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99 Percent Mine

A Novel
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (262 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Fans and critics alike raved over USA Today best-selling author Sally Thorne’s smash hit debut novel, The Hating Game - which sold in over 20 countries. Now she’s back with an unforgettable romantic comedy about a twin sister and brother struggling over an inheritance - and the sexy best friend who comes between them.

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach....

If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain, or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend. 

Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99 percent. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts. 

Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together, before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or 10… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch. 

Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools - and he’s single for the first time in a decade. 

As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying - and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy. 

Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent - her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet… 

©2019 Sally Thorne (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Unfortunately, Not worth the wait

The fact that I had this book in my wish list for months makes it all the more disappointing. I was really looking forward to the sophomore release to the "Hating Game" by Sally Thorne but this book fell short of expectations. The characters had few redeeming qualities and it read very immature and contrived. I found myself looking for the next book and not hearing large passages without missing anything interesting.

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I Really Didn't Like It

I was excited to listen to this book because I really enjoyed "The Hating Game," but this one just didn't measure up for me. The author is very talented and I do enjoy her writing, but I found these characters to be unlikable and there just wasn't much of a story. The narration was kind of meh too, even though I have liked this narrator reading other books. I managed to finish this one (just barely) but when there turned out to be a bonus chapter at the end I just had to turn it off.

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Highly anticipated and worth the wait!

I pre-ordered this book as soon as it was available because I loved The Hating Game so much. It set the bar high and I was worried that it would be impossible to reach the same level of awesomeness. But I loved 99 Percent Mine too. The characters felt so real and well-developed. They were flawed in relatable ways. The story was interesting and lovely. It made me want to be a little braver and a whole lot more loving to the important people in my world. It is a fabulous listen!

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Loved the book but not the narration

The book is everything I wanted from a new Sally Thorne. I had it preordered for kindle and audio. Sadly the audio did not live up to snuff. The narrator had zero inflection. You couldn't tell if what was being said was something the character said out loud or just thought. I gave up on it and just read it. Worth the time to read. Please read it! But not a fan of the Audio. A shame since the Narrator for The Hating Game was so fantastic.

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Real Sally Thorne Fans Will LOVE

If you loved The Hating Game because you were obsessed with the characters and the addictive dialogue, then you will love Sally Thorne's next standalone, 99 Percent Mine. Sally has a writing style that is so relatable and that just draws you in completely.

"He smells like birthday candle wishes."

Darcy and Tom have a constantly simmering chemistry that cannot be matched.

I thought Josh Templeman was my perfect man, but then I met Tom Valeska.

(P.S Stephen's daughter wrote this)

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  • Brooke
  • Conway, SC, United States
  • 02-04-19

Ughhh so disappointed!! Couldn't finish it...

I was sooooo looking forward to this book.. The Hating Game is one of my favorites!! But I just could not get into the characters. I didn't even finish the book. I kept on, hoping it would start getting better, but it just didn't.

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Different Direction

First, don't go into this expecting a The Hating Game. I see many reviews making the comparison, but I think it is unfair to expect an author to stay in a box - there are just too many ideas out there and directions to explore to just recycle the same story.

That being said, I have mixed feelings about this book. I LOVE Sally Thorne's voice. She has such a witty way with words which definitely helps makes this story flow - which it needed at times. I found some parts repetitive and the beginning was a little slow, but her unique voice kept me going. I also like - as in it's my cat nip - the whole brother's best friend trope so there was that, too. And Tom is a very likeable character.

I have to admit, a couple of times Darcy was quick to excuse terrible behavior by those closest to her, and it did bug me. Also, I did not like the brother, Jamie, at all. I've seen a few comments on social media asking for his book - that would be a big pass for me.

As a whole, though, it was a good story.

For the narration, at times I had a difficulty telling whether something was inner dialog, or actually said aloud by the character. I think this is in part to the fact that it seems there is so much inner monologue going on throughout.

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Sally Thorne bravo

Great read. Dragged at the end. Thanks for “The Hating Game” epilogue. I missed Lucy and Josh.

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  • H Price
  • Jackson, MIchigan
  • 02-01-19

Inside Darcy Barrett's Brain

I love Sally Thorne's brain... and her writing style..... and her sense of humor.

So I've read some reviews comparing this with The Hating Game, but you just can't compare them. They both have wit, humor, and a fun slow burn, but otherwise they're very different books and you just have to love them for their own merits.

Darcy is smart, sassy, vulnerable, and lives life on the edge. Tom is steady and reliable. They're part of a triangle -- the 3rd part is Darcy's twin, Jamie. Jamie and Tom are best friends. Darcy and Tom have loved each other since they were 8 but never got together. Many years later they are thrown together while renovating Darcy's grandmother's cottage.

I loved being inside Darcy's brain. I loved watching her learn what makes Tom tick. And the narrator Jayme Mattler did a wonderful job!

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  • BJD
  • Jupier, FL United States
  • 02-18-19

Such a Disappointment

I'm always down for the underdog and wanted to like this book. I had high hopes, but the characters are just not that interesting. The story takes place in a very finite space and time, which would hard press the best of storylines to deliver. This story failed miserably. I made it a little less than halfway through and could not bring myself to listen to another minute of DB's trying-too-hard-to-be-clever droning. What a disappointment this book was.