Monday, 14 January 2019

✿ 99 Percent Mine ✿ Sally Thorne ✿

Published by Hachette Australia on 29th January 2019

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.

ARC received for an honest review

Sally Thorne's The Hating Game is one of my favourite books of the past few years (and one of the very few that I have reread in that time), so I have been looking forward to 99 Percent Mine for a while now.

And once I got my hands on it, I didn't want to put it down.

Darcy and Tom's story is a beautiful but frustrating slow burn, from childhood to present.

There is so much wonderful banter between them, that even when I want to slap some sense into one or the other, I wanted them to hug it out (in the sexy kind of way!)

Tom is all kinds of swoonworthy, and I tell you now, the feelings I have for this fictional man... I probably shouldn't say out loud as I am sure people will be calling the little white bus with padded walls to come collect me!

I love how strong and independent Darcy is. I love her outlook on life, and I want to be her BFF.

This is going to be another story that I add to my pile of "books that I will reread" - and that is a very small pile.

It was definitely 100% worth the wait for 99 Percent Mine.

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it's not surprising that after hours she climbs into colourful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favourite book - and it isn't always easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

Sunday, 13 January 2019


©  Bianca  Janeane 

• 13 January 2019
• Standalone Romance
4.25 Stars
The list of things I hate is short. Not even my soon-to-be ex-husband is on that list. Nope. I save only the worst of the worst, the crème de la crème, the absolute I cannot even for this list . . .

1. Black coffee
2. Rude people
3. Nathaniel Bradley

Which is why when my father informs me that he’s making Nathaniel Bradley his new business partner, and in turn, my boss, I flip out.

1. He’s an annoying know-it-all.
2. He calls me a spoiled princess every chance he gets.
3. He disapproves of everything I do.

I go into this knowing I’ll hate every second in his presence. Except the longer he’s around, the more I find myself staring at his lips and remembering the one time they were on mine. I randomly find myself looking at his hands and wondering how they’d feel on my skin.
I try to snap out of it, but I guess I’m not as smart as I thought I was. No matter how many times I remind myself of the times I’ve practically thrown myself at him and he’s pushed me away, I keep falling little by little.

I’d always heard that it was a bad idea to mix business with pleasure and if that’s the case, this thing with Nathaniel has demise written all over it.

ARC received for an honest review

"The thing about falling was that it didn't happen the way everyone imagined it. Sometimes it happened slowly, over time, and other times you find yourself sitting there waiting for the other person to catch up."

I adore a frenemies-to-lovers story, and Preseley and Nathaniel's story is one that drew me in right from the start.

They fight and bicker and snarl at each other from the very moment they meet, however underneath all that snark you can feel the spark of attraction between them.

But don't expect things to get sexy any time soon. Oh no, our lovelies like to drag things out.  It is kind of slow burn with years of underlying sexual tension.  They have a love/hate relationship, which leads us to plenty of funny and frustrating times as a read.

This was also quite an emotional book, particularly the later parts.  It came upon me unexpectedly, and I may have shed a tear or two along the way.

I didn't want to put this book down once I started (stupid adulting getting in the way of my reading!).  I really enjoyed it, and now am impatiently waiting to see what Ms Contreras brings us next.

Presley is 15 when she meets 18 year old Nathaniel for the first time. Her rich dad hired him to do odd jobs for him and that day's job was to pick her up from school.
They did not start their relationship as best of friends. He thinks she's a spoiled little princess and she thinks he's an ... idiot!☺
They meet again through the years. Presley is always attracted to him - but they always argue back and forth like two old married people! Nathaniel is working his way up the ladder in Presley's dad's company - and making his own money and Presley is getting married... and divorced ...
Now she's back home and about to start working for her dad's beer empire - only he doesn't own the company anymore - he just sold half of it to Nathaniel!
And now they have to work together constantly.
The princess and the idiot .. who always smells so good and looks amazing in his suits and who looks at her lips all the time.



What will happen to Presley & Nathaniel?
Will there be a HEA?


Awww, that was adorable!
It's a bit of a slow-burn romance. We kind of notice the attraction the first time they meet as teenagers, but they just can't be civil with each other. They argue and bicker and insult and the reader just knows that this is all just the most adorable and fun foreplay!

But now is finally the time for them. Of course it will take them forever to understand that the one person for them has been so close all along. And the reader has an amazing time watching them fight and argue their way to that happily ever after.

This was a really great romance. Sweet, funny, sparky, sexy with a few very moving and heartbreaking moments.
I loved reading it!

We even see some old friends for a few seconds!
(Which was ok for me - I read all the Hearts books - but it could also be that other people were mentioned, from books I didn't read? Or books that are planned? Just a little too many people for my taste. No idea if we'll see them one day or already have. At least I recongnized the Hearts-series people. LOL!!!)

Another tiny little thing that bothered me a bit.
The beginning was interesting and sweet and fun and then once they 'got together' ... there was a lot of sexiness and not much more ... and then it got a bit more interesting again towards the end. Maybe a little bit of drama or excitement should've/could've been thrown into the middle of the book - to break up the sexy times. ☺ I still loved the book, but it could've been a tiny bit ... deeper or with a bit more detail or .. I don't even know what I mean. I really liked it. Cried a bit even. But I was always hoping for a tiny bit ... more. Maybe Nathaniel wasn't happening as this sexy-alpha-hero person the way I wanted/expected him to. He even gets his own POV and he's such an amazing guy, but he's also not really present. It's all about Presley and her dad and the company. Nathaniel gets lost in there somehow/somewhere. And he deserves better.

THE CONSEQUENCE OF FALLING was a very adorable frenemies-to-lovers-beer-office-almost-stepbrother love story! ☺ Run to your nearest amazon for your own NATHANIEL - this one is MINE!!!


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Claire is a New York Times & USA Today Best Selling author, mother of two, wife of one, owner of three dogs, and breast cancer survivor.

She enjoys writing anything from children’s stories to erotic suspense, but her most notable work is a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, she’s reading and dreaming about places she wants to visit.