Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Release Date: Jan 29, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: 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 tried to go into this one without any expectations. I saw some reviews but only skimmed them because I wanted to go in blind. I didn’t even read the blurb. Actually I still haven’t read the blurb. LOL! And overall, I can say that I enjoyed it. At least for the most part.
I can definitely say that on the plus side, it kept me completely interested all the way through. And for large chunks of time I didn’t have any problems. I was completely immersed in the story. Darcy amused me with her sugar addiction. And, I really enjoyed the chemistry between Tom and Darcy. And I liked that this book never felt too heavy even during the tensest moments. But unfortunately I could more easily list the things I didn’t enjoy.
One of my biggest complaints would be not fully understanding the characters and their motivations. Darcy did some things (like tearing apart cabinets) that didn’t make any sense to me. I didn’t understand her thought process. And Tom was very hot and then cold, but I didn’t understand why.
I did enjoy the fact that Darcy was a twin. There’s something that’s always fascinated me about twins. I have some twin nephews that share a birthday with my oldest son. But the relationship was weird for me. Jamie really seemed to love Darcy, but there were times that he said some really awful things to her. And then there was the fact that they fought like little kids.
I also need to comment on the ending. While it in one aspect had a pleasing, happy feeling with some resolutions I really enjoyed seeing, it also came off as a bit unbelievable in the way things played out.
Okay, but again, despite the fact that I definitely had some things that bugged me, I did still really enjoy reading it. It’s definitely not comparable to The Hating Game, but let’s face it, that’s a really high standard to live up to for any author. I’ll still definitely look forward to whatever Sally Thorne puts out next! 4 Stars