99 Percent Mine

99 Percent Mine

A Novel

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Readers and critics alike raved over USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne's smash hit debut, The Hating Game, which has sold in over 20 countries. Now she's back with an unforgettable romantic comedy about a woman who finally has a shot at her long time crush—if she dares.Crush (n.): 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.This next hilarious romance includes a special PS section with two Happily Ever Afters—one for this novel featuring Darcy and Tom and the other, an epilogue featuring fan favorites Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman from The Hating Game!
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9780062439628
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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shokolit Jul 03, 2019

Another witty and fun love story by Sally Thorne. I loved her previous book (The Hating Game) more than this one, but 99 Percent Mine is still a book worth reading. I enjoyed it very much.

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WoodneathRachel
May 26, 2019

A will-they won't-they romance between prickly Darcy Barrett and her childhood best friend Tom - complicated by the fact that he's also her twin brother's BFF. This had a darker tone than I expected from the cover, but the depiction of Darcy's congenital heart defect and the ways she copes with - or doesn't cope with - it rang true to me.

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WoodneathKristie
May 13, 2019

There was a lot I could have liked in Sally Thorne's sophomore effort- funny (at times) dialogue, an interesting female protagonist in Darcy, an emphasis on safer sex and consent- but most of that got lost in the confusing thicket that was the middle of this book.

First, the romantic interest, Tom, feels like a fangirl's description of Taylor Lautner as Jacob in the "Twilight" movie, even down to the "wolf" eyes and stoic loyalty.

There is also a weird Southern Gothic vibe with the Barrett family- eccentric fortunetelling dead grandma, controlling, malign, and vaguely incestuous twin brother, sickly female protagonist- lots of old money and beach houses and general class angst. While all of this could be interesting, it really kind of muddies the romance trajectory. Actually, at some point, I get so repulsed by the Barrett's treatment of Tom, (He is like their pet dog that they use as a "buffer" between the quarrelsome twins. Know who else is referred to as a "buffer"? Tom's ACTUAL DOG.) that all I really want is for him to snap, tell off the Barretts, and go live his life free of their manipulation.

Finally, there is the problem of massive amounts of unattributed dialogue and whipcrack mood changes that literally had me worried that I must be inadvertently skipping pages along the way. No, I wasn't skipping pages, this Twilight Tribute/Southern Gothic Drama/Romance Novel mashup is just a frenetic, disjointed mess for several chapters before it finally rights itself and limps on to the Happily Ever After ending- even if it leaves you wondering how happy this confused, twisted lot can ever really be.

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terryginz
Mar 31, 2019

What did I just read? Whoa! I can't believe it was written by the same author as The Hating Game. After loving the previous book from this author, I was so looking forward to this and the first 50 pages provided that great start that I was expecting and then it all went downhill from there.

This review is going to be a big rant because I hated every single character in the book and the plot, nope there was no plot. Darcy Barrett was shown to be independent, nomad, flawed and an edgy girl which I really loved but soon it became clear that she's just an immature, annoying and completely flawed (what I mean is every single thing she did was just idiotic). She whines, does stupid things and behaves like a spoilt little child when she doesn't get her way. She's jealous of her brother because Tom is her brother's best friend when she wanted Tom all to herself. Tom asks her to keep a secret but whilst fighting with her brother, she gives it away. All she does about Tom is drool like he's just a sex and muscles object, I mean if the roles were reversed it wouldn't be cool. Darcy behaves like she can take care of herself and yet she needs Tom to feel safer (I mean that's fine if it's been talked about once or twice but every few pages was a bit much). Then she has this heart condition which she ignores and doesn't take care of until the end when the author wants an excuse to add that pathetic drama in the end and give Tom a chance to get back into the twins' lives. Also, one another thing that bothered me was when Darcy realizes that she lost her passport. She never reported that lost passport yet sends an application to wherever (I am not even sure where). This detail bothered me because I lost my passport few years ago and the trouble that I had to go through to get it replaced was a lot and not to mention the time it took to verify every little detail.

Tom was no better, he was shown to be this alpha male all muscles, looks, very thoughtful, a perfect guy who can do no wrong. He was okay in the beginning but his over protectiveness and yes and no vibes put me off. One moment he's hot and the next he's cold and then he hid information from Darcy. He kept lying to her and seduced her whenever he wanted something from her for the project to go as per the schedule. I honestly didn't understand the whole tension between them, yes I want, no I don't want you. That banter between them in the beginning was very cute and sexy but then it just kept going on and on. I would have liked it more had they all been 10 years younger. Like I said before, the whole thing came off as very immature.

Then there was Jamie and Truly. I liked Truly in the beginning but as soon I realized that she's been secretly texting Jamie and not telling Darcy (which I realized straightway when that secret fake lover line was mentioned) I just couldn't like her anymore. I want to clarify that I really liked her before this and she was the only character that I had liked in the book until then. Jamie is the twin brother who appears in the story way too late and to add a last minute drama as well. Again, I didn't like him from the beginning.

And the non-existent parents, who never bother to drop by to check up on their daughter (she has the heart condition after all). They are all immature.

I finished it in one sitting as I had been anticipating this and wanted to know if this will take the throne after The Hating Game. But here finished it in one sitting means that I wanted to be done with this because if I had put it down, I wouldn't have picked it up again. Also, I skimmed the last 100 pages along with the Epilogue (which I was thinking to skip altogether but I finished by skimming it).Yes, I am utterly disappointed.

ArapahoeMarcia Mar 27, 2019

A fun romantic comedy with flawed, but lovable characters. I enjoyed the escape it provided!

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dudubeza
Mar 26, 2019

disappointing!
I loved "the hating game" and waited expectantly for this title. Oh, what a disappointment. I did not feel the chemistry, did not like the heroes and the plot was boring! if it wasn't for the author, I wouldn't have bothered to finish this book at all.
I do not recommend it.
(sorry for grammar mistakes. English is not my first language).

KHCPL_Melissa Mar 11, 2019

Darcy Barrett wears cynicism like armor. She's spent her life running and trying to convince everyone she is tough and doesn't need anyone. Since she was a child, she has had a huge crush on Tom Valeska, her twin brother's best friend and the one man she can never have. Now, after co-inheriting her grandmother's cottage, Darcy finds herself in close quarters with Tom. Per her grandmother's will, Darcy and her twin brother Jamie must remodel and sell their grandmother's cottage, and Tom is the man they are trusting with the job.

I will admit to some confusion about this novel. This is Sally Thorne's second book. Her first book, The Hating Game was extremely popular with a lot of my romance reading friends and coworkers. They loved her first book, and have been eagerly anticipating this second book. I will admit, Thorne excels at the conflicted romance. Unfortunately, I don't always find that type of romance appealing and I found a lot of the situations and mind games in The Hating Game self defeating, juvenile, and at points irritating. I was very much in the minority when I said the The Hating Game wasn't my type of romance. 99 Percent Mine, with its friends to lovers trope held more appeal to me than the enemies to lovers trope of The Hating Game.

While it do prefer this type of romance, the book was a bit too disjointed for me to thoroughly enjoy. It suffers from some pacing issues at the beginning. Its slow start and the confusing situational and relationship dynamics would have usually resulted in me putting the book down as DNF, but I wanted to finish it to see what my friends had to say about it. At about the halfway point the pacing picks up and I began to enjoy the story. In the end, it simply book had too many irons in the fire, making it seem unbalanced and at times confusing.

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bookycakes
Mar 04, 2019

I'm going to go read The Hating Game again to soothe my angry, angry soul. The writing was bad, the characters were bad, the plot was bad, the romance was bad. All of it. I honestly can't comprehend how a sophomore book could flop so bad. I thought Sally Thorne would be an auto-buy, auto-read author for me after THG, but now I'm thinking that was a fluke. Everyone in this book is so pathetic and whiny, even Tom, who was supposed to be soft and kind and patient. The whole thing just left a bad taste in my mouth and I'm still so angry.

DCLadults Feb 13, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Darcy’s a firecracker and Tom is a slow burn. They need to get together! By the author of “The Hating Game.”

VaughanPLRachelP Feb 12, 2019

Sally Thorne had high expectations to live up to as her debut novel, The Hating Game, seemed to be adored almost instantly upon release for her breezy, charming, writing style. 99 Percent Mine hits many of those same notes - Darcy and Tom, her new protagonists, are super charming and likable while also being real, flawed characters. Darcy has a heart condition that left her feeling isolated for much of her childhood, and as a result she put up a lot of emotional barriers so no one can hurt her. The only person that was able to get through is her childhood best friend, Tom... but, in a romantic sense, he's off limits for various (slightly contrived) reasons. Because I'm a masochist, one of my favourite things about her writing is how well she writes about loneliness, and how that often brings her characters together in a really meaningful way, and she does that very well here. I thought this was an excellent, very sweet cozy-night-in romance novel.

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