Book Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Publication Date: January 29th 2019

Synopsis: "Crush (n.): a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach...

Darcy Barrett found her dream man at age eight - ever since, she's had to learn to settle for good enough. Having conducted a global survey of men, she can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that he's her twin brother's best friend - oh, and that 99 percent of the time, he hasn't seemed interested in her.

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 a 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 - just to make sure her twin doesn't ruin the cottage's inherent magic with his penchant for chrome. She's definitely not staying because of her new business partner's tight t-shirts. But sparks start to fly - and not just because of the faulty wiring. Soon, a one percent chance with Tom is no longer enough. This time around, Darcy's switching things up. She's going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

My thoughts: Okay, up front, I have not read Sally Thorne's debut novel The Hating Game, but, after reading this, I am definitely going to remedy that. I really enjoyed 99 Percent Mine. I found it such a wonderfully quick read and, unlike a lot of other romance novels that I have read, it was so much more character-driven than sex-driven (hey! no shade on the sex-driven! I just sometimes want a little plot, you know?).

It helps that Darcy, our main character, is super strong, knows what she wants, and is super driven. She doesn't need rescuing (although she does have some issues with accepting help, which I identified with), and she does pull guys up when they're being stupid. Tom Valeska is incredibly respectful and, while there are some demonstrations of the whole 'cave-man domination' stereotype occasionally, I didn't feel like it was overdone, and it was always clear when Darcy was cool with what was happening and when she wasn't.

There's a lot about respect in here, as well as the concept of 'ownership' of a person. Family is a strong plot point at times, and I liked how the book explored these themes whilst also not letting up on the tension and history between the main couple. A couple of things didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but mostly I was taken along with the story and read most of this in one sitting - it was that good. I actually think I may have to re-read this soon, as it just really dragged me back from falling into a deep reading slump.

If you're into romance with a side of sass, I'd give this one a go. I will definitely be reading Sally Thorne's first book, and any others she puts out.

{I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!}

A favourite line from the book: '"Maybe she didn't want to when I was there."
Because I'd probably plunder and stab and burn. I'd watch from a hillside as her village burned to the ground, the flames crackling in my Viking eyes.'

You would like this book if: you like your romance with a decent plot and interesting characters; you like your sass with a side of sexy-fun-times.

Tea to drink while reading this book: There's no time to drink tea, must keep reading.

Rating:  7/10

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