Book Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne


BOOK INFO

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


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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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MY REVIEW

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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Book Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

BOOK INFO
Title: I Owe You One
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Dial Press
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Romance
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.56

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From the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything.

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?

It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
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MY REVIEW
In a chance meeting, Fixie meets Sebastian… who ends up owing her a favor. Fixie uses her favor to help out her childhood crush. She thinks that’ll help their relationship, but she ends up owing Seb a favor in return. Meanwhile, Fixie’s mother is having health problems and goes on an extended holiday. This leaves Fixie and her siblings in charge of the family business. Of course, the siblings have very different visions for the future of the family’s store.

Fixie got her name by always needing to fix things, but this often leads to other problems. Plus, she always puts family first, but ends up neglecting herself. The combination of a compulsion to fix things and always putting family first finally comes to a head.

A fun and entertaining read. Romance and family drama told in a lighthearted way. Sweet, humorous, and delightful.

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


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Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: May 14, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.17

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For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion… she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is… Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a romance for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.



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MY REVIEW
Olive’s sister is marrying Ethan’s brother. After the hilariously horrifying wedding reception, Olive and Ethan’s siblings are not able to make their nonrefundable honeymoon. They offer the trip to their siblings. Olive and Ethan are not friends. Olive and Ethan both want the trip, and aren’t going to let a little thing like traveling with the enemy get in their way. As they spend time together, Olive and Ethan realize they are definitely not enemies.

Told from Olive’s point of view. At first, it seems like she and Ethan have nothing in common. The romance develops as they realize they don’t know one another at all, and their ideas of each other change.

As usual, the writing duo of Christina Lauren has written a humorous, fun, and sexy contemporary romance. A lot of humor, a little drama, and some downright silly situations make for an entertaining read. For me, this wasn’t the best Christina Lauren novel, but I still highly recommended it for fans of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and My Favorite Half-Night Stand.

I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: August 9, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.21

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Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job… But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


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MY REVIEW
Lucy and Joshua work together. Also, they hate each other. They have different personalities and clash on just about everything. It’s no secret they don’t like each other, making for a somewhat interesting work environment. When they are up for the same promotion, things reach a tipping point. They also learn that maybe they don’t really hate each other.

An enemies-to-lovers trope done well. Lucy and Joshua have various games they play at work – The HR Game, The Staring Game, The Mirror Game, The Hating Game, etc. There is no point to any of the games, other than to annoy one another. The personalities of the characters was quirky, honest, and relatable.

A fun contemporary romance. The witty banter between Lucy and Joshua was hilarious. Sweet, humorous, and romantic.

I purchased a copy of this book for my personal reading pleasure.

Book Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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BOOK INFO
Title: Love and Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Romance – Contemporary
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.24

BOOK BLURB
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The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.


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MY REVIEW
After years apart, Macy runs into Elliot, her first love. Macy has kept herself closed off from love for most of her life. She and Elliott were friends as teenagers, and their friendship eventually led to more. Sadly, Elliott broke her heart. Running into Elliot brings back emotions that she needs to deal with, emotions that she has tried to bury for years.

Told with alternating timelines – past and present. The present day timeline starts with Macy and Elliott running into one another after eleven years apart. The past timeline is their relationship as teenagers. It was wonderful to see how Macy and Elliott’s friendship evolved. They met as young teens, bonded over their shared love of reading, and eventually realized their feelings for one another were more than friends. Unfortunately, their relationship ended.

The story unfolds in a way that doesn’t reveal the cause of their break-up until late in the story. This left me guessing as to why they ended their relationship, not only as lovers, but friends as well. At times the story was sweet and cute. At times it was heartbreaking. An emotional story of first love and second chances.

I enjoyed the characters and found them to be very relatable. I’ve noticed in other books by this writing duo, not only are the main characters great, but so are the supporting ones. Every character is well-developed and I love how the different relationships with family and friends are told.

A charming friends to lovers romance. Humorous, heartwarming, and romantic.

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

Book Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

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BOOK INFO
Title: My Favorite Half-Night Stand
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: December 4, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads Ratings: Me 5.0 / Community 3.99

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Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.


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Millie’s four best friends are guys, and they are all professors at the same university. An upcoming university event requires a date, but since all five of the friends are single, they make a pact to join an online dating site to find their plus-ones. Mille isn’t getting any good responses, so she starts a new account using the name Catherine. One of the first matches for Catherine is Millie’s best friend Reid. Catherine and Reid start chatting, but Reid is unaware that Catherine is really Millie. Reid is falling for Catherine, but Millie is falling for Reid IRL.

Told using the alternating points of view of Millie and Reid. Millie is just one of the guys. She’s quick with a joke, likes to keep her relationships light and her feelings hidden. Reid is a workaholic neuroscientist who wears his heart on his sleeve.

I love a smart and funny female protagonist. Millie has her flaws though, making her seem more real. The guys are all great, and each one brings something else to the table. Of course, Reid is dreamy. Millie loves all the guys, but she’s always been closest with Reid. After a few drinks one night, the two of them have a steamy half-night stand. They try to keep their night together a secret, but their feelings for one another are not going away.

A fun and hilarious contemporary romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this one by the writing duo Christina Lauren. I enjoyed their book Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, but found My Half-Night Stand to be an even better read. Great for readers who enjoy a light and funny modern romance.

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

Book Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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BOOK INFO
Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: September 4, 2018

BOOK BLURB
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?


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MY REVIEW ★★★★☆
Hazel is a handful. She’s a bit eccentric, and says whatever pops into her head. Josh is more conventional and steady. Hazel met Josh in college, where she left a lasting impression. Josh has always thought of Hazel as the quirky girl that says, and does, weird things. When they run into each other years after college, they start up a friendship. They agree they are not at all compatible for each other, so their new friendship involves setting each other up on dates.

Told from alternating viewpoints, Hazel and Josh both share perspectives of their relationship. Two great characters. Hazel is hilarious with her no filter personality, but she is also kind and caring. Josh is charming, lovable, and has a clever dry humor.

Enjoyable, positive characters. I especially liked that family was important in their lives. A fun story of friendship, a parade of bad dates, and, just maybe, finding love. The only thing that felt a bit off was the ending. Still, it was a fun and highly entertaining read.

A hilarious contemporary romance. Humorous, upbeat, and sexy.

I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.