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.

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 My Review:

Halfway through the book, I knew The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey is one of those books that grab hold onto your heart and will never let you go. It’s been two days that I finished the book and I still cannot stop thinking about it, even though I have completed another book. I can’t stop obsessing over James Ashwood and it’s completely obvious to me now why everyone at Twin Oaks is smitten with him.
Brooke Davenport counting down her days working at the country club. After being fired from her au pair job a few months ago, she has no choice but to bide her time to work as a cabana girl at the Twin Oaks country club, until she can save enough money to travel or get another au pair job.
The only highlight of working at the club is the small glimpses of James Ashwood. Her crush on him almost makes working at the club bearable. 
With 11 years in between them, James Ashwood is done with exploring life and wants to finally settle down. He wants a wife he can come home to and kids who will brighten up his day.

But Brooke isn’t ready to be tied down yet. Will they ever get their happily ever after?
I loved both the characters and found this book to be as perfect as it gets. I have said this before and I still stand by my words, R.S. Grey is a genius and she is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. I love her writing and humor. This time was no different. What she did in this plot was beautiful and much needed.
I am glad that Brooke and James didn’t rush things and they each went on their own paths. While it was heartbreaking to read, it helped both of them grow into the wonderful people that they are and find their way back to each other.
I admire the way James understood Brooke’s need to explore life. Down to earth and successful, James is the man you want to bring home to your mama. When he loves he loves hard and boy, am I crazy about him! Count me as one of those girls at Twin Oaks smitten and ogling his back as he walks by. (I am also totally imagining having his babies, but shh! you’ve never heard me admit that)

I truly cannot recommend this book enough to you guys. R.S. Grey truly has a talent and I have loved all her books so far. The Fortunate Ones was an engaging and sexy read that packs one hell of an emotional punch. I stayed up all night to finish this book and devoured it whole. I did not want to finish it yet I couldn’t put it down. 
5 Stars

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“I missed you today,” he says, his heated gaze lingering on my body.

I step back, and he follows.

He looks like he’s cornering his prey.

“Apparently not enough to make it to dinner,” I point out icily.

“I called the restaurant and told them I’d be late. Didn’t they tell you?”

I cross my arms and glance away.

“Brooke.” He steps closer and gently lifts my chin, forcing me to look back at him. “Fight with me tomorrow.”

I narrow my eyes, angry with him for shelving this discussion so casually. To him, it doesn’t matter that I sat in that restaurant alone, looking like a fool for nearly two hours. He’s brushing off my anger, stepping closer and forcing his way past my defenses.

“I think I’d like to talk about it now.”

I catch the beginning of a smirk just before he leans in to kiss my cheek.

“Are you sure there isn’t anything you’d rather be doing right now?”

He uncrosses my arms and brings them up over his shoulders then steps closer, towering over me. My arms tighten around his neck, but still, I turn away, keeping my mouth from him. His breath hits my neck and he pulls me taut against his hard body, growing more impatient with every moment I try to resist.

“Brooke,” he whispers huskily.

My eyes flutter closed as he bends and presses a kiss to my cheek, my chin, then lower, tipping my head back so he can reach the smooth recess at the nape of my neck. I shiver and he groans, obviously aware of what his touch is doing to me.


About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at

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