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Life in a Rut, Love Not Included

(Love Not Included #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  690 ratings  ·  169 reviews

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
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Published March 1st 2014 by J.D. Hollyfield (first published January 1st 2014)
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Book – Life in a Rut, Love Not Included
Author – J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date – March 1, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance/Humor
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say that I am having a great time reading these cute funny romance books and Ms. Hollyfield delivered that non-stop in this story.  How many names with “Mc” can Sarah come up with?  How many times can she make an ass out of herself in front of Jack?

Natalie The Biblioholic
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2019
Sarah had what she believed was the perfect life - a handsome boyfriend, an upwardly mobile career, a fabulous wardrobe, a beautiful apartment, and a best friend/roommate who was more like the sister she never had. One shining moment, a moment of celebration had her 'perfect life' falling apart. Now she has no more boyfriend, an ex-best friend, and she's back at home with her parents. Adulting is hard! She's struggling to pick up the pieces and doesn't even know where to start. A chance encounte ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books I have read in a long time. A sweet and sexy read.
Sexy, sassy and fun!
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 her
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sweet-rom-com
3 Sweet & Funny Stars

I love reading books , which are so relaxing , the ones that brings that goofy smile on your face & makes up your night after an exhausting day.

This was the same kinda book.

We have got a sassy funny Female lead Sarah , who with her amusing inner dialogues and sweet nature keeps the mood light.

I love you,” he says. “I've never been so damn in love with anybody in my entire life. Being without you has been hell for me.  To be honest the second I finished some business
Michelle (Morgan)
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edited
This is chick lit at its best! Life in a Rut, Love not Included is a hilarious contemporary romance that will have you laughing out loud, reaching for the tissues, and aching for Sarah and Jack to finally fall for each other.

At thirty one years old, Sarah is heartbroken and unemployed, and Jack is the sexy foreman who's been hired to work on her parents' house...and of course, Sarah has had to move back in with them. They have a few tense run-ins before they realize how attracted they are to eac
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars..I really..really enjoyed this book! Funny, quirky and totally fell for Jack! Sarah was hilarious and I always love a girl that can laugh at herself! Thanks to the author for a copy..full review to follow!

Finding debut authors that make me laugh out loud, care about the characters and fall in love with not only the hot blooded male lead but the quirky female. You meet Sarah after experiencing one of the greatest falls in book kind…she has it all a great job, boyfriend who is son of bos
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You have to read this book!! It is amazing,funny,heartbreaking (at times so have the tissues handy) and is full of hot and steamy fun. I have to admit I had never heard of the author, but now that I know who she is I will be reading more of her books just keep an eye out for her books. She's writes one hell of a book.

Now a little about the book:

When Sarah Sullivan is a bright, intelligent, and sassy girl. She's thirty-one, Sarah has the Perfect job, perfect boyfriend, perfect best friend and per
Anny hernandez
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a copy of the book by the Author for an honest review.

I just finish reading this book, and I have to say that I love it, this book made me laugh and cried, at the same time that's how hard I was laughing, I love the characters, and love how the book turn out to be, I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.

This is the story of Sarah, now Sarah is thirty one years old, after she got out of collage, her life change, she had the best job, the best roommate,
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

My introduction to J.D. Hollyfied was through a BFF to this awesome read. She knew I loved snarky reads with a romance twists and this fell right into my favorite genre. Take a talented Alice Clayton and mate her with a snarky hilarious Tara Sivec and out spit a J.D. Hollyfield LOL

This book was fill with some real life trials and tribulations we should all look back at and laugh our butts off at. Add the hot romance in the mix and we have one great read!

I absolutely loved this book and jumped fr
Jennifer Morris
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!! The main character Sarah is witty, sassy, and at the best times clumsy. Her life is a big hot mess and she is the first to admit that she is just fine staying in bed to deal with it. A chain reaction of events has her life stuck in a rut. That is until she meets Jack Calloway, a hot, stop and stare, sexy man who shocks her with his temper as well as his attraction to her. Jack pulls Sarah out of her rut and she slowly begins to believe in love, trust, and her future again. I ...more
Blushing Reader
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Hmmm.... It was OK. I felt it was rushed in places then super fast (like I missed a chapter) in other places. The ending was abrupt and too over the top. I wish Sarah didn't spend most of the book whining or crying.
K.M. Lowe
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this author through Chelsea Snow's author events and I'm so glad I did. I read this book all today because I felt like I knew the characters. They were loveable and addictive that I didn't want it to end. I look forward to book 2 in the series :-)
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-it
Loved it, thanks for the rec Cat
Really good story!
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sarah Sullivan had me giggling like a silly little school girl.
J.D. Hollyfield has me excited to read whatever she has up next, seriously can't wait !
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I loved Jack and Sarah's story!
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 b ...more
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Life in a Rut, Love Not Included was a cute, fluffy (mostly), and funny read. Sarah had everything she wanted in life. She had a great job, she had a great boyfriend, and she had a fun, rich roommate that foot the bill on lots of designer things. And then it all fell apart. After 7(!) years with said roommate and boyfriend, she caught them in bed together. So she moved out and quit her job and ended up back home with her parents at 31.

Monique Machuca-Austin
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing

J.D. Hollyfield’s debut novel, Life in a Rut, Love Not Included, is a hilarious romance novel sure to put you in a feel good mood. Please note this is a beautiful LOVE story, will you feeling many emotions as the characters do, you will find yourself HEARTACHE, LAUGHING, CRYING, HOT SEX SCENES, and FALLING in LOVE again.

Sarah Sullivan is devastated when she finds her boyfriend has not been faithful and finds herself m
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
"My name is Sarah Sullivan and I am stuck in a rut, and it’s called my life. I am thirty-one years old and I have a feeling at some point in my life I may have taken a wrong turn."


Sarah. She thought that her life was perfect when suddenly, pop!, that bubble bursts. And now, she's here.. on her parent's house. Jobless, loveless and has no idea what to do in her life.

Jack. Has an anger management issues. HOT. 'Nuff said.

When these two people collide, we got a..


I know, it's embarassing.

I've be
Red Cheeks Reads
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sarah thought she had the perfect life…perfect boyfriend, job, apartment…perfect everything until that all disappears and she’s a 30 something year old that’s moved back in with her parents with no job, no boyfriend and what seems like no happily ever after.

Just at the right time however, Jack bursts into her life rather rudely at first and Sarah starts to realise that maybe her perfect life before wasn’t so perfect and that she can get her true happily ever after.

I really enjoyed this story. It
Bla Bla Blaus Blog
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
You know that kind of genuine love that you want to have with your lover? This is the one!

Life in a Rut, Love Not Included by J.D. Hollyfield

Life in a Rut, Love Not Included is not just a romance, is about a woman discovering herself, what she wants and her dreams, after she loses everything she had (or what she thought so): friendship, a seven years lover and a job in one of the most known Marketing Companies in the city. Sometimes bad things comes with the best consequences.

At the beginning you get to know Jack, THE Jack... that kind of man
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
4,5 witty stars

Life in a rut, love not included - yeah its my working title too. Jack Mchottiepants would be sooo welcome to help me with my bucketlist. Sarah is left broken after the betrayal from her not so perfect boyfriend (inserting; ex) and not so perfect bestfriend (inserting; ex). Lets just say the aftermath is sad, sooo soo sad. But then there is already mentioned Mchottiepants - the droolworthy, possesive, sexgod,charming and assertive new bookboyfriend of mine. Some funny moments duri
Sarah Sullivan thought she had the perfect life. A loving boyfriend, a dream job, and a closet filled with her favorite type of shoes. That is until life around her crumbled around her and she headed home to her parents. Stuck in a rut, Sarah main form of focus is whether to shower for the day or not? When she ends up with a disastrous meeting with Jack Calloway, she doesn't realize her life is about to take a major change.

Jack thinks Sarah is mildly crazy, adorable, and she makes him laugh. As
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
sweet and sexy read :)
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Life in a Rut is a fun, light-hearted, easy afternoon read that will have you laughing and swooning in equal measure.

Sarah Sullivan is back home at her parent's house, licking her wounds after catching her best friend under her boyfriend, literally. After the break-up came an embarrassing display of anger and subsequent joblessness. Broken heart, broken psyche, broken life. *sigh*

Jack Calloway is a contractor who has been hired by Sarah's parents to put an addition on their home. And no matter w
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This book was hilarious. I had so much fun reading it, Sarah turned out to be a great narrator. Its her story. When she caught her boyfriend sleeping with her best friend her life took a turn towards worst. She got depressed, returned to live with her parents and pretty much soaked herself in self pity and grief. How did it happened to her... In her own words;

"I guess I was what you would cal a victim of being blind to the world outside her perfect little bubble. It’s scary how easy it is to get
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Romantic Comedy at its best”

Life in a Rut, love not included by J.D. Hollyfield has to be the most romantic love story I’ve read in a long time. J.D.’s wittiness shows the realness of how love can take a hold of you and change at any minute. I love that the main characters in the story are so real. They complimented each other as the story grew.

Sarah... Strong, kind hearted and unintentionally naïve = Real. She… like most women, had her heart broken by a man that she’d thought was the love of h
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sara Sullivan is distraught when her life, that she thought was perfect, turns out to be a perfect lie. Now with nothing and living at home she is trying to pick up the pieces of herself and figure exactly who she is. But sometimes feeling sorry for yourself is easier than self examination, especially when you have a great pair of shoes and a crazy Aunt Raines that loves vermouth.

Jack Calloway is sexy in a rough and gruff kinda sense. He owns a construction company and is hired by Sara's parents
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