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Life In A Rut, Love Not Included

Life In A Rut, Love Not Included

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by J.D Hollyfield

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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


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?

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Katharine Elizabeth
This book is fabulous! I love Sarah Sullivan's story of finding true love through heartbreak. J.D. Hollyfield is a talented new author. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next.
Amazon - Karen L.
Have you read a book that you loved so much that you starting telling other people that they should read it before you've even finished? Guess what? This is one of THOSE books! PLUS, I didn't have to wait until the next book to find out what happens because the story was complete.
J. D. Hollyfield had me from the very first page, but that wasn't the end of it. This book kept getting better and better. There were so many elements that I loved about this book.
Amazon - Stephan W.
I loved this book. I was laughing so much at the beginning of this book that I had tears running down my face. Very well written and a very entertaining love story. It goes to show you that sometimes the hard times lead into the best times of your life.

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J.D. Hollyfield
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Love Not Included , #1
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Meet the Author

Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part time supehero...

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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Life in a Rut, Love not Included 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LJ111970 More than 1 year ago
4.5 WOW - I was not expecting this. I mean I was but yet wasn't.... I'll be honest. I haven't read this author before (oh hush!). I adore her on Facebook but have a list of books a mile long...now I'm hooked ;) This author is a breath of fresh air. She is light, witty and quick. Sarcasm and side comments at their finest. Chuckles, comebacks and giggles along with a beautiful romance. The sarcasm and banter between the main character and herself (yes I said that but I mean her thoughts)was terrific lol - seriously it had me snickering the whole way through. The characters are so strong and tangible and the comments and dialogue is descriptive and realistic.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Another stellar story! Favorite Quotes: “I had to crawl home to my parents, who definitely did not see this coming since they turned my room into one of those storage rooms where Home Shopping Network junk goes to die.” “I think I just mentally fainted.” “I think I’ve been in love with you since day one.  And all I think about and all I crave is to make you happy, to make you smile, and possibly to hear you scream my name on occasion.” “Not that I am one to wave the white flag but if I don’t get a decent amount of food and caffeine in me, I am going to die of sexual exhaustion.  What would my poor mother say?   Would they write death by sexual exhaustion on my tombstone?” “I knew exactly what he was to me.  He was my heart.  The one I loved more than the air I breathed.   My Review: I adore J.D. Hollyfield’s work and all her unique and endearing characters.  Life in a Rut, Love not Included is perfectly executed, well plotted, and brilliantly written.  Her writing is crisp, fresh, snort-worthy, and consistently engaging.  She can stop my heart and bring me to tears in one sentence, then have me laughing aloud a few paragraphs later.  Her characters are smart, witty, self-effacing, and lovable, although I sometimes want to give them a pinch or two.  I like the underlying premise of this story, many of us easily fall into ruts in our busy lives as it saves time, and while having a routine or following a pattern isn’t such a bad thing, it is if we become too complacent and lose sight of ourselves.  While the story is cleverly told and the narrative is humorous and well detailed, there are considerable nuggets of insight sprinkled throughout, as there are in all her books.  I noticed she sneaks in some rather profound statements during her character’s witty inner dialog, I just had to wipe away the tears of mirth and catch my breath before I could hone in on them.  
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
Loved, Loved, Loved! Let me just say… I finished this book, and was working on another book and my mind is still with Jack! -sigh- So, yes… I still have a hangover, someone help me! Can you? Hollyfield took us on a trip through heartbreak, depression, recovery, falling in love, romance, drama, humor… all in a short time in this book. I loved how it started out slow, and built more throughout the story. This book is perfect during the rain, summer, or a book to cuddle up by a fire. Jack, come on! He is an amazing character. Who doesn’t love a construction worker? He owns a company, he is successful, and a charmer. Sarah realizes there is more to life than people crushing her heart, she also realizes not everyone is out to get her. Life can be complicated, but sometimes we just have to put on our shoes and continue to walk. Sarah is easy to connect with: funny, well-rounded and also the narrator throughout, it is her story to tell. I am stalking Ms. Hollyfield from now on! Go check this book out. You know you want to.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Life In A Rut, Love Not Included, JD Hollyfield Review from jeannie zelos book reviews Well, I wanted something light and fluffy, having read a few heavy ones recently. Sadly though this was light and fluffy it was also really slow in starting...Sarah, I get things had gone t!t’s up for her but the first 20% or so seemed to be one long monologue of “poor me”. She’s back at home, not looking for work, not paying anything towards her keep, and lazing in bed all day it seems. As a parent I wanted to shout at her to grow up. Breakups happen, they’re hard but she can’t just sponge off her parents all the while.  She’s 31 for goodness sake, but just assumes that her parents are happy to have her back, and she just moans when they tell her to get up or ask her to help. I kept thinking, she’s had a good job, paid little rent at her last place so why hasn’t she got enough to fund her own place, and why isn’t she out job hunting? She does say later that she could get somewhere but just wanted to go home, I can understand that, she’s hurt and wants to nurse her wounds, but she could at least appreciate her parents and their help.   Anyway finally she gets a bit brighter and the story picks up interest. Jack – how many Mc names can she come up with for him and his crew? They made me smile. Jack too had been subject to a bad relationship and since he’d been busy picking up the business he’d inherited from his dad, he’d not had time or inclination for getting back into the dating scene. Then he meets Sarah, and although its an inauspicious meeting when she crashes into the back of his truck, and harsh words are said he can’t get her out of his mind. Finding out she’s the daughter of his new client throws him, but places her within his sights and he determines to move in when he can. Their interactions were funny and made me laugh, and I began to like her more once she got past the “poor me” stage. She and Jack get off on the wrong foot – and for their next few meets it doesn’t go much better, but finally they call a truce and the attraction that’s clear between them starts to get really hot. The sex scenes were really well written and fitted perfectly in the story, they had a pull to each other that was searingly hot and couldn’t be ignored. I loved how Jack acted when they bumped into an ex workmate of Sarah’s, who was clearly out for some gossip. At that point they’d just called a truce, and he could see what was happening and acted in a very proprietorial and sensual way to Sarah, leaving the workmate gobsmacked and thinking Sarah had definitely traded up in the looks dept! That’s just what anyone cheated on needs, an ego boost like that  and I really liked him for doing that. It broke the ice too between him and Sarah and was the catalyst for them getting closer and giving in to the attraction. Of course as always just when things are going well something comes along to knock them down. I do love that part and could feel for Sarah when it happened, Jack too – but he wouldn’t listen to her or give her a chance to explain, and that seemed a bit harsh considering how close they’d got. I loved the way it finally worked out though, and the second half was definably far better than the first for me. Special mention had to go to Sarah’s aunt and the lunchtime vermouth’s – she was a great character and just how I want to be when I'm her age! Stars: three and a half, if the start had been better it would have been four but it really was depressing and almost made me give up...thank goodness when it picked up it really got so much better. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny! Can't wait for more from this author!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Once again, I found myself with an unexpected little gem of a romance... Life in a Rut, Love Not Included is an endearing story of re-finding oneself after everything around you falls apart. Sarah Sullivan discovers her boyfriend and boss of years sleeping with her best friend and roommate. Devastated, she makes a destructive career move and demolishes her career in one fool swoop. With the preverbal tail between her legs, she drags herself home to her parents house. Now at 31, she barely gets herself out of bed until a bit of tough love, on her parents part, sends her crashing quite literally into Jack Calloway. Jack Calloway is one of the most successful builders in the area. When Sarah's parents decide on renovations they hirer Jack, much to Sarah's dismay. Sarah doesn't know if she should punch the explosive hottie or pursue him. There is plenty of funny to accent this passion filled, electrifying chemistry infused story. Both Sarah and Jack have their issues, but together they make one heck of a team. Easy, enjoyable and absolutely entertaining, Life in a Rut, Love Not Included is the perfect pick me up read. 4 ½ stars.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Sarah Sullivan is a witty, sarcastic thirtysomething that has been dealt a life altering blow by her boyfriend of 7 years and her best friend.  She decides to move back home with her parents to lick her wounds and decide where to start over again.  That's when she gets into a car accident with Jack Calloway, on her way to the contractors office to pick-up the plans for the addition to her parents house.  I'll give you one guess who the contractor turns out to be.   I love Sarah's character!  She's just full of spunk and has awesome names for some of the men in the book.  What surprised me is Sarah's need to grovel for forgiveness.  Her personality was so strong until that point, of which I can't tell you because it would be a spoiler.  I did love the story line and in my opinion, it would have been even better without a couple character flaws.  The writing style of J.D. Hollyfield is fantastic and I can't wait to see what's next for this fabulous author!  *free copy gifted for honest review **originally reviewed for welovekink(dot)com