I absolutely loved The Hating Game by Sally Thorne so when I saw that she had written another novel, 99 Percent Mine, I knew I had to read it.
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
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.
When I read 99 Percent Mine, I was looking for a romance and I was not disappointed. I loved this story. Maybe not as much as The Hating Game – but almost as much. I enjoyed that Darcy still loves the man she fell in love when she was younger and yet she had the chance to grow as a person through her adventures. The sparks between her and Jamie are there but not immediately acted upon which makes for a fun story.
The romantic relationship between a man and a woman is not the only relationship spoken about in this novel. We read as well about the relationship between Darcy and her twin brother. The sibling relationship is not the focus of the story but does play a part. It is a relationship that grows – as does any sibling relationship during our lifetime.
99 Percent Mine is a fun story that I curled up with on the sofa and that left me smiling. This lighthearted read is one I will easily reread in a couple of years and highly recommend it if you are looking for a satisfying story that will leave you feeling contented.
I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019
(This novel was the 13th in my book pledge for 2019)