What to know before reading:
99 Percent Mine is a New Adult Romance novel. I would classify this as 17 years+ for readers.
Trigger warnings include: loss of a loved one, alcoholism, assault (unwanted grabbing of wrist) a serious chronic heart condition, cursing throughout the book.
Representation: If I recall correctly, all characters are cis and white.
Overview: I read Sally Thorne’s new release, 99 Percent Mine, in a day. One thing that you’ll get to learn about me is that I love a good contemporary romance. So, I originally fell in love with Sally Thorne when I read her debut novel, The Hating Game. I loved it (and also finished it in day.) So, when I heard about 99 Percent Mine I freaked out and per-ordered it that day. Then I patiently waited. (Well, ok, maybe not patiently. Let’s just say I waited.)
Going into 99 Percent Mine I had high expectations because I loved The Hating Game so much. But once I read the excerpt for 99 Percent Mine, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. Darcy Barrett, the main character, is in love with her twin brother’s best friend since childhood, Tom. Both Darcy and her twin, Jamie, inherit a cottage from their grandmother, which needs flipped before they can sell it. Enter Tom, house-flipper, who’s recently single. Darcy decides to stick around to oversee the renovations and well, maybe also because after all these years, she’s still in love with Tom.
First, I love house flipping. Flip or Flop, anyone? Second, I love a good “forbidden” romance. Add in Sally Thorne’s slow burn style romance and I couldn’t run to the mailbox fast enough to get my hands on it.
spoiler free review: I really enjoyed 99 Percent Mine. I’ll start out with what I loved. Sally Thorne has this amazing and unique writing style that makes it easy to fly through the book. More than her writing style though, she writes the most amazing, strong female main characters. 99 Percent Mine is told through Darcy Barrett’s point of view and man, she does not disappoint. She’s funny, headstrong, and free-spirited.
The romance is slow-burn, which is always my favorite. The tension slow-burn creates always has me speed-reading. I literately cannot handle the build up between the two main characters! Sally Thorne certainly delivered slow-burn. I always appreciate the happy ending more when I feel like I/the main characters really worked for it, as silly as that may sound.
99 Percent Mine certainly had it’s romantic moments, but it was also so funny. Darcy had amazing comebacks and one liners. I wanted to be her real life friend and invite her out to drinks. She was just so cool.
Plus, Darcy’s interactions with her love interest/childhood friend, Tom, were very sweet and, well, very steamy. I found it was a great mix for a romantic comedy.
Now onto some things I didn’t love. I found the first part of the book a little slow (I guess up until the third chapter). I’m not sure if it’s because I was comparing it to The Hating Game, which grabbed me right from the beginning, but I felt like it took awhile the our main leads to interact and for me to get invested in their relationship. Plus, I felt like most of the scenes could have been cut a little bit. I found myself thinking that sometimes the scenes dragged a little, and the entire book could have been sharper/packed more of a punch if it had been edited down. But like I said, once I got into it, the rest of the story flew by.
There were also some plot points that I took issue with. There just seemed to be a few loose threads hanging that I really wish had gotten answered. Some of the character’s actions, I felt like I didn’t really understand, and we never really got these motivations resolved. (See more in depth in the spoiler section at the bottom!)
Overall, I did enjoy 99 Percent Mine. It was a funny, cute, romantic contemporary and I really had fun with it. I will say, I did not enjoy it as much as The Hating Game, and would definitely recommend The Hating Game over 99 Percent Mine. (In that regard, 99 Percent Mine does include an epilogue to The Hating Game, which is definitely worth it to check in with those characters again and get a glimpse into life after the HEA.) However, 99 Percent Mine did have some plot issues that made me feel a bit less connected and invested to these main characters. Ultimately I would give it a 3.5/5 stars. I liked it and I would recommend it.
99 Percent Mine is Sally Thorne’s second novel. It is a contemporary romance, and it was published in January 2019.
spoilers ahead: Ok, let’s talk. There are still some lingering questions that I have. To start, what is up with Tom’s engagement? He was in love with Darcy for years yet just casually was engaged/in a relationship for YEARS? He seems so dismissive of his previous relationship and just casually writes it off, but it feels so bizarre that this isn’t addressed more in depth.
Also, Darcy’s drinking (problem?) It appears throughout the book that Darcy has been heavily drinking, since she found out about Tom’s engagement. So, like, a long while. Then when the main characters get together, it’s completely forgotten about. I feel like for her drinking to be mentioned/seen so many times, and then just so easily resolved seemed a bit unrealistic.
One thing that really bothered me was the characterization of Jamie. He was a total ass throughout the book. I know, I know – siblings fight. But his comments felt unnecessarily cruel, and it made it difficult to want him to be a part of the HEA at the end.
Perhaps my biggest problem, though, was Tom just bailing at the end. I understand he was frustrated. Trust me, I think I would have been equally mad especially at the two sibling’s behavior. But he just completely deserts his business and just gives up. For a character that has constantly been referred to as stable and dependable, it felt very out of character. Or perhaps his behavior just wasn’t explained thoroughly enough for me to get it as a reader.
With that being said, I really did enjoy the book. It was funny and sweet. There was definitely steamy build up between the main characters, and even though it had its slow moments, overall it was a quick page turner. Even though this book just released, I’m already excited to see what Sally Thorne does next! Comment and let me know what you thought of 99 Percent Mine.
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