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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (Review)

Title99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Publisher: William Morrow (HarperCollins)
Published: January 29, 2019

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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I would firstly like to state that I dove into 99 Percent Mine without having read The Hating Game first. I know that a lot of readers read Sally Thorne’s first book before her second book (99 Percent Mine), and that this affected their reading of said second book. So, before I go into my thoughts on 99, I just wanted you all to know that I went into reading it with a completely blank slate. And as you can tell from my 5 star rating, I absolutely loved it! The first thing that I noticed was the writing. And at first I thought that it was Sally Thorne’s particular style of writing that I was reading (though now that I read The Hating Game, I know that the author wrote 99 specifically to sound as if the main character, Darcy, were narrating the story). The writing threw me off a little bit just because of Darcy’s voice, but once I pushed past that and got used to it, I found myself really enjoying the narration (and especially Darcy’s snarkiness and way of thinking).

Another thing that I really enjoyed was Darcy as a character, and even more so, her love interest; Tom Valesca. He’s so dreamy! I absolutely loved how he was portrayed, and how the relationship between Darcy and Tom developed. I also liked the sibling relationship between Darcy and her twin, Jamie. The chemistry between Darcy and Tom was insane, and I can’t say anything more in-depth about it all because I don’t want to spoil anything. Having read The Hating Game after 99 Percent Mine, as I mentioned, I do want to point out that 99 Percent Mine is different from the other book (and not in a bad way)! So, I just want to make sure that those who have read The Hating Game don’t go into this book expecting something that’s the exact same, or even very similar. 99 Percent Mine turned out to be one of my favourite romance books of all time, and I recommend it to those who have read Sally Thorne’s first book before (just keep in mind that it won’t be the same) and also those who haven’t read The Hating Game yet!


Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book–and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne was
the Indigo Staff Pick of the Month for February!


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