AUTHOR:  R.S. Grey

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy

RELEASE DATE:  November 1, 2017

Available @ AMAZON

REVIEWER:  Pistol Annie

RATING:   2.5 Stars


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.

*************** MY REVIEW ***************

I’ve read a number of books by R.S. Grey, and enjoyed most all.  Her latest release was anxiously anticipated.   I was a bit surprised right off the bat when I encountered a glaring error on page one.  An easily corrected edit, too – a side-by-side double dose of the word in.  Not the best way to start a new book, and that wasn’t the only little monster I found throughout the pages.  But I digress.  

A clash of wills in a second chance at romance between a rich older guy who has his heart stolen by a younger woman.  The latest release from R.S. Grey is billed as romantic comedy, but it didn’t really make me laugh very much.  It was a bit too messy, angsty and frivolous.  

“Some people carve their initials so deeply into your heart, they’ll always be a part of you.”

Taking a different approach than most, these characters spend a hefty amount of time apart, and their story plays out over several years.  It also adds to the difficulties standing between the couple.  James is eleven years older than Brooke’s twenty-five when they meet. The age difference presents a problem only in the sense that James is ready to settle down and raise a family, and Brooke has hopes and dreams to fulfill exploring the world before she’s ready to make a lifetime commitment to James.

Other than being overly “gorgeous” – so much so that he draws EVERY WOMAN’s ATTENTION – James was kinda blah.  He seemed cold and aloof.  Not much spark or bark.  I didn’t feel as if I got to know him in any way other than physically.  And I wondered throughout the story what it was that drew him to Brooke.  Love is a mystery.  Maybe those feelings could have been somewhat eliminated, if his POV had been provided and he had gotten to tell his side of the story.

And, of course, Brooke was beautiful — although sassy and pretty much a mess.  I thought she was a bit of a snotty brat actually, who couldn’t make a decision if her life depended on it.  The relationship between Brooke, her mother and father, who were divorced, along with the stepmom was somewhat of a mystery.  And it seemed to play havoc with Brooke’s behavior as well.  I had a difficult time warming up to her.  Frankly, she drove me a little loco with her immaturity.

The romantic relationship between these two left a lot to be desired.  There really wasn’t much spark – and the chemistry just fizzled in my opinion.  A lot of contradictions inciting confusion and plain old aggravation.  Even the ending didn’t excite or thrill me.     

Communication – why can’t these characters ever communicate?  So much trivial upheaval could be eliminated, and we could get down to the real heart of the matter. Don’t authors realize that is what readers really want?  Chocolate and whipped cream!

It’s always a disappointment when you expect one thing and get a totally different one.  And I wanted to love this book — but it just didn’t work.  I’m hoping the next book from this author will be back up to par with all her others.  

No hint of a possible book release for Ellie, Brooke’s older sister.  But a reader can always hope!

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