- Romance fiction
New York, NY :
William Morrow , an imprint of HarperCollinsPulishers
- First edition
- Physical Description
- 342 , 17 pages ; 24 cm
- Main Author
When Darcy Barrett and her twin brother, Jamie, inherit their grandmother's dilapidated cottage, there is only one person they'll trust to renovate and flip it for them—their childhood best friend, Tom Valeska, who owns a fledgling building company. Darcy is only too happy to spend her days side-by-side with Tom as they tackle the renovations, and sparks fly as their long-suppressed attraction proves impossible to ignore. Complicating the matter are their individual relationships with Jamie, Darcy's history of fleeing commitment, and Tom's insecurity about his role within the Barrett family. Thorne (The Hating Game, 2016) has crafted a romance that is equal parts funny, heartfelt, and steamy and adeptly balances Darcy's fledgling romance with Tom, her fraught relationship with her twin, and her stalled career as a photographer. Darcy is an appealingly flawed heroine whose bawdy internal monologue will have readers laughing and swooning right along with her. Hand this to fans of Sophie Kinsella and Christina Lauren, who will savor this compulsively readable romantic comedy. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.Review by Library Journal Reviews
Darcy Barrett, who's been crushing on brother Jamie's best friend, Tom, since childhood, resigns herself to countering bad pickup lines as she bartends by night and wasting her photography talents on her day job. Now Jamie wants to sell the cottage they've inherited, never mind that Darcy still lives there, and Tom turns up, power tools in hand. With a 100,000-copy paperback and 25,000-copy hardcover first printing. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
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. (Feb.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.
"From the author of USA Today-bestseller The Hating Game comes a poignant and witty romantic comedy about a twin battling her brother over their crumbling inheritance -- and his sexy best friend who is determined to knock down her walls"--Review by Publisher Summary 2
"A woman with a life-long crush on her brother's best friend decides to stay and watch him renovate an old cottage inherited from their grandmother. By the ""USA Today"" best-selling author of ""The Hating Game"". Simultaneous. 100,000 first printing. "Review by Publisher Summary 3
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!