Romance Books

The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

Goodreads Summary

fortunate onesAt 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.


3 1/2 out of 5 stars


I have very much enjoyed R.S. Grey’s previous books, but this one wasn’t that great for me. Why? Brooke, the female lead.

Brooke is 25 and wants to make it on her own, despite coming from money. She lives in a co-op with a bunch of stoner types and works as a cabana girl at a country club.  She’s fluent in French and Spanish and would like to find a job where she can live with a family and teach French. She lost her last Au Pair job because she was “too pretty”, a point we were hammered over the head with during the book.

One of the perks of Brooke’s job is she can drool over James Ashwood, the owner of a tech company and millionaire. I liked James. He was a little aloof, and I think the book would have been MUCH better had it been told from James POV as well (instead of only Brooke’s).

The romance in this book is SLOW to develop. There is an 11-year age difference between Brooke and James. Not normally a big deal, but Brooke is REALLY immature. She and James end up spending a lot of time apart, and when she’s back, he’s really quick to forgive and forget. I had a hard time buying that.

I also found Brooke’s sister Ellie to be very annoying. She was older than Brooke and also very immature. I didn’t love the country club setting as the main location in the book either.

The biggest problem though was James was not fully developed as a character. He clearly had a backstory that made him aloof and standoff-ish, but we never learned what that was. As I said before, having the story be told from his POV would have made him much more understandable.

Overall, this book fell flat. I do like this author though, and I will continue to read her books.

Happy reading.

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