Sara's Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
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NARRATOR: Jayme Mattler RELEASED: January 29, 2019 GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE, COMEDY LENGTH: 11 hours and 23 minutes FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIBLE, HARDCOVER
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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. THREE BOUNDLESS STARS
This was a complete departure from the Hating Game. I personally did not get the same feeling reading this one that I did Thorne’s freshman release. I didn’t smile the entire time or cry even once. To be honest, it was hard to like the main character, Darcy. She never really grew on me. The only attribute that she has that makes her likable is that she has a heart problem if it weren’t for that she would have been a completely vapid, self-centered bitch. Her heart problem keeps her grounded and humble, and that’s horrible. For a minute I thought this was going to be a shifter book, which would have been fun, but it’s not. But you’ll see what I mean. Tom’s is hard to nail down. At first, I admired him, but then he disappointed me. I thought he had a sturdier strength of character. I don’t want to give too much away, but I prefer my male characters not to be so moody and way more decisive. Also, to have a lot more backbone. The narration was excellent, and the story was entertaining, I loved the epilogue we got of the Hating game at the end of this book. It was so good! I also really like the bonus chapter for this book. Why that wasn’t just called the epilogue IDK. Overall, I am rating this on 3 Boundless stars.