TITLE: 99 Percent Mine
AUTHOR: Sally Thorne
PUBLISHER: William Morrow Paperbacks
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance
Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…
Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.
When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.
Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.
Since this was my first Sally Thorne book, I went into reading this with really high expectations. I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about The Hating Game (which has been on my TBR for forever). But unfortunately, I really didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to.
99 Percent Mine follows Darcy Barrett who inherits her Grandmother’s cottage, along with her twin brother, following her death. The goal is to flip the house before selling and so their childhood friend Tom comes to help. Both the twins fight for Tom’s attention and Darcy has always been in love with him.
The premise of the story is super cute. There’s a promise of suspenseful romance between two friends who’ve known each other for forever. Plus, there’s drama between siblings. But I just honestly feel like nothing overly important happens. Yes these things happen, but I just felt kind of ‘blah’ about the whole thing.
I really enjoyed Tom as a character. He’s so sweet. But I hate how Darcy and her brother take advantage of him. I really, really dislike Darcy. I just didn’t connect with her. She acts a certain way because of her life and things thrown at her, and I get that, but I just couldn’t connect.
The main reason I’m giving this book three stars is because overall, the story is fine. It kept me reading (mostly because of Tom) and that’s good. But, I don’t see this as being a book that will stick with me. Which is disappointing considering the high praise I’ve had for Sally Thorne in my head.
That being said, I have heard that The Hating Game is much different. So I definitely will be giving it a try at some point. Fingers crossed it lives up to the expectation in my head!
While this isn’t my favourite romance read, I think some people will love it. I think if you have a better time connecting to Darcy than I did, then you’ll love it. I think this one just fell a little too flat for me.
”Maybe he's 1 percent mine. That has to be enough.Favourite Quote
About The Author
Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, to be directed by Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and The Simpsons Movie director David Mirkin.
Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing, reading, drinking cups of tea and obeying the every whim of Delia the Pug and her paint Quarter Horse, Louie. She lives with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions and a haunted dollhouse.
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