||Mar. 15, 2012
When playing by the rules means stepping over the line…
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I Dance with Words
Sometimes starting over means trying out assault and battery, especially when the object d’ violence is a cheating husband caught in the act. Restraining orders aside, safety comes in numbers and having certain … standards.
For Jessamine chaos and capitulation are facts of life. Giving up dreams to service her husband’s ambitions and enabling the same blind submission in her own daughter ends abruptly, leaving her rootless, homeless and destitute.
For some people, it is the kindness of strangers who make the difference but for Jes it is the unlikely alliance of the mother-in-law-from-hell, a devastatingly handsome basketball coach and a phalanx of determined team members who convince a woman of a certain age that beginning again doesn’t mean giving up or giving in.
The only problem is … there’s that pesky 90 day rule.
Refreshing and original
Who says love and romance is only for the twenty-something crowd? I'm a firm believer that there's no expiration date on a woman's heart, and THE 90 DAY RULE by Diane Nelson proves the point.
Jes's story is one far too many women have lived. At an early age, her dreams fell under the bus that was her husband's career, relegating her to the subservient role of token wife in charge of nothing but raising the perfect child and projecting the image of the perfect family. It's all about keeping up images, until she catches her philandering husband in bed with a woman/girl young enough to be his daughter.
Fresh out of options, Jes is sleeping on the sofa in her daughter's college digs while she tries to knit together a new life with tattered threads from the old one. Help comes from an unexpected source, but like most gifts, it comes with strings attached - play the devoted wife for ninety days, long enough to get her husband re-elected, in exchange for a quick divorce complete with a financial settlement that will allow her to resuscitate her dreams.
This is a wonderfully refreshing read jam-packed with real emotion and realistic conflict. As a reader well past the twenty-something mark, I appreciate a mature heroine with mature issues. Can she pick up where she left off all those years ago? Are the dreams of her youth no longer attainable or realistic at her age? What, exactly, does she have to offer the world? What is she to do with unexpected desire, and the important question in any romance, can she dare to love again?
I loved Jes's journey from lost and broken to grounded and strong. The transformation isn't easy, but real life rarely is. THE 90 DAY RULE is honest, and real, and fabulous, as well as refreshing, bold, and well written with layers upon layers to make a reader think. I give it five stars for originality in a genre that too often takes the freeway when a side road might be more interesting.—Roz Lee
Scores from every corner
I wasn't sure what to expect from the 90 Day Rule. I've read a few things by this author and have been blown away every time by the magnitude of what she can do with the written word. Doesn't matter if it's sci-fi, erotica, or a contemporary romance like this one, she weaves a beautiful story and ties it together with wonderful wry humour. The writing is exactly right, the editing immaculate, and the flow mesmerizing.
The 90 Day Rule carries the central character, Jes, through a painful--and slightly more than 90 day--process of realizing who she is, stepping out of a demeaning, loveless life, and finally accepting that she really is worth it. She really is a person people want ... and need.
"A chance to be a woman, not a puppet. A woman with a destiny."
I loved that Ms Nelson reached into the psyche of someone who can oftentimes be ignored: a mid-forties woman who has let herself go, resigned to the fact that her life should be lived in her husband's shadow. She is overweight, talks to herself constantly, questions any possibility that she could be a force on her own, and she has left her dreams behind, convinced she is undeserving. So when opportunity knocks, she has trouble believing in it. When that opportunity rekindles her dreams, she must learn to trust herself enough to hang on tight. When opportunity brings love, she must have the strength and the courage to decide if it is what she needs.
From the opening chapter of The 90 Day Rule we share Jes' yearning for something more. When she meets Jack we are as smitten as she. Sensual moments curl through the story, leaving unforgettable impressions ...
"Taking my hand, he did the thing with the thumb, but even more slowly this time ..."
ooh, that thumb ... *shiver*
The electricity sparking between them ignites an atmosphere of sexual tension made all the more compelling by well-written, drawn out emotional foreplay. And when that white hot fuse finally reaches its end, we are treated to Nelson's strong, skillful handling of the fireworks.—Genevieve Graham
A Really Good Read
I was pleansantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The prose is easy to digest but challenging to the senses. The female protagonist, Jes, is a rootable, fun, but complicated character. She's memorable as is a dozen others. Diane Nelson has a great grasp of both sexes. Their are moments of rare humor mixed with action and drama. A lot of times when you read a good book you wonder how it would be as a film. This time, I only wondered how much of the writer was invested in these characters and situations.
The last two thousand words of this book are outstanding. I recommend The 90 Day Rule many times over.—Lance Burson
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