Audiobook Review | Big Rock by Lauren Blakely

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
Contemporary Romance
Published on January 6th, 2016
ARC from Netgalley



Book Blurb: 

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?

| Audiobook Review |

Ok, so to me, Big Rock feels like what would happen if you threw a bunch of teenage girls into a room and told them to write a romance novel about adults from a man’s point of view. Especially when you throw in the pop culture references (that the hero makes – wth?) of ‘touched for the very first time’ and ‘Pretty in Pink.’ The blurb of this book is misleading since it’s not Spencer’s father who pressures him into a fake engagement. It’s Spencer himself who comes up with this dumb idea and then runs with it. Because he is such a good son. If you don’t believe him, just ask him.

His inner dialogue drove me nuts, as did the attempt to make him seem like a nice guy. It’s like there was a checklist to prove it, but everything felt very superficial and was never delved into enough to make it feel like that goodness was an inherent part of him. Another thing I had issue with was that this was all for show for a buyer of his dad’s business. A buyer who was very into family values and appearances. Well, just prior to his engagement, Spencer was in the paper with other women. Which is fine if the buyer wasn’t someone who in my opinion, would have vetted the family whose business he was purchasing if he was that into appearances. And I don’t care about Spencer’s past – I’ve read a lot of heroes who like to enjoy different women on a regular basis – but let’s call a spade a spade and label this part of the story as a contrivance. I mean, it’s one thing to lie to a business associate, but something else entirely to attempt to lie to your loving family who would have never asked this of you. The characters and story had no depth for me, and I can’t help but wonder if the author had spent as much time developing their present as she did trying to show us how ‘charming’ their past was, maybe there could have been. I also feel like there should have been some weirdness between a man and his long-time friend when they decide to hit the sheets. Even just at first – it doesn’t have to persist, but there was zero here, and it just didn’t feel real to me. And since being inside Spencer’s head drove me nuts, I just couldn’t find the love scenes sexy here. It just felt like he went on and on…except with foreplay, which I’d expect a lot of with a self-proclaimed amazing lover.

There were some things I liked about this book, like Spencer’s family and his friend Nick. I do love a good geek turned hot story, so I am going to give Nick’s book a go. If it doesn’t work out, I’m to consider this ‘stand-alone series’ to be a bust for me. If you’re someone who likes Spencer, I can see why you’d like this book. There were some funny moments and I think, on the surface, he did care for Charlotte. I just wish we’d have been able to get a deeper look at the characters in this one.

Narrator: I thought the narrator for this book was OK once I moved past the fact that Spencer sound more like ‘Spincer.’ His woman’s voice was also more like a whisper than a soft voice, but it wasn’t too bad once I got used to it. Overall, he did a decent job and I wouldn’t mind listening to books he narrated in the future.

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11 thoughts on “Audiobook Review | Big Rock by Lauren Blakely

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  1. Oof! I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you! That’s too bad. But I get it. I’ve not read anything from Lauren Blakely yet but she’s an author I seem to collect. 😉 I do like Sebastian York’s narration but I’ve only listened to him do a dual narration, so he wasn’t voicing the female all that often. I hope your next listen hits the spot! 🙂


  2. Eeesh. This one doesn’t sound like it worked out. I hate pop-culture references in my books. Am I the only one that feels like in a few years it would all be dated. Plus, I always feel left out if I don’t know what they are referring to. It really sucks that this was such a dud for you.


  3. I wondered about that when I read the blurb. He does come off as all that and a bag of chips to himself and it does change things if the arrangement was his own idea to impress a buyer. I’ve found humor to be an iffy thing with me which is generally when I struggle books that are general favs with others.

    Oh well, hopefully Nick’s book will be a good one for you.


    1. I’m definitely in the minority with this one, but I just didn’t care for it. The humor was not up my alley.

      I listened to about two minutes of Nick’s book and stopped. This series just isn’t for me. Moving on! LOL


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