What can I say that hasn’t already been said about 99 Percent Mine? What was noticeable from the very beginning was the many flawed personalities and dysfunctional relationships.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
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.
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.
99 Percent Mine – Sally Thorne
Darcy, had this sassy and snarky attitude that reminded me so much of the banter I loved in THG, but unfortunately the banter was never really reciprocated. But she still made me smile. Darcy was in some ways the most interesting character of the entire book. She was flawed, and extremely insecure but hid behind an I-can-do-it-myself kind of personality. Sometimes she went to the extreme with her brash and ball busting attitude. Also, her brother Jamie, had an almost overwhelming influence on her life. He domineered her decisions to a degree that made Darcy seem to be a puppet figure of Jamie’s making.
The other thing that I had difficulties with was the feeling of a disconnected and jumbled plot. The back and forth between plots and especially Darcy’s habit of being evasive and changing topics on a dime, gave me a whiplash.
And OMG, don’t get me started on the relationships in this book. All of them were dysfunctional in one way or another. A little bit too much for my taste, because if everyone is flawed the book on its own feels unbalanced. And sadly there weren’t many characters that were likable except for Darcy’s friend Truly.
Not even Tom made much of a difference. He was too nice for my taste, too malleable and too indecisive at times – one word bland. I would even say he was the anti alpha, very much the opposite to Darcy’s at times ball busting personality. It would have helped to get more of why Tom felt the way he did for Darcy. Because their relationship was a bit confusing, and Jamie’s hold over Tom and Darcy didn’t help either.
Jamie was a character I wanted to strangle more times than I’m comfortable to admitting. I didn’t feel his brotherly love at all. One nice thing was immediately followed by two negative comments which negated all his good intentions. He was a jerk. And not necessarily a lovable one.
The story had its ups and downs, but in the end it left me rather unimpressed. I’m not sure where it all went wrong. It just could have been a ME and not the book kind of case.
99 Percent Mine – Sally Thorne