BOOK REVIEW: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

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At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?
They’re used to getting what they want.

Melanie’s 5+ Star Review:

With dreamy eyes and a big smile on my face, I shut off my Kindle and ended the love affair with my TOP 2017 read. I’ve read many of R.S. Grey’s books, all of which I’ve enjoyed and most of which I’ve loved but her most recent release, The Fortunate Ones won me over times a million. A feel good romance with enough angst to make a literary masochist’s mouth water. I was unable to put my e-reader down for more than a few minutes at a time—those minutes of course ones that called for emergency family needs. And during those few times, I could almost hear James and Brooke calling a teasing, “Yoo-hoo, over here!” The author’s writing is deftly inviting and her characters so utterly alluring. I couldn’t get enough of Ms. Grey’s words which left me reading through the night and into the early hours of the morning. A full 8 hours night’s rest and the following day’s work productivity be damned.

In The Fortunate Ones, we get a taste of how the rich live. Set mostly inside the lavish premises of Twin Oaks Country Club in Austin, Texas you quickly hone on to the fact that the author may just have some experience in a place like this. I loved the way she described not only the extravagant amenities and services such a place would offer but also love that she goes into great detail about the over-the-top shenanigans its affluent members are up to. The author delivers it in such a witty, humorous way which had me giggling in the dark of my bedroom with a snoring husband next to me. I’m legit thankful for our Tempurpedic having enough sense to cushion the shaking from those incessant giggles.

 Though Brooke, the female lead in this story was born rich and comes from old money, she goes against the grain. Both her and her sister Ellie take up jobs at Twin Oaks instead of depending on their father’s money or finding an equally rich husband to depend on. I loved, loved this about her. She’s well educated, determined, and confident. Brooke would make Beyoncé proud about the whole independent woman thing, but there’s also a softness that makes up so much of who she is. It’s when the infamous James Ashwood comes into her life that this vulnerability really comes into focus. But before we get into that, let’s get into James flippin’ Ashwood—oh yes, PLEASE! Oh, how I’d love to get into James Ashwood, over and over and over again. Hello, heart shaped eyes emoji and oh, there goes those ovaries bursting like they’re mass weapons of destruction. This guy. THIS GUY! He most definitely lives up to the locker room rumors. Intelligence and looks, this guy could win Ms. Universe in a heartbeat. Not even Steve Harvey could mess that one up. Not only is he passionate about his work, but he’s so gosh darn passionate when it comes to Brooke as well. The connection that these two share is something that I went gaga over. So sweet, so DAAAAAAAAAMNED HAAAAAWT! Yep, not HOT—HAWT! It could be that the cat and mouse game they play with each other worked their appetites but when they finally give into their desires their chemistry is so off the Richter scale. So not only was the bed shaking with giggles but boy oh boy, it was also shaking for other reasons which shouldn’t be mentioned for the sake of TMI. Buuuut…“Hello, thigh clench it’s good see you again old pal, how I’ve missed you.” You will self-combust from the heat that emanates between James and Brooke; and no, it’s not page after page of senseless hottie tottie scenes—it’s those couple of scenes that matter and that make the thigh clench all too real.

 While this book could be dubbed as an easy going, feel good read it also has so much angst that comes from both Brooke’s and James’ vulnerabilities—her inability to settle down and his lack of experience in the love department. But the best part about it is that even though they’re both trying to navigate their way, the road always seems to lead back to one another. They make you realize that carefully mapped out plans aren’t always the right direction to take. Rather, it’s truly the heart that leads us the right way, to the right person. The Fortunate Ones really made me feel like the fortunate one to have found my top 2017 read so late into the year. Cue, “Save the Best for Last” by the beautiful Vanessa Williams, ya’ll! This was the book I needed and you can bet that this book is soon going to find its way on to my bookshelf just as it has already found its way into my bookish heart. With it’s delicious and addicting components, R.S. Grey has concocted the perfect modern day love story in The Fortunate Ones. 

We Like It Big Tunes:

I Wasn’t Expecting That- Jamie Lawson

About the Author:

2so23nngcllmsqdmqn85i6mkkd._UX250_R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including four #1 bestselling romantic comedies. She loves yoga, chocolate, reality TV, and cold weather. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs. Visit her at RSGrey.com or on Instagram: @authorrsgrey.

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