I received this book for free from Author, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Self Published by Author on November 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Author, Publisher
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…
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 thought this book was going to be a romantic comedy. Some sweet sexy fluffy romance that I would fly right through, you know brain candy. For some people that is probably exactly what this story was for them. For me, though this was a classic case of: it’s not you it’s me. Because, in the end there was way too much angst for a story that is advertised as a romantic comedy. Once I got over my initial disappointment, I actually liked The Fortunate Ones. This story ended up being a decent read. Not bad, not great, but not a waste of time either.
The story starts off with Brooke a 25 year old woman down on her luck. She comes from a well off family but is determined to make it on her own after she gets fired from her au pair job. She takes a job at a country club in Austin Texas. She bikes to work and lives in a co-op household. She likes to make it perfectly clear her dad may have money but she doesn’t. Here is another thing that I kind of liked but was annoyed at by the false advertising of the synopsis. I was under the impression that Brooke was not a “Fortunate One” but except she kind of is because she never had to eat bologna sandwiches growing up or watch as her parents struggled to pay bills. Her step mom is a stay at home wife and works on charity fundraising committees. Her mom travels in the Peace Corps. I admire that Brooke herself struggles. I admire that she doesn’t want to take handouts. It annoys me that she acts like she doesn’t come from this world. That is fine if she wants to be her own woman. If she wants to leave the behind the lifestyles of the rich and more rich. But, I found her judgmental ways to be kind of annoying.
Then one day Brooke meets James, the stylish and ever so handsome millionaire every woman under 40 wants to marry. Brooke knows she should stay away because James wants a wife and kids. Brooke is determined to leave the world of the rich and more rich behind. She wants to teach children as a nanny or au pair. She wants to travel the world. Honestly, I don’t think she know what she wants. So, the push and pull of the days of our lives, aka the James and Brooke love affair begins.
Again, I felt like this book more drama than romantic comedy. It was story about a woman that needs to find herself. She is at that time in her life that many 25 year olds find themselves in. That time when it is time to decide to grow up. Sometimes it is an easy transition that one falls into. Get a job, meet the person you want to marry, and then raise a family. Sometimes for people like Brooke it is a harder transition because there are so many things they wants to do. Brooke wants to eat, teach, and travel her way across the world. It was a romance and there were some funny parts in this story. But, it was also very dramatic and full of so much angst. The back and forth thing really started drive me crazy and actually seemed kind of unrealistic.
I want to reiterate that I didn’t dislike this story I was just disappointed and slightly annoyed at times. I can understand needing to find yourself. I can understand wanting to make it on your own. I just didn’t really like the Brooke and James. I liked a lot of the side characters like Brooke’s sister Ellie and the couple Brooke goes go to work for. I think liking the overall story and the supporting characters is what kept me reading this book. I am sorry to admit I didn’t connect to Brooke or James. Sometimes, it happens when I read a story, I just can’t feel the chemistry or the magic in the couple’s romance. So in the end, The Fortunate Ones had good side characters, decent plot, but sadly a romance that I couldn’t get behind. That makes for me, The Fortunate One just an okay average read.