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Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Release date: 29/01/19
Genre: Adult contemporary romance
My Rating: 4 stars
Trigger/content warnings: Instance of unwanted sexual advances/physical contact at the beginning, grief (with talks of loss) and our main character has a serious heart condition.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
After reading “The Hating Game” by the same author, I have been eagerly anticipating her next novel. Once I heard about “99 Percent Mine” it instantly shot up to one of my most anticipated books. When I saw it on Edelweiss, I was so excited and then over the moon when I was approved for an e-arc.
In this book, we follow our main characters, Darcy and Tom. They have known each other since childhood, when Darcy’s twin, Jamie, befriends Tom. Ever since then Darcy and Tom have felt a connection to each other, but life just always seemed to get in the way. They are forced to reassess their relationship when Tom is enlisted to fix up Darcy’s grandmothers house after her death. This is in the 1st person perspective of our main character Darcy.
To anyone reading this review who has also read “The Hating Game” and are expecting something the same as that, I would say to try not and compare the two. Personally speaking, I felt like the characters, plot and overall feel were completely different, which is not a bad thing at all. I love both books in different ways. Whereas “The Hating Game” is a lot more comical, laugh out loud romance, this book focuses more on emotions, secrets and slow burn, years in the making romance. I loved how the author didn’t try and recreate Josh and Lucy in Darcy and Tom.
Darcy and Tom are very protective and possessive characters, but at the end of the day, these two are a team, they are equals. What I hate in novels, especially romance, is when one character completely bulldozes over the other for their “own good”, making all the decisions for them, telling them what to do etc…that is not the case in this book. One thing that did create on me a little was the constant references that Darcy made about alphas, wolves and leaders, I almost felt as though I was reading a shifter novel at times! Also, I felt like Darcy was a bit too vicious and aggressive, especially towards the other characters in the book and also in terms of how she spoke about other girls, in particular, Tom’s ex.
One thing I will say, I will most definitely be picking up a finished copy as I believe there will be two epilogues in there! One for “The Hating Game” and one for “99 Percent Mine”
Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the friends-to-lovers trope and slow burn romance and, of course, to anyone who loved The Hating Game!
Let me know in the comments if you plan on reading this!
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