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Life in a Rut, Love not Included (Love Not Included series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Well, I wanted something light and fluffy, having read a few heavy ones recently. Sadly though this was light and fluffy it was also really slow in starting...Sarah, I get things had gone t!t’s up for her but the first 20% or so seemed to be one long monologue of “poor me”. She’s back at home, not looking for work, not paying anything towards her keep, and lazing in bed all day it seems. As a parent I wanted to shout at her to grow up. Breakups happen, they’re hard but she can’t just sponge off her parents all the while. She’s 31 for goodness sake, but just assumes that her parents are happy to have her back, and she just moans when they tell her to get up or ask her to help. I kept thinking, she’s had a good job, paid little rent at her last place so why hasn’t she got enough to fund her own place, and why isn’t she out job hunting? She does say later that she could get somewhere but just wanted to go home, I can understand that, she’s hurt and wants to nurse her wounds, but she could at least appreciate her parents and their help.
Anyway finally she gets a bit brighter and the story picks up interest. Jack – how many Mc names can she come up with for him and his crew? They made me smile. Jack too had been subject to a bad relationship and since he’d been busy picking up the business he’d inherited from his dad, he’d not had time or inclination for getting back into the dating scene. Then he meets Sarah, and although its an inauspicious meeting when she crashes into the back of his truck, and harsh words are said he can’t get her out of his mind. Finding out she’s the daughter of his new client throws him, but places her within his sights and he determines to move in when he can. Their interactions were funny and made me laugh, and I began to like her more once she got past the “poor me” stage. She and Jack get off on the wrong foot – and for their next few meets it doesn’t go much better, but finally they call a truce and the attraction that’s clear between them starts to get really hot. The sex scenes were really well written and fitted perfectly in the story, they had a pull to each other that was searingly hot and couldn’t be ignored. I loved how Jack acted when they bumped into an ex workmate of Sarah’s, who was clearly out for some gossip. At that point they’d just called a truce, and he could see what was happening and acted in a very proprietorial and sensual way to Sarah, leaving the workmate gobsmacked and thinking Sarah had definitely traded up in the looks dept! That’s just what anyone cheated on needs, an ego boost like that and I really liked him for doing that. It broke the ice too between him and Sarah and was the catalyst for them getting closer and giving in to the attraction.
Of course as always just when things are going well something comes along to knock them down. I do love that part and could feel for Sarah when it happened, Jack too – but he wouldn’t listen to her or give her a chance to explain, and that seemed a bit harsh considering how close they’d got. I loved the way it finally worked out though, and the second half was definably far better than the first for me. Special mention had to go to Sarah’s aunt and the lunchtime vermouth’s – she was a great character and just how I want to be when I'm her age!
Stars: three and a half, if the start had been better it would have been four but it really was depressing and almost made me give up...thank goodness when it picked up it really got so much better.
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My review - I really enjoyed this story! As you can tell this story is about heartbreak and trying to get through it and not live in a rut for the rest of your life.
J.D really does capture the emotions of a person who is going through heartbreak which makes this story feel real when reading it. The main character Sarah starts off as depressed but who wouldn't be! But she digs herself out of the rut she built herself and becomes a strong woman.
Jack really helps the story by just being the way he is! I love him lol! He really shows you that a loving man does exist and is willing to help you and be there for you.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it took me awhile to get into the story but once I did I loved it. It shows that when you thought you have everything and then it's taken away from you that you don't give up at all! Sarah bravely opens her heart to Jack and shows the reader that it's good to move and in the end you will find that perfect someone for you.
If you've ever been in a long term relationship or going through heartbreak this is the story for you! It will show you that instead of staying in a rut, moving on is the best thing to do and just to never give up.
At 31 Sarah as moved back with her parents after finding her boyfriend of seven years in bed with her so called best friend, this also leading to Sarah walking away from her dream job. Enter Jack the owner of the construction company hired to do some work on her parents house they don't get off to the best of starts when they meet let's just say Jack isn't very nice to Sarah and I would have happily give him a slap for her however once they start to get to know each other things soon change, but will a visitor from Sarah's past bring everything crashing down around them is there relationship strong enough to survive.
This book had some really funny moments where I literally had tears running down my cheeks I was laughing so hard but it also had some very beautiful moments between Jack and Sarah. A quick easy read and definitely one I would recommend
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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