Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on January 29th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
99 Percent Mine
by Sally Thorne
Sally Thorne charmed me with The Hating Game last year. It was one of my top favorite, if not THE favorite book I read last year. That expectations were high for 99 PERCENT MINE is a huge understatement. So my word of advice? Don’t expect another THE HATING GAME.
Darcy is a heroine many will find immature and selfish in the beginning. I can’t even deny that because I, too, thought that she wasn’t very likable. When she was young she let Tom go because she was too young, too self-absorbed to see how much she loved him. She traveled the world, restless, not being able to be bound in one place. When she came back Tom was in a relationship. Hindsight is 20/20. Then again, if we’re being honest, she still isn’t ready for Tom because she does some stupid things, has no impulse control and no filter and is too much of a hot mess but it’s the growth throughout the story we want to see, and eventually we decide whether she deserved the man in the end. She had a couple of come-to-Jesus moments which made her see herself in a light she didn’t care much for so she started to change them. I, for one, loved her when I was done and thought she got her life back on track.
“I have measured every single man I’ve ever met against you. No one compares. That’s been scaring me a long time now, because what do you do when you can’t have your dream man?”
Tom is a dreamboat. What a guy. He never wanted to be the perfect guy everyone, and especially Darcy, made him out to be but expectations ran high so he always tried his best, up to a breaking point. I loved his shyness and bashfulness, he was adorable but also stood his ground and was probably the only person who could handle Darcy. While he didn’t always agree with the way Darcy was or handled things, he said those out loud but he didn’t want to change her. He loved her just the way she was and admired so many things about her and let her know that he did. He didn’t want to be perfect but he definitely was perfect for me. Le sigh.
“Tell me I smell right.”
“You smell like the only person.”
Throughout the story, which is the ultimate slow burn, you can feel both of them yearning and longing for each other. For my taste it was a little bit too much dragged out but then again, I was rewarded with a beautiful love scene I couldn’t have dreamed up any better.
“You are perfect, Tom Valeska. Perfect for me. Do you want me, even though I’m hardly worthy?”
“I’ve wanted you my whole life.”
“Then have me. Choose me.”
Darcy’s twin brother Jamie is a big part of Darcy’s conflict. Tom was the part that connected and divided them at the same time – I know, it’s confusing but you’ll understand if you’ve finished 99 Percent Mine. While he brought out the best in them, he also brought out pettiness and jealousy and I have to say I wasn’t a big fan of Jamie’s for the longest time. He said some truly hurtful things, things you don’t say to somebody you love as much as your twin sister.Unreasonably, though, I ended up wanting a story for him too.
99 PERCENT MINE is an unusual story, one of a kind and nothing like I’ve read before and there is so much more to it than I can tell you in a review. For that alone it’s worth reading. I marked a lot of paragraphs and quotes because Sally Thorne’s words are full of beauty. But if you want the real reason you should pick this up? Do it for Tom, because he is the best.
His love is pressed into my skin and kissed into my cells.