BOOK REVIEW: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

BOOK REVIEW: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
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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.


99 Percent Mine was a hilariously sexy romcom that was laced with deeper moments filled with emotions. Darcy had known Tom Valeska since she was 8, and her twin claimed him as his best friend for life.  Tom was now engaged and was overseeing the cottage renovation of the twin’s late grandmother.  And usually when things got too emotional for Darcy, she bolted.  And flew somewhere distant.  Yet this cottage was a piece of her heart, and she was going to try her best to stick around. So she got a say in how it was renovated.  So while Darcy and Tom had been friends for a long time, there was definitely a sticky background there.  Darcy wasn’t the best with sensitive words or sensitive topics. And she hurt Tom years ago.  So nowadays, Darcy was obsessed with what percent she had of Tom and what part belonged to her brother.  And each time she won something, she bumped up that percentage a little higher.

I’m the liability he swore to take care of.

Darcy Barrett’s thoughts were absolutely hilarious and so ridiculous at times!  While she was rough around the edges, and maybe that’s an understatement, I loved her!  With her sugar and sweet wine addiction, the two didn’t go hand in hand with her lifelong heart arrythmia.  I will say as someone who’s so conscious of her heart issues, it did bother me that Darcy didn’t take better care of her heart *cries*.  Especially when it was obvious that alcohol was messing up her life.  She didn’t do photography anymore and seemed to be skating by in life while making some bad choices.  Life style choices, not great…alcohol choices, not great…job choices, not great.  I couldn’t wait for Darcy to actually face something.  And not run away like she always did in the past.  Darcy was definitely the queen at bailing on life!

“What do I get in return?”
“You know, heart, soul. The usual.”
“Oh, Darce.” He sighs like I’ve learned nothing. “You’re messing with me again.”

And then there was Tom. Ohhh Tom. He was my favorite. Some of Tom’s words knocked the breath out of my lungs. And I loved how he messed with Darcy and would make the reader laugh too. Especially with the underwear thing! Yet Tom saw so much. So I wanted to cheer when he would hit the mark in regards to Darcy. But at the same time, I wanted to wrap my arms around myself while stating that it was way harsh Tai! As they worked through things between themselves and each other, I was cheering for them each step of the way. That they could love themselves. That they both could heal. And that they would find love together.

He laughs, and the afternoon sunlight turns the floating dust particles into glitter around us. It turns his eyes to whiskey, and they get me drunk. A guy like this? He’s the only one who’s ever made my stomach flip.

One thing that stuck out to me was that Darcy was a very sexual being and she had no problem sexualizing everything Tom did. It was so hot and you could just feel the tension electrifying between them! Yet miscommunication was the name of their game.  He thought she had a wild night?  She was truly at McDonalds lol.  And neither seemed to be completely honest with the other. But as the renovation unfolded, they worked together. Helped each other. And threw in a little jealousy here and there. If you love slow burns, this book is for you! Darcy and Tom had the most fabulous slow burn!

Fuck it. If he wants honesty, I’ll give it to him. “I would have undone your belt and got down on my knees, and made you pray to God.”
“Jesus,” he says with no air.

There were also deeper emotional moments within the pages. It shocked me how much it hurt to watch Darcy fight with her twin.  They both could be so stubborn. So I loved the relationship Darcy had with her bestie Truly. She told her everything! And I loved that Truly held her accountable and made her realize things. She was the most amazing woman! Yet the writing style wasn’t my favorite. It had very flowery, out there descriptions. Almost purple prose, but that’s not entirely the correct description. Once you read it, or if you already have, then you’ll know what I mean. So while I adored this book, I still had a few issues. But that epilogue was perfect! There was not only a 99 Percent Mine epilogue BUT also one for The Hating Games! And it left me closing this book with a smile on my face and being soooo happy!

His unforgettable eyes are the last thing I see before he pulls me up onto my tiptoes and puts his mouth on mine. Thunder cracks above us and then, the world goes silent.

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  1. Sam@WLABB

    I am glad to see there is another Darcy fan out there. I remember feeling like I was the only one who liked this book when it came out. Part of me thinks everyone wanted The Hating Game Part 2 which is unfair. I thought Darcy grew a lot over the course of this book, and my heart exploded at the end.

    • Jen

      I’m so glad that I waited to read it and was away from people’s struggles with this book. Yeah if they were wanting THG part 2, they definitely weren’t going to find that type of story in this book! Yes, yes, yes! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one also!

  2. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    This is one I think I own and want to read. Great review. Thanks for sharing!
    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted…The DNF Report #20 – July 2023My Profile

    • Jen

      Oh yay! I can’t wait for you to read this one, I think you’ll end up having so much fun reading this story!

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