Life in a Rut,
Love Not Included
by J.D. Hollyfield
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: March 31, 2014
Publisher: J.D. Hollyfield
Genre: Contemporary Romance|Humor
Print Length: 224 pages
Available from: Amazon
Having it all isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
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:
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?
Life in a Rut, Love Not Included by J. D. Hollyfield
Is it wrong to find so much humor in someone else’s obvious pain? Yes, I admit it; I laughed out loud in some spots, but hey, not my fault! I’m blaming it on J. D. Hollyfield, the author of Life in a Rut, Love Not Included. Who would think of putting an emotionally battered, unemployed woman with a shoe fetish in her parents’ ancient car and allow her to literally run into a man with anger management issues? Did Ms. Hollyfield not expect the fireworks to go off? I’m sure she did, and our story begins…
Sarah had it all, a career, love, a best friend she adored and then, wham! It’s all gone and she is hightailing it home, back to Mom and Dad’s to lick her wounds, figure out her life. Jack is a successful builder, his company is big, efficient and profitable, his time is limited and he has the patience of a saint when things are going well, he just has trouble dealing with life’s irritations. Enter fate, karma, whatever, turns out Jack is the contractor doing some home improvements at Sarah’s parents’ home. And the fur begins to fly! Must he tease her, catch being awkward, uncoordinated, or dreaming of him? How many times will Sarah be the clown in from him? How many times must Jack taunt her into more acts of craziness? Is it possible that once again, opposites will attract or will they prove that theory wrong? Get ready for some delightful chicklit with humor, heart and even a few sad times.
Digging through the hidden gem pile, this just about blinded me when I uncovered it! J. D. Hollyfield, you are the sparkle behind this tale of comical romance. With flawlessly endearing characters, great dialogue, especially what is whirling about Sarah’s brain, Ms. Hollyfield has taken romance, pitched the heaving bosoms and brought in the jackhammers to create a world and story that will have you using tissues constantly, but not to worry, for the most part, they will be tears of laughter. Love never felt so “cute.”