Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review & Giveaway ~ LIFE IN A RUT, LOVE NOT INCLUDED by J.D. Hollyfield

Life in a Rut, Love Not Included
by: J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: March 1, 2014


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?


     When a new author releases their first book, you are not sure what to expect.  I don't have any pre-conceived ideas of what to expect or how I think the book is going to go.  And that is exactly what happened with this one.  What I can tell  you is that J.D. Hollyfield did a wonderful job with her first book. 
     This book is written well and you can't help but put yourself into Sarah's shoes, especially the gold Manolo Blahniks.  When Sarah finds herself back at home at the ripe age of 31, she doesn't know how to get over the betrayal that has happened to her.  She also doesn't know how to put on her big girl panties and get on with her life.  She is so depressed over the current state of her life that she is not sure how to move on.  When she runs into Jack, literally, she can't help but be taken back by him.  Even if he is a little on the angry side.  
     When Jack and Sarah realize that he is going to be doing the construction on her parents house, they don't know whether to be angry or start ripping each others clothes off.  You can almost here the air around them sizzling anytime they are around each other.  When they finally do give in to their mutual attraction, I think you will agree with me that there needs to be a fire hose ready.  
     More than anything though, I love how Jack brings Sarah back to life.  He helps her to realize her life is not over and she is so much better than her past.  Jack is truly a wonderful character that you can't help but fall in love with.  He is so strong and steadfast in his quest to help Sarah get back her life that you HAVE to love him!  
     I can honestly say that I truly enjoyed this book.  I love Sarah and Jack.  Both of their characters are perfect.  I love the humor, the witty banter and I loved watching Sarah blossom into a better person.  This is a wonderful book by a new author and I am looking forward to see what else she writes in the future.  Don't just take my word for it, make sure to get your copy today!

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“No, that's not what I meant,” he says. “Look at me.” He holds my wrist firmly in his grip, waiting for me to stop fighting his hold and make eye contact with him. This just isn't happening to me. “Sarah, look at me,” he says again, and at the sound of my name leaving his lips I turn and look. I see scorching gold eyes burning right into mine. Intense emotions drain out of his eyes and pour into mine. “I didn't kiss you because I felt sorry for you. I kissed you because I haven't stopped thinking about kissing you since I first saw you on the street. Then the second chance I got after you walked into my office all bent out of hell to drive me insane. I haven’t slept a good fuckin’ night since I slammed my mouth on yours two weeks ago. What I'm sorry about is that I took advantage of you in a vulnerable moment. It was wrong of me."


About the Author

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer and first-time author. When she's not cooking, event planning, or playing around with her husband, son and three doxies, she's relaxing with her nose in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life. Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her first novel. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on her second book.

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