Ava’s Review – 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Posted February 4, 2019 by DiDi in Ava, Mainstream, Reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Sally’s quick wit and well-developed characters make this an enjoyable book, but her gift at believable dialog and interpersonal relationships made it remarkable.  ~ Ava, Guilty Pleasures

Blurb:
Crush: 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 is outside my regular wheelhouse but a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t gravitate toward Chick Lit selections often, and I went into this book off recommendations from many of my reader friends to read The Hating Game, Sally Thorne’s debut novel. Really glad I took a chance on a new to me author and will follow this up by reading her first book.

Darcy is the kind of girl I can relate to, she’s strong willed and addicted to sugar. She tends to skip out whenever the going gets rough and that’s what has been expected of her by everyone in her orbit.

Tom is on the surface perfect Mr. Nice Guy, but Darcy has seen beneath the surface enough to know the real man. Even though this is mostly written as First Person in Darcy’s POV, Tom’s character is strong enough to give us a full picture of his luscious alpha tenancies.

While you could consider this one a ‘brother’s best friend’ trope, I think it’s more. It’s about settling down and seeing what is right in front of you. You’ve known it all along and you’ve been avoiding the whole thing. There is loads of well-placed humor, plenty I could relate to while remolding my dated fixer upper, none of it was ridiculous which I completely appreciate.

Sally’s quick wit and well-developed characters make this an enjoyable book, but her gift at believable dialogue and interpersonal relationships made it remarkable.

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Posted February 4, 2019 by DiDi in Ava, Mainstream, Reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments


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