{Review+Giveaway} Life in a Rut, Love not Included by J.D. Hollyfield

June 24, 2014 Adult, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 5 ★★★★

{Review+Giveaway} Life in a Rut, Love not Included by J.D. Hollyfield

{Review+Giveaway} Life in a Rut, Love not Included by J.D. HollyfieldLife in a Rut, Love Not Included by J.D. Hollyfield
Pages: 198
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on March 31, 2014
Genres: adult, contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Humor, Love & Romance
Source: ecopy from Author

Having it all isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

When Sarah Sullivan’s perfect life blows up in front of her, she finds herself crawling back to the one place she never saw herself returning: Home.

At thirty-one, Sarah had it all. Perfect job, perfect boyfriend, perfect life. When all that is taken away from her, she is left heartbroken and angry and desperate enough to let her life swallow her whole…for a while.

Fending off love and the pursuit of happiness completely, Sarah vows to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. She creates a list of goals for herself—starting with a much needed shower—and constructs a plan to dig herself out of her rut. What she doesn’t plan for is meeting the arrogant new employee her parents have hired to work on an addition to their home. Enter Jack Calloway, the handsome, charming, lickable foreman with an insatiable effect on Sarah’s girly parts.

Jack accepts the job, but gets more than he bargained for. Unable to ignore his racing hormones—and calm his temper—over the obnoxious woman who clouds his judgment, Jack pulls her in and steals her heart until she finally surrenders. But is he up for the challenge of picking up the pieces of Sarah’s broken heart? Can he carry her out of her rut?

Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


My Thoughts

Life in a Rut, Love Not Included was a cute, fluffy (mostly), and funny read. Sarah had everything she wanted in life. She had a great job, she had a great boyfriend, and she had a fun, rich roommate that foot the bill on lots of designer things. And then it all fell apart. After 7(!) years with said roommate and boyfriend, she caught them in bed together. So she moved out and quit her job and ended up back home with her parents at 31.

The title of the book is really fitting. This girl was in a rut. Big time. She is just so stuck in the past. She wasn’t doing much of anything other than wallowing while she was living with her parents. It took their contractor coming into her life to shake things up for her, and get her moving again. I loved how she met him. She got into a fender bender with him and got into a fight with him in the middle of the road. In fact, they were at each others throats the first 3 or 4 times they interacted. But through another series of unfortunate events for Sarah, Jack learned more than he bargained about her and his attitude towards her started to soften. This was a big turning point for both of them actually.

I loved the way Jack was with Sarah. And I really liked the person that Sarah started to become after spending time with Jack. I felt awful for what she had to go through, but I will admit that I was getting slightly annoyed with her that she just kept going over and over the past. We heard about her boyfriend and the roommate a few too many times. She needed to snap herself out of her rut long before she met Jack. But, once she did start to get moving again it was great to see her passion for marketing and working. She was bright funny and really visionary. I loved this Sarah.

Life in a Rut, Love Not included was a really fun read. Perfect for a nice day outside by the pool. It is a cute love story, and story about how a woman picks up the pieces of her life, and picks herself up again. Jack and Sarah both have hot tempers so there are a few fiery scenes, but they mellow each other out. They work together. Fans of contemporary romance will enjoying watching Sarah get herself out of that rut, and they will LOVE Jack.


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About J.D. Hollyfield

J.D Hollyfield currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, son and three doxies. As a Creative Designer by day, she enjoys spending her spare time with her nose in a good book. This obsession inspired her to test out her own creative ability. With her love for romance books and a head full of book boyfriends, this encouraged her to bring her own story to life and create her first novel.

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5 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} Life in a Rut, Love not Included by J.D. Hollyfield”

  1. kindlemom1

    I love that this doesn’t have an insta love in it, quite the opposite in fact. I love romances that have tension of all kinds in it.

    Great review!

  2. Kim { Book Swoon }

    Oh, this sounds great for a hot, summer day with all the romantic, yummy tension building up! I’m glad these two characters ended up balancing each other out too. Wonderful review, Michelle

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