99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | Review

Thank you so much to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and receiving a copy did not impact this. 

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: January 29th, 2019

Dates Read: November 12th to November 14th, 2018

Buddy Read With: Taryn & Her Books, to see her review click here.

Trigger Warnings: problematic language used throughout, mentions of death, implications of addiction, sexual harassment, ableist language

Pages: 353

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Genre: adult, romance, contemporary 

Goodreads blurb:

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

… If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend.

Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts.

Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or ten… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch.

Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools—and he’s single for the first time in a decade.

As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying- and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy.

Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent—her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet…

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | Review

Rating: 5/5 STARS

Pages: 348 Pages

Release Date: 9th August 2016

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads Blurb:

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive-aggressive manoeuvres as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

 

I’m not a big contemporary fan. I make this clear by the fact most contemporaries I read get low ratings, not because I didn’t enjoy them but because I got bored of the plot or the romance. The thing is, The Hating Game wasn’t like that at all. I have read this book three times. It is an absolute masterpiece, truly. The fact that this is debut novel as well? Unbelievable.

The story follows Lucy, a tiny girl who is undeniably silly. We follow Lucy through her rivalry with her colleague, Josh (the author has said she pictures him as Liam Hemsworth and swoon). Josh is everything I want and more in a man – which is saying something because your girl has some high standards.

Josh and Lucy both work for publishing companies who were required to merge in order to avoid going out of business completely. The companies were vastly different – one being straight edge and another being more carefree. It is at this publishing company we meet Josh and Lucy, encountering their hate for each other.

The classic hate to love trope follows and I am absolute trash for a well-executed trope (which, this definitely is). This book incorporates that with silly moments, oh so many gloriously silly moments, and sweet moments (still swooning).

Josh is the epitome of the perfect man, with his nickname for Lucy being shortcake and his terrible mustard coloured shirt, what isn’t to love? Lucy can be a little oblivious in some parts which can be a tad annoying, but gosh, I just can’t get enough of this book!

Honestly, Sally Thorne has become an auto-buy because of this particular book. I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy because the sweet moments are perfect when you’re trying to defeat a slump.

 

May Wrap Up

So, I’m a little late in posting this but May was a slow reading month for me. I only read 16 books.

I know, you may be going 16 books?! That’s not slow!

However, this year I have been reading a minimum of 20 books a month which allowed me to hit my reading challenge goal of 100 books last month.

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas: 5/5 Stars.
  2. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan: 3/5 Stars.
  3. Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor: DNF, 1/5 Stars.
  4. Geekerella by Ashley Potson: 3/5 Stars.
  5. Avenged by Amy Tintera: 1/5 Stars.
  6. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav: 2/5 Stars.
  7. Buns by Alice Clayton: 4/5 Stars.
  8. A Shadow Bright & Burning by Jessica Cluess: DNF, 1/5 Stars.
  9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: 1/5 Stars.
  10. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: 3/5 Stars.
  11. Waters Wrath by Elise Kova: 5/5 Stars.
  12. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed: 3/5 Stars.
  13. Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova: 3/5 Stars.
  14. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke: DNF, 1/5 Stars.
  15. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: 5/5 Stars.
  16. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: 5/5 Stars.

I did read a broad range of books this month, in my opinion. From high fantasy to poetry, to contemporary. I didn’t enjoy everything but what I did enjoy was absolutely phenomenal.

My favourite read of the month definitely goes to Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I have never been left so completely shocked after the completion of a book. Cassie is a genius.

What was your favourite read of May?