Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review—99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Publisher: William Morrow 
Published: January 29, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 3.5 Stars

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’m sure many of you are excited about finally having 99 Percent Mine in your hands and ready to be devoured. Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game was an instant hit that had readers falling in love all around the world. When I first heard about Thorn’s new book coming out, I jumped and shouted with joy. After all, romantic comedies are my jam—and who better to feed my addiction but this wonderful author?

Darcy at first glance is hardcore—smartass extraordinaire, has a bit of wonderlust, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She and her brother, Jamie, inherit a cottage from their grandmother. A cottage that needs a bunch of repairs before they can sell it. That’s where Tom comes in—the perfect man and Jamie’s best friend. Tom’s always been off limits but this time, Darcy wants nothing more than to make him her own. 

While I enjoyed this story immensely it didn’t wow me as much as I expected it to. There were times when I had a hard time understanding Darcy because she was a bit rough around the edges and was defensive a lot of the time. You’re not weak when asking for help every once in awhile. Despite my occasional dislike of Darcy; I really did like her. She was spunky and fun. I liked that under all that raw emotion, was Young a regular woman who was afraid to show her vulnerability. I think we can all relate to that. 

Overall, I think Thorne is fast on her way to becoming a household name in the romance genre. Her books are witty, fresh, and romantic. All things I look for and adore when trying to pick out my next obsession. Recommended for readers who love a shy yet loyal hero; and a heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. 

*Thank you to both Goodreads & the publisher for sending me a free copy for my honest and unbiased opinions.* 

About the Author:
Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it's not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book--and it isn't always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.


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