Life As We Know It
By J. D. Hollyfield
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 cruise that will change the direction of her downward spiral. But will that spiral shift in the direction Penelope needs? Or will it throw her into a bigger whirlwind of trouble?
With Reckless Abandon as her motto, tequila as her wingman, and a hot one-night stand as her much needed reward, will the tables finally turn for Penelope, or will life as she knows it continue to fail her?
Sometimes you just have to ride the wave of crazy to find out.
He’s staring at me with those eyes. Those scorching eyes screaming want in all sorts of languages.
“I am going to ask you this once, and if you say no, I will not ask again. But I think you and I may be on the same page here. So here it goes. Would you like to get out of here and continue this in my room?”
Wait, what was that? Sorry, I couldn’t hear the question over the sounds of Jackpot baby!
Right now, I am going to admit that I’m about to make some impromptu decisions. I only live once. And I deserve this. I deserve to get banged beyond belief by this totally hot guy. If he wants a ride, I swear to all that’s mighty I am going to give it to him. I may wake up and realize this was a huge error in my judgment, but right now I couldn’t care less. I will never see him again so who cares. My vagina has already started walking to his room, so I might as well just catch up with her.
“Yeah. Let’s get outta here.”
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.
Although this is the fourth book in the Love Not Included series by author J.D. Hollyfield, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT is my first time reading this author. This is a sexy, funny, romantic romp of a book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are larger than life, and, if half the things that happened to them happened to me, man, life surely would be interesting!
Penny just cannot seem to catch a break. Only semi-devastated by the end of her relationship, it doesn’t take much for Penny’s best friend and partner in crime to encourage her to live a little, and a Caribbean cruise beckons like a siren call. A night of drinking and dancing leads to a morning after of epic proportions, but putting it in her past would be too easy, and Penny doesn’t have that sort of luck. Imagine her surprise at finding that her cruise trip fling (and, oh, my, what a fling he is!) is her new customer. Awkard, much?
Ah, Sam. Sam, Sam, Sam. Sam Dresden is the book boyfriend that makes other book boyfriends look bad. Smart, self-made, philanthropic, he is all of these things. Also completely and utterly into our girl Penny, yes, indeed. The air between these two is pretty stinking charged all of the time, and, phew, the sexy times, oh, y’all. You’ll need to have a fan on standby, because they are H.O.T.
Besides the over-the-top chemistry between Sam and Penny, I really enjoyed the subplot in this book. Sort of cloak and daggery, and complete with the evil Dragon Lady, it helped make LIFE AS WE KNOW IT more than your typical love story. This is an easy 4-stars for me, and I look forward to reading more of J.D.’s books. If you’re a fan of hijinks, antics, and over-the-top sexy, add this one to your TBR and enjoy.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part time superhero…
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 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 to life.
Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions to the Love not Included series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.