I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game. It had that sexy back and forth, love-hate thing going. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a lot of fun, plus nicely steamy and romantic. So it comes as little surprise that I would be excited for Thorne’s newest book, 99 Percent Mine. The sad reality is that I’m not that into this book.
Our heroine is Darcy Bennett, bartender and former award-winning photographer. Darcy is one of those rebellious young ladies who acts first and thinks second, someone who tends to leave the country when things are going badly. She is madly in love with Tom Valeska, her twin brother Jamie’s best friend. Darcy and Tom never seemed to get their timing right- he told her he loved her, she flew to Europe for the first time. Now, he is engaged to a perfect woman named Megan, and Darcy is alone with her candy and her casual flings.
The twins are about to renovate their grandmother’s old house so they can put it up for sale. Tom is just starting his own construction business, and they hire him to take on the job. Darcy plans to pitch in, despite her heart condition. When Tom finally admits that he is no longer engaged, she comes on a bit too strong, to put it delicately.
When it seems like they will never be anything more than friends, it suddenly changes. He’s really jealous and overprotective when she’s around his crew. They go out for drinks, one thing leads to another, and it seems like Darcy finally has Tom 100 percent. That’s the perfect time for Jamie to show up.
99 Percent Mine isn’t bad, but it’s not as good as I wanted it to be. I don’t really like any of the characters, except maybe Patty the dog. But I also don’t hate them. A lot of the romance seems a little unearned, or maybe I just don’t get how it moves from point A to point B, which probably explains a lot about my actual love life. Overall, it’s well-written and sort of sweet. I’m always a sucker for a happy ending.
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