Review: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

Posted November 13, 2017 by Mallory in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review:  The Fortunate Ones by R.S. GreyThe Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey
on November 1st 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: E-Book
Source: Personal Copy

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.

Also by this author: The Foxe & the Hound

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!

8 responses to “Review: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

  1. I actually love slow burn so I am okay with that 😀 I haven’t read any of her books before. I heard they are funny?
    Oh the whole career thing would probably annoy me as well, because yea… how did she not expect that?

    • Mallory

      I actually really like R.S. Grey’s books and they usually have a fun, quirky vibe to them. I actually stumbled upon them when I had a Kindle Unlimited subscription last year – give her a try if you’re on Amazon Prime and have a “Freebie” book to use from the Lending Library. Great way to discover new authors! 🙂

  2. What a detailed, awesome review. Thanks for sharing, Mallory. I’ve been eyeing this book since like two weeks ago but I’m not familiar with the author so I’ve been waiting for more reviews to come. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it despite your issues. 😁❤️👍🏻

    • Mallory

      Why, thank you Geybie 🙂 I do like this author and have read a few of her books. I can’t think of any that are a particular favorite that I’d start with (although I didn’t like the Foxe and the Hound), but overall they’re solid reads. Not lot of angst if you’re in the mood for something dark and dramatic though 🙂

    • Mallory

      YES TO EVERYTHING YOU SAID!!! There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay single – it just shows that you’re true to you 🙂 When the time comes, you’ll know…. no need to rush it in the meantime!

    • Mallory

      I actually like R.S. Grey quite a bit! Her novels are all pretty light and straight forward – most of the ones I’ve read also have some type of enemies/friends to lovers aspect as well. I always reccomend readers give her a try if they’re on the Kindle Unlimited/Kindle Lending Library program – they’re worth the “freebie” rental 🙂

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