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.
As I said in my review yesterday for The Hating Game, enemies to lover’s isn’t my favorite trope. So, I think I just assumed that 99 Percent Mine would also be a story that included that. I’m a little mad at myself for not looking more into it because this book is one that includes my favorite trope, childhood friends to lovers (probably because this is how my own love story went down.)
99 Percent Mine follows Darcy as she works with her twin brother’s childhood best friend, Tom. The two are working to remodel the house of Darcy’s grandmother. It was in her will that the house was remodeled, then sold and the sale money would be their inheritance. But there’s a lot of memories within that house. Those memories, along with Tom’s arrival, bring back Darcy’s feelings for him. So, when she finds out that Tom and his fiancé broke up (four months ago) she literally tells him to get in her.
I loved this story so much. Darcy was so awkward and tried to hold back her thoughts before they made it out of her mouth. And she even succeeded sometimes, but when she failed it had me laughing so hard. I like that Darcy isn’t the typical girl. She’s got a heart condition and she’s a bit of a rebel. She’s traveled the world to take photographs, but right now is working on finding a new direction.
Tom has just quit his job and taken half his fellow coworkers with him to start his own construction business. I loved this aspect of the story because I feel like I grew up on construction sites. Tom is hesitant to let Darcy finally pull him in because he fears that once she does, she’ll leave again.
I really enjoyed the two talking and opening up to one another, reconnecting and learning that the other has always loved them. Their friendship and the eventual relationship was so enjoyable. It was hot and sweaty, but also sweet and thoughtful. I thought the conflict of Tom being Darcy’s brother’s best friend was a good one. Everyone knows you’re not supposed to make a move on your best friend’s sister.
I loved the family ties and friendships. This book was funny and sweet and I totally loved it.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.