November 1, 2017 | Posted by Victoria in Book Blitz / Book Blast, Book Reviews | 2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: November 1, 2017 by Self Published
Format: eARC
Goodreads 2.5 Stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was so excited when I received an arc of R.S. Grey’s new book, I love her writing and her characters. Over the summer I binge read like five of her books and loved them, so I could not wait to jump into this one. Unfortunately this is not one of my favorite R.S. Grey books. It was okay, but there were too many issues for me to really enjoy it.

The Fortunate Ones follows Brooke, a recent college graduate who works at a prestigious country club in Austin, Texas  (Yay Texas!), and is accustomed to being surrounded by wealth from the patrons of the club. James Ashwood is a prominent member, he’s an attractive, wealthy tech mogul, and all the females at the country club swoon whenever he walks into a room.

Like all of Grey’s books, The Fortunate Ones is very quick and easy to read, and I finished it in one sitting because I was sucked in and didn’t want to put it down. Grey also does a great job writing banter and humor. The characters banter was great here, and I really enjoyed it. I also laughed out loud so many times while reading because some parts were just so funny! 

Unlike Grey’s other works, I couldn’t relate to the main character, and I didn’t like the romantic lead. James was great in the first half of the book, he was attractive and so swoon worthy, but because of how he acted in the third quarter of the book, I didn’t really like him after that and he never redeemed himself for me. Brook was an okay character, but throughout the book she kept bringing up how attractive she is and how guys are always throwing themselves at her. Typically this doesn’t bother me, but it was repeated so many times that it got to be kind of annoying.

My biggest issue with this book, and the reason I didn’t enjoy it more was because of some of James’ behavior. In the third quarter of the book he became so overpowering and demanding towards Brooke, and she I have nothing against age differences or differences in wealth, but in this book, those differences led to an imbalance of power in the relationship that did not seem healthy to me. James had so much more power than her in the relationship, and he was calling all the shots, and I didn’t like that at all.

Overall I enjoyed parts of this story, but it’s not my favorite R.S. Grey book. The first half and last quarter were enjoyable, but I didn’t like most of the third quarter, which definitely had an impact on how I felt about the book overall.

Even though this book fell flat for me, I can’t wait to see what R.S. Grey comes out with next!

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