Book Review: Ninety-Eight by Shannon Mayer

Since I was the copy editor on Shannon Mayer‘s newest contemporary romance Ninety-Eight, I can’t exactly review it on Amazon, but I can here on my website. The reason I’m doing this is because you have to read this book. I’m not kidding. In fact, I’m demanding you read this book. I have never before had a book pull so much emotion out of me. It’s sweet, funny, heart-wrenching, warm, and soul searching. And it has one helluva plot twist that I will absolutely not give away, but trust me, you’ll want to wring the author’s neck. I *almost* bought a ticket to Canada.

Smiles. Laughter. Bliss.

Coffee and donuts.

Pain. Heartache. Tears.

All of these things are associated with love. That’s right, L-O-V-E.

Ninety-Eight is a powerful story that entails Brielle’s quest for true love–a love she doesn’t think exists because her nana told her so. As she’s about to marry Mr. Good Man, whom I’m debating really is good because I don’t think he is, the reality of true love smacks her upside the head–literally–and Darwin walks into her life. But, there’s a hitch…he’s married. So the question really is, what if you actually found your true love, but s/he was untouchable because neither of you are willing to become the “other”? This story is about Brielle learning that true love exists, the power it holds, and the sheer torture of having it right in front of you, but out of reach.

I can’t tell you anymore because it’ll give away a good chunk of the book, but I will tell you that I related to Brielle more than any other character written by an author, and I think you will too.

My star rating system: 1=hated it, 2=disliked it, 3=liked it, 4=really liked it, and 5=loved it (yes, I know, Amazon’s is slightly different)

I give this novel 5 stars because it took me on an emotional roller coaster ride and threw me for a loop. It’s not your typical contemporary romance novel, so don’t expect the regular old formula of girl meets boy, but there’s an obstacle in the way or a journey they have to undertake together before they finally get their happily ever after. Ninety-Eight is anything but that formula, but it’ll keep you reading, and I promise you, my darling minions, it is so worth the emotional turmoil.

This book releases on October 17, 2013 and you can pre-order your copy HERE.

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98

Speed Limits 
Lottery Tickets 
Elevator Buttons 

Numbers are everywhere—they play such a vital role in our everyday lives. But what would happen if we measured love with equations just as we do our morning cup of coffee? My nana had many recipes in her cupboards, but it was her calculations for love that she insisted I live my life by; and I’ve followed her rules all these years. 

One Animal 
One Moment 
One Critical Impact 

That’s all it took for the numbers to start flying in a jumbled mess through my brain as I stared into the violet eyes that would forever make me question my choices. In a split second, the possibilities and reality of true love are revealed and I’m questioning all I’ve ever known. 

A Tree 
White Fences 
Stolen Moments 

I can’t ignore the storm brewing around—and within—me. Everything I am is confronted by these new numbers, and all they represent. My past, present and future will all be determined by the gambles I make right here, right now. Again, it’s all about the numbers. 

And what I’m learning is, one plus one doesn’t always equal two and sometimes three times isn’t always the charm.

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ShannonMayer

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her. She is the bestselling author of High Risk Love, The Nevermore Trilogy, The Rylee Adamson Novels, and the Celtic Legacy series.

You can find out more about Shannon at the following links:

Shannon Mayer | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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