Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…
Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.
When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.
Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.
*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I discovered Sally Thorne last year, whilst perusing GoodReads I stubbled up The Hating Game, which absolutely fabulous. So for me reading this book was a no brainer.
This story is about Darcy, her and twin Jamie and the boy they grew up with Tom. Darcy has been in love with Tom since she was eight years old, but Tom belongs to Jamie and so he is off limits. That is until Tom (who is newly single) is hired to renovate the cottage that was left to Darcy and Jamie by their grandmother, Darcy decides its time to make Tom 100 percent hers.
What can I say about Darcy… she is feisty but soft, fragile but strong and secretly has the biggest heart. She is the definition of a prickly pear. I loved her, I felt all of her joy and sorry as if it were my own, that’s how well she is written. Tom is a typical good guy, who Darcy holds to a really high almost impossible standard. I did love is his character to though, he just got Darcy, he really knew her and it just gave me all the feels.
The story was great I loved all the ups and downs and the way in which Darcy and Tom battled to keep they feeling uncontrol was highly entertaining. They also had great banter which gave the story lots of light relief.
I could go into so much more but I don’t want to give too much away. This story is nothing like The Hating Game (which I just found out is going to be made into a movie!) but is still just as good and I highly recommend!
My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟
About the Author
Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, to be directed by Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and The Simpsons Movie director David Mirkin.
The Hating Game was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards romance category. It has been cited as a book that has reinvigorated the romantic comedy genre.
Sally’s much anticipated second novel, 99 Percent Mine, is being released in January 2019 by William Morrow Books and is available for preorder. She is currently beginning the first draft of her third book.
Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing, reading, drinking cups of tea and obeying the every whim of Delia the Pug and her paint Quarter Horse, Louie. She lives with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions and a haunted dollhouse.