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.
Darcy has been in love with her childhood best friend, Tom, since forever and it's just never worked out but now they will be alone together for three months... what could possibly happen? The plot is pretty normal for a romance novel, a friends to lovers troupe. It's a cute, quick read that will have you laughing and wondering if the MC secretly has a thing for dogs...
From what I've been reading for others, everyone hates this book because it's not as good as The Hating Game. Now I didn't love that novel the way everyone else seemed to. Did I devour it quickly and enjoy it? Heck yeah! But I don't think it's one of the best romance novels ever written like I've seen some other reviews claim.
I read The Hating Game back in November of last year but I've read so many books since then that I've forgotten most of it, which means, it wasn't a favorite. Ask me about any JLA or SJM book and I can give you silly little details that no one cares about. Anyway, I gave that book four stars and this one is getting three. Why? Well, this book felt more like a lust book rather than a one where the characters actually love each other. Which is fine, I'm not docking it for that at all. I dock it for how much of a bitch the twins are to Tom. Like seriously, they say jump and he asks 'how high?'
I don't understand how anyone could love those two. Ugh. I love that Darce is a tough gal who doesn't need anyone to take care of her but I really hate that the author decided to portray a tough chick as a bitch. A girl can be tough and not be a bitch!
I love Tom. He's amazing. I will take him any day of the week when we wises up and sees the huge mistake he's made with Darcy. Now the writing here... it gets weird in some places that had me blinking and trying to figure out what was going on. I was wondering if a panic attack was coming on because stuff was making zero sense and that's usually the first sign of one of my panic attacks. That didn't happen when I Read The Hating Game, everything flowed nicely.
Another thing this book had against it was the fact that The Hating Game was so damn hyped! Even if this book had been a five star read there would have been people that still rated it low because it wasn't The Hating Game part 2. I really feel so bad for this author, I'd be scared to put out another book after The Hating Game because you just know it's not going to top that.
I loved that Darcy was kinda alternative, there were a few scenes with her in big black boots and leather. I enjoyed that. I hate that pot was mentioned twice. In case you don't know, I give a book three strikes when it comes to pot. If it's mentioned three times, I will put down the book, I don't even care if otherwise I'm loving it. Drugs and cheating are my hard limits when it comes to books. Now, if the drugs are mentioned in a bad light, then I love that, like the Ellen Hopkins books. Love those. This book got two strikes and it was only in the beginning.
I love the humor in this book, it had me laughing a lot. I really needed that right now. I love that her grandma was 'witchy' and not mentioned in a bad way as most of us witches are. But the tarot card thing had me so excited that something cool was going to come of that but nothing happened... nothing.
Honestly, I read this book for Tom because he was awesome and from the little pieces that we got of his ex, he should've stayed with her. She seemed a lot nicer. Overall, it really feels like I ripped this book apart but I did enjoy it. I read it all within 24 hours and was smiling like a kid in a candy store when it was over.