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REVIEW: 99 Percent Mine

Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre(s):  Romance, Comedy, Adult, Chick-Lit, Fiction
Release: January 2019
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭/5

"I put my hand on the side of his neck and stroke down to the hard bar of his collarbone. 
His skin is hot satin. His pulse nudges me.
Mine, mine, mine. One thousand percent mine until the end of time. He looks like he agrees."

With less than one week to go until this gem releases, I thought I would share my thoughts on here about this funny, quick and romantic read. If I had to pinpoint one particular romance book that I could re-read and re-read over and over (and over) again, it'd be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. The Hating Game singlehandedly managed to get me out of a 2 year reading-slump in 2016 (it was bad guys!). The release of that book marked when I rekindled my love for reading and fell in love with Sally Thorne's writing. Needless to say, I've been anxiously anticipating The Comfort Zone (The book teased at the end of The Hating Game) for 2 long years. That one, however, was pushed back, and 99 Percent Mine took its place. 

What is this book about?
99 Percent Mine centers around the lively and restless Darcy Barrett. Darcy has been in love with her brother's best friend Tom since he walked into his life because Tom Valeska is The. Perfect. Man. Darcy's life is chaotic. If she's not off traveling the world, she lives in the dump of a house she inherited from her deceased grandma. When it is decided the house has to be fixed-up and sold, she calls in Mr. Perfect Tom Valenta and his company to do the job. What she doesn't realize is that Tom is newly single and doesn't approve of her current (kind-of?) boyfriend. 

What did I think of 99% Mine?
Because The Hating Game is my forever love when it comes to romance books, I didn't want to hold this book to an impossible standard. I went in with a fresh mind and decided to approach it as I would any new romance release to give it a fair review.

The strength of The Hating Game, however, definitely lies in Sally's writing-style (the characters too, of course), which also did not manage to disappoint me when it comes to 99 Percent Mine. This book continues the comedic tone that made The Hating Game so enjoyable. Darcy's POV especially was made all the more relatable due to the comedic undertone in Sally's writing. This made the book a quick and enjoyable read, which is something that I really like. 

I really enjoyed the characters too. I loved how different Darcy was when it comes to romantic protagonists. Darcy's Take-No-Shit attitude sharply contrasted Lucy's, but not in a negative way at all. I admired how strong and refreshing she was, even suffering from a heart-condition. Tom, who, at first glance, seems to be Mr. Perfect, also was incredibly likeable and surprisingly layered. I really liked how imperfect and human he was revealed to be and the ending of the book was very satisfying when it came to his character development, in my opinion.

The plot itself was also very nice and original. The house renovation was again something totally different from the corporate setting in The Hating Game and I enjoyed both equally as much. However nice the setting was, the real strengths of the book came at the end for me. I really liked the conclusion of the story and the revelations regarding Tom and Darcy. 

I know I said at the beginning I wouldn't try to compare it to the Hating Game which feels odd considering how often I've mentioned that title in this review. I very much enjoyed this book in its own unique way. Now, would I say it's better than the Hating Game? Apart from the comedic tone of Sally's writing it's totally different. Would I recommend reading this book? Yes, 100% yes. 5/5.


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