Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Pub Date: January 29th, 2019
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
If I was to review this book in one word only, it would be dissapointing. I read Thorne’s previous book last month, and I really liked it. The story was hot, the characters were interesting and real. It wasn’t my favourite book of all time, but I had a really good time reading it. Not such thing with the 99 Percent Mine.
This is the story of crush – a childhood crush that finally has a chance to blossom into relationship. Darcy is a tough chic, photographer and bartender who loves to travel and fly from responsibilities and emotions that way. Tom is a good guy, the perfect guy that just started his own construction company. She is super small, and he is big, muscular guy (seems like this is the perfect look for a couple for the author, because in The Hating Game it was the same). They go way back, to when Darcy’s twin brother befriended Tom, and he became like family.
The first thing I didn’t particular liked about the book is the characters. It felt like the author was trying too much to make them special and different. I had troubles understanding them, and feeling for them. I couldn’t care about them. For the first few chapters, I found the dialogue confusing and at times hard to follow. We were asked to understand Tom and Darcy’s relationship history, and complicated feelings around it, we were asked to feel deep enough empathy for Darcy because of her heart condition without being presented why we should do that. I had troubles feeling any sympathy for Darcy, she was constantly bringing herself down, talking how useless she is, how she’s a liability, but only later we finally got a chance to truly understand why she felt like that. So for me it was purely annoying to read about it. It could be introduced better to the story.
The other thing that annoyed me it the whole thing with percentages. All this talk about how many percent of Tom is whose was silly, who would think like that? It was awkward, and I don’t like to think about people like that.
The story got better towards the end, we got some few sexy scenes and it wasn’t so hard to read it. But it didn’t save this book. It’s still barely ok and maybe provided 1 percent of the enjoyment that I got from The Hating Game.