Title: Life As We Know It

Author: J. D. Hollyfield

Series: Love Not Included #4

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: November 14th 2016

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★


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.


4 of 5 stars to Life As We Know It by J. D. Hollyfield


This was the most hilarious installment to the Love Not Included series, by far. The heroine’s thoughts were amusing. As avid romance readers obsessed with “book boyfriends,” we can all relate to Penelope’s gushing over Sam’s words and gestures as if he was really a book boyfriend came to life.

I usually do not like loud, foul mouthed heroines but Penelope was funny. Her second meeting with Sam was amusing and unforgettable. Sam, for the lack of better word, is nothing but “dreamy.” I hate to use this overused word but truly, everything he does and say is perfect. And even when their romance seemed too good to be true, who cares? This is fiction anyways, intended to fulfill our fantasies. Out of all the couples in the series, I think Sam and Penelope had the most natural chemistry even when they can be categorized under the infamous “insta-lust” bracket, and that’s saying a lot because again, I hate instas.

This would have been an easy favorite if not for the last 20% in the book when Penelope decided to be stupid and did some disagreeable actions. However, this is as enjoyable as any contemporary could go. Take a chance on it and you won’t regret it.