Crush (n.): a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach . . .
Darcy Barrett found her dream man at age eight - ever since, she's had to learn to settle for good enough. Having conducted a global survey of men, she can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that he's her twin brother's best friend - oh, and that 99 percent of the time, he hasn't seemed interested in her.
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 - just to make sure her twin doesn't ruin the cottage's inherent magic with his penchant for chrome. She's definitely not staying because of her new business partner's tight t-shirts. But sparks start to fly - and not just because of the faulty wiring. Soon, a one percent chance with Tom is no longer enough. This time around, Darcy's switching things up. She's going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.
I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher Hachette in exchange for an honest review – all thoughts are my own.
Gosh it’s been a long time since I stayed up past 12am reading a book – but with 99 Percent Mine I just couldn’t put it down. Sally has this ability to get me hook, line and sinker with her writing.
The Hating Game is one of my all-time favourite books, so I went into 99 Percent Mine with high expectations and Sally did not disappoint.
Hot slow burning romance, lust, family dramas and sibling rivalry – this romance novel has it all – I was literally blushing at times and wanting a Tom Valeska of my own. The thing I loved most about this book was that it was so different from The Hating Game. The characters and story are just as incredible though!
Our main protagonist Darcy is a wild child – she is always on the move and never settling down – much to the dismay and disapproval of her twin brother Jamie. Jamie and Darcy couldn’t be any different from each other – aside from having a similar haircut. Darcy has a heart condition – which causes Jamie and Tom to worry over her and her antics – Darcy just wants to live life and have Tom all to herself.
Tom *insert daydreaming Sarah here* - is the guy every girl dreams of. Kind, caring, hot, tall and handsome – he is the one man who could have Darcy’s heart – if she would just let him.
Darcy and her brother Jamie have always fought over Tom – they both want to be his number one confident, his number one friend – they both want him 100% their own. In Jamie’s case it’s as a friend – in Darcy’s it’s more.
Darcy and Tom reunite when he is hired by Jamie to repair Darcy and Jamie’s grandmothers home that she left them in her will so they can sell it. There is a lot of work to be done and high expectations on Tom – he doesn’t want to let anyone down.
Darcy who cannot locate her passport to run away from this all sticks around her helps out Tom with the renovations. This is where the teasing really begins as Darcy learns Tom is no longer with his fiancé.
Throughout the renovation the tension between Darcy and Tom is at an all-time high – you know they both want each other but neither of them takes the leap until quite some time into the book. To say this was a slow burn is an understatement but by gosh I am so glad it was. The build-up is so worth it in this novel. Thorne does not disappoint us – the intimate scenes are hot and steamy and will leave the reader blushing!
Aside from yelling at Tom and Darcy throughout the novel to just bloody kiss already – I honestly loved the tension and the will they or won’t they moments.
Once again Thorne has given us a book that we will all happily come back to reading again and again.