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99 Percent Mine: A Novel Paperback – Jan. 29 2019
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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game, soon to be a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell, 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!
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“Thorne pours just the right amount of boy next door meets rebel girl into this slow-burn romance…[Darcy and Tom’s] sexual chemistry is hard to ignore, and Darcy’s snarky comebacks are the highlight of this novel…” -- Publishers Weekly
“Thorne (The Hating Game, 2016) has crafted a romance that is equal parts funny, heartfelt, and steamy... Hand this to fans of Sophie Kinsella and Christina Lauren, who will savor this compulsively readable romantic comedy.” -- Booklist
From the Back Cover
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 traveled the world and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Jamie, Darcy’s twin brother, 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 percent. 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 dilapidated 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, who has arrived bearing power tools and is 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 gray 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 only 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.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (Jan. 29 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062439618
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062439611
- Item weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.11 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While the writing style remains excellent, the storyline and characters fell very flat in the author's second novel. I found the characters (other than Tom) to be irritating and not terribly well established; you felt like you didn't really know them, their backstories were either weak or absent, and there were a few plot points that were never explained and seemed to be random additions to add drama, rather than substance. Additionally, several plot points were unbelievable based on what we knew about the characters; perhaps if their stories had been better established, it would have made more sense. Consequently, while cute, the story felt disjointed and deflated by the end (the ending itself felt forced). Disappointing overall, but because THG remains a forever favourite, I will continue to read whatever the author releases!
99 Percent Mine leaves the enemies-to-lovers trope safely ensconced in The Hating Game and explores the friends-to-lovers trope with Darcy Barrett and Tom Valeska. What makes this use of friends-to-lovers so interesting is that Darcy's always viewed Tom as only 1 percent her friend and 99 percent her twin brother Jamie's friend. So Sally Thorne, the fabulous writer that she is, has also gifted us with my sibling's best friend/best friend's sibling trope inside this friends-to-lovers romance. SPOILER: it's also a bit of a second chance romance since Tom told Darcy he loved her back when they were 18 and she wasn't ready for it then.
I personally love ALL of those tropes so I felt Sally Thorne really spoiled readers (namely this reader) with 99 Percent Mine. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I obviously did because work, sleep, eating, etc. required my attention BUT this book is one that deserves to be read in one sitting. It's deliciously entertaining, full of heart and provides a beautiful look at two insecure people who never felt like they were worthy of the people in their lives.
Sally Thorne is an auto-buy author for me and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
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If you’re a fan of Sally’s debut novel, The Hating Game, then you’ve likely been waiting with bated breath for her second novel. If you haven’t read The Hating Game, read 99 Percent Mine and then go grab it. I’m going to try not to compare the two, as they’re different books with different feels, but if you loved THG, you won’t be disappointed at all by this follow-up.
Darcy Barrett is our heroine and she is not a Mary Sue. She’s feisty, flighty and spoiled. She makes bad decisions and doesn’t always treat people the way she should. Bottom line: she’s flawed, but she’s also real. And likeable. And you’re with her every step of the way. Her current life situation? Stuck in town for the first time in a while after spending her early 20’s bouncing around the globe. Also in town? Tom Valeska – childhood pal, lifelong crush and her twin brother’s best friend.
Tom has been hired to renovate the twin’s Grandmother’s cottage and he’s using the job to kickstart his own business. Between dealing with a new crew and having to play peace-keeper between the twins, Tom’s learning that being the boss isn’t easy. Throw in The Darcy Problem and it makes for a novel filled with delicious slow-burn URST.
For me, the standout in this book is the writing style. I love everything about the way Sally writes. A perfect example is this line about Tom’s hair: “The texture is like a romance novel that’s fallen into the bath, then dried: vaguely sexual crinkle waves with the occasional curled edge and dog-ear.” She just has a way with words that is somehow at the same time both laconic and indulgent.
What I also like about this book is its contemporary spin on romance. Much like The Hating Game, it nails that thirst for something deeper than alpha male and breathy heroine. Yes, we all love certain tropes in romance novels, but I want my characters to be modern, fleshed out people who aren’t facsimiles of ‘perfect’. I don’t want anti-feminist male love-interests who stalk and bully and I don’t want heroines who are insipid and revolve around the males in their life. If you’re on the same page, get on the hype train for 99 Percent Mine, then go pick up The Hating Game.
This book has to go down as the most disappointing follow up ever, it’s like a completely different author wrote it. THG was uplifting, funny, sweet, cute and had characters which just shined on the page, this new book has none of that. The main character is a miserable, snarky, spoilt, self obsessed alcoholic that sucks the life out of the book and the overall feeling of reading this is it’s grey and dull. I really struggled with this book, I can only think the author was trying to show her versatility but she excels at romantic comedy and has an edge you rarely see, this book is a dime a dozen on kindle unlimiteds free books. Not for me sorry.
Sally has such a distinctive writing style, which I love. Unfortunately, though, this storyline didn’t have quite the same appeal for me as THG, and it was hard not to compare the two. The slow burn enemies to lovers vibe was, for me, what made THG so amazing... the will they/won’t they storyline, and slow realisation by Lucy that she loves Josh. In 99, Darcy is pretty much obsessed with Tom from the start, which meant I wasn’t as excited to see where the story was going. Darcy was a bit annoying (a bit spoiled, very flighty, in your face, not entirely believable as a human being), Tom was a bit blah, and Jamie was just horrible to Darcy at so many points (couldn’t really see why she adored him so much). Patty the dog was kind of pointless. The romance felt a bit... over the top? And Darcy was frustratingly clueless as to how Tom felt about her (they would basically admit how they felt/nearly kiss, then the next time they spoke it was like it never happened, and she’d be talking about his ex Megan again, or saying he’d never want to be with someone like her. Weird.) If I knew her in real life, she’d drive me crazy. I just wanted a better concept and more likeable, realistic, fleshed out characters. I really wanted to love it, but I think I set myself up for a fail by wanting another amazing enemies to lovers...
I’m so sorry, Sally - I still love you and will read your next book. This one just wasn’t for me!!
It took me a bit time to get into it but then it was a great read!
Darcey was such a strong and independent chick and it seemed like she always got what she wanted but did she?
It was such an inner battle that Darcey had to go or rather hide from for so many years.
It was a story of two people who knew each other so well, were so close but yet so far apart from so many reasons.
It hurt to see how often Darcey was trying to build herself up just to be often pushed back not only due to her own doings but so many times due to her twin brother’s cruel words.
I loved Tom he was like a gentle giant with so much love to give yet with such a need of love for himself. He was full of self doubt and just wanted to find place to belong with people he loved and wanted to be loved by.
Those two were so similar even though they looked and behaved so differently. It was such a joy to see them digging more and more of theirs relationship up from all the dirt it was covered under from such a long time.
Both of them were struggling with their own demons since childhood one with a health condition another with a family situation. While reading you discover that not only those two were fighting with self doubt and the want to be accepted and included. As much as I couldn’t stand Darcey’s twin brother the more I read the more I understood of him as well.
It was a battle between the twins and poor Tom was in between those two and it was hard to choose the sides to make it work for the little bubble those 3 were living in.
It was a lovely book which touches so many feeling inside you while reading it. Sally has such a beautiful, funny and sexy way with words I absolutely adore her and her writing. You just need to experience it and then just adore it because it’s definitely worth it and so much more!
I could say so much more about this book but I will rather just recommend it to be read by others -because it is a magic which each of us should be surrounded by even if only for a couple of hours! Gorgeous book by an amazing author!!
It is FINALLY release day and I devoured this book in a few hours.
I had extremely high expectations I will admit, Sally Thorne's "The Hating Game" is my favourite book of all time.
So as far 99% mine goes, it was great but not as good.. (Cant believe I am saying this).
Darcy is a mixed up woman, loyal but mixed up. At first she wasn't my favourite character. Jamie is Darcy's twin brother, he looks out for Darcy but at times he can be overbearing and rude. Tom is their childhood friend, he has had a hard upbringing hence why he is so kind and gentle now. Complete opposite of Darcy. Throughout the twins lives, they have been battling each other in order to win Tom's friendship. Who does Tom prefer?
Sally has an amazing writing technique. The way she explains the characters thoughts is so unusual, I love it. The characters chemistry and the way Tom and Darcy help each other grow is inspiring.