99 Percent Mineby Published 29 Jan 2019
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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" Reviews
I don't even know what this is about, but after The Hating Game:
Reading romance is all fun and games until you finish the book and you're like, “I need something romantic to happen to me like, right fucking now.”
The immense healing power of a good romance can never be overstated. Granted, I am not really a trained reader of romance. Usually, whenever I stumble upon one, I'm left feeling dissatisfied with the quality of my enamorment. I think "oh, that was ridiculous" or "eh, that was lame”. With very few exceptions, I tend not to seek out adult contemporary romance. However, I don’t know how I always forget HOW MUCH I ACTUALLY ENJOY READING IT, because every time I pick up a good one, it’s like I’m seeing the sun after a lifetime of shadows.
Plus, I LOVED The Hating Game and I was left keen to read every book Sally Thorne has ever written.
So, what’s this book about?
Darcy’s heart was a silvered box where she kept what little of Tom Valeska she could call hers.
When Tom shows up on her doorstep after Darcy’s twin brother enlists his help to make over their late grandmother’s cottage and they have to spend three months in the same vicinity, Darcy’s heart gives a lurch of savage hope and a pleasure rises in her so old and sharp it feels like pain. Tom and Darcy have a checkered history as expansive as the years they’ve spent apart—two creatures tied to separate cords, instead of to each other. Now that Tom is single for the first time in almost a decade, Darcy is determined to scrape whatever morsels of companionship she can out of this.
And so they start tiptoeing around each other; their domestic harmony closer to a sort of rehearsal, as if they were trying to remember the trick of it. Their connection is instant and electric—their attraction only burnished by years of distance. And while Darcy is hoping she wouldn’t be put to the awkward necessity of explaining her abrupt departure years ago—which was the reef upon which their friendship had crashed, Tom is doing his best to quiet how much he held it against her, the blame roiling in him.
Darcy has always been the weaver who could lead Tom over and under into her design, only this time he can’t trust her to have him in her grip again and not clench him until he died.
“What do I get in return?”
“You know, heart, soul. The usual.”
“Oh Darce,” he sighs in a voice like I’ve learned nothing. “You’re messing with me again.”
Every page of 99 Percent Mine is crammed full of everything you could want out of a good romance, and more. But then again, friends-to-lovers relationships fuel my life force. Give me two people who have spent so much time together that they’d seen the best and worst of one another and had been unimpressed by either. Give me the accidental brush of a shoulder or the spark of a stolen glance that take place of a kiss. The cup of coffee sipped from the same place on its rim that stands in for an embrace. The seemingly throwaway comments that are steeped in history and mean so much more.
Watch me explode into tiny pieces of heart-shaped confetti when it’s especially a second-chance-romance. There’s nothing I relish more than two people whose lives shot out in different directions—the roads so mazy and winding until each has passed out of view of the other—not knowing that all along, they were headed in a glorious, relentless glissade on a straight path for each other. Give me two people who experienced enough personal growth when they were apart to set aside their pride and eventually realize that, separately, each had been like a cry into empty space, no walls to throw an echo back. Just give me characters suffering over the profundity of their love for years of angst-ridden pining, only for them to later melt—flesh and breath and heart and hope—to nothing in each other’s arms.
Me? A hopeless romantic? Sadly, yes, exhaustively.
“Friends and family are the only ones I have a chance of keeping forever. And that’s what I want. To keep you, forever.”
He nods like I haven’t said something too intense or strange. “That’s what I want, too.”
“We need to be eighty years old, hanging out on a cruise ship together, laughing our asses off about this one day. Hey Tom, remember that time when our young bodies tried to fuck up everything? Your wife will be there, and she’s someone I like, because otherwise I can’t have you forever.”
Darcy’s inner monologue is also hilarious. She’s smart and witty and always in that space where everything she is about to say makes sense until the moment she says it. Furthermore, she has short hair, a nipple piercing, wears leather pants and has an affinity for humiliating entitled frat boys, and so the important question here is: how the hell do I rewrite this book and make her MY girlfriend? Boys always get the girl. It’s MY turn to get the girl. Darcy also has a heart condition, and she’s grown tired of everyone treating her as if she is as fragile as glass, connected to the world by a delicate filament that threatens to go slack at any moment. Darcy is intent on living life on her terms, in all of its glorious uncertainty. I love how she was unapologetic in . Like, yes, girl, set out those high standards for how you want to be treated, I support you!
Tom is sweet and gentle and hard-working—his heart always fixed like a compass point to buying a house for his single mom. I experienced a flutter of sympathy for him, to be torn between loyalties to Darcy whom he’s always loved, and her twin brother and his best friend, Jamie, who would never approve of their relationship. Tom is just all around a nice dude and actually apologizes when he crosses a line (I’m aware that the bar is literally rock bottom at this point *sigh*). Therefore, my only complaint is that I can't shake off the sense that we could have had more of him, but he was not given as much care and detail and attention as Darcy. I wanted him to talk about his mom, his childhood, what he's accomplished in the years he and Darcy were apart. Just give the man more page time, he’s been through enough!
It's kind of strange, really, to read a book where the only criticism I can sensibly level is that I wanted more.
Overall, this was another total knockout by Sally Thorne!
Arc kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchanage for an honest review!
I AM READY FOR YOU, DARLING.
I expected to love this, but sadly it was missing that special something.
Darcy Barrett has traveled the world since she was 18 years old. She never stays in one place too long and often supports herself as a bartender. She once had aspirations to be a photographer but pushed her career path aside after one bad experience. Running away is her coping mechanism.
When her beloved grandmother dies, she leaves Darcy, and her twin brother, Jamie, her cottage. Darcy and Jamie need to renovate and sell in order to receive their full inheritance. In order to see the renovation through, Darcy must stay in one place and deal with all that she has been running from. Enter Tom, Jamie’s childhood best friend, and Darcy’s crush. She has deemed Tom to be the perfect man, but Tom’s friendship with Jamie has always kept the two apart. Now, forced to work together on the renovation, Darcy and Tom have to fight their feelings.
There are some elements that I really enjoyed, but others just didn’t work for me. I liked Darcy’s character. She is rough, raw and honest. I felt like I fully knew her character. She’s snarky and I couldn’t predict what was going to come out of her mouth. She and Tom have good chemistry and I was rooting for them. Tom seemed nice enough, but I didn’t get a feel for him outside of his interactions with Darcy. I couldn’t fully envision his character, which became frustrating.
I found the plot a little too formulaic. I expected more. I also wanted more background on some of the events that were glossed over--Darcy chopping off her hair, Tom’s history with his mother. I was also disturbed by Darcy’s allusions to a possible sexual assault?I also would have liked to see a little more of Jamie--he is spoken of so much and plays a huge role, but doesn’t actually make an appearance until the end of the book.
There are some fabulously funny moments and, of course, a happily ever after. As a whole, 99 Percent Mine just felt incomplete.
I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway!
THERE'S A COVER! THERE'S A SYNOPSIS! EVERYTHING IS COMING TOGETHER!
Why didn't anyone TELL ME????
THE TITLE CHANGED. THE RELEASE DATE WAS PUSHED BACK. THERE IS NO LONGER A SYNOPSIS???
SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT'S HAPPENING OR AT THE VERY LEAST GIVE ME A PAPER BAG TO BREATHE INTO.
My feelings on this book, as told in The Office gifs.
Me reading this synopsis:
Me remembering that I’ll read anything Sally Thorne writes after The Hating Game:
Me thinking about all the times I’ve been disappointed by my most anticipated books:
Probably me the day this book finally comes out: