ARC Review: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

Release Date: November 1, 2017
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.


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.

The Fortunate Ones is my absolute favorite R.S. Grey romantic comedy to date. Even at the beginning, I knew that Brooke and James will go places in my heart. And they didn’t fail me. I fell so hard for these two, face lit and flat on the ground!

It felt so good to reconnect with a solid alpha male like James Ashwood! This kingpin had me smiling like a pathetic school girl. I was so fascinated by his unreachable vibe. Mysterious and callous sometimes but surprisingly thoughtful and sweet. James is a man of few words but damn when he opens his beautiful mouth you will swoon. He is amazing in every sense of the word, building his own empire to benefit others. As Brooke puts it, he is not just a man in a stylish suit.

Let’s talk about cabana girl, Brooke Davenport. She is so animated, hilarious with all out inner monologues. And even if her family is well off she’s hardworking and not the entitled kind. Overthinker, hasty, indecisive? Yes, all her! Now how come I still enjoyed our heroine? R.S. Grey was great at putting me in Brooke’s shoes. And I felt that R.S. Grey was unyielding with her personality all throughout the story. Brooke is a giver. She gives in not only to James but almost to everyone in her life. So, there’s no surprise that she easily succumbs to James Ashwood. I don’t know what I would do with myself too if I come face to face with that sexy son of a gun. I would like to think that Brooke’s major decisions are not in vain, she needed some growing to do. I also felt that her insecurities were justified by the surrounding family drama.

The author gave me a very vivid picture of how the major characters are so different. She also did a great job intertwining the major conflicts with the early revelations of their life longings. Believe it or not I loved the chasing. Usually I get mixed feelings with unending cycles in love stories but this one was a total exception. There’s so much sexual tension and I got addicted with the push and pull. Even though this is only written in Brooke’s POV, I was fully content with what I was gathering about the hero. I loved that it was well paced with slight slow burn that I always pine for.

How this story ended felt slightly abrupt. But that didn’t entirely ruin the experience for me because I got all the feels I wanted. It was either I was giddy with all the romanticism or my heart was being poked by all the painful parts. The Fortunate Ones has all the necessary ingredients of a romantic comedy – romance strong, amusing banters, firecracker of a chemistry and drama so fitting. You will also fall for the secondary characters that gave more entertainment value. I can’t wait to read this again with a bucket of ice cream by my side and some feel good songs in the background. It was truly chicken soup for the tired soul!

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