Book Review: Life in a Rut, Love not Included by J.D. Hollyfield

Title: Life in a Rut, Love Not Included

Author: J.D. Hollyfield

Publisher: Independent Publisher

Availability:  £5.37 Paperback / £0.99 eBook 

A Page of Love Rating:


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, likable 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?


I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, it made me smile and it was entertaining. I love the characters, Jack was handsome (I know... from the pictures I conjured up of him in my mind!) and he certainly had that whole 'big strong man' look about him.

Sarah is understandable, and really someone whom you can relate to. She thought she'd got it all and then when the ultimate betrayal happened ... her world comes crashing down and she has to start again. But if you've ever been in the same position, you know that it's not always as easy to do. Slowly though, Sarah begins to lower her barriers and remember who she is. 

There are a few saucy scenes (nothing 50 shades worthy!) and they are just the right dose to sex up the book a little. It makes it more believable and enjoyable! 

A brilliant start to the series, I cant wait to read book 2. 

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