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. (Goodreads)
I wish I could stop comparing this to The Hating Game.
So I read this in a day, is a good book. If I had read this before The Hating Game, I might have said it’s a great book, but well I didn’t. First the characters, this is told from Dacry’s POV, and let me tell you at first I did not love Darcy. She certainly grew on me but I didn’t ever fully connect with her. I like Tom, but let face it he was no Joshua Templeman.
I’ve never super been into to the friends to lovers trope, and it wasn’t until this book I figured out why. I want to read about characters falling in love. Usually, with this trope one if not both of the characters are in love before the story even starts. That’s exactly what happened here. Because I didn’t see them fall, I wasn’t rooting for them as much.
The other issue and maybe this happened with The Hating Game as well, but since it’s told from Darcy’s POV there was a certain amount of just stream of consciousness that was confusing at times. I found myself going back and rereading parts thinking I had missed something because what I was reading was a little confusing. Also while I chuckled a little it was nothing like the embarrassing laughing out loud I did with The Hating Game.
The Hating Game was better, but this was good.
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