REVIEW – LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (Love Not Included #4) 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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}


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 weren’t afraid to let loose every now and then. The romance aspect, although having the insta-love factor, was still packed with some swoon-worthy moments and delicious steam.


Penelope Summers finds herself on a cruise to the Bahamas with her bestie after having been unceremoniously dumped by her douche boyfriend. While on this cruise they meet a group of hotties who are there for an extended bachelor party. When Penny meets the best man Sam, the sparks are instantly flying. One thing leads to another and they end up having one wild night between the sheets. The next morning, Penny is rushing out of Sam’s suite in order to do the walk of shame. She’s never been the kind of girl to have a one night stand but doesn’t regret that time with Sam. Penny never expected to see Sam again, so she is nearly knocked on her butt when she walks into a meeting at work, two days later and comes face to face with her company’s new client—Sam Dresden.

Sam lets it be known that he is more than pleased to see Penny again and he makes quick work of requesting that she take the lead on his project and asks her boss to loan out her services for a while. Penny tries to keep things all business at first because she hasn’t had luck with men who come from wealth and believes that she would be nothing more than a temporary plaything to Sam. This only makes Sam more determined to win her heart. Soon enough she’s giving in to her attraction for him and these two are heating it up on the bed, couch, conference table, up against Sam’s office window…I think you can get the gist of it, these two are more than hot for each other.


But someone has it out for Penny and they won’t be satisfied until all her happiness is taken from her. Incriminating photos land in the hands of Sam and then later with Penny, which stirs up mistrust and hurt between the both of them. I pretty much had this all figured out quickly but didn’t expect all the action and suspense towards the end.

If you’re in need of some laughs with a healthy side of steam, then Life As We Know It is one to check out. I found the story to be entertaining and my only issue was the insta-love and how Sam’s vocabulary often sounded like that of a stuffy old man.

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