I bought 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne to take on my holiday that’s coming up in March, but I couldn’t wait until then to read it. I loved Sally Thorne’s first book The Hating Game and had high hopes for this book. Before I go into my thoughts on 99 Percent Mine, I’ll just tell you a little bit about the plot.
Darcy Barrett is a girl in crisis. She’s working at a rough biker bar after her photography business collapsed. She has her eye on the next plane to somewhere exotic, if she could just find her passport. And she’s ignoring her dodgy heart which she really needs to go and get checked out, except she’s not talking to her twin brother Jamie who always goes with her to these appointments.
As Darcy is fond of telling the reader; she’s a bad girl who loves men and leaves them, drinks a lot, has a nipple ring and doesn’t like to be tied down. But she does have an Achilles heel in the form of her childhood friend Tom. He is a good boy/man who has always gotten under her skin. Tom comes back into her life when he shows up to renovate her grandmother’s house where Darcy lives. The twins plan to sell it and split the proceeds. Darcy sticks around because she doesn’t want her twin to make it look too modern and definitely not because she still has a thing for Tom, even though he is engaged to be married.
99 Percent Mine has a lot of great points. It’s good to see a protagonist who is a bit different from the norm: short hair, nipple ring, tough talking, heart murmur etc. It’s good to see a male love interest who is the complete opposite to her, even though he is still the standard tall, ridiculously good-looking and super buff nice guy. There are lots of sparks flying in this book (and not just the ones caused by power tools).
BUT…this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I found at times that the constant banter between the pair was exhausting. Darcy ran hot and cold. Tom ran hot and cold. At first there seemed like there were a lot of hurdles in their way, but then once those were gone there really wasn’t an excuse for them not to be together — other than trying to prolong the tension. But it took too long for things to happen. Then towards the end of the book one of the characters just inexplicably went off and it didn’t seem like there was a good enough reason for them to do so. It was out of character for that person to act in that way.
I felt like this book had all the right elements to be so much better. It almost got there. It could have got there with a bit more editing and a bit more extra writing. There’s no need to tell people all the time what a bad ass woman you are. Show them. You’ve also got to make it believable that someone like Tom would fall for someone like Darcy in the first place.
I still read this book in less than twenty-four hours because it was enjoyable despite its flaws. I’ll also read whatever Sally Thorne writes next. This wasn’t a terrible book, it was fun and entertaining, but it just needed more work.
Verdict: 99 Percent Mine was only 67 percent okay.