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.
Published: 29th January, 2019 by Hachette Australia
*Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy in exchange for a review.*
Wow, wow, wow! Where do I even begin with 99 Percent Mine? Ok, well first of all I feel that it’s only necessary that I bring up Sally Thorne’s debut book, The Hating Game which was one of my absolute favourite reads of last year. The hate-to-love romance between Josh and Lucy will forever be one of my all-time faves, so I was super excited when I saw that Sally was coming out with another book! 99 Percent Mine was sassy, sweet, adorable and H-O-T-T!
Ok, now on to the story! So we have our main characters, Tom and Darcy who’ve known each other since they were kids when Tom moved into the same neighbourhood and became best friends with Darcy’s twin brother, Jamie. Darcy has always viewed Tom as the ‘perfect’ man but his friendship with Jamie, and her tendency to run away from things, has always kept her and Tom at arm’s length.
Fast forward to present day, and Darcy and Jamie have been left with their beloved grandmother’s house after she passes away. Both Jamie and Darcy decide to renovate and sell the house so that they can receive their inheritance. Enter Tom who has just started his own renovation business, and is contracted to help flip their grandmother’s house. Darcy, who still has a major crush on Tom, decides to stay on site and help Tom with the renovation..and so the fun begins as they both try their best to ignore the growing tension between them and fight their feelings for each other.
Tom and Darcy together was just…explosive. There are so many memories between them and years of just pining after one another that when they finally are together for more than the length of one conversation, they can’t hide their deep feelings for one another. Despite Tom trying to show Darcy that he is, in fact, not perfect. I can’t quite help but feel that yes Tom, you fricken’ are!!😂🤷♀️ He was seriously so sweet and hot and brooding and I loved that he could be vulnerable with Darcy. I could say so much more about Tom, but I don’t want to spoil the perfection that is Tom Valeska for those who haven’t read the book yet!
As for Darcy Barrett, well, I will admit that it took me a good 10% of the book to actually warm up to her character. Seriously, at times I wanted to shake her like “GURL, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” But, I feel like as soon as she and Tom were together and they started opening up to one another, I slowly began to understand her personality and the true vulnerabilities behind some of the things she said (or rather, blurted out😂). Darcy was a wild, free-spirited character but in the end I came to appreciate all the things that made her unique.
Also, I sadly did have a couple of negatives with 99%. The plot at times was a little ‘all over the place’ and I feel like there were a lot of things that could have been explained in more detail. Such as Jamie, seeing as he was kinda a big part of the story who only really popped up in the end. Also Tom’s past and even some of Darcy’s past would have been good as well, just to get a little more character development. But besides those things, I honestly was still completely addicted to this book.💛
Ultimately, 99 Percent Mine was definitely a lot different to The Hating Game and I was slightly nervous before reading 99% because of my love for THG. But, I think in the end, what made these books different from one another, is what made them unique. Sally Thorne suggested that we all read the THG epilogue, and say goodbye (at least for now) to Josh and Lucy before diving into Tom and Darcy’s story. I did this and I can now definitely say that I highly recommend it! I liked that I could read the (absolutely adorable) THG epilogue and then have a clean slate before reading Tom and Darcy’s story.💜💛
- Thank you so much for making it this far
- I’m so sorry that this turned into more of an essay rather than a book review😂
- I hope you enjoy 99 Percent Mine!!!