Friday, February 12, 2016

{Book Review} Big Rock by Lauren Blakely

From Goodreads

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?

BIG ROCK is a standalone, dirty romance novel written from the guy’s POV by NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…

My Thoughts 

4.5 "Sinfully Sexy and Sweet" Stars

I tell myself not to panic prematurely. This is what friends do for each other. They pretend they're going to marry you when you need them to. Right?

I bought this book because I thought it said "big cock" at first glance, and that, combined with the cover hunk, set my inner pervert all aflutter. 
Okay, and the ratings for it were really highly. But mostly for the first thing.

I've been in the mood for light, funny, sexy times lately, and this book was exactly what I wanted. It was the perfect mix of hilarity, smut, and plenty of sizzling chemistry. I was giggling throughout the whole story, and fanning myself during the epic sex scenes. 

"How do you get yourself into these situations?"
"I like to think it's my wit and charm, but in this case, it might have been my big mouth.

The all guy POV was something I haven't read in quite a while, and it was very well executed! Our protagonist, Spencer, was a refreshing take on the typical hero: rather than a brooding, using manslut, he's a happy and gentlemanly (sort of...he's still a delightfully dirty bastard ;)) manslut. 
Much to my happy surprise, his whorish ways are really only mentioned in passing and as backstory, and we don't see any of his slutty ways aside from a few of his comments. That was a pleasant change!

This is the end to my Saturday night. My cat has watched me whack off to a vision of my best friend. 
"Don't say a word," I hiss.
He looks away, lifting his chin haughtily. But he'll keep my secret.
I'll keep his too, the fucking little voyeur. 

The chemistry between Spencer and Charlotte was off the charts. I'm a sucker for a good friends to lovers story, and Big Rock is pulled it off flawlessly. There's history and familiarity between the two, with the sort of easy back and forth banter that kept me smiling and rooting for them over the course of the story. 

The sex is smokin' hot. The story was fun and funny, but the sex was the icing on the cake!

I burn up all over as I watch her. I am comprised of nothing but heat. Her lips. Her eyes. Everything. She is my fucking everything. 

The book is a bit predictable and straightforward, but it worked for it. These kinds of rom-coms don't really need an intricate plot with tons of twists and world building; it's dessert, not a nutritional meal. I want to just sink into fun, sexy times, and that's exactly what happened!

I've broken the biggest ground rule of all. I've fallen in love with my best friend. 

Big Rock moves along at a good clip and primarily spans a week's time. I was eager to get back to it when I was forced away, and it was a very quick and enjoyable read.

Overall, Big Rock is a delightfully fun and romantic story with a charming hero, a funny and relatable heroine, plenty of sex and banter, and zero angst. Highly recommend!

*My own copy

- The Bibliophile Babe


  1. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I spotted it on Amazon awhile back and thought the title was also Big Cock instead of Rock lol

  2. Ha ha... that totally cracked me up that you bought the book because you thought it said Big Cock. I love a good best friend romance and the quotes you shared were funny.

  3. Yea, I caught the double entendre there. ;) I love that you bought the book for the title that wasn't the title... and yet was. LOL

  4. Good God. That cover is so distracting.

  5. This made me laugh out loud! I love your line "it's dessert, not a nutritional meal" <--- YES. We all need dessert from time to time. This sounds like a great guilty pleasure read, and I'm adding it to the list. Great review!