Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 29, 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
99 Percent Mine is Sally Thorne’s long anticipate second novel. The hype surrounding this was crazy, and warranted. It had the same humor and quirky language from The Hating Game, and is a quick cute read.
This novel follows Darcy, a woman who is always traveling and keeping everyone at a distance. At the beginning Darcy is stuck at her grandmother’s house until she gets repairs done and finds her passport, which has mysteriously disappeared. She’s surprised to learn that the contractor her brother hired is their childhood friend and secret love of her life, Tom.
There’s some drama thrown in between Darcy and her twin, and I wanted to know more about it. There’s so many mentions about how close the two are, but they had a big falling out and haven’t talked in months. I wish this was discussed more in the novel because it seemed like it was going to be an important aspect, but then nothing really happened with it.
I loved reading about Darcy and Tom’s history and learning how their relationship changed throughout the years. I also enjoyed seeing the two characters get to know each other again and form a relationship that’s different now because of where they are in life.
“His is the kind of bone structure that makes me blurt stupid things.”
This is a book I read in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down and I needed to know what happened. Darcy and Tom were so angsty, and I LOVED it. I knew this novel was going to be a slow burn, but geez, I needed them to get together. I’m not a huge fan of slow burns, but I think this was done really well, and I was in agony while waiting.
I enjoyed the novel, but I do want to reread it soon so I can fully get it. There’s so much flowery language and humor, that it takes a reread to find and enjoy all the jokes and banter. I think once I read it again I’ll enjoy it more because I’ll spend more time on the humor and language than on the plot.
Overall I think it’s a cute novel, and fans of Sally Thorne’s previous novel will enjoy this. It has the same humor and quirky language that makes the book quick to read and super enjoyable.