Book Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne


Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Romance
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.5


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.

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Darcy and her brother Jamie inherit their grandmother’s home after her passing. It needs to be renovated before selling, and they hire Jamie’s best friend Tom to do the work. Darcy has always loved Tom, but she’s not clear on his feelings for her. With Darcy and Tom spending so much time together during the home renovation, it’s finally time to see if the sparks will fly.

Darcy prides herself on being able to take of herself and being in control. She spends her time traveling the world, which means she’s never in one place for too long. With the renovation of her grandmother’s home, she’s sticking around for longer than usual… and she’s questioning some of her past decisions and kicking herself for bad calls she’s made. One of her bad decisions was not letting Tom know how she felt about him when they were teenagers. Now that they’re in the same place, and both single, she’s torn between being with him or leaving again.

I enjoyed Tom, but Darcy isn’t really a likable character. It’s hard to root for a couple when I didn’t care for one of the characters. I did enjoy the home renovation part of the story, and thought it made for a good setting. As for the romance, the back and forth went on for far too long. Overall, an average read for me.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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