The good: The slow, slow burn…
The not-so-good: That slow, slow burn…
Publisher: Piatkus (Hachette)
Setting: A small town, somewhere
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I think it’s safe to say that 99 Percent Mine has been one of the most eagerly awaited books for 2019 worldwide. It didn’t take long for my precious copy to move from the bookshelf into my greedy little hands. While this book doesn’t quite give the headrush The Hating Game did (because seriously, since when did the second of something give you the novel feeling of the first? It’s just not possible), it is still awesomely brilliant. I loved the spikiness of the heroine, the husky goodness of the hero and that slow burn that is equal parts fantastic and frustrating.
Darcy is the heroine and she is definitely someone Lucy from The Hating Game would not approve of, which is cool. Darcy is A Bad Girl. She sasses bikers in a tough bar, gets drunk and exists on a diet purely from the candy aisle. Her life has been about travel and photography until her passport mysteriously disappeared and her career fell into a huge hole. Now she’s at her dead grandmother’s cottage waiting for the renovation and sale so she can run to the airport the moment it’s finished. But now Tom Valeska has walked back into her life. Tom is the St Bernard of Hotness. He is ever reliable, sweet, nice and good. He just looks like a Greek god. And Darcy has loved him since she first saw him. Valeska is her secret protector but he’s never ever been interested in her. Because Tom is too good and never ever single. He’s a man in demand, from being her twin brother’s best friend to engaged to the Goddess Megan. Tom is here to do the renovations – his first job for his own building company. And he happens to be single. Now Darcy has a reason to stop and stare.
Being a Sally Thorne novel, you can count on hilarious moments balanced out with hotness. The genius idea in this novel comes from Darcy’s best friend, Truly. Truly has an underwear business called Underswears. Non-wedgie undies with rude sayings across the butt. Now you can just imagine how the shoot Tom is roped into goes… Human flotsam he ain’t! There are many other great moments of the slow burn in 99 Percent Mine but I’m not going to spoil them. You will just have to suffer with everyone else…
I thought Darcy was a great character because simply, she is not perfect but far from it. She has short hair (much to the annoyance of those around her) because she doesn’t care. She’s tough, she swears and she fails spectacularly. She eats junk. She drinks. She has a heart condition that doesn’t stop her doing anything until it does (cue more slow burn opportunities). For all her spikiness, you want to be her friend because she’s loyal and honest. Tom seen through Darcy’s eyes can do no wrong. But as the demands of the Barrett twins break him down, we see his view of his life and it’s not what either Jamie or Darcy expected. It’s humbling and reflective, asking the question – who do you want to be and how do you want to achieve that?
Take 99 Percent Mine on its own merits and you will love this sassy story of love that can’t strike until the characters are truly ready for it. It’s fun, witty and has characters that own what they do.