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.



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I blink my eyes open to find him staring down at me with undisguised emotion—in fact, he’s looking at me as if I’m the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, and it’s too much.



THE FORTUNATE ONES is going on my list of top favorites written by the talented R.S. Grey! Fans of this author are sure to fall hard for this story and for those of you who haven’t tried one of her books yet, I strongly recommend this one! There is a healthy dose of angst and it only helped to make the romance more intense for me. While I was annoyed quite a bit with the Heroine, there wasn’t anything that I could find wrong with the Hero. James Ashwood is sure to become a #1 book boyfriend contender for many readers out there!

Brooke Davenport is a young woman whose life is stuck in limbo. She works as a cabana girl for one of the most exclusive country clubs in Austin, Texas. Brooke loathes her job but it’s been nearly impossible to find a position as an au pair. She studied languages in college and speaks fluent French and Spanish. Brooke’s exquisite good looks gets her plenty of attention from the opposite sex but it’s also the main reason she’s unable to find a job in her desired profession. No woman wants Brooke living under the same roof where she would be in close proximity to their husbands even though she isn’t the kind of girl who would ever get involved with a married man. There hasn’t been anyone who has been able to capture her heart until she sets her sights on one of the most powerful and gorgeous members of Twin Oaks country club—James Ashford.




There isn’t a woman within the city limits of Austin who hasn’t had naughty fantasies about James. Brooke tries to keep her crush on him a secret but soon enough the two cross paths at the country club and after a couple of short conversations, he is propositioning her to be his plus one at a dinner party. Their first date ends disastrously and there are mixed feelings of hurt and anger between them, but there’s also no denying their white-hot chemistry. Neither Brooke nor James are able to fight their intense attraction for each other and they end up giving in to their physical desires and while most women would be floating on a cloud afterward, Brooke is beyond spooked. During their pillow talk, James admits he’s looking to settle down and raising a family! Who would have thought the roles would be reversed in this situation? But there is a huge age difference between them and while James has sown his oats, Brooke is just starting her life as an adult and wants to travel the world. Settling down is the farthest thing on her mind, which also stems from her mother’s abandonment of Brooke and her sister Ellie when they were much younger.

Throughout the story, Brooke’s constant push and pull behavior is beyond annoying! When she is forced to make an important life decision, will she choose wisely? Brooke is almost too stubborn for her own good and it might ultimately cause her to lose sight of where her happiness truly lays.

Here are my overall ratings on the book:

Heroes: 5
Heroine: 4
Plot: 5
Angst: 5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

THE FORTUNATE ONES is currently available! This is one of those romances that will completely sweep you away and at times have your gut wrenching but I promise you, this is a book you really shouldn’t pass up.



*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!



Brooke Davenport is a gorgeous 25 yr. old woman living in Austin, Texas. She graduated from UT & majored in French & Spanish, and then spent a year traveling. She wants to work for a family & tutor abroad as an au pair, but until she lands her dream job, she still needs to pay rent. She comes from a wealthy family but wants to make it on her own. While she looks for her ideal job, she makes ends meet at the Twin Oaks Country Club where she’s worked as a cabana girl for the past three months.


The only perk of her job is the delicious eye candy that is James Ashwood. James is a rich, successful 36 yr. old businessman who knows how to wear a suit. He’s stunningly beautiful, & talked about by all the females at the club. He’s a legacy member, a tech mogul, & one of Austin’s most eligible bachelors. She’s only caught glimpses of him in passing, & seen him from afar in his Porsche, then one evening she comes face to face with her secret crush. He’s alone at the bar & asks her to join him. He’s even more gorgeous close-up, & she’s embarrassed by how affected she is by him.



-His eyes meet mine across the dining room. A ton of bricks fall on my chest. I’m paralyzed. And then he smiles, and it’s small, hidden, like we’re both in on a private joke, but there’s no time to read into it.

-That smile is dangerous. A girl could be convinced to do just about anything with a smile like that.


James is charming & sexy, and soon Brooke is completely infatuated with him, but when things begin to progress between them she gets scared & puts on the brakes. They have different life plans. He wants a commitment & to settle down, and she doesn’t want strings. She has goals & wants to be free to follow her dreams, but will love derail her plans?

I really loved this book and this beautiful man. James Ashwood was super swoony & I couldn’t put this book down. R.S. Grey has become a go-to author for me. I’ve read every book she’s written since I first opened one of her books. She always creates book boyfriends I fall in love with. I highly recommend this one! It’s fabulous!

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