Published by HarperCollins on January 29, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Women, Romance, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Readers and critics alike raved over USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne’s smash hit debut, The Hating Game, which has sold in over 20 countries. Now she’s back with an unforgettable romantic comedy about a woman who finally has a shot at her long time crush—if she dares.
Crush (n.): 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.
This next hilarious romance includes a special PS section with two Happily Ever Afters—one for this novel featuring Darcy and Tom and the other, an epilogue featuring fan favorites Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman from The Hating Game!
How many books have you read that had small elements that drove you crazy and pulled you out of the story? Have you ever ended up loving a book despite the things that were jumping on your last nerve while you were reading? Up until I read 99 Percent Mine I hadn’t and I honestly didn’t believe it was possible.
Let’s start with what drove me crazy. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of 99 Percent Mine from Edelweiss which means some of this may be different between the ARC and the final copy. As such, I will be specifically addressing the ARC copy that I read.
- There was some serious repetitive use of phrasing in this book. so help me if I had to hear the heroine repeat her thoughts about being in a bubble one more time I was going to strangle her.
- This was a contemporary romance yet the Darcy continually has thoughts of Tom being a wolf. Once or twice I wouldn’t have noticed but it was enough that my brain was wrapped around it. Was this book suddenly going to morph into a PNR? It just felt out of place.
- Some general wording and transitioning was awkward and confusing. Multiple times I found myself reading over a couple paragraphs three times trying to figure out what was happening.
So as you can see, there were plenty of irritants for me, but you know what… I also couldn’t put the book down. I enjoyed the story so much that those things were secondary. I loved Tom, he was just so swoon worthy. A true gentle giant who never understood his own worth and is so determined to make everyone else happy. He and Darcy had chemistry though the roof and you couldn’t help but understand why they were in love with each other for their entire lives. You can’t help but root for them from the minute Tom arrives on the scene. This of course means that you want to punch Darcy’s twin brother Jamie in the face throughout most of the book. The author perfectly captured the dynamic that exists between siblings in this book. I felt every moment of exasperation clear as day.
I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t as much of a slow burn romance as Thorne’s last book. I was impatient for the characters to have sex as it was and would have lost my mind if it took forever.
I hope this is the start of a series and that we get to see Jamie and his secret crush find their way next.