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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game, soon to be a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell, an unforgettable romantic comedy about a woman who finally has a shot at her long time crush—if she dares.
Crush (n.): 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.
This next hilarious romance includes a special PS section with two Happily Ever Afters—one for this novel featuring Darcy and Tom and the other, an epilogue featuring fan favorites Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman from The Hating Game!
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Revue de presse
“Thorne pours just the right amount of boy next door meets rebel girl into this slow-burn romance…[Darcy and Tom’s] sexual chemistry is hard to ignore, and Darcy’s snarky comebacks are the highlight of this novel…” -- Publishers Weekly
“Thorne (The Hating Game, 2016) has crafted a romance that is equal parts funny, heartfelt, and steamy... Hand this to fans of Sophie Kinsella and Christina Lauren, who will savor this compulsively readable romantic comedy.” -- Booklist --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition kindle_edition.
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- ASIN : B075WXBG13
- Éditeur : William Morrow Paperbacks (29 janvier 2019)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 2755 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 349 pages
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Commenté en France le 15 décembre 2019
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Par contre, voir sur la couverture des traces de stylos ça la fou mal, surtout que c'est un cadeau...
Par Virginia le 15 décembre 2019
Par contre, voir sur la couverture des traces de stylos ça la fou mal, surtout que c'est un cadeau...
I really liked the romance. Darcy was a bit annoying but the girl has flaws, like everyone. Shocker.
Ici on est sur un mélange de romances "slow burn" et "seconde chance". On suit les aventures de Darcy, une jeune femme pétillante et un peu extravagante qui a un coeur malade (pour de vrai), un frère jumeau complètement à l'opposé d'elle et un ami d'enfance, Tom, qu'elle idolâtre.
Sous sa répartie et son assurance se cache une femme hésitante, sur la réserve. Elle a du mal à se projeter dans l'avenir et compare chaque homme passant dans sa vie à Tom, l'homme parfait de son point de vue.
Ce dernier a été engagé pour rénover et vendre la maison de la défunte grand-mère des jumeaux, conformément à son testament. Mais avec Darcy sur site, il va mener de front son chantier et sa non-relation avec cette dernière. Le pauvre ne sait pas dans quoi il a mis les pieds…
Cette comédie romantique mise sur la tension et les non-dits entre Darcy et Tom. Ils se taquinent, se chamaillent, s'apprivoisent en quelque sorte. Ils ont toujours eu des sentiments l'un pour l'autre mais la vie a fait qu'ils n'auront pas eu l'audace de les avouer plus tôt. Ils ont là une seconde chance, à eux de savoir s'ils veulent risquer leur amitié pour plus.
J'ai passé un bon moment avec ces deux-là, même si parfois j'avais envie de leur hurler dessus. L'auteure nous laisse parfois trop longtemps avec les dilemmes de Darcy, ces passages m'ont paru longs parfois.
En bref, une comédie romantique qui casse un peu les codes du genre, une seconde chance façon slow burn pour un couple imparfait qui s'est longtemps cherché. J'espère que, comme moi, vous craquerez pour le personnage haut en couleurs de Darcy (et un peu pour Tom aussi !).
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If you’re a fan of Sally’s debut novel, The Hating Game, then you’ve likely been waiting with bated breath for her second novel. If you haven’t read The Hating Game, read 99 Percent Mine and then go grab it. I’m going to try not to compare the two, as they’re different books with different feels, but if you loved THG, you won’t be disappointed at all by this follow-up.
Darcy Barrett is our heroine and she is not a Mary Sue. She’s feisty, flighty and spoiled. She makes bad decisions and doesn’t always treat people the way she should. Bottom line: she’s flawed, but she’s also real. And likeable. And you’re with her every step of the way. Her current life situation? Stuck in town for the first time in a while after spending her early 20’s bouncing around the globe. Also in town? Tom Valeska – childhood pal, lifelong crush and her twin brother’s best friend.
Tom has been hired to renovate the twin’s Grandmother’s cottage and he’s using the job to kickstart his own business. Between dealing with a new crew and having to play peace-keeper between the twins, Tom’s learning that being the boss isn’t easy. Throw in The Darcy Problem and it makes for a novel filled with delicious slow-burn URST.
For me, the standout in this book is the writing style. I love everything about the way Sally writes. A perfect example is this line about Tom’s hair: “The texture is like a romance novel that’s fallen into the bath, then dried: vaguely sexual crinkle waves with the occasional curled edge and dog-ear.” She just has a way with words that is somehow at the same time both laconic and indulgent.
What I also like about this book is its contemporary spin on romance. Much like The Hating Game, it nails that thirst for something deeper than alpha male and breathy heroine. Yes, we all love certain tropes in romance novels, but I want my characters to be modern, fleshed out people who aren’t facsimiles of ‘perfect’. I don’t want anti-feminist male love-interests who stalk and bully and I don’t want heroines who are insipid and revolve around the males in their life. If you’re on the same page, get on the hype train for 99 Percent Mine, then go pick up The Hating Game.
Sally has such a distinctive writing style, which I love. Unfortunately, though, this storyline didn’t have quite the same appeal for me as THG, and it was hard not to compare the two. The slow burn enemies to lovers vibe was, for me, what made THG so amazing... the will they/won’t they storyline, and slow realisation by Lucy that she loves Josh. In 99, Darcy is pretty much obsessed with Tom from the start, which meant I wasn’t as excited to see where the story was going. Darcy was a bit annoying (a bit spoiled, very flighty, in your face, not entirely believable as a human being), Tom was a bit blah, and Jamie was just horrible to Darcy at so many points (couldn’t really see why she adored him so much). Patty the dog was kind of pointless. The romance felt a bit... over the top? And Darcy was frustratingly clueless as to how Tom felt about her (they would basically admit how they felt/nearly kiss, then the next time they spoke it was like it never happened, and she’d be talking about his ex Megan again, or saying he’d never want to be with someone like her. Weird.) If I knew her in real life, she’d drive me crazy. I just wanted a better concept and more likeable, realistic, fleshed out characters. I really wanted to love it, but I think I set myself up for a fail by wanting another amazing enemies to lovers...
I’m so sorry, Sally - I still love you and will read your next book. This one just wasn’t for me!!
One of my pet peeves is authors writing the same characters and plot over and over again. It becomes boring so it was great to read something completely different to The Hating Game.
I could totally relate to Darcy (There are plenty of us grumpy, emotionally stunted women out there, thank you) so I didn't find her nearly as annoying as lots of other reviewers.
I think if the roles had been reversed, and Tom was the 'Alphahole', this book would have received more 5 star ratings, but we romance readers are notoriously picky and have double standards for our H's & h's, however a snarky, closed off Heroine is not something I struggle with.
I would recommend downloading a sample first, you'll know pretty quick whether Darcy is a character you can tolerate.
I definitely felt the emotion between Darcy and Tom and loved the pace of the book. Tom was .... delicious.
Sally Thorne is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and can't wait for her new release this year.
ugh not another rom com where i envisioned henry cavill as the main man 😭😏😩
Darcy is a wild, free & wavering spirit in love since childhood with Tom, her twins best friend. Darcy uses travel and humour and coming off as a strong, confident woman to evade all problems and fears (i can relate girl!).
i LOVE a childhood friend to lovers trope.. a weakness of mine 🥲 but i wasn’t expecting to love Tom so much.. he is your Mr. Nice Guy (not the biggest fan but i loved it in this case) and has the purest heart and a dirty mind 😉
Darcy & Tom are legit crazy for each other, borderline obsessive. i didn’t pick up on much chemistry between the two besides this, (not like the hating game!!) but their banter was amazing
Sally Thorne has a very unique writing style- eccentric and flirtatious. i think a huge reason i enjoyed it so much was how it was written, her words bringing me vividly into the moment with the characters. i had such intense images and ideas of what was occurring, where the characters were in time and space & what they were doing.. where some romantic books i struggle to even picture what the characters look like 🤷🏼♀️
Thorne wrote from the chaotic place that was Darcy’s head and it was really unique- i mean this was just an all around weird book.
some of the times their relationship was just straight up annoying!! other than that, i related to Darcy.. a lot actually 😆 always running away from our problems on a flight somewhere!
i liked the underlying concept of ‘you only have one life, so there’s no need / time to be perfect’ we put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect but at what cost?! 😩
🤍slow burn & a lil steamy 🌶
🤍childhood friend —> lovers
🤍banter & sass for days!
★ ★ ★ ★ 4/5
With a confession, I think. I'm one of the Flamethrowers, and we've been relentlessly demanding 'more more more, please more' since the Hating Game was released.
The Hating Game is a transcendent book that is so achingly perfect and sweet that your book hangover will last for months, not days. Sally’s writing is a delicious hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows in front of an open fire, snuggled up warm and cosy while a snowstorm shrieks around you.
I confess; I was worried. All the way along we’ve exclaimed and squee-ed, expressed our love for her writing and our undying impatience for more more MORE, but secretly, I was a tiny bit afraid: I was a tiny bit afraid that after the cast-iron emotional bond I felt with Josh and Lucy, that I wouldn’t be able to engage with Tom and Darcy. I read the blurb and worried about Jamie (her twin brother). I worried about how Sally could take the ‘handyman’ trope and put her own unique spin on it to draw me in. I was concerned that Tom was a 2 dimensional trope without the strength and vulnerability of Joshua Templeton. I read the teaser snippet bar scene and fretted that I’d get annoyed by snarky Darcy. Even the title worried me: 99% Mine: I couldn’t get my mind to understand the concept at all.
Even so, Sally’s writing is so richly evocative that it draws you in and anchors you in the world she so wonderfully builds with her colourful metaphors, humorous pokes at cliché tropes, honest, unflinching and realistic introspection and loin-achingly erotic romance that leaves the reader feeling…. Things. Erotic scenes that are somehow both graphic and explicit without being crude or distasteful. The reader doesn’t need to glance over their shoulder worrying that someone is seeing filthy words on the page. Sally’s love scenes are warm and tender and everything you want in a romance book. She tiptoes the line perfectly between euphemistic and just vague enough to be tasteful whilst still managing to convey with sensual explication exactly what the characters are doing and feeling. This is a skill I don’t think the author realises she has. Too many erotic scenes rely on crude words. Sally’s books are too soft, too sweet for crude and explicit scenes, but would be immeasurably less satisfying by the romance novel equivalent of ‘fade to black’ – blanking out the actual act and moving the story on to the ‘morning after’.
Having been so invested in ‘The Hating Game’, I immediately read the bonus epilogue first, and almost cried at how absolutely perfectly it ties everything up in a neat little parcel. With call backs to emotional anchors scattered throughout the text, THE epilogue was the most perfect ending to a romance novel I’ve ever read. It also neatly closes the book on Lucy and Josh in a way that is wonderful. As a reader, I am happy to leave Josh and Lucy behind now. They had their story and got their perfect HEA, and the epilogue dots most of the I’s and crosses the majority of the t’s in a profoundly satisfying way that left just enough unsaid to leave the reader with some food for thought and things to ponder on.
Then with some trepidation I tucked my feelings about Lucy and Josh back into my chest, turned to the beginning of the book, and dived into Darcy and Tom. My fears were absolutely unfounded. The relationship between Darcy and Tom is worlds away from Josh and Lucy, but Sally’s writing is so beguiling that the reader is drawn inexorably into this new world and I absolutely adored it.
Instead of being annoyed by Darcy, like I thought I might be, I empathised with her and respected her strength and resilience. Sally doesn’t shy away from having her characters be brutally honest about themselves and their shortcomings and I like this – the characters are relatable and so real. Tom wasn’t the cookie-cutter-perfect 2D romance-man-candy. He was a complex character with a complicated backstory that was woven throughout the plot. Sally seems to have a gift for so effortlessly weaving the strands of story together in such a way that nothing feels forced or expository.
Darcy’s twin brother was a factor I was kinda dreading, but in the end their relationship was exactly the kind of love-hate relationships that siblings have, and I breathed an audible sigh of relief. I’m not even a twin, but I can see so much of the sibling battles, one-up-man-ship and sibling judgementalism that I deal with in my own sibling-having life, but with the ultimate truth that you will always love each other and be there for each other when it counts.
The ‘handyman’ trope was handled so well – I really liked that Darcy got stuck in and refused to be side-lined. I liked that the ‘supporting characters’ were carbon copies of every tradesman I’ve ever encountered. Sally’s writing just feels so authentic it’s like I’m actually there, watching.
I was about 10% into the book when I started understanding the ‘99% mine’ concept. It was woven throughout Darcy’s narrative and in the context, made total and complete sense. It was perfect, in fact, when you take in the larger picture and backstory of Darcy, Jamie and Tom. Heh. Perfect.
This book was so completely different in both tone and theme from Sally’s debut novel, but it's absolutely undeniably her writing – all the turns of phrase, clever, colourful analogies and metaphors, the inner voice of Darcy, the way casual mannerisms like shrugs and arm gestures are written in such a way as to not distract from the prose, but to bring to life a vivid mental image. I loved 99% every bit as much as I loved THG, but in a myriad of subtly different ways. The characterisations are so expertly crafted that each ‘main character’ is a completely unique and individual person. They aren’t ‘variations on a theme’ or a ‘type’ – some authors aim their stories at specific types of reader, so all the female characters broadly fall into certain categories. This isn’t always a bad thing, but I love how strong and vibrant Sally’s characters are, and how you’d know them immediately if you met them.
She also manages to both embrace and poke gentle fun at cliché tropes in such a way that you don’t feel like you’re being chided for reading a trope-heavy romance novel, but the author acknowledges the tropes and still manages to turn them into something realistic and fun.
I deliberately wanted this to be a spoiler-free review, but I could write pages on all the tiny things I loved about this book. This time around, Sally included the epilogue for the book, and, just like THG, it answers lingering questions and leaves the reader happy and satisfied but still with some things left to the imagination.
99% isn’t a ‘worthy follow up novel’ to the surprise hit of The Hating Game. It’s a wonderful, beautifully crafted novel in its own right that should absolutely be read and judged on its own merit, not compared to THG.
The book is also edited very well – I didn’t notice a single spelling error.
As a non-spoiler-y aside, I really want some underswears. Anyone know where I can get some?