Sally Thorne returns to the blog with her latest release, a Contemporary Woman’s Fiction / Romance title
99 Percent Mine
Darcy is difficult: not speaking to her twin brother, avoiding all things emotional, pushing everyone and everything away in an attempt to prove her independence. Can’t actually blame her for it really though, as she’s got a heart condition which meant her parents and her brother, as well as her childhood friend Tom have always tried to coddle her. Tired of being told ‘what to do’ or having people around who will make accommodation for her heart condition, or treat her differently because of it. But, she’s forced home after her grandmother’s death, her little cottage has been left to her and her brother with instructions for them to renovate and then sell the property. Their childhood friend Tom has been contracted to do the work, keeping her brother at bay and away from the site – these two would only bicker and push to ‘win’, purely from habits formed in childhood.
Tom is everything that one would expect a kid with nothing to grow into, particularly when ‘adopted’ into the family unit with Darcy and Jamie. He’s both a best friend and a favorite pawn in the game between the two, and with Darcy’s inability to remain in one place when things get ‘complicated’, Tom has also suffered every time she’s disappeared. Tom is running himself ragged trying to be ‘all things’ to the both of them, and his control where Darcy is concerned is slipping.
I could instantly see why Darcy was so prickly – a marshmallow dressed in porcupine quills: for someone who is so terribly full of life, snark and an artistic streak that doesn’t stop – her heart condition is a constant reminder of what she ‘can’t have’ and her way of being normal is to ignore her health. If she ignores it and doesn’t ask or allow herself help from friends and family – she’s in control. And control freak only goes a tiny way to explain how important that is to her. Funnily enough, she’s always had fantasies of Tom – first as a wolf who would protect and care for her always, and now that he’s all grown up – oh those have changed too. And poor Tom: so convinced that he’s not enough for either of them – as a friend, lover or contractor – this is battle that won’t have an easy ending. See, Darcy has always seen Jamie as having the larger percentage of their life: from affection and friendship, down to the little things like a shared piece of cake. And, until both the twins risk losing it all – this is her focus – getting a bigger percentage of friendships and of Tom. Thorne has written a lovely follow-up to The Hating Game – with complex characters that are growing and changing before our eyes, and giving us yet another couple to love dearly. Grab it for the unique voice of Darcy – her ‘devil may care’ appearance of offhanded casualness, and love it for the rock that is Tom.
Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 29 January, 2019
Source: Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 12 Hours
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Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…
… If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend.
Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts.
Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or ten… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch.
Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools—and he’s single for the first time in a decade.
As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying- and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy.
Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent—her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet…
A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.