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.
So, I have some mixed complicated feelings about this book. I did give it 3 stars, so my overall opinion of the book, in the end, was positive, but I do have my reasons for not rating it a 4 or 5 (which I’ll get to).
Positive things first – R.S. Grey is a great writer. Her romantic comedies are truly funny, and this book was no different. Grey did a fantastic job intermixing funny quips by Brooke even in the most serious or sad situations. I found myself consistently smiling and then highlighting these little brights spots.
He’s wearing a Nike hat and matching shirt, both black – the color of his soul.
It was great to see a supportive relationship between sisters. Sometimes romance heroines have fraught relationships with their siblings and parents, and while Brooke had some complicated feelings pertaining to her mother, father, and stepmother, her relationship with her sister was completely supportive and healthy. That was really nice, and I think an important aspect to the book.
I was able to connect with Brooke in some ways, particularly that it takes place in Texas (where I was born and raised), as well as the fact that Brooke is an au pair. Her experience as an au pair made me reminiscent of my time as an au pair in Switzerland. It made me remember how it took some time to get adjusted to my new environment, no matter how well I got along with the kids and parents.
One thing that irritated me, which this is nitpicking, but Brooke mentions she had that au pair job for a year and a half but never mentions getting her visa extended or anything. As far as I know, au pair positions are strictly for a year. If you want to be there longer, you have to be approved for an extended visa and it is really difficult to get. I know because I tried to do it. I was only able to get a 3-month extension. I even had a job offer from a museum and the country wouldn’t give me a visa. Perhaps the rules are different where Brooke was an au pair (being purposefully obtuse here to avoid spoilers).
Also, Brooke would have been required to take foreign language courses. That is a stipulation of being an au pair, no matter the country. Perhaps it’s different because she is fluent in that language, but I don’t think so. There are advanced conversational classes. I’m pretty sure she would have been required to take some sort of language course. I know there is this “fictional book world” and some rules get ignored and I get that. I guess, just knowing what being an au pair entails and the rules surrounding it, it bothered me. That said, if I hadn’t of had the experience of being an au pair myself, this would not have bothered me. So, don’t let this deter you from reading it. It’s just me being nitpicky, and I acknowledge that.
I didn’t care for the fairly decent sized age gap between James and Brooke. This is a personal preference, and I do know others that this doesn’t faze them. (I originally went into more detail but deleted it as I think it is superfluous to my point.) While I can understand why Grey made the age gap what it was, it caused conflict between James and Brooke and therefore moved the story along, it still doesn’t mean that I like the age gap.
Brooke and James both seem to be described as physically perfect human beings (aka super duper attractive). They are both noticed by everyone and the desire of everyone’s hearts. Brooke is one of those heroines who, for lack of a better word, resents her looks because of the unwanted attention she receives. For me, that sort of talk gets old, fast.
I know I haven’t given it the most glowing review, but it was still an enjoyable read. It isn’t my favorite R.S. Grey novel (THE FOXE & THE HOUND holds that spot) but it is still worth a read if you like truly funny romantic comedies. It’d be a great weekend read, especially now that the weather seems to be finally turning cooler (at least here in Southern California).
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
Copyright R.S. Grey 2017
“I missed you today,” he says, his heated gaze lingering on my body.
I step back, and he follows.
He looks like he’s cornering his prey.
“Apparently not enough to make it to dinner,” I point out icily.
“I called the restaurant and told them I’d be late. Didn’t they tell you?”
I cross my arms and glance away.
“Brooke.” He steps closer and gently lifts my chin, forcing me to look back at him. “Fight with me tomorrow.”
I narrow my eyes, angry with him for shelving this discussion so casually. To him, it doesn’t matter that I sat in that restaurant alone, looking like a fool for nearly two hours. He’s brushing off my anger, stepping closer and forcing his way past my defenses.
“I think I’d like to talk about it now.”
I catch the beginning of a smirk just before he leans in to kiss my cheek.
“Are you sure there isn’t anything you’d rather be doing right now?”
He uncrosses my arms and brings them up over his shoulders then steps closer, towering over me. My arms tighten around his neck, but still, I turn away, keeping my mouth from him. His breath hits my neck and he pulls me taut against his hard body, growing more impatient with every moment I try to resist.
“Brooke,” he whispers huskily.
My eyes flutter closed as he bends and presses a kiss to my cheek, my chin, then lower, tipping my head back so he can reach the smooth recess at the nape of my neck. I shiver and he groans, obviously aware of what his touch is doing to me.
About the Author:
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com
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