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 really liked the narration for this audio - the narrators did a great job of bringing the characters to life. This was funny and I loved Brooke's personality. My only complaint about the story is that I wish we got James point of view, at least a little glimpse would've been great.
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This is about the fourth book I've listened to by this author. I enjoy her humor and believable storyline. Good narrator too on this one. I look forward to the next one.
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Loved this book and flew through it too fast! I am now searching for more books narrated by Brittany Pressley. She is fantastic!
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WOULD YOU LISTEN TO THE FORTUNATE ONES AGAIN? WHY?
Definitely! This is my second R.S. Grey audiobook, and I have to say, this author got lucky with her narrators! I loved the story when I first read the book, and loved it even more when I listened to it. I don't know about you, but there's something so personal and intimate about listening to a person tell a story. The sexual tension was even stronger, and the characters' feelings jumped up to me. This is my first audiobook narrated by Ms. Pressley, and kudos to her for an amazing performance.
WHAT ABOUT BRITTANY PRESSLEY'S PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE?
Brittany Pressley was brilliant in bringing Brooke Davenport and the characters in this book to life. Her voice was pleasant to listen to, full of emotion and life, and I enjoyed her pace just right. I'm not fluent in French, but I thought she did a wonderful job of speaking it. She was also wonderful in portraying different characters, and sometimes I'd forget only one person is narrating it. I particularly love her portrayal of Luciana and Olive, the kids of Brooke's AU pair host.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND? WHY?
Yes. This audiobook had a wonderful narrator, and it made listening to this story even more enjoyable. If you enjoy R.S. Grey's signature humor and wit, you'll enjoy listening to The Fortunate Ones.
Tropes: Age Gap, Billionaire
POV: First Person, Female POV
This seems to be the story of two very confused people who are stumbling their way to acknowledging their love for one another. It uses glamour and self depreciating humor. Unfortunately the reader's voice is hard and cynical and ironic, a good voice for a Hunter S. Thompson novel or something by Vonnegut or a hard boiled spy thriller but not a love story, not this love story. James comes off as an insufferable egotist, a controlling, spoiled rich boy or a Ayn Rand hero. With a softer voice, that could include some mystery, some slowness and tenderness as these two people struggle with themselves and their emotions, it could be a satisfying novel. As it is I seriously worry about the author and the kinds of choices she will make (has made) in relationship. James comes across as a potentially abusive man and Brooke as the kind of woman who will wake up at 40 and realize nothing in her life is her own not even her own feelings and wishes except for a huge rage inside her.
Brittany has a good voice with a lot of range of voices and inflections and I'm sure there are novels that she could express and compliment with her reading.
I sometimes long for a novel read with a neutral voice, just steadily read, which would allow the listener to insert the quality of voice that they would hear in the different characters. That is the magic of reading a novel. When the vocal reader attempts to interpret the characters then the story becomes a closed thing, a hard boiled egg, without the room for the listener to make it their own. The over-damatized story becomes a media thing, like a film without the visuals.
I need to acknowledge that I am not a fan of Romance and often find the genre disturbing. So take this review with that caveat.
It's about every 3 months you come across a book this good! It was NOT predictable at ALL. It was a wonderful love story that was realistic. There were hard choices being made that wasn't dumb or obvious. This one is worth a credit if you like a good love story with meaning and not just the usual that just isn't holding your attention anymore. sidebar- if one more book has the leading man say "mine" in one more book, I will puke. (they didn't in this one, thanks for that LOL)
I love R.S. Grey's books. I've read most of her books in print but switched over to audio for The Foxe and the Hound--loved it, so I've decided to finish off the books of hers I haven't read yet all in audio. Great narration with this one again. And, as always, great chemistry between the main characters. Although I usually prefer both POV, I understand why we were only given Brooke's for this one. R.S. Grey writes well about the need to understand and fully discover oneself before making drastic life choices; a much more modern view than some books I've read.
Finished in a day!
Angsty romance. While I was annoyed with the heroine sometimes, there wasn’t anything that I could find wrong with the hero. They had great chemistry, so that made up for the things I didn't like about Brooke Davenport. ALSO, James Ashwood is the ultimate book boyfriend!! Loooooooved him.
As for narration, I thought that Brittany Pressley had the perfect voice for this story--she suited the main character well. I will probably look for more romance narrated by her!
Don't waste your credit.
The heroine is the most nagging creature on earth. So unsure. So many debates over nothing, so much drama. My god get a grip.
Very shallow relationship with James.
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