Readers and critics alike raved over USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne’s smash hit debut, The Hating Game, which has sold in over 20 countries. Now she’s back with 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!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The delicious will-they-or-won’t-they dance of The Hating Game set up sky-high expectations for Sally Thorne’s next book. Good news: She’s lived up to them, and then some. Darcy Barrett is piecing her life together, and she’s only certain of one thing: Tom Valeska, her twin brother’s best friend, is her dream guy. Whereas Darcy’s sort of a mess (think piercings and a snarky inner monologue), Tom is almost too good to be true (he’s buying a house for his mom). When these two opposites get close, the sparks start flying. We were rooting fullheartedly for the brash Darcy, the shyly charming Tom—and their inevitable hookup.
Thorne (The Hating Game) pours just the right amount of boy next door meets rebel girl into this slow-burn romance. Darcy Barret has always been in the shadow of her twin brother, Jamie, and when it comes to Jamie's best friend, Tom Valeska, Darcy is sure she only has 1% of his heart. The three have been friends since Tom got locked out of his house and turned up on Jamie's doorstep when they were eight. Darcy knew from the moment she met him that Tom was special, and has spent 18 years nursing her unrequited crush on him, which is made all the more painful when he gets engaged to his girlfriend, Meg. When Tom arrives unexpectedly to head the remodeling of Darcy's deceased grandmother's house, Darcy can't help but fall for him all over again. Then Tom confesses that he and Meg have broken up, and Darcy decides this is her chance to win the other 99% of his affections. Their sexual chemistry is hard to ignore, and Darcy's snarky comebacks are the highlight of this novel. The mounting drama leaves a little to be desired, as Darcy and Jamie's sibling rivalry, Darcy's inability to stay in one place, the house remodel, Tom's struggling mother, and Darcy's heart problem at times distract from the central plot. However, fans of Thorne's previous work are sure to enjoy the witty dialogue and gradual friends-to-lovers tug-of-war.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Sophomoric and boring
I cannot understand how this book received good reviews. I’ve read 20% and every page expresses the same thought over and over. I was looking for light reading but this is ridiculous. Waste of money
Don’t waste your money
If you loved The Hating Game, you won’t like this even a little. Unlikeable characters behaving in inexplicably odd ways. No discernible plot. Deplorable dialogue that somehow leads to unsexy sex scenes. Reads like a first draft.
A whiny idiot woman who needed to be thumped with a log to see what was on front of her. Not a stitch of comedy.