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Ninety Eight

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  48 reviews
One Moment.
One Heart.
One Last Chance.

Brielle is a good girl. She has played by the rules for most of her life, doing only what she is told. Listened to her overbearing mother. Obeyed her stepfather. Let her boyfriend point out her flaws and strived to be the perfect girl. But always fell short.

Her nana was her sanctuary, but she also insisted Brielle live by her calculatio
ebook, 223 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by HiJiks Ink Publishing Ltd.
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Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I rarely give a synopsis of the plot since it's usually listed under the book title, so why repeat? In this case, it's so vague, I'll add some details. Ninety Eight covers two years in the life of Brielle, a young veterinarian assistant. She gets engaged to Vincent, Mr. 65% Right since her nana told her when she was 16 that it is better to settle than look for Mr. 98% Right. (True love apparently burned nana. We find out some details later, but it's never really explained.) The story continues o ...more
Jen O'grady
This was a really interesting concept for a story, I've read quite a few 'triangle' books where the female was married but never where the male was. Its honestly not so much of a triangle,its about two people who fall in love, who just happen to be in other relationships.
Brielle is engaged to Vic, and Darwin is married to Fiona.
This is where the concept of the book is really good Darwin and Brielle form a friendship even though they know, and so do the readers that its so much more than that. Th
Raychell Pettijohn
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ARC Review – I received an advanced copy of this amazing book (and finished it very late that same day)

I’m not sure where to start with my review of this book (which is why it's taken me so long to write it) – The emotional roller coaster that is the plot of this book had me laughing, crying and at times wanting to throttle Brielle’s mother (a woman that doesn’t deserve the title at all). Through it all, I could not put the book down. By the time I thought things might have a chance to work out
Tami czenkus
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok i will not lie i was torn up with this book i laughed and cried and cursed it till i finished it!!! I totally loved the story line and i could relate to how we are told how to act and how to not follow our dreams and childhood fantasies of love and the future... I love Darwin and BRiele and Micah... Love is never easy and this story puts it out there for you to grab ahold of and just go for it!! There were times i wanted to give up reading it dues to the thought of Briele giving up And not fo ...more
Barrie Mac
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God. This was one of the best love stories I've ever read. I never cry when I read books but this one did a number on me...I laughed and I cried. I was happy, angry and sad. I stayed up till 4:30am because I couldn't put this book down. Once I got to a certain point, I had to keep reading. I recommend this book to all contemporary romance fans.

*I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for a review*
Just My Opinion
I am a beta reader. This book was phenomenal and completely different than other romances. Absolutely incredible and well done.
Gator Girl Eaton
Oct 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Renee Entress
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
4.0 Star Review – ninety eight

Full Review -

I recommend this book.

I enjoyed this book by Shannon. This book includes passion, laughs, heartache, grief, and betrayal.

This is NOT a sweet romance so if you are looking for that this book is not for you!!

There are times in this book you will feel as if you are in a storm of emotions and that the hail in that storm is coming down hard. Just when you think you have your emotions under control Shannon hits you w
N.L. Gervasio
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 did on my website and can on Goodreads. 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 tr ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a story about a woman, her family issues and her belief that 100% love doesn't exist. Brielle has a distant and unloving mother, a cruel step father and a clueless fiancé. Brielle believes that the best that she should hope to find is a man that meets 60% of her needs because that's what her Nana told her. This story is about Brielle's journey to learn to love herself and to find love that is more than 60%.

I enjoyed reading about Brielle's journey. The writing was good. The main cha
Anny hernandez
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***** I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review *****

Wow OMG I just finished reading this book and I love it, I have to say that this story made me Angry, made me Cried, and made me Laugh but I love every single second of it, I like how this story turned out to be even though it was a different from what I am used to reading.

Reading this book had me in an emotional roller coaster never knew if the next line that I read would made me happy, sad, angry, or feel like throwing
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ninety Eight shows a perfect example of how all advice given, even by those we dearly love, should be taken with that "grain of salt" and just what differences there are between settling for beige or going for the full color. Brielle is a young woman who has been broken. Even after living with her Nana and receiving the love she yearned for growing up, her Nana passes. She leaves Brielle one last letter, which Brielle takes to heart and this changes the course of her life coloring all of her fut ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So good. Review soon.
Shawna Shauntia
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

So regretfully I have to admit that I read this some time and it has taken me fooorever to finally figure out how I felt about what I read. Let me first that this is my second encounter with Ms. Mayer’s work and since I was rather impressed the first time around I figure I would experience the same enjoyable...well that didn’t exactly happen.

Brille is going through life just settling. And its for no good reason. Its not like she’s married and has children.. So in my mind its like whyyyyyy are
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

Shannon Mayer met sur la première page de son site qu’elle écrit la romance qu’elle voudrait lire. On peut donc légitimement s’attendre à quelque chose d’assez inédit. Elle ne ment pas cette s’attaquant à un douloureux sujet que je n’ai jamais vu abordé de cette façon.

Cette chronique sera difficile à rédiger pour ne pas en donner tous les secrets ni les méandres. Disons simplement que ce livre raconte comment parfois, le destin semble se tromper, créer des
Jeannie Zelos
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ninety-Eight Shannon Mayer.

I love Shannons' Rylee Adamson series, she's a fabulous paranormal writer but I wasn't so keen on her first contemporary novel, and wondered if maybe the genre change just didn't suit for me. Still, its always good to try more than once so read this one, the second contemporary romance and... it just blew me away. Of course being a horse fanatic it had the edge right from the start with horses and the horse world having a solid part to play. Its nothing like most of t
Jessica Figueroa
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
"I don't think love is ever wrong, even if it hurts, even if it scared you. You learn from it, become a better person, use what you've learned for the next time around."

Brielle has a rating system for the guys shes with because her grandma's parting words. They were about not finding her soul mate or the perfect guy, she would be lucky to get a guy who is at least 60% perfect for her and she should accept it. Which made Victor a perfect candidate for her being at 60%. When Brielle was in an acci
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
** I received an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.**

Well, personally is the first time I read a book by Shannon Meyer, did not know what to expect from this book, the synopsis was only hhabia read in one of the events I had and a cover page with a title peculiar Ninety-eight .

The synopsis speak of numbers, but what he meant to them, Well one afternoon I grabbed my lap and started reading this book, in the known history of Brielle, a girl who has a job as a vet assistant and a boyfriend whic
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I’m a big fan of Mayer’s Rylee Adamson series, but I haven’t yet read any of her other books, though I’ve wanted to. I went into Ninety-Eight not knowing anything about it and I don’t know if that hurt or helped my enjoyment.

I never really warmed up to Brielle. She is so fixated on her numbers, and how a guy would score, to actually see the
man underneath. Victor seems to rate highly, but in actually, is a bit of a jerk. Darwin would be perfect, except for one major deduction. Due to this, she he
I received a free ARC from the author in return for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book, I love Shannon's Rylee series but I didn't warm to this book and I had a strange feeling that I had read this book or maybe seen a similar film before. I even held off posting this review hoping I would feel more positive with some perspective.

Brielle has been told by her Nana that there is no such thing as "The One" and looking for him could only lead to unhappiness. Better to settle for some
This was quite a love story. You have a woman who bases her judgment of the man meant for her on a letter left to her by her nana on settling for someone who is 60% as Nana says there is no one out there to make your heart go pittypat, no one who will give you tingles, it's better to settle for a "good" man. You have her mother who is NO kind of mother at all (who chooses a mean man over her own kid? Her mom DISGUSTS me). And you watch as Brielle is seemingly about to ruin her life.

He's married
Jennifer Bobish
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of Shannon Mayer's latest romance. Let me just say that I read this book from start to finish, only taking a break to wipe tears from eyes. Emotional highs and lows, laughter and tears. A tale that I identified with, characters that I want to meet. I love to read, but Ninety-Eight is a story that will draw you and and then stay with you long after the last page. What an incredible journey this story took me on. I don't want to say anything spe ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really did want to love this book but I just couldn't get into it. I believe it's because Brielle and I just don't mesh well. I didn't have the same love for the characters as I do in the Rylee series. They didn't draw me in or make me want to know more about their pasts. I understood why Brielle cared what her nana thought but I can't fathom going so far as to marry a man you don't love; he wasn't even providing any benefits other than being her "boyfriend/fiance". Why stay with him? Why even ...more
Donna Zink
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first began to read "ninetyeight" thought, "OK, here's a nice little common romance." Boy was I wrong! It was better than "nice", it was an emotional roller coaster.

Started out being a little mad about the situation Brielle is in. That soon turned to uneasiness with it then "BAM" I'm cheering her on. And then I'm hit with another "BAM" and the cheers turn to stomach clinching sorrow. I'm beginning to think at this point, "how the heck is Mrs. Mayer's going to write her way out of this me
Jeanie V.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When I found this book, I had no idea what to expect. The summary was vague as hell (and now I understand why!) But because of it's "vague-ness" I read the amazon ratings, which were all 4 and 5 stars, but they all said the same thing, "emotional rollercoaster" and so I was sold and had to find out what that rollercoaster consisted of. OMG You guys! You guys!!! I was not expecting what happened to have happened! I was utterly thrown again and again, surprised, shocked, devastated! And as those f ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Wow…just wow..ummm..yeah I am completely speechless! I cannot even think what to write in this review. I guess the only thing I can say to start is that was the best book I have ever read! This book took me on a roller coaster ride and I don’t think I will ever get off! This book has been branded on my heart and soul. Shannon Mayer is a wonderful author but this book is DEFINITELY by far her best! WOW…This book made me laugh, c
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance readers
Shelves: romance
ARC Copy in exchange for review (although I would have bought a copy too as I love Shannon Mayer)
Seriously.. 99 cents as of October 17, 2013 it is so worth $1

Well, who would have thought? This book surprised me a couple of times. I started off sad for the girl because who really wants to live like that. Then thoughts moved to incredulous, unbelievable, DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN! Back to sad, then happy, then sad... you get the idea. This book is mostly about real life relationships not the story bo
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, favorites
Copy kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Just wow. This book was full of surprises. This is the story of Brielle and how she's been living her life following her nana's rules. The entire time I was reading I had a little hitch in my heart. I cried with Brielle when she cried and cried for her when she couldn't. When she was happy, I was happy. I honestly had no idea what direction the story was going to take. Every time I thought I knew, something would happen to sur
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I received an ARC of '98' in return for an honest review.

Although I found this book to be really well written & a real page turner I'm not sure if I enjoyed it. . .
It was almost too much of an emotional roller coaster. How much bad advice, bad luck & horrible, manipulative people surrounding them can one person have? With all of that mess influencing her Brielle has to decide whether to settle or to follow her heart. To put everyone else's happiness before her own.
The ensuing story wil
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional ride. It was very good. It really had everything; happiness, humor, heartbreak, mistrust, distrust. Good guys and bad guys and a little innocent. You laughed, you cried, and you even wanted to hit the bad guys and the idiots. It’s a definite warm tale, about fighting for what you deserve and not settling for anything else. It’s one of those books you can’t put down and you root for the main character to get everything they deserve. Sometimes you just have to take a little advic ...more
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