Overall: 4/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: 99 Percent Mine is a fun and entertaining romance that is perfect for Valentines Day!
“Friends and family are the only ones I have a chance of keeping forever. And that’s what I want. To keep you, forever.”
// Content Warning: Assault, Mature Content (this one should be obvious), Alcoholism, Illness (Chronic Heart Condition) //
– Premise –
99 Percent Mine follows Darcy Barrett, a bartender and world traveler. When she and her twin brother, Jamie, inherit their grandmother’s cottage, they need their childhood best friend, Tom, to help with renovations. Darcy has known for years that Tom was the most perfect man, but his girlfriend-turned-fiance and friendship with her brother always kept her away. However, when situations change and he surprises her on her porch to begin renovations, Darcy decides to make him hers.
“What do I get in return?”
“You know, heart, soul. The usual.”
“Oh Darce,” he sighs in a voice like I’ve learned nothing. “You’re messing with me again.”
– Writing –
Sally Thorne has a gift for funny, swoon-worthy, and adorable writing. After The Hating Game, she has become one of my favorite romance writers, and 99 Percent Mine only proves that she didn’t just get lucky with her first book. The banter in this book is full of both heat and humor.
“Every evil overlord needs a fluffy cat to stroke.”
– Plot –
This book doesn’t quite have the magic of The Hating Game,but it comes pretty close. The plot is interesting, full of drama and angst to keep turning the pages. The pace is fast, making it easy to read in one sitting. 50 pages fly by in a blink. Sometimes the pacing would feel a little awkward, but it doesn’t take away from how fun this book is.
“That’s because pizza is a precious natural resource. It can heal tiredness, bad mood, falling morale, and a fading will to live. Pizza realigns the heart chakras.”
– Characters –
The characters are probably where this book suffered the most. Darcy is a very unique character, and it took me a while to start liking her. She’s badass, unapologetic, quirky and loves putting people in her face. She’s straight-forward to the point of aggressive, and it definitely takes some getting used to. That said, by the end of the book I did like her. Just give her some time. Tom, on the other hand, is much more likable. He has his flaws, but overall he’s just a great guy who works hard to meet the impossible standards placed on him. The one major thing I wasn’t a fan of– both with him and Darcy– was their jealousy and possessiveness. It was a major part of the book, and while usually, I can tolerate it to a degree, it’s one trope I can’t really get behind.
“Maybe he’s 1 percent mine. That has to be enough.”
– Conclusion –
Pros- Cute, funny, and lighthearted! Great writing!
Cons- The characters aren’t the best
Overall- 4/5 stars.
99 Percent Mine is a super fun, quick romance that will brighten your day. It may not quite reach the pure magic that was The Hating Game, but it’s still entertaining and cute.