on November 1st 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
Also by this author: The Foxe & the Hound
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…
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.
A strong New Adult romance with a dash of Cinderella story thrown in, R.S. Grey’s The Fortunate Ones was a fun and enjoyable romance about a wanderlust-stricken Cabana Girl and a billionaire with a heart of gold. Gut-wrenching at times, The Fortunate Ones delivered a light-hearted, steamy read that also touched on deeper themes of finding love at the wrong time and staying true to your life’s goals.
Brooke Davenport is a cabana girl at Austin’s Twin Oaks Country Club, suffering through spoiled rich kids, snobby teenagers, and their overindulgent parents. A French and Spanish double-major, this somewhat recent college graduate spends her days pool-side while searching for an overseas Au Pair job. The bright spot of her day? Watching rich, tech mogul James Ashwood rolling-up to the country club in his shiny black Porsche. James is easily Austen’s most eligible bachelor and the object of everyone’s infatuation. After a chance late-night encounter, he enlists Brooke’s help as a translator to recruit a potentially lucrative Finance executive to work for his firm.
Overall this was a fun and somewhat soul-searching read with an ending that left me feeling completely content. This book is completely stand-alone with the story told from Brooke’s point of view. While I’d classify The Fortunate Ones as a fun book, I wouldn’t exactly call it a romantic comedy – just a light-hearted contemporary romance. Not too much negative for me to say about this one, but I can see a few aspects that could turn readers off:
What I Liked the Most:
What I liked the most had very little to do with the actual relationship between Brooke and James! Rather, The Fortunate Ones turned into a larger statement on finding yourself and knowing when the time is right for love. I remember my mid-twenties and trying to figure out where my existing relationships fit-in with my goals and where I saw my life going. I think anyone who’s been through something similar could identify with Brooke’s trepidations and uncertainty. Even though I found Brooke to be slightly naive, I truly admired her “stay true to me” attitude and determination.
Where You May Struggle:
- I’ve noticed I either love or hate the main character in R.S. Grey’s books, even though they are always exceptionally well written! I just couldn’t be friends with them because they’d drive me insane! Brooke is a great example; she graduated with a double major in Spanish and French and seems somewhat surprised by her limited career options. She also makes some short-sighted decisions regarding her friendship with James that gets her into trouble more than once.
- James seemed like a great guy, but he didn’t strike me as extremely interesting. He’s the typical billionaire with a heart of gold and the book exploits the “poor, lonely, rich guy” angle. He’s ten years older than Brooke and looking for a stable relationship. He doesn’t actually do anything wrong; he’s just different than what Brooke is looking for.
- The Romance was a bit of a slow burn with the “sizzle” not picking up until the half-way point. I enjoyed the build-up, but know slow burn can be frustrating if I’m not expecting it!