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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Oh LORDY. This is the second R.S. Grey book I’ve ever read and let me tell you right now, if the rest of her books are as amazing as this one then she’ll climb the “favorite authors” ladder like it’s nobody’s business. I can already tell she writes the most amazing romantic comedies.


Brooke wants to travel the world. She wants “adventure in the great wide somewhere” (total Belle vibes, I know). A few months ago she got fired from her au pair job in France so she had to move back to Texas to work as a cabana girl. Life’s been rather dull since then. Except for those tiny glimpses of James Ashwood she gets once in a while. Those glimpses alone are almost worth working in the country club… almost. Saying she has a massive crush would be the mother of all understatements.

And then one day her platonic crush doesn’t seem so platonic anymore. It looks like her feelings might not be one-sided after all. But then again, James Ashwood is 11 freaking years older than her, he wants a wife and kids and the whole shebang while she has a serious case of wanderlust.

There’s no way they could ever work out. Right? RIGHT!?


This book was near freaking perfection for me. The only tiny thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the age difference between Brooke and James. Eleven years are a whole lot! But you know, love is love and you can’t decide who you fall for so I accepted it eventually. Plus, the age difference and the maturity that comes with plays a big part in the plot of this book so it’s all good in the world. You guys don’t need to worry your pretty little heads over it because I’m sure you’ll end up loving this book anyway.


Brooke is such a charming character. The entire book is written from her point of view and she had me snorting with laughter way more than I’d like to admit. She’s one of those rare characters that actually act their age and not older. Not once does she change or acts different while she’s with James even though he’s way older and lives a different lifestyle than she does. She’s still playful and witty and quirky which balances James’ seriousness and makes them the cutest couple ever.

I feel like a lot of y’all are going to relate with her. She’s the perfect representation all of us who’ve ever had a massive crush on someone!


I’m giving this book a standing ovation because it got me out of my latest reading slump and that is a difficult thing to do for a brand new book (I only get out of reading slumps by rereading books I love).  The story grabbed me from beginning to end and it wouldn’t let go, even for a second. It is not the kind of romance story where you can predict what will happen in the end. I was actually afraid things wouldn’t work out in the end and I would end up hating either Brooke or James but R.S. Grey is a genius. The ending was fantastic and unexpected (at least for me) and I wish I had a little more of that beautiful epilogue.


I seriously can’t recommend this book enough. If you are looking for a romantic comedy that will have your heart bursting out of your chest and snorting with laughter then pick up this book as soon as you can. I promise you, you are going to fall in love with R.S. Grey’s writing and if you are lucky enough she’ll even become one of your favorite authors.



“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.




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!


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