Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Life In A Rut, Love Not Included by J.D. Hollyfield with Giveaway, Excerpt & Review

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?

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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."


My Review: 5 stars
This book had me laughing so hard at times, I loved it! From start to finish, I couldn't put it down and it was so worth it. I loved how Sarah made up these random names for people. I hated what had been done to her, but like her Aunt said sometimes things have to be that way, so that you can find something better. I absolutely loved how Sarah and Jack met, and all the things that came after. Sarah was so broken, but still trying to do the right things and be polite. I was really happy when Sarah decided to start looking for work again doing what she loved, but not in the corporate world. I loved how passionate Jack was with Sarah. How he supported her emotionally, then gave her a reason to start coming back out of her shell again. I hated that the ex boyfriend and ex best friend just felt like they could do whatever to Sarah, and that she'd take it. So wrong. But glad that Jack was there for her. I really loved the ending to this one, and look forward to reading more from J.D. I'm surprised this is her first book, it was very well written, had fantastic characters and moved along nicely. 

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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