Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
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 will admit that this is my first novel by Sally Thorne. I know that The Hating Game is a wildly popular novel; however, I have not gotten around to reading it. I can say that after reading 99 Percent Mine, I understand the hype surrounding Sally Thorne’s novels.
99 Percent Mine is a great friends-to-lovers romance. It was funny, however, it knew how to pull at the heartstrings. Especially, when it dealt with the troubled relationship between Darcy and her twin brother, James.
As a reader, one of my favorite things to do is get lost in a book. Thorne has created a story that makes it easy to forget the world around you as you read. It is a page turner; that has captivating writing with its unique voice.
The book is told through the POV of Darcy, and her internal monologue was witty, flawed, and hilarious. I really enjoyed her as a character. Especially, since she was not made out to be this perfect heroine. There were several times in the book where she alluded to the fact that she was her own personal villain. And I think that we all can relate to that. There are so many times where we doubt ourselves or think we don’t deserve things because of who we are.
Tom was the complete opposite of Darcy. While she was careless, he was careful and protective. He balanced Darcy very well.
Although I enjoyed both characters separately, I think that my favorite part of the book their relationship. It felt effortless and familiar. You really got a sense that these characters have known each other for a while. It was neither rushed, overdramatic, nor was it unbelievable. It was easy to believe that somewhere down the line these two people had fallen in love.
I would classify this novel as a slow burn. It did take the characters the majority of the book to get together. But that could be easily ignored. These characters had undeniable chemistry and they did have memorable banter through the book while they were attempting to ignore their feelings.
99 Percent Mine was an unexpected hilarious read with a swoony, relatable and comfortable romance.
*ARC was provided by TLC Book Tours for an honest review*