- File Size: 1094 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1977834108
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Unknown (November 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076X5XB45
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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NOW, don't get me wrong. The story is nice. The writing is fine.
- There is a lot of inner dialogue. ALOT. Something important will be said and then we have Brooke's inner dialogue for an entire Kindle page.
- The sex scenes are not very kind, or sexy. When they do make love, it is fade to black. They don't feel passionate. They are usually out of anger.
- From that, I don't feel the love. I felt obsession more.
- B leaves for 1.5 years. James is mean when she gets back (shocker) so she sees she loves him. Um, ok.
Then ... it kind of ends. Sure we get a HEA. But it was kind of ... blah.
In The Fortunate Ones, we get a taste of how the rich live. Set mostly inside the lavish premises of Twin Oaks Country Club in Austin, Texas you quickly hone on to the fact that the author may just have some experience in a place like this. I loved the way she described not only the extravagant amenities and services such a place would offer but also love that she goes into great detail about the over-the-top shenanigans its affluent members are up to. The author delivers it in such a witty, humorous way which had me giggling in the dark of my bedroom with a snoring husband next to me. I’m legit thankful for our Tempurpedic having enough sense to cushion the shaking from those incessant giggles.
Though Brooke, the female lead in this story was born rich and comes from old money, she goes against the grain. Both her and her sister Ellie take up jobs at Twin Oaks instead of depending on their father’s money or finding an equally rich husband to depend on. I loved, loved this about her. She’s well educated, determined, and confident. Brooke would make Beyoncé proud about the whole independent woman thing, but there’s also a softness that makes up so much of who she is. It’s when the infamous James Ashwood comes into her life that this vulnerability really comes into focus. But before we get into that, let’s get into James flippin’ Ashwood—oh yes, PLEASE! Oh, how I’d love to get into James Ashwood, over and over and over again. Hello, heart shaped eyes emoji and oh, there goes those ovaries bursting like they’re mass weapons of destruction. This guy. THIS GUY! He most definitely lives up to the locker room rumors. Intelligence and looks, this guy could win Ms. Universe in a heartbeat. Not even Steve Harvey could mess that one up. Not only is he passionate about his work, but he’s so gosh darn passionate when it comes to Brooke as well. The connection that these two share is something that I went gaga over. So sweet, so DAAAAAAAAAMNED HAAAAAWT! Yep, not HOT—HAWT! It could be that the cat and mouse game they play with each other worked their appetites but when they finally give into their desires their chemistry is so off the Richter scale. So not only was the bed shaking with giggles but boy oh boy, it was also shaking for other reasons which shouldn’t be mentioned for the sake of TMI. Buuuut…“Hello, thigh clench it’s good see you again old pal, how I’ve missed you.” You will self-combust from the heat that emanates between James and Brooke; and no, it’s not page after page of senseless hottie tottie scenes—it’s those couple of scenes that matter and that make the thigh clench all too real.
While this book could be dubbed as an easy going, feel good read it also has so much angst that comes from both Brooke’s and James’ vulnerabilities—her inability to settle down and his lack of experience in the love department. But the best part about it is that even though they’re both trying to navigate their way, the road always seems to lead back to one another. They make you realize that carefully mapped out plans aren’t always the right direction to take. Rather, it’s truly the heart that leads us the right way, to the right person. The Fortunate Ones really made me feel like the fortunate one to have found my top 2017 read so late into the year. Cue, “Save the Best for Last” by the beautiful Vanessa Williams, ya’ll! This was the book I needed and you can bet that this book is soon going to find its way on to my bookshelf just as it has already found its way into my bookish heart. With it’s delicious and addicting components, R.S. Grey has concocted the perfect modern day love story in The Fortunate Ones.
Now on to my thoughts... I know you are all on pins and needles right now!
The cover on this book is beautiful, but it doesn't really reflect the characters in the book... you know I love a pretty cover and this one is stunning. It truly is, but it doesn't work for me after reading the book and knowing the characters.
R.S. Grey's writing is so amazing. It is quick. It is witty. It is smart. Her characters are so real and relatable (is that even a word?! probably not but I'm using it... you know what I mean by it <3 you're my people). They are funny and complex and heartfelt. I truly enjoyed reading their story. R.S. Grey's style and flow is great. Her words are at the perfect pace to keep up with the story and not drag out. It's like watching a movie, you can hear the words from the characters and see everything happening. I love books like this and I can't wait to read more from this author.
This book is a Rom-Com! I haven't read one of these in for - ev - er ... Why in the hell did I wait so long to find this 'type' of book (for lack of brainpower to think of a better word for it...) ?! I absolutely LOVED it.
Annnnyway ... Brooke and James are great characters.
I want a friend like Brooke. She is so funny and sarcastic and truly emotional. She's weird, awkward, funny, mad, and torn like we all are. I felt what she felt, the happiness, the heartache, the unease, the joy, all of her emotions were so real and raw. I loved every minute of her and I just plain loved her.
James was so complex. At first I thought he was just the standard interest in the book, but he is really so much more. I really liked him throughout the story. I loved how he laid it out there and took the hits through the story. When he hurt you could see it and feel it. It was raw.
Another part of this story is Brooke's relationship with her sister Ellie. Their relationship is so genuine. It reminds me of my sister and I in a lot of ways. I think that's why I really related to it as part of the story. It's such a great part of Brooke's story. Ellie's character is really good too - I'd love to see something else from R.S. Grey about Ellie, but that's a whole other ballgame if you ask me.
I know I keep saying "raw" through this post, but these feelings in this book are deep and raw is a great descriptor of how I felt during this book. Don't get me wrong, I laughed out loud throughout the book too, but even those feelings were real. Real happiness, real joy ... at the perfect times in the story.
This story was told completely and nothing was "extra" or unneeded. It all felt necessary. All the details, all the steps, all the journey, all the story was essential. Everything fit so well together.
I don't normally fall in love with female leads ... for one reason or another, probably me... I pick them apart and don't end up loving them. It's always me, because other readers love them, but in this book I loved Brooke. I absolutely fell in love with her. I think that's why I liked the book so much. She's a strong female lead, who was still familiar and seemed like a real person. She's definitely in my favorite characters list now. I'll be rereading her story again for fun when I'm in the mood for a good romantic comedy - you can definitely count on that!
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