Published on January 6th 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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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…
So I tried reading this via ebook earlier this month, and I felt a little “meh” about it. Mainly because the way the MALE POV was written felt very reminiscent of Drew from Tangled (by Emma Chase). So to be honest, I was a little put off by it, and I had a hard time overlooking the similarities.
However, when I saw the audiobook would be narrated by one of my faves, Sebastian York, I figured I’d give it another try. (Especially since everyone was raving about it.)
I have to admit, I did prefer reading it via audio. However, not even Sebastian York could make me overlook the fact that the writing was just okay. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good friends to lovers romance, but I found that there was something that just felt…contrived about it.
Maybe the author didn’t pace the story well enough (it felt a little rushed, IMO), or maybe I just wasn’t able to connect with the characters enough to care. Honestly, I’m finding it hard for me to put my finger on the exact issue. As the reader, we only really get 2 or 3 chapters to meet the characters and gauge their friendship before we are full-on thrown into the their fake relationship, then shortly thereafter, they’re engaging in a ‘no strings attached’ physical relationship, and by the end of 7 days (as in one week, guys), they’re catching feelings.
Too much, too fast.
I could barely acclimate myself to one thing, before being thrust (that what she said) into another. And by the end of it all, I legit shrugged my shoulders at the ‘MEH’ of it all.
Was it predictable? Yes.
Did I hate that it was? No, actually.
Did I get upset when the conflict hit? Nah, bro.
Was I happy by the end? *shrugs* Sure.
So if I’m being honest, this book was just (barely) adequate in my opinion.
It’s a nice quick read with a predictable plot, with writing that will give you whiplash as you try to keep up with the split-second character development.
When I read the ARC, I gave it 2.5 Stars.
When I listened to it, I rated it 3, mainly cause Sebastian York is pretty darn good.
I can definitely see how others may enjoy this more than I did, but I think at the end of the day, I prefer to read characters that have a little more depth.
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