Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
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.
Review: After reading The Hating Game last year, I knew I needed Sally Thorne’s new book and I am obsessed! If you love the whole forbidden love/brother’s best friend trope, then Darcy and Tom’s story is definitely the romance for you. There is also a complex brother/sister relationship as well and a few scenes of sibling squabbling.
Darcy is a complicated person. She has an extreme case of wanderlust (aka emotional avoidance), is insanely impulsive, and blunt as hell. When she’s not off in another continent, she’s working at a bar back home. She also keeps a roster of men who she considers to be completely non-committal and anti-clingy. No feelings involved, just good old one night stands. Why? Because no one can ever be better than Tom Valeska in her mind. Darcy has a complicated relationship with Tom. She’s been in love with him since forever, but he’s never paid her any attention. Let me just say she’s not shy when it comes to wanting him and there’s a certain scene involving a cupboard that had me laughing.
Tom is definitely a cool, collected guy. He’s basically the middle man between Darcy and her twin brother and kind of holds everything together. Their grandma’s house renovation is his first official job with his new business and there is no shortage of drama. The best part is that Darcy wants to be in on the action helping with the renovations. It’s priceless how distracted he gets with her around and how flustered he gets when she’s around other men.
This book brought on all the feels and it was a fabulous follow-up to The Hating Game. It definitely comes loaded with those Sally Thorne one-liners I loved the first time around. The slow burn chemistry was killing me because inside I was screaming “GET TOGETHER YOU FOOLS”. It was like sexy tug of war with Darcy yanking on the rope but Tom wasn’t having it. I also love when books make me squeal with joy and this one definitely had some cute moments. It also had the classic quips and great writing that made The Hating Game so great. Sally Thorne is seriously a wizard with words because her characters deliver some laugh-out-loud lines. I’m definitely already dying for more from this author!