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99% Mine: the perfect laugh out loud romcom from the bestselling author of The Hating Game Kindle Edition
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crush (n.): a strong infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach . . .
Darcy Barrett found her dream man at age eight - ever since, she's had 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 Jamie's best friend - oh, and that ninety-nine of the time, he hasn't seemed interested in her.
When the twins inherit their grandmother's tumble-down cottage, they're left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory. Darcy plans to leave as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run - her usual MO - she finds a familiar face on her porch: Tom's arrived bearing power tools, and he's single for the first time in almost a decade.
Suddenly Darcy's sticking around. Sparks start to fly - and not just because of the faulty wiring. But 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 ninety-nine percent hers.
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'The perfect sexy, fun love story to read by the pool' PAIGE TOON on 99% Mine
'Charming, self-deprecating, quick-witted and funny.' The New York Times on The Hating Game
'A smart and funny modern romance.' Good Housekeeping on The Hating Game
'One of the most delectable rom-coms I've ever read' Entertainment Weekly on The Hating Game
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- ASIN : B07HFBSSCT
- Publisher : Piatkus (29 January 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1122 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,165 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First impression of Darcy is that she has reached a point where she is really cynical/jaded and very unhappy with her life. She excels at running away from her life and whatever is causing her pain. I did find her a difficult character to like initially, but she grew on me throughout the story. Her twin brother Jamie - he was a douche. A major one. He had a few nice moments towards the end, but he was pretty awful for the most of it. Darcy and Jamie are extremely competitive over Tom Valeska, who has been an important person in both their lives since they were young.
Tom Valeska is Darcy's idea of the perfect man, and she is determined to make him hers. It was very much a slow burn build-up between these 2 - they have a lot to sort out between the renovations, Darcy's penchant for fleeing when times are tough, and Jamie's notion that Tom belongs more to him.
The Hating Game made my favourite books of all time list and this one will definitely be joining it. Sally Thorne is an incredible author and if you love reading amazing books read this!! 99% mine stole 99% of my heart.
I know the author was nervous about this one since her first was so beloved. It's different in many respects. Where Lucy was an adorable dork, Darcy is spiky as a hedgehog, an alpha female with an endearing jerk of a twin brother. Their relationship is so well done - the bickering and disjointed isolation that Darcy feels when she and Jamie aren't talking were so well portrayed, and the love that they really share for each other was clearly so deep and true. Sally shines when it comes to portraying intense relationships, and this was something that came through loud and clear here, too. Not just between the twins, but also between Jamie and Tom and, obviously, Darcy and Tom. I think the fact that the trio were so evenly matched is what made this work so well.
The chemistry between Darcy and Tom was di.vine. And I love that Sally makes us wait until the air is crackling. As I write this, there is thunder literally rumbling outside and yet the incredibly humid and electric air we have here right now has nothing on Tom and Darcy.
If I had one criticism of The Hating Game it would be that the book ended slightly too fast for my own desire. It ended well, but I was left wanting a few more morsels of it - and the epilogue that appears in THIS book gave me everything I needed with that. 99 Percent Mine didn't end as abruptly and gave me a chance to relish their happiness together. The bonus epilogue was amazing too - but even without it, I was left feeling completely satisfied.
I have raved and ranted and squealed for two and a half years about The Hating Game and I will definitely be doing the same about this one. I love this book so so so hard.
THANK YOU SALLY THORNE.
The characters, the story, the chemistry and the love. I didn't want it to end...
Amazing Sally! It was worth the wait. Basque in the glory cos this is going to be epic. Down to your bones epic..
Very poorly written. Confusing. Just did not enjoy this at all. Disappointed I wasted my money. The hating game was such a wonderful book and this was just terrible.
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If you’re a fan of Sally’s debut novel, The Hating Game, then you’ve likely been waiting with bated breath for her second novel. If you haven’t read The Hating Game, read 99 Percent Mine and then go grab it. I’m going to try not to compare the two, as they’re different books with different feels, but if you loved THG, you won’t be disappointed at all by this follow-up.
Darcy Barrett is our heroine and she is not a Mary Sue. She’s feisty, flighty and spoiled. She makes bad decisions and doesn’t always treat people the way she should. Bottom line: she’s flawed, but she’s also real. And likeable. And you’re with her every step of the way. Her current life situation? Stuck in town for the first time in a while after spending her early 20’s bouncing around the globe. Also in town? Tom Valeska – childhood pal, lifelong crush and her twin brother’s best friend.
Tom has been hired to renovate the twin’s Grandmother’s cottage and he’s using the job to kickstart his own business. Between dealing with a new crew and having to play peace-keeper between the twins, Tom’s learning that being the boss isn’t easy. Throw in The Darcy Problem and it makes for a novel filled with delicious slow-burn URST.
For me, the standout in this book is the writing style. I love everything about the way Sally writes. A perfect example is this line about Tom’s hair: “The texture is like a romance novel that’s fallen into the bath, then dried: vaguely sexual crinkle waves with the occasional curled edge and dog-ear.” She just has a way with words that is somehow at the same time both laconic and indulgent.
What I also like about this book is its contemporary spin on romance. Much like The Hating Game, it nails that thirst for something deeper than alpha male and breathy heroine. Yes, we all love certain tropes in romance novels, but I want my characters to be modern, fleshed out people who aren’t facsimiles of ‘perfect’. I don’t want anti-feminist male love-interests who stalk and bully and I don’t want heroines who are insipid and revolve around the males in their life. If you’re on the same page, get on the hype train for 99 Percent Mine, then go pick up The Hating Game.
Sally has such a distinctive writing style, which I love. Unfortunately, though, this storyline didn’t have quite the same appeal for me as THG, and it was hard not to compare the two. The slow burn enemies to lovers vibe was, for me, what made THG so amazing... the will they/won’t they storyline, and slow realisation by Lucy that she loves Josh. In 99, Darcy is pretty much obsessed with Tom from the start, which meant I wasn’t as excited to see where the story was going. Darcy was a bit annoying (a bit spoiled, very flighty, in your face, not entirely believable as a human being), Tom was a bit blah, and Jamie was just horrible to Darcy at so many points (couldn’t really see why she adored him so much). Patty the dog was kind of pointless. The romance felt a bit... over the top? And Darcy was frustratingly clueless as to how Tom felt about her (they would basically admit how they felt/nearly kiss, then the next time they spoke it was like it never happened, and she’d be talking about his ex Megan again, or saying he’d never want to be with someone like her. Weird.) If I knew her in real life, she’d drive me crazy. I just wanted a better concept and more likeable, realistic, fleshed out characters. I really wanted to love it, but I think I set myself up for a fail by wanting another amazing enemies to lovers...
I’m so sorry, Sally - I still love you and will read your next book. This one just wasn’t for me!!
It took me a bit time to get into it but then it was a great read!
Darcey was such a strong and independent chick and it seemed like she always got what she wanted but did she?
It was such an inner battle that Darcey had to go or rather hide from for so many years.
It was a story of two people who knew each other so well, were so close but yet so far apart from so many reasons.
It hurt to see how often Darcey was trying to build herself up just to be often pushed back not only due to her own doings but so many times due to her twin brother’s cruel words.
I loved Tom he was like a gentle giant with so much love to give yet with such a need of love for himself. He was full of self doubt and just wanted to find place to belong with people he loved and wanted to be loved by.
Those two were so similar even though they looked and behaved so differently. It was such a joy to see them digging more and more of theirs relationship up from all the dirt it was covered under from such a long time.
Both of them were struggling with their own demons since childhood one with a health condition another with a family situation. While reading you discover that not only those two were fighting with self doubt and the want to be accepted and included. As much as I couldn’t stand Darcey’s twin brother the more I read the more I understood of him as well.
It was a battle between the twins and poor Tom was in between those two and it was hard to choose the sides to make it work for the little bubble those 3 were living in.
It was a lovely book which touches so many feeling inside you while reading it. Sally has such a beautiful, funny and sexy way with words I absolutely adore her and her writing. You just need to experience it and then just adore it because it’s definitely worth it and so much more!
I could say so much more about this book but I will rather just recommend it to be read by others -because it is a magic which each of us should be surrounded by even if only for a couple of hours! Gorgeous book by an amazing author!!
It is FINALLY release day and I devoured this book in a few hours.
I had extremely high expectations I will admit, Sally Thorne's "The Hating Game" is my favourite book of all time.
So as far 99% mine goes, it was great but not as good.. (Cant believe I am saying this).
Darcy is a mixed up woman, loyal but mixed up. At first she wasn't my favourite character. Jamie is Darcy's twin brother, he looks out for Darcy but at times he can be overbearing and rude. Tom is their childhood friend, he has had a hard upbringing hence why he is so kind and gentle now. Complete opposite of Darcy. Throughout the twins lives, they have been battling each other in order to win Tom's friendship. Who does Tom prefer?
Sally has an amazing writing technique. The way she explains the characters thoughts is so unusual, I love it. The characters chemistry and the way Tom and Darcy help each other grow is inspiring.
With a confession, I think. I'm one of the Flamethrowers, and we've been relentlessly demanding 'more more more, please more' since the Hating Game was released.
The Hating Game is a transcendent book that is so achingly perfect and sweet that your book hangover will last for months, not days. Sally’s writing is a delicious hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows in front of an open fire, snuggled up warm and cosy while a snowstorm shrieks around you.
I confess; I was worried. All the way along we’ve exclaimed and squee-ed, expressed our love for her writing and our undying impatience for more more MORE, but secretly, I was a tiny bit afraid: I was a tiny bit afraid that after the cast-iron emotional bond I felt with Josh and Lucy, that I wouldn’t be able to engage with Tom and Darcy. I read the blurb and worried about Jamie (her twin brother). I worried about how Sally could take the ‘handyman’ trope and put her own unique spin on it to draw me in. I was concerned that Tom was a 2 dimensional trope without the strength and vulnerability of Joshua Templeton. I read the teaser snippet bar scene and fretted that I’d get annoyed by snarky Darcy. Even the title worried me: 99% Mine: I couldn’t get my mind to understand the concept at all.
Even so, Sally’s writing is so richly evocative that it draws you in and anchors you in the world she so wonderfully builds with her colourful metaphors, humorous pokes at cliché tropes, honest, unflinching and realistic introspection and loin-achingly erotic romance that leaves the reader feeling…. Things. Erotic scenes that are somehow both graphic and explicit without being crude or distasteful. The reader doesn’t need to glance over their shoulder worrying that someone is seeing filthy words on the page. Sally’s love scenes are warm and tender and everything you want in a romance book. She tiptoes the line perfectly between euphemistic and just vague enough to be tasteful whilst still managing to convey with sensual explication exactly what the characters are doing and feeling. This is a skill I don’t think the author realises she has. Too many erotic scenes rely on crude words. Sally’s books are too soft, too sweet for crude and explicit scenes, but would be immeasurably less satisfying by the romance novel equivalent of ‘fade to black’ – blanking out the actual act and moving the story on to the ‘morning after’.
Having been so invested in ‘The Hating Game’, I immediately read the bonus epilogue first, and almost cried at how absolutely perfectly it ties everything up in a neat little parcel. With call backs to emotional anchors scattered throughout the text, THE epilogue was the most perfect ending to a romance novel I’ve ever read. It also neatly closes the book on Lucy and Josh in a way that is wonderful. As a reader, I am happy to leave Josh and Lucy behind now. They had their story and got their perfect HEA, and the epilogue dots most of the I’s and crosses the majority of the t’s in a profoundly satisfying way that left just enough unsaid to leave the reader with some food for thought and things to ponder on.
Then with some trepidation I tucked my feelings about Lucy and Josh back into my chest, turned to the beginning of the book, and dived into Darcy and Tom. My fears were absolutely unfounded. The relationship between Darcy and Tom is worlds away from Josh and Lucy, but Sally’s writing is so beguiling that the reader is drawn inexorably into this new world and I absolutely adored it.
Instead of being annoyed by Darcy, like I thought I might be, I empathised with her and respected her strength and resilience. Sally doesn’t shy away from having her characters be brutally honest about themselves and their shortcomings and I like this – the characters are relatable and so real. Tom wasn’t the cookie-cutter-perfect 2D romance-man-candy. He was a complex character with a complicated backstory that was woven throughout the plot. Sally seems to have a gift for so effortlessly weaving the strands of story together in such a way that nothing feels forced or expository.
Darcy’s twin brother was a factor I was kinda dreading, but in the end their relationship was exactly the kind of love-hate relationships that siblings have, and I breathed an audible sigh of relief. I’m not even a twin, but I can see so much of the sibling battles, one-up-man-ship and sibling judgementalism that I deal with in my own sibling-having life, but with the ultimate truth that you will always love each other and be there for each other when it counts.
The ‘handyman’ trope was handled so well – I really liked that Darcy got stuck in and refused to be side-lined. I liked that the ‘supporting characters’ were carbon copies of every tradesman I’ve ever encountered. Sally’s writing just feels so authentic it’s like I’m actually there, watching.
I was about 10% into the book when I started understanding the ‘99% mine’ concept. It was woven throughout Darcy’s narrative and in the context, made total and complete sense. It was perfect, in fact, when you take in the larger picture and backstory of Darcy, Jamie and Tom. Heh. Perfect.
This book was so completely different in both tone and theme from Sally’s debut novel, but it's absolutely undeniably her writing – all the turns of phrase, clever, colourful analogies and metaphors, the inner voice of Darcy, the way casual mannerisms like shrugs and arm gestures are written in such a way as to not distract from the prose, but to bring to life a vivid mental image. I loved 99% every bit as much as I loved THG, but in a myriad of subtly different ways. The characterisations are so expertly crafted that each ‘main character’ is a completely unique and individual person. They aren’t ‘variations on a theme’ or a ‘type’ – some authors aim their stories at specific types of reader, so all the female characters broadly fall into certain categories. This isn’t always a bad thing, but I love how strong and vibrant Sally’s characters are, and how you’d know them immediately if you met them.
She also manages to both embrace and poke gentle fun at cliché tropes in such a way that you don’t feel like you’re being chided for reading a trope-heavy romance novel, but the author acknowledges the tropes and still manages to turn them into something realistic and fun.
I deliberately wanted this to be a spoiler-free review, but I could write pages on all the tiny things I loved about this book. This time around, Sally included the epilogue for the book, and, just like THG, it answers lingering questions and leaves the reader happy and satisfied but still with some things left to the imagination.
99% isn’t a ‘worthy follow up novel’ to the surprise hit of The Hating Game. It’s a wonderful, beautifully crafted novel in its own right that should absolutely be read and judged on its own merit, not compared to THG.
The book is also edited very well – I didn’t notice a single spelling error.
As a non-spoiler-y aside, I really want some underswears. Anyone know where I can get some?