99 Percent Mine: A Novel by Sally Thorne99 Percent Mine: A Novel by Sally Thorne

99 Percent Mine: A Novel

bySally Thorne

Paperback | January 29, 2019

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Readers and critics alike raved over USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne’s smash hit debut, The Hating Game, which has sold in over 20 countries. Now she’s back with an unforgettable romantic comedy about a woman who finally has a shot at her long time crush—if she dares.

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.

This next hilarious romance includes a special PS section with two Happily Ever Afters—one for this novel featuring Darcy and Tom and the other, an epilogue featuring fan favorites Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman from The Hating Game!

Title:99 Percent Mine: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:January 29, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062439611

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted to love it I read Sally Thorne's debut in an afternoon, so I was very excited to get my hands on this one. For whatever reason, I could just not get into it. I didn't love the characters, or their chemistry. I started to skim through, and skipped through to the end. Just not my taste.
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sally Thorne has done it again! After nearly a century since her last hit 'The Hating Game,' I was sure all of us were waiting for this epic story and boy was I satisfied. Although I know that I will never find a man like Tom Valeska in my life or be as bold and quick-witted as Darcy Barrett, it was more than enjoyable to read about their hot-tensioned and emotional love story. In just two sittings, this fierce couple stole my heart with their personalities and struggles in life. Darcy Barrett is one goddamn woman that only Tom Valeska can manhandle and love with every cell in him. Their longing for each other had me hooked. Now do it again Sally Thorne!
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sally Thorne has done it again! After nearly a century since her last hit 'The Hating Game,' I was sure all of us were waiting for this epic story and boy was I satisfied. Although I know that I will never find a man like Tom Valeska in my life or be as bold and quick-witted as Darcy Barrett, it was more than enjoyable to read about their hot-tensioned and emotional love story. In just two sittings, this fierce couple stole my heart with their personalities and struggles in life. Darcy Barrett is one goddamn woman that only Tom Valeska can manhandle and love with every cell in him. Their longing for each other had me hooked. Now do it again Sally Thorne!
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Novel by Sally Thorne Darcy Barrett has a really crummy heart, and she doesn’t mean that figuratively. Even though she is in her twenties, her heart is starting to fail. However, her lousy heart hasn’t stopped Darcy from loving Tom Valeska, the handsome boy-next-door, since the moment she laid eyes on him when they were kids. The only problem is that Darcy’s twin brother took him as his best friend first, and they’ve stayed best friends ever since, meaning 99 percent of Tom belongs to the other Barrett twin. However, when a grown-up Tom arrives to renovate the run-down cottage the twins have inherited, Darcy is determined to make Tom 99 percent hers – that is, if her heart doesn’t fail first. I loved this book. The romance was believable and a great 'slow-burner'. This book is super swoon-worthy, with some great laugh-out-loud moments. It’s perfect for fans of The Hating Game, anything by Sophie Kinsella, or the HGTV Network. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I need more from Sally It almost felt like I had been counting down the days since I read Sally's debut novel The Hating Game until 99 Percent Mine and I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed. Looking forward to whatever is coming next!
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well-defined characters, weird metaphors, and the same intensity of The Hating Game! A solid sophomore effort by Sally Thorne, author of the smash hit romance The Hating Game, 99 Percent Mine has similarly well-defined characters, weird metaphors, and the same intensity of Thorne’s first work. Darcy Barrett is a bartender whose life is a mess. She’s a former wedding photographer whose life crashed and burned when she discovered that her perfect man, family friend Tom Valeska, got engaged. Tom is Darcy’s twin Jamie’s best friend, and she feels that the two of them know way too much about her. In particular, they know about the fact that she has a very weak heart, capable of making her out of breath and incapacitated too soon. Darcy’s always felt a little like people treat her with too much fragility, which is probably why she’s developed such a tough skin. When Darcy and Jamie’s beloved grandmother Loretta dies, she leaves the two of them her house, with demands that they renovate it but keep it in the family. The house is a mess, but luckily, Tom is a construction-worker-turned-contractor with a new business. Jamie hires Tom to flip the place into a cool, modern sell, but Darcy wants to keep the essence of her grandmother. As a result, Darcy refuses to leave the site and decides to live in the small shed in the back while helping with the reno. Meanwhile, Tom is also living on site in a tent and really stressed out about his new business and doing right by Darcy and Jamie. I’ll be honest, I can’t review this book without comparing it to The Hating Game, which is one of my favorite books EVER. What I love about Sally Thorne’s work is how much her characters push each other to the breaking point – and how much she uses metaphors and similes that are weird and out there to describe that intensity. She has a very literary take on commercial romance – her plots and settings underscore a lot of what’s happening in the characters lives. For instance, 99 Percent Mine is about a renovation of a crumbling house – but one that means a great deal to Darcy. Similarly, Darcy herself is crumbling under a vat of bad decisions and running away. With the construction going on, Darcy is forced to stay – not only to oversee the renovation, but also to deal with the foundations and ramifications of her choices. And of course, there’s Tom – who is a fixer-upper with more than just his hands. He’s always been someone who helps the Barrett twins out of trouble. There’s a lot of playing with metaphor and simile in both the way the characters talk to one another, and the way that things are described. It’s definitely a unique and resonant approach to romance. I also love how Thorne understands how passion and love mix and make people do crazy things. Darcy and Tom clash in just the right ways. There’s an amazing push-and-pull between them. From the very first moment when they see each other again after YEARS of being apart, there’s a familiarity, a joking, and a tension that just sizzles. There’s a lot of cat-and-mouse circling in both of her books, but more in 99 Percent Mine, where Thorne ratchets up the tension so minutely and skillfully that you’re hanging on for dear life when she finally lets her characters consummate their passion. Darcy and Tom are far more normal than the characters in The Hating Game, and their story is a little bit less unique – but it’s no less well-defined! Darcy’s tough girl attitude and the way she approaches life is both frustratingly destructive and captivatingly honest. How many of us have made dumb decisions because of love and vulnerability? How many of us spent our 20s tripping from place to place, looking for something to call home? You can’t help but feel for her, empathize with her candy and wine benders, and also want to bonk her on the side of her head. Meanwhile, Tom’s dealing with learning how to be a boss, how to be a business owner, and how to face up to feelings for Darcy he’s been trying to ignore and tamp down for years. If I’m being honest, for me, Tom just couldn’t measure up as much to The Hating Game’s Josh. Darcy calls him “the perfect man” – and it’s kind of true. He’s a really great guy, kind and generous, strong and sensitive. While I enjoyed him with Darcy, I think I just found him a little bit too typical – he’s pretty much what you expect in a slow-burn romance. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters in this book. Jamie, Darcy’s twin, is the exact kind of jackass that you want him to be – charming but cold. Truly, Darcy’s underwear designer friend is so fun and caring that you want a happily ever after for her, too. And even though you don’t see her as a character, Loretta, Darcy’s grandmother, plays a huge role in her life and in how Darcy acts and reacts. For me, 99 Percent Mine wasn’t as strong as The Hating Game. I think what I loved about The Hating Game was just how weird the characters were. It was just a matter of preference – I loved the office romance of The Hating Game, and I loved the quirkiness of the characters. Still, I really, really enjoyed and raced through 99 Percent Mine. It’s a fast, intense read that I highly recommend. THE FINAL WORD: I read 99 Percent Mine in a day and a half and barely slept – and when I slept, all I dreamt about was Darcy and Tom. I really, really enjoyed it, and I think readers who loved the intensity, incredible description, and quirky characters of The Hating Game will also adore Darcy and Tom’s house-flipping slow-burn romance. Darcy and Tom had me riveted from moment one, and they didn’t let up until I was finished.
Date published: 2019-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I NEED MORE! It's been such a long time since Sally Thorne's first novel but I have never forgotten her or The Hating Game. It's a book I've reread many many times. Imagine my excitement when an early copy of 99 Percent Mine landed in my hands. It. Does. Not. Disappoint! The writing’s quick which may feel a little jarring to begin with but once I got used to it I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. I love the straightforward what-you-see-is-what-you-get vibe. The dry humour in the conversations, the tense but tender interactions and the snarky inner monologues evoked so many feels. Darcy and her brutal honesty is my kind of heroine. Her bluntness is inspiring. She may be direct with her words and impulsive with her desires but she has an insecure side too. Her persistence on hiding her heart condition behind a brave façade made her all the more real. Even if he doesn't agree with the twins there's no denying Tom is perfection. He's constantly under pressure but I thought he handled temptation and demanding situations well. I love how he cared for Darcy and how he saw her in a different light than others. This shouldn't come as a surprise but holy smokes did Darcy and Tom have chemistry. The UST (unresolved sexual tension) was palpable in every scene they were in. Even their innocent moments together felt steamy. So agonizing but delicious. I savoured every little thing about them. Someone who I was most not impressed with was Jamie. His treatment of his twin sister was unacceptable. I understand they were coming from a vulnerable place but he did not have to be so rude and judgy. Jamie was only tolerable near the end and given what we discover about him and a certain someone, I wouldn't mind if he completely redeems himself in a spinoff. *wink wink* 99 Percent Mine has joined its predecessor, The Hating Game, to rank high on my favourite romance chart. More please. Even if it takes another few years for another book like 99 Percent Mine, I'll be waiting. I have all the patience in the world for Sally Thorne.
Date published: 2019-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! To say I was ecstatic about getting to read this book early is a total understatement. The Hating Game is one of my all-time favourite novels and is one that I can easily read again and again. Sally Thorne's follow up book has all the things I've come to love and expect from her, but I can definitively say her debut is still my favourite of the two. I appreciate that Darcy Barrett and Tom Valeska already have an established relationship when the story starts, although things are a little rocky. The tension between these two is THE BEST and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the moment. The sexual banter is A+ and my goodness I needed a cold shower at one point because WOW. Tom Valeska is just everything and I'm completely smitten by him. Darcy's inner monologue was hysterical the way she swoons over Tom - it's very relatable. I just wanted MORE from this book. There were some things I wanted to see more fleshed out and it could have been longer! Their relationship doesn't really escalate until closer to the end, so while it was great to see them banter and flirt, there isn't nearly enough time to see them actually together. I enjoyed this book a whole lot and I will read anything Sally writes, but it could have been better than it was with some tweaking.
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne . Thank you so much Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC of this book! . I definitely went into this book with high expectations. I read The Hating Game twice this year and it set the bar pretty high for any book to follow in this genre. After reading this book Sally Thorne has been added to my auto-read author list. . I really enjoyed this book. Darcy and Tom have been friends for most of their lives but Tom is her twin brother Jamie’s best friend so he is off limits. Despite this, Darcy and Tom have lots of chemistry and when Tom comes to help with a family project they spend more time with each other than they have in years. . I loved the banter Darcy and Tom had. Though I liked Tom from the start, Darcy grew on me. We are also introduced to a few side characters that I really enjoyed! I love Thorne’s writing style and how she develops full, flawed and well rounded characters. This book is a bit steamier than The Hating Game and I loved seeing the different relationships develop! There were a couple of moments that were a bit too dramatic for me but overall I loved this book. . 4/5 stars .
Date published: 2019-01-04

Editorial Reviews

“Thorne (The Hating Game, 2016) has crafted a romance that is equal parts funny, heartfelt, and steamy... Hand this to fans of Sophie Kinsella and Christina Lauren, who will savor this compulsively readable romantic comedy.”