks are flying and their relationship is the perfect mix of sexy and adorable. They trust and care for each other and feel extreme attraction towards one another. I think that’s the perfect balance to have a happy relationship. It was sweet that Spencer held himself back because he cared enough about his friendship with Charlotte. ugh how adorable.
The side characters were a lovely bunch, too (with the exception of Mr. Offerman and dishonest Abe). Most rich male protagonists have complicated family relationships, but Spencer is still quite close to his family. They’re a humble and fun bunch for a family that started the famous jewelry business Katherine’s (which I’m guessing is Tiffany’s in the real world). He also has an amazing friend in Nick Hammer (who stars in Lauren Blakely’s newest book, Mister O!). And don’t get me started on Spencer’s cat, Fido! He’s one of my favorite fictional pets!
“I want to eat the green gummy bears for you so you never have to taste them, and I want to sit through the torture of Fiddle on the Roof with you, and drink virgin margaritas some nights, and non-bad beer other nights, and put you in bed if you’re tired and have a headache, and make love to you all night long if you don’t.”
Where can I get that kind of relationship???
Tropes: Fake Relationship, Friends to Lovers
POV: First Person, Male POV