Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
[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.
First off, I fell in love with The Hating Game. It is one of the best books I’ve read in 2019 and overall one of the best contemporary romances I’ve ever read (seriously, I cannot wait for the movie!!)
So naturally, I was excited to read Sally’s other book, 99 Percent Mine, which is a friends-to-lovers story, making it quite different from THG. And it was, for better or worse.
It took me a little to get into the story, figuring out whether or not I actually liked the main character of Darcy. She was quite a handful and very… forward. Sometimes she also seemed just all over the place, struggling. Some of the things she did and say to Tom had me thinking “wow, down girl, he’s not even yours.”
But the more I read of the book the more I felt comfortable with Darcy and her strange way of being. She had depth to her character and had to deal with a lifetime of worry from her family due to a heart condition, but she refused to let that define her as a fagile porcelain doll. So she traveled the world, chopped off her hair and went rogue. Sort off. We do find her in a gritty bad-ass bar, serving bikers and assholes, but she’s got it handled. Her witty and sometimes graphic inner monologues had me giggling into the pages on more than one occasion.
And Tom, well, I can see why Darcy has liked him since she was eight. He was just an overall great character and was good at balancing out Darcy’s quirks. Sure, he had a flaw or two, but he meant well and I can understand why he did as he did.
The twin aspect of the story was also interesting to read about, especially Darcy and Jamie’s relationship as grown people. It gave the story another layer.
The friends-to-lovers storyline is almost as high up on my love list as hate-to-love, but just not quite, but overall, 99 Percent Mine was a cute and funny book and I will definitely still be on the look-out for Sally Thorne’s next book. It also did a great job in reminding me just how single I am… *sigh*
Do I recommend 99 Percent Mine?
Yes. I do.
To fans of The Hating Game and other contemporary romance.