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Life As We Know It

(Love Not Included #4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  139 reviews

Life has not been easy for Penelope Summers. Specifically, the last month, when her high-profile boyfriend dumped her, her indecent exposure record surfaced, and her favorite thing in the world, tequila, failed her.

Good thing for Penelope, she has her best friend to pick her up, and take her on the vacation of a lifetime. A seven-day
Published November 14th 2016
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

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This story was filled with belly-aching laughs, sweetness, steam, and even suspense. I have to say it was not what I was expecting. Now after having read a book by J.D. Hollyfield, I can confirm that she has a flair for comedy. Her heroine had me laughing out loud numerous times throughout reading this story. I loved how she and her bestie were always up for crazy adventures and werent afraid to let loose every now and then. The romance
K. Webster
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
J.D. Hollyfield takes us on one helluva ride in this book! Off-the-charts steam, hilarious banter, and surprise suspense make for one perfect concoction! I was sucked in from page one and gobbled up this book until the very end. I'm looking forward to whatever she dishes out next!
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Between 3,5 and 4 stars

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An ARC has been kindly given by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.

This could sound like:

Penny and Patti on a cruise and let loose.
Penny is ravished by blue eyes Prince Charming and come morning forgets her shoe.

OK its official Im really bad at rhyming but this could be Cinderellas story if Cinderella was a very wild child loving to play pranks, drink Tequila and Margarita before playing avenger to fend for all scorned women.

Seriously, Penny is really one of a
1-Click Addict Support Group
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1 Tequila

Holy. Shit buckets!

This was off the rocker, crazy-tastic epically amazing. It was hilarious of course, in true Hollyfield fashion, and full of booze. Swimming drunkenly in the pages though was one of my favorite tales in this series yet. I mean, its about a woman named Penelope. Thats just a win right off the bat. Add in that Sam is one of the most perfect men in existence without being annoying or over the top and I was sold. Wait, I was sold when Penny took her first shot of
Carlene Inspired
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

With her special brand of quirky comedy, J.D. Hollyfield takes the readers on a sexy, laugh out loud ride in Life As We Know It. Main character, Penny, is your smart, but ditzy friend you love to have around for a laugh. Penny is over the top, the kind of character you can't help but enjoy even though you recognize she's unrealistic. She's crazy, a bit immature, and a whole lot of fun. Along with Penny comes her equally crazy best friend, Patti, a
Melanie (mells_view)
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Hmm, I'm sad to admit that this is my first ever read of JD Hollyfield. On the flip, I'm super happy to admit that this absolutely will NOT be the last I read of her. Life As We Know It is the fourth book in the Love Not Included Series and can definitely be read as a standalone! The writing was absolutely on fire from the very start of the story and I think I just got introduced to my book spirit animal!

We are quickly introduced to Penny who is quirky and overflowing with personality from the
Dec 07, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 24%

I actually kind of liked Penelope. She's basically a wild child.

I just wasn't feeling Sam. All the reviews talk about how swoon worthy he is. And I agree he looks great on paper, but I FEEL like he came on too strongly when they meet up again by coincidence. I think there is such a thing as too much confidence, and I could've done with a little more subtlety.

But hey! That's just me.
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I want Penelope to be my best friend ❤.
Susan (susayq ~)
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a cute, sweet romance! Penny and Sam are wonderful together! She's sassy and has no filter and he's all swoony and romantic. Throw in some really funny spots, a slight mystery with a race to save someone, and lots of hot sexy times and you've got a winner!

*thanks to TRSOR for sharing a copy of this with me*
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved!! The humor, heart and tequila in this story speaks to the depths of my soul. I always love a JD Hollyfield book but this one is on another level! More to come after coffee! DIBS on Sam. Don't me cut a bitch..lololol but seriously
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: so-funny-i-cried
Very funny, a good read
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life As We Know It is my absolute favorite JD Hollyfield book to date, and that is saying something. I love all her books but this one was ABSOLUTELY awesome.

The heroine, Penny goes on a cruise with her BFF and female soulmate, Patti, after breaking up with her boyfriend. She drinks and parties and has a great time and ends up meeting the hero, Sam.

SAM, SAM, SAM! SWOONY Sam, SEXY Sam, I want to lick various food products from his body Sam. SIGH! Can you tell I FLOVE SAM? Seriously I LOVE this
Abby McCarthy
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh lawdy! You get in Penny's mindset, and although that might be a tad frightening it's also fabulously fun! I want to be her friend...Oh, wait I kind of am. This reminds me so much of the author's personality. Yeah, yeah, i'm lucky enough to have met her and this is so her.

This story is written in that completely funny way that will make you want to stay glued to your kindle.

The sex....OH MY super hot!!!

The friendships in this story are equally as great.

Penny is this woman, that I want to
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My first novel by J. D. Hollyfield and not the last!

Ahhhhhh, I can't say when last I laughed so hard (& out loud) reading a book!
I absolutely loved this novel! Great storyline & characters, never a dull moment. Keeps you turning the pages faster until the end.

I would highly recommend this for all romance readers / bloggers with Tequila, lots of Tequila ;)

Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Omfg. Where has j.d. Been hiding and how have I not read her work prior to now???
Well guess what. That ain't happening again she has been added to my insta click list. Her style fan bloody tastic... I feel a reading binge coming on to catch up with all her other works. Right to the story I've just read *covers eyes* sorry for the above word vomit *cry laughs*
This book had me hooked from 2% yep that early on I knew it was going to be knock out. That Style I've mentioned above it drew me in and
Life As We Know It is the first book I've read by J.D. Hollyfield. Based on this book, I would read other books by her as well. Although this book is book 4 in a series it reads as standalone. Even if one of the characters may have been introduced in a prior book, which I have no idea if this is the case, there wasnt any confusion nor were there any scenes that alluded to something that the reader should already know.

Several times throughout the book I found myself thinking, awww this is a feel
So, this was the first time I entered J.D. Holyfields magical world, and I can tell you this much; I left it kicking and screaming! And I immediately asked myself a couple of questions: Have I imagined that I would love it so much? NO! Why havent I read something by this author earlier? Because Im an ignorant schmuck, thats why!

Oh, brother, this book was hilarious. I was sitting in a corner reading it and my family thought that it was the end of me and I had finally lost my marbles because I was
Mia (Mia's Book Blog)
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm ashamed to say that Life As We Know It is my first book by JD Hollyfield, truly, really ashamed. This book is a perfect blend of comedy, romance, erotica, thrill and a lot bit of angst. I loved the characters, the plot and most of all I loved the chemistry between Sam and Penny. Those two are perfection, and totally sexy together. I have been re-reading their sexy scene around five times now, and I can't get enough of them. I tried to prolong it as much as I could, because this story is ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle, arc-author
Original Review @ Naomis Reading Palace

What an unexpected ride this turned out to be! I honestly hadn't read J.D. Hollyfield before, but I came across this one on my Kindle App and had to give it a whirl! It was an entertaining read, I tell ya, because Penelope was such an amusing character to read about! She was a bit of a disaster and could never manage to be on time, however, she was a kind hearted person who deserved better than her boyfriend Henry.

After getting dumped, I loved the way she
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
5 fracking stars

I don't know how I've never read anything by this author but consider that rectified immediately! She's got a crazy fun, crazy sexy, just plain crazy style I love!

Penelope Summers is a straight up mess (and I loved her!) She's perpetually late and forever stumbling into trouble. It's like trouble is her best friend but that spot is taken by the equally crazy, yet lovable Patti! These two and their antics had me laughing out loud.

When Penelope's very high profile, very stuffy
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun, sweet, and hot! Life As We Know It is very entertaining, and I love Hollyfield's humor! The writing was spot on, and the story flowed beautifully. Penelope "Penny" Summers has just been dumped by her douchebag boyfriend because he has political aspirations and feels Penny isn't a proper girlfriend for him any longer since she has a colorful past. Penny is upsets, but with the help of her best friend, Patti, who isn't afraid to tell Penny that she is way better off without some guy who ...more
Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rom-com
"In the life as we know it, love does take its course."

I needed this story in my life. Not my normal, but I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book. I rarely read straight romance, so this was a treat and I devoured in a few hours. I don't do heart and flowers very often, but this book had a quirky feel from the get go. Penny made me laugh my way to the end, what a loveable character. Sam with his swoon factor. And a crazy storyline. I wasn't stopping until the end. There was some predictable drama,
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Omg this book was hilarious, awesome and bad ass! I love the way the character talks to the reader. I had yet to read a book like this and I loved it! Penny & Sam are the cutest, craziest, most funnest book couple. JD is amazingly talented, she deserves her 5 glorious stars!
J.E. Benoit
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict ( A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

You see, my sweet Penny he begins caressing my cheek with his magic thumb you are something I am not sure how to describe. Like a wrecking ball just crashing through every wall, ever boundary of my life.

An advance copy of this book was sent to us accidentally and I have to say, best mistake ever because this was such a fun book to read!
Dates With K
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
****4 Endorphin Inducing Stars****

Laughter is surely the best medicine. Who doesnt love to laugh? Savvy, fun-loving and hilarious, Penelope (Penny) Summers (h) is about to have her world turned upside down. JD Hollyfields fourth entry into to the Love Not Included series, Life As We Know It, is a sexy laugh a minute joyride sure to inspire giggles and grins.

But lets be honest, my whole life seems that way. Nothing ever goes as planned.

Punctuality challenged Penny is having a bad day. She hates
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for a Cinderella story and this had the potential to be one. I really wanted to love this book and felt that it could be an interesting rom-com with a touch of mystery and suspense but the heroine made it so hard.

The story itself was interesting and well written with a nice bit of intrigue but I found the lead, Penny, somewhat confusing and ultimately unlikeable. Was she a smart business woman working for a top rated firm with the most prestigious clients in the greatest city in
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rom-com
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Penelope Summers is not having the time of her life. In a job she hates and recently dumped by her jerk of an ex, Penny decides to get back to being the live-in-the-moment, seize the day kind of girl that she used to be. Taking her best friend and going on the vacation that she had originally planned for her and Mr. Wrong seems like just the ticket, and, sure enough, this is one trip that will change everything. Life as Penny knows it is about to get turbo-charged, and in only the best ways.

Kelsey McKnight
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Penelope Penny Summers is a woman after my own heart; petite, sassy, kinda stressed, sometimes late to important things, and a reformed wild child who is set to fake it til you make it. So Penny has a top job, a serious boyfriend named Henrywell, she did until Henry pulled a Warner Huntington III, a la Legally Blonde, and bailed on our peppy heroine in favor of finding his Jackie Kennedy, a squeaky clean woman who wouldnt harm his political career. Luckily, Penny has a best friend to help her ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How can I describe this book other than the perfect escape? When life gets too heavy leave it to JD Hollyfield to give us a fabulous book filled with characters and situations that are funny, sexy, sweet and sassy. Life as We know It is a fun ride with the always crazy Penny, her best friend Patti, who everyone needs a best friend like her, and the super sexy Sam. What caught my attention most about these characters is that they are not super over-the-top perfect. They have flaws and scars; they ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this arc in exchange for my honest review.

If ever there was a quirky, laugh out loud, fall down silly, lovable character it is Penelope. Her antics and backstory captured me from the start. She is a sort of calamity Jane type who can't seem to get out her own way.
Dumped by her stick in the mud boyfriend unceremoniously at there favorite coffee shop, she decides to take her all ready payed vacation with her bestie. Her last night on the cruise turns into a Tequila fest and a one night
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J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son's and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story

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