99 Percent Mine

99 Percent Mine

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Readers and critics alike raved over USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne's smash hit debut, The Hating Game, which has sold in over 20 countries. Now she's back with an unforgettable romantic comedy about a woman who finally has a shot at her long time crush--if she dares.

Crush (n.): 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.

This next hilarious romance includes a special PS section with two Happily Ever Afters--one for this novel featuring Darcy and Tom and the other, an epilogue featuring fan favorites Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman from The Hating Game!

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow , an imprint of HarperCollinsPulishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062884282
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE THORNE S
Characteristics: 342 , 17 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Ninety-nine percent mine


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If you (like everyone else) loved "The Hating Game", Thorne has a new offering and it's TERRIFIC! Tom and Darcy have mad chemistry and the pacing is perfect.

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Oct 22, 2020

I've waited nearly two years after this book's release to read it and four years after reading all-time favorite rom-com, The Hating Game. Intentional? Maybe. Smart? Absolutely. It's hard to read an author's sophomore release without expectations, after falling head over heels with their debut. I can also say that mixed reviews and a lower overall rating helped temper any expectations. In fact, I would say they significantly lowered them. Even with those conditions, it didn't help me rate this any higher than 3 stars.

The good stuff:

Thorne managed to create a story that was entirely different in tone, voice, humor, and characterizations. There were no similarities to The Hating Game and I loved that. In all respects, it could have been an entirely different author. For me, that is a big compliment. There are many accomplished authors who are great with that, but so often I see regularly releasing writers whose books exude a similar tone and quite often a familiar diction, where the writing becomes rote and tiresome. Or, it's that I get bored with the similarities between books.

The not-so-good:

In some ways, it was the tone, as well as the push/pull between the main characters that made it a rather odd romance for me. I wasn't particularly fond of how the heroine was characterized and I tried really hard to see past her sometimes brusque and aggressively assertive nature. It was mentioned that she looked and acted different from when she was as old as 18, but I never fully understand why. Was it regret or that her teenage crush was with someone else for the past eight years? I also didn't feel a true connection between the two. I was told about some of their childhood and various moments in between, but those weren't enough to convince me of their current attraction.

The overall:

99 Percent Mine was a decent sophomore effort. It wasn't a standout nor will it necessarily be memorable, but it was compelling enough to keep me reading and entertained.

Apr 09, 2020

This book was cute and the history between the characters was interesting and kept you reading. I really liked Darcy and how she could take care of herself and her feud with her brother was incredibly interesting. I don't think this story is meant to be dug deeply into, its just a cute romance that changes things up a little. this is not your classic tale of a woman in distress! And I think thats what made it endearing and fun.

Jan 17, 2020

DNF @12%

I decided to DNF this novel, as I didn't really enjoy Thorne's first book. I finished the first book, mostly because I listened to it on audiobook. The narrator was a bit flat but still got me through it. I wanted to give Sally Thorne a fair try so I tried 99 Percent Mine, her latest novel. I was getting the same vibes as [book:The Hating Game|25883848] so I stopped at 12%. For some reason I feel a bit uncomfortable with the heroines of both books. They don't come off as relatable (to me), and I feel bad for them instead of rooting for them. Rom-coms and contemporary romances are a hit or miss with me so read some other reviews. Also, Hating Game was optioned as a movie and it will be interesting to see how the movie plays out!

(I did post a mini review on my bookstagram and Thorne does not wish to be tagged. I am not sure if this is for all reviews or if it is because she did not like my review. I debated on whether I should review and post this review on here and if I should delete my post as I don't want to anger Thorne. I did remove @, but I decided to leave the post as I write reviews for fellow readers. I always support authors and always make it clear these are just my opinions and this is why something did/didn't work for me.)

Dec 15, 2019

Bittersweet, at times a little raw. Flawed characters trying to figure it out.

Sep 10, 2019

I waited months for this book. I couldn't finish it. I thought it would be entertaining. Instead, I found a threadbare plot that just revolved around the two main characters waiting to have sex. A very disappointing book and definitely not worth the wait.

JessicaGma Aug 06, 2019

Don't go into this expecting another "Hating Game" as it's not even remotely close. It's a great read for the weekend, but it's not quite a sweet as the other one was. Darcy and her twin don't get along well, and I don't know if either treats the life long friend super well....so it's a romance, and it sizzles, but it's quite different from her other book....

Groszerita Jul 22, 2019

I needed a fun light read and this one was perfect. Darcy is a tough twenty something year old who works at a bar. When her childhood crush, Tom Valeska, comes back into her life, Darcy acts tougher than ever but she can't, because he is her one true love.

shokolit Jul 03, 2019

Another witty and fun love story by Sally Thorne. I loved her previous book (The Hating Game) more than this one, but 99 Percent Mine is still a book worth reading. I enjoyed it very much.

May 26, 2019

A will-they won't-they romance between prickly Darcy Barrett and her childhood best friend Tom - complicated by the fact that he's also her twin brother's BFF. This had a darker tone than I expected from the cover, but the depiction of Darcy's congenital heart defect and the ways she copes with - or doesn't cope with - it rang true to me.

May 13, 2019

There was a lot I could have liked in Sally Thorne's sophomore effort- funny (at times) dialogue, an interesting female protagonist in Darcy, an emphasis on safer sex and consent- but most of that got lost in the confusing thicket that was the middle of this book.

First, the romantic interest, Tom, feels like a fangirl's description of Taylor Lautner as Jacob in the "Twilight" movie, even down to the "wolf" eyes and stoic loyalty.

There is also a weird Southern Gothic vibe with the Barrett family- eccentric fortunetelling dead grandma, controlling, malign, and vaguely incestuous twin brother, sickly female protagonist- lots of old money and beach houses and general class angst. While all of this could be interesting, it really kind of muddies the romance trajectory. Actually, at some point, I get so repulsed by the Barrett's treatment of Tom, (He is like their pet dog that they use as a "buffer" between the quarrelsome twins. Know who else is referred to as a "buffer"? Tom's ACTUAL DOG.) that all I really want is for him to snap, tell off the Barretts, and go live his life free of their manipulation.

Finally, there is the problem of massive amounts of unattributed dialogue and whipcrack mood changes that literally had me worried that I must be inadvertently skipping pages along the way. No, I wasn't skipping pages, this Twilight Tribute/Southern Gothic Drama/Romance Novel mashup is just a frenetic, disjointed mess for several chapters before it finally rights itself and limps on to the Happily Ever After ending- even if it leaves you wondering how happy this confused, twisted lot can ever really be.

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