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Practice Makes Perfect

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Author: Julie James

Published: March 3rd 2009 by Berkley Sensation

Format: Mass Market Paperback , 291 pages

Isbn: 9780425226742

Language: English


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Behind closed doors, they're laying down the law. When it comes to the laws of attraction... Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they're perfectly civil. T Behind closed doors, they're laying down the law. When it comes to the laws of attraction... Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they're perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason: to make partner at the firm. ...There are no rules. But all bets are off when they're asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other's dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection does not last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it's an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar...

30 review for Practice Makes Perfect

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    EDIT 14/06/11 : In a good mood so I'm going to up my rating! It deserves it if I'm being honest. I needed to read a book exactly like this. I wanted funny, easy-going and sexy... I got it. I find there are times when I just want to escape all the classics, all the vampires, werewolves, fairies and whatever else we're trending with now in the supernatural world, and especially all the Diana Gabaldon (you know I love her really but 1,300 effing pages!). Before I picked up this book, I had reached t EDIT 14/06/11 : In a good mood so I'm going to up my rating! It deserves it if I'm being honest. I needed to read a book exactly like this. I wanted funny, easy-going and sexy... I got it. I find there are times when I just want to escape all the classics, all the vampires, werewolves, fairies and whatever else we're trending with now in the supernatural world, and especially all the Diana Gabaldon (you know I love her really but 1,300 effing pages!). Before I picked up this book, I had reached the stage where re-reading Bridget Jones's Diary sounded like the best kind of idea... and then I discovered Julie James. It's chick-lit romance (I know, I know) and the ratings of all her books are 4+ averages, not to mention the large amount of dazzling reviews. So I decided to do what every sane person would do and buy three of them in one go from ebay. Yeah, I'm joking, if I had half a brain I'd try out one first - right? Well, looks like the gamble might have paid off. This book delivered everything I was hoping to just curl up and relax with. I devoured the story and I loved every character, it was neither lacking in plot nor difficult to wrap my head around. It was just an all-round pleasurable read. I wanted to give it 5 stars. I still kind of want to roll my mouse up and highlight that last star. I just... I've come to reserve my 5 star ratings for books that challenge my beliefs, make me think, shock me... you get the idea? I loved this book, but did it change my views of the world? No. Okay, I know that Darkfever doesn't exactly contain some hidden message about the state of humanity but, come on... Barrons . There are exceptions to every rule ;) So, yeah, this book was hilarious. No seriously, it was funny enough to give Louise Rennison a run for her money. There's this one part that I'm dying to comment on that made me laugh out loud... in fact, I'm here laughing just thinking about it. Yes, that's right, I'm sat here typing and laughing to myself... it's only a matter of time before they turn up with a straight jacket. What's with the tangents today? Back to what I was saying, there are some extremely funny moments. Julie James creates easily imaginable situations and people so that when she delivers her humour the reader can just imagine it happening. As for the characters, well, Payton is lovable and I recognised something of myself in her because she's a modern independent woman and a feminist, she's ambitious and she's a lawyer (well, I did take a Law A level in sixth form...) but she also wants a man who's a bit of a challenge. A force to be reckoned with wants something to reckon with it, not a pushover. There's a few mild political issues tackled in the story as Payton's mother is a really hardcore feminist and in-your-face vegan. Payton recognises the importance of feminism but that some extremes are unnecessary and cross the line between pro-woman and anti-man. I think it's fair to say I liked her. The sexual tension between Payton and J.D. was really hot, the romantic aspect worked well and (thank you so much Ms James) no insta-love! In fact, at the start of the book they pretty much hated each other... well, in the way two hot lawyers competing for the same job position hate each other (i.e. "I hate you so much I want to rip your clothes off"). By the way, J.D. is hot. He's got the whole naughty thing going on without being a complete ass, he made me laugh, he wears a suit *sigh*... and he has short hair, no fangs and isn't called Raphael, Vishous or Angel. Finally! The sex scenes are not graphic but neither are they a 'fade to black' scenario. Sometimes I actually find leaving something to the imagination can be a good thing. That being said, I just finished Julie James' other novel, Something About You, and it seems she's decided to get just a tad dirtier with that one. (view spoiler)[ He goes down on her on the stairs!!!! (hide spoiler)] It was so very very enjoyable and I look forward to reading more books by Julie James. There's something about love/hate banter that really rings my bell. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a lighter kind of read!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Navessa

    I feel like I read a completely different book than everyone else. I was promised a lighthearted, entertaining romance with lots of laughs. So why am I so annoyed right now? I got nearly 80 pages in, and J.D., the male lead, has acted like a hardcore meninist-style misogynist the entire time. He is the definition of uber-entitled white male privilege who, in his own words, doesn't believe in privilege. Hard pass. Payton, the female lead, is a little better. At first. But the fact that she's a fe I feel like I read a completely different book than everyone else. I was promised a lighthearted, entertaining romance with lots of laughs. So why am I so annoyed right now? I got nearly 80 pages in, and J.D., the male lead, has acted like a hardcore meninist-style misogynist the entire time. He is the definition of uber-entitled white male privilege who, in his own words, doesn't believe in privilege. Hard pass. Payton, the female lead, is a little better. At first. But the fact that she's a female lawyer who defends companies when they get sued for gender discrimination and yet claims to be a feminist and somehow isn't conflicted about her job isn't something I can get over. Hard pass. Oh, and did I mention that J.D. defends large corporations in civil suits? And that the two of them are getting paired up to defend a company in what's going to be the largest civil suit of gender discrimination ever? So, soulless one-dimensional corporate lawyers who care more for their careers, making money and the written law than they do real justice, other people's lives, and any sort of moral right and wrong? Hard pass. Unless these two take a good, long look at themselves, turn into actual likable characters, and sabotage this lawsuit. Only if someone tells me that happens will I pick this back up. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Reread 2015 This is one of those book that I read when I need something quick to munch on. Something that I already know is going to make me smile and sigh. Except when I was her age, I still thought boys looked like Ken dolls down there, so I'm sure she's smiling about puppies or something... But that's beside the point. Little Rapunzel looks like I felt after reading this. Happy, content, and maybe a bit starry-eyed. And let's face it, when it comes to romance, most of the time I look like this: B Reread 2015 This is one of those book that I read when I need something quick to munch on. Something that I already know is going to make me smile and sigh. Except when I was her age, I still thought boys looked like Ken dolls down there, so I'm sure she's smiling about puppies or something... But that's beside the point. Little Rapunzel looks like I felt after reading this. Happy, content, and maybe a bit starry-eyed. And let's face it, when it comes to romance, most of the time I look like this: But this story & Just the Sexiest Man Alive, are the two books that I pick up every few years and read just...because. Are they really both 5 star books? I honestly have no idea at this point. But they fill a Mighty Need in my belly for a bit of fluffy humorous romance every now and then. Practice Makes Perfect doesn't have much in the way of sex (one or two scenes towards the end), but I actually prefer it that way. I tend to skim over the sexytimes in most books nowadays, anyway. Because if they aren't done to perfection they have a tendency to gross me out with all the talk of juices and scents. Sorry, that's just not what I personally want to read about. Reading about someone licking and tasting another person has the same effect on my vagina as spreading my legs under one of those industrial strength hand dryers they have at rest stops. Not only does it not make my panties moist, it's like I get early onset menopause. My reaction to reading about smelly dripping bodily fluids? Ok, so in that sense, these books are quite perfect for me. But that's not the only reason I enjoy them. Because if all I wanted was less Sweaty Slip 'n Slide, I could just avoid romance entirely. Alas, no. I still have emotional needs that must be met. And I've been married waaay too long to be under the illusion that my husband is going to swoop in and fill that role. I ain't even mad, baby. We've been staring at each other for too many years to get butterflies in our tummies. Besides, I think that the fact that you don't make (much) fun of the way I fart in my sleep, says something about how much you love me. Still. I'm a woman. And as such, I must have (at the very least!) a fantasy life that allows me to get in touch with that gooey nougat in the center of my soul. And this book lets me safely fantasize about the kind of love that...well, you can only find in books. But I could probably find a mushy romance pretty easily. So what sets this book apart from the nine bjillion other romances out there that I've read? Is the amazingly hawt JD? Well, no. Not really. I mean, he's great, but in real-life he's not my fantasy guy. I mean, he's rich, smart, driven, and in great shape. So, yeah. Who the hell wants that? Well, Payton does, even if she won't admit it. She thinks he's nothing but a pompous ass, but, in reality, they could be twins. In fact, they're pretty much just different sides of the same coin. Even though they have seem to have opposing views on things, they're very similar at their core. Naturally, this causes problems. At first, they were just pseudo-rivals at work. Each trying to outdo the other for some imaginary bragging rights. But due to a new policy their firm enacted, they suddenly become true rivals in order to win the coveted partnership position. And here's where this book wins me over! For me to truly love a romance novel, it has to be funny. James just shines when it comes to writing humorous situations & dialogue! And, yes, it's silly and over the top in instances, but I still laughed at the stuff these two did to each other while trying to win the partnership spot. Sure, there are a lot of misunderstandings that complicate matters and lead to problems that could have been easily avoided. And if this were a different book, I'd be the first one in line to angrily point out that all the drama was stupid, and that these two would never have acted so unprofessionally, etc., blah, blah, blah. But, for some reason, I don't mind the nonsense at all! And when they finally get together? Be still my fluttery little heart... I love this so much! One of my favorites! Read it immediately! Alright, just remember that I warned you that this was an old favorite of mine, so my feelings and opinions might be a bit tainted. No, they're not! I'm probably biased, so take my 5 star rating with a grain of salt. Older (much shorter) reviews (view spoiler)[ I. Loved. It. I loved it! This is a great contemporary romance, with some of the funniest scenes and dialogue that I've read in quite a while! Julie James is definitely going onto my list of Favorite Authors! 2012 Review Finished a re-read of this a few hours ago, and I'm still smiling. sigh God, this is such a cute story! (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    4.5 stars! After eight years of near hostility, Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson find themselves in a head-to-head battle for the partnership position in their law firm. They both excel in their fields––J.D. in class action practice, and Payton in employment law, specifically single-plaintiff race and gender discrimination. There's also an unspoken rule in the firm that the person who does not make partner should "voluntary" resign and find another job. Meaning? Only one of them can stay. Not only 4.5 stars! After eight years of near hostility, Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson find themselves in a head-to-head battle for the partnership position in their law firm. They both excel in their fields––J.D. in class action practice, and Payton in employment law, specifically single-plaintiff race and gender discrimination. There's also an unspoken rule in the firm that the person who does not make partner should "voluntary" resign and find another job. Meaning? Only one of them can stay. Not only are they in a competition for the only partnership position currently up for grabs, they are also assigned to woo a potential high profile client, who coincidentally is facing a class action gender discrimination lawsuit. The two have no choice but to handle it together and unfortunately, spend more time with each other. I absolutely enjoy hate-to-love stories, especially ones that remind me of Pride and Prejudice. It's my not-so guilty pleasure! Give me slow burn, witty banter, and the perfect dose of sexual tension, and I'm a happy girl. Payton is a badass. The sabotage attempt was hilarious, and if what happened to Payton happened to me, I wouldn't have handled it the way she did. I would've cried and ran out of the courthouse. But Payton was beauty and grace. She's Miss United States. lol. I kid. But seriously. She's amazing. She's a feminist, and is all for girl power, yet she's not one to disregard men and their merits. I am all over that! I love it. When J.D. was ranting about the workforce "discrimination" in their law firm, he sounded like the privileged white man that he is. He's complaining about the 10-percent increase in female partners (there will now be 28% female partners. What a staggering number!!!) and the so-called double-standard white men are suffering. I wanted to smack him upside the head I swear. Hahaha. The playing field ins't level––that's the problem... You know as well as I do that these days, if a man and a woman are equally qualified for a position, the woman gets the job. It's this socially liberal, politically correct society we live in. Men have to be twice as good at what they do to remain competitive in the workplace. Women just have to stay in the race." See what I mean? He was an ass, but eventually grew on me because like Mr. Darcy, his personality improved over time. Or rather, his true self came out? I love when brooding men turn into sentimental, sweet marshmallows and ugh. It's adorable. I love Tyler! He gives fantastic advice, and there's a scene where he gives J.D. advice using PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on how to win the girl. It was amazing how knowledgable he was of P&P. I couldn't stop laughing! The taxi driver was a hoot, too. ...Everybody knows that Darcy doesn't win Lizzy over just by being nice... See, it's all about the Grand Gesture. That's how you get the girl." I would have expected Payton's mom to be a possible obstacle since she expressed her concern against old money. After the Father's day brunch, there's little to no mention about Payton's mother. The cause of their eight-year animosity was a bit absurd, if not funny. They wasted eight years because of a petty thing. I almost feel bad for Payton and J.D.. My only complaint (if I can even call it that) is that I wasn't a fan of was using Chase Bellamy, good guy that he is, as a plot device. He was used to make Payton see who she really wanted and who she really deserved. After that, he wasn't much in the picture. The sex isn't as steamy as some of the books I've read, but it works just fine. But still, Practice Makes Perfect was a funny, romantic, sexy, slow-burn, and swoon-inducing novel, and it's a major plus point that there's a huge Pride and Prejudice influence here, although it's not what I'd call a re-telling. Alec Baldwin approves. So do I. So if you're into that, you'll definitely enjoy this lovely piece of gem. (We never did figure out what J.D. means. James Dean Jameson? John Dorian Jameson?) Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  5. 4 out of 5

    A.

    I can't get into this. I can't. The heroine (annoying), the hero (meh) and the plot (boring) are as exciting as watching grass grow. I can't get into this. I can't. The heroine (annoying), the hero (meh) and the plot (boring) are as exciting as watching grass grow.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    5++ stars – Contemporary Romance WOW! I loved it, loved it, loved it! Something About You and A Lot Like Love are two of my favorite contemporary romances and overall reads so far this year and made me an avid Julie James fan. This turned me into an outright rabid, crazed groupie who wants to follow Ms. James around like a puppy, fetch her lattes, shine her Jimmy Choos, and bond with her over martinis. Seriously, she writes some of the snappiest, most intelligently witty dialogue and snarkily clev 5++ stars – Contemporary Romance WOW! I loved it, loved it, loved it! Something About You and A Lot Like Love are two of my favorite contemporary romances and overall reads so far this year and made me an avid Julie James fan. This turned me into an outright rabid, crazed groupie who wants to follow Ms. James around like a puppy, fetch her lattes, shine her Jimmy Choos, and bond with her over martinis. Seriously, she writes some of the snappiest, most intelligently witty dialogue and snarkily clever lines, best laugh out loud scenes, funniest quips, sexiest banter, and hottest hate/love, push/pull tension in romance. Her books read like a favorite romantic comedy movie or TV show rerun that I love watching over and over again. Practice Makes Perfect is one of the most entertaining battle of wills between the sexes and best enemies to lovers, opposites attract romances that I’ve read. It seemed like nearly every page had a humorous, quotable line or scene that I adored and reread several times. Payton and J.D. were an absolute blast riot as they warred with each other and fought the laws of attraction. Their verbal sniping, pun swapping, I-wanna-kiss-you-senseless-even-though-I-wanna-strangle-you sparring, and competitive antics cracked me up! I prefer my romance on the steamy side, and this is definitely no/low heat with only kissing and references to sex between the H/H that occurs off page. But everything else about the book is so utterly amazing that it didn’t matter or lessen my enjoyment one bit. Although I’m definitely glad Ms. James turned the heat way up in her last two releases, Something About You and A Lot Like Love. Practice Makes Perfect is perfection and a definite favorite for my keeper shelf! Big 5++ stars! Here are some of my favorite quotes/lines/scenes: ***************Possible Spoilers*************** “I was just wondering whether your fellow feministas would approve of you using your sexuality as bait.” Payton pulled back. “I’m sorry?” She appeared pissed. Good—this he knew. J.D. pointed to the could-I-sneak-a-peek? V-neck of her shirt. “Planning on showing off the girls tonight, are we? Is that how you plan to impress the Gibson’s execs?” When she turned back to him, her gaze was icy. “We’re asking Gibson’s to give us twenty million dollars in legal fees,” she said coldly. “If you think my boobs are going to land this deal, then they must be even more spectacular than I thought.” “Take it easy on the suit, cupcake. This was hand-tailored in London.” “Oh—I’m sorry. I guess you’ll just have to pick up another one the next time you visit Her Majesty for tea. Isn’t she another friend of the family?” “I think that you are an uptight, pony-owning, trickle-down-economics-loving, Scotch-on-the-rocks-drinking, my-wife-better-take-my-last-name sexist jerk!” “Well, at least I’m not a stubborn, button-pushing, Prius-driving, chip-on-your-shoulder-holding, ‘stay-at-home-mom’-is-the-eighth-dirty-word-thinking feminazi!” He had an image to uphold, after all: he was a corporate defense attorney—he got paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend multimillion-dollar corporations. His clients expected, and paid for, perfection. They did not pay to have their uber-important opposition to class certification motions argued by some jackass who looked like he’d spilled his Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coolatta all over himself while driving in from the suburbs in his Ford Taurus. J.D. shuddered at the mere image. “Aren’t you supposed to be married by now to a Muffy or a Bitsy or some other society type with a brain as big as this pickle?” (view spoiler)[And OMG, the courtroom scene were Payton defended a sexual harassment case in front of a six-foot blown up (pun intended) penis picture while J.D. agonized over whether or not her high heel on the shoe he altered, when he was in a mad fit of revenge, would hold up under the strain had me falling off the couch, snorting with laughter. As did the scene in the cab when J.D. and his best friend, Tyler, discussed Pride and Prejudice and Darcy’s crazy affect on women, with the cabdriver providing some insightful advice as well. (hide spoiler)] “Oh right, P and P,” J.D. said. “You know, Tyler, you might want to pick up your balls—I think they just fell right off when you said that.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

    "What I wanted to tell you," he began deliberately, "was that you were wrong." Now there was a friggin' surprise. Payton glared. J.D. continued, more calm now, his voice steadier. "I mean, about what you told Tyler." His eyes met hers and held them. "I would've done it for you in a heartbeat." Ahhhh sooooooo I LOOOVEEEDDDD THISSSSSSSS. I know I can say this for almost every book I read-shut up-but, when your iPad glows like a nightlight, you know your highlighting has reached an insan "What I wanted to tell you," he began deliberately, "was that you were wrong." Now there was a friggin' surprise. Payton glared. J.D. continued, more calm now, his voice steadier. "I mean, about what you told Tyler." His eyes met hers and held them. "I would've done it for you in a heartbeat." Ahhhh sooooooo I LOOOVEEEDDDD THISSSSSSSS. I know I can say this for almost every book I read-shut up-but, when your iPad glows like a nightlight, you know your highlighting has reached an insane level. And it's true-not one page-not one page-went by without me highlighting it and smiling as big as the Cheshire cat. It's not by any stretch of the imagination that I thought I'd hate this-on the contrary, I figured I'd like it. But, in no way did I imagine I'd fall head over heels for this book and these two characters. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say they have taken a permanent residence in my heart. Payton's eyes quickly scanned her front room and kitchen, making sure they were presentable. Not that it mattered, because (a) it was The Shithead and (b) he wasn't staying. Her apartment was her sanctuary, which meant 100 percent J.D.-free. It's no secret this is, on top of the summer months when work is in full swing, the busiest time of the year for me. The office is hurrying to finish the closing out of the year, holidays are among us, and, to top it all off, this year we are moving to an interim location while our new building is being built. Oh, and did I mention that happens in two days? Yeah, so, this review, I'm sure, is going to be cut short because I'm supposed to be packing. Whoops. But, the fact of the matter is, this book was way too perfect to let slide between my fingers. I REFUSE to not write a review for this one. Whether this is the second to last paragraph or not, I will finish this and post some of the AMAZING quotes I fell for in this one. "Mr. Jameson. Whatever this is, I don't have time for it. If you have questions about Payton's attire this morning, I suggest you take a stroll on over to the courthouse and check it out for yourself. She's in Judge Gendelman's courtroom." J.D. nodded. Yes, yes fine, thank you. Nice attitude, by the way. Like boss, like secretary. The source of most of the said quotes is none other than the impressive J.D.. Cocky, arrogant, gorgeous, infuriating, prestigious.....kind? J.D. and Payton have been at each other's throats for eight years....eight years. They don't even remember how it all started. Vying for a partnership at the firm where they are lawyers, both of them have put in countless hours to show their worth. Being the main two for this year's Partnership choices, they believe they both have it in the bag-I mean, it's the smallest pool they have to choose from to date, and they have both earned it. J.D. heard the beep, signaling the end of the message, and he hung up the phone. He thought about what Payton had said-not so much her apology, which was questionably mediocre at best-but something else. She thought about him while lying in bed. Interesting. Getting put together for the Gibson case, they are a little weary and a lot unhappy...but they are professionals and excellent at their job-they aren't going to let something as small as working together hold them back from being professional and doing the job they've been asked to do. Besides, they only have a few weeks before the announcement for partners and things are beginning to look up....until their boss drops the bomb that this year things will be different. This year, they need older partners to balance everything out...meaning it's Payton or J.D.. And there's no longer the certainty for both of them anymore. Oh boy. If anything, it was a good thing Payton was giving him the silent treatment. Ha-if that's all it took, he should've been a rude bastard years ago. Maybe now he'd finally have some peace at work. No more pissed-off hair flips, no more covert you're-such-a-wanker-J.D. glares, no more secret arguments in back hallways over feminist and right-wing agendas. These were the things J.D. certainly would not miss. Not at all. What ensues is nothing less than they've dealt with for years-forget the sweet things he said about her at their pitch dinner with the clients. Forget the sincere tone of her voice when she boasted how J.D. was an amazing lawyer. Forget ALL of it. This is war...and only one person can come out the victor. Having finished her assessment, Payton supposed that, if pressed, in that upper-crusty, Ralph Lauren-y, sweater-thrown-over the shoulders, have-you-met-my-polo-pony kind of way, J.D. was pretty damn good-looking. I will admit that I was shocked at the level of love I had for this book. It was everything I didn't expect and everything I could ever ask for. I fell hard for these two and their hateful (yet, let's admit it, heated) banter and scorching looks. I fell for their rivalry, for their tentative friendship, the realization that one or both of them have used hate as a cover for how they have always felt for one another. And, most importantly, I fell for the unfairness of it all, the way they got screwed and how after all their hard work, it well and truly became a war between them because of the position they are put in. J.D. glanced down at her hand, then up to meet her gaze. "What is it you really want to know, Payton?" She asked him the question she had been asking herself for the past few days. "Why are you being so nice to me now?" J.D. leaned forward in his chair. He gazed directly into her eyes, and Payton suddenly found herself wondering why it had taken him eight years to look at her that way. "Because you're letting me," he said softly. But when they begin to fall for one another (or, again, realize that they've always had fire for each other), the story took a turn where I could hardly breathe. The butterflies were a hazard to my health and the giddiness of it all almost choked me. It was a deadly combination and I am not likely to forget this one soon. I think the best books are the ones that are unexpected, and if someone had told me that this author was the mirror image of Lauren Layne, I'd have jumped on board long ago (shut up, Anna, I know). So, with this new discovery, I am smiling and so excited for the possibilities that have opened up by finding this author. Thank God for all my lovely friends....I applaud you for making this perilista very happy in the busiest season of the year. Thank you :) . For more of my reviews, please visit:

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    When combining humor with romance, a good writer leaves you with a smile on your face. A great writer leaves you with a smile on your face AND a grin in your heart. That's just what "Practice Makes Perfect" by Julie James did for me. The characters are memorable, their interaction spicy yet still G-rated, and their happily ever after left me with a $#@t-eating grin on my face. They couldn't be more different. He comes from money, her single-parent mother is a rights activist. He's a republican, s When combining humor with romance, a good writer leaves you with a smile on your face. A great writer leaves you with a smile on your face AND a grin in your heart. That's just what "Practice Makes Perfect" by Julie James did for me. The characters are memorable, their interaction spicy yet still G-rated, and their happily ever after left me with a $#@t-eating grin on my face. They couldn't be more different. He comes from money, her single-parent mother is a rights activist. He's a republican, she's a democrat. He drives a Bentley, she takes the bus. He lives in a high-rise, she has a small house. BUT, they're both lawyers, they both work their butts off, they both were tops in their class, and now they're both up for partner...at the same firm...and there's only one opening. Oh, did I forget to mention that they've been involved in a quiet passive-aggressive war for the last eight years? Or that they're quite attracted to each other? Or that their shenanigans kept me in stitches? I can't say enough good things about this book. In some ways, it reminds me of an early Linda Howard without the angst or one of Nora Roberts fun romances with a ton of humor. It's just GOOD. Fun, flirty, quirky, laugh-out-loud humorous and sweet without being sugary. For a genuinely pleasurable read with characters you'll remember, pick up "Practice Makes Perfect" by Julie James.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    4.5 stars! Loved this one! If only all romance authors wrote dialogue as great as Julie James does! It kind of followed her typical formula, and was light on the smexy times, but it was entertaining and funny.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pang

    This is my most fave of Julie James's books so far. For being the partner of the firm. Two lawyers fight each other.. Only one will be chosen... Then the War begin.... I truly loved, loved, loved this! It is my second Julie James' book I read, but being my first fave of hers. The plot is sooo enjoyable and never get me bored! maybe because I love the plot about competition, playing game and revenge in general.. Yesss, the two main characters J.D. and Payton, they have to fight each other to be the cho This is my most fave of Julie James's books so far. For being the partner of the firm. Two lawyers fight each other.. Only one will be chosen... Then the War begin.... I truly loved, loved, loved this! It is my second Julie James' book I read, but being my first fave of hers. The plot is sooo enjoyable and never get me bored! maybe because I love the plot about competition, playing game and revenge in general.. Yesss, the two main characters J.D. and Payton, they have to fight each other to be the chosen one, the partner of the firm. Love the way they get even toward each other! That's court scene made me lol and u guys should not miss it cux it is that fun. ;) J.D. x Payton, these two main characters are smart, witty, sassy, and being successful attorneys, I LOVE THEM! This book is also refer to Austen's Pride and Prejudice.. Arrogant Guy and Strong feity Girl, I think. Loved the lawyering element in the book, too. Julie James is pretty good at writing about them. LOVED IT! so.. If I can not be a lawyer, can I have smart successful attorney boyfriend like J.D? xD xD xD lol! <3

  11. 5 out of 5

    Camilla Isley

    Oh gosh the pranks in this book were such a laugh. It was a perfect love-hate office romance... Sassy, fun, sarcastic.... and romantic

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)

    Julie James is one of my favourite romance authors. She manages to create really wonderful characters and incredible romantic tension in all of her books. And this is MY FAVOURITE ROMANCE BOOK EVER! And one of my all time favourite books.. Yes.. OF ALL TIME!! I have read this book so many times I have lost count! The story line is simple, but it doesn't need to be complex. It's all about the tension... Payton and JD work at the same law firm... Tension... They hate each other... Tension... They r Julie James is one of my favourite romance authors. She manages to create really wonderful characters and incredible romantic tension in all of her books. And this is MY FAVOURITE ROMANCE BOOK EVER! And one of my all time favourite books.. Yes.. OF ALL TIME!! I have read this book so many times I have lost count! The story line is simple, but it doesn't need to be complex. It's all about the tension... Payton and JD work at the same law firm... Tension... They hate each other... Tension... They realise they might not actually hate each other after all... Tension... Loads of funny and heart warming stuff happens, the end. I know I know, it's a pile of romantic fluff... But don't let the seemingly simple boring story line put you off. The characters are so well written and the tension is SO GOOD that you wont care that there is no murder, mystery or major life shattering dramas. This is a good old-fashioned, well written, AWESOME romance book! Yes the characters are typically good looking, intelligent and talented.. Yes its corny, but I promise you that you will enjoy it anyway. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was too short! It could have gone on and on and on for another 500 pages and I would have been happy! Would I recommend it? YES YES YES YES YES If you are in the mood for some romance without the tragedy, lots of laughs and a feel good ending, this is the book for you! It is my number one cheer me up book - which I know will put me in a good mood every time I read it! In fact just writing about it makes me want to read it again! Till next time.. For more reviews check out my blog at www.booksbabiesbeing.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Well the only redeeming thing about this book is that I realized in hindsight I could count the terrible thing towards Kill Your Darlings. There is something silver on the cover, the douche-bag hero's cuff-link. Bah to this terrible book. I have really enjoyed Julie Jame's FBI/US Attorney series and stupidly thought this was a book that was part of that universe. Nope, this is part of a two book series she did and I guess she threw in the towel in. This book was initially published back in 2009. Well the only redeeming thing about this book is that I realized in hindsight I could count the terrible thing towards Kill Your Darlings. There is something silver on the cover, the douche-bag hero's cuff-link. Bah to this terrible book. I have really enjoyed Julie Jame's FBI/US Attorney series and stupidly thought this was a book that was part of that universe. Nope, this is part of a two book series she did and I guess she threw in the towel in. This book was initially published back in 2009. I suppose she thought this was her clever take on Pride & Prejudice. Nope. Not even a little. Besides profoundly mis-understanding Elizabeth and Darcy it seems, I don't think Darcy went around telling their boss that he banged her on his desk and then goes, but hey I realized I did that cause I loved you. I would have grabbed this fool by the tie and choked him out If I didn't think he would have enjoyed it. Sorry, I just don't have a lot of patience with romance books like this these days. I want some romance and some chemistry. But I hate/loathe romance books that have strong women just going along with a man treating them like crap. What gets me is that I don't think the hero (JD) changes at all in the end. He still has appalling as hell views of women/equality/liberals and the heroine (Payton) I don't see putting up with that in the end. "Practice Makes Perfect" has two rival attorneys Payton and JD doing their best to one up each other. It's been 8 years since they met/started working together and they are both on the partner track at their firm. When a high stakes case comes their way, the two are thrown together. When they are both told due to plot reasons (seriously though) that the firm can only offer one person under 40 a partnership that year, the two of them are now in direct competition. Payton is developed more than JD in my opinion. I do wish though that James had followed up a bit more with the fact that Payton's father (who has nothing to do with her) came from money and maybe had some conversations with her best friend/mother about it. I don't know, it just pops in the story and pops back out. She also is dating a very nice guy named Chase, but hey, he doesn't treat her like dirt so she goes around saying something is missing there. JD sucks. He comes from a wealthy family and his father is a judge. His views on women would serve him well in this new world we seem to find ourselves increasingly these days. I will say this, JD would fit right in with those guys suing Google claiming them being white and male they are being discriminated against. ‘Forty Women to Watch Under 40,’ ” J.D. emphasized. “Tell me, Payton—is there a reason your gender finds it necessary to be so separatist? Afraid of a little competition from the opposite sex, perhaps?” I have met some JD's in my life. I have so far managed to not bludgeon any of them to death. “. . . how do you think it would go over if the magazine ran an article called ‘Forty Men to Watch Under 40’?” He took the liberty of answering for her. “You and your little feminista friends would call that discrimination. But then isn’t that, per se, discrimination? Shouldn’t we men be entitled to our lists, too?” That's the other thing that drives me nuts about this character, he doesn't even get how far up his own ass he is. "J.D. ignored the sarcasm. “The playing field isn’t level—that’s the problem. Now maybe you’re comfortable accepting that, but I’m not. You know as well as I do that these days, if a man and a woman are equally qualified for a position, the woman gets the job. It’s this socially liberal, politically correct society we live in. Men have to be twice as good at what they do to remain competitive in the workplace. Women just have to stay in the race.” Expletive you. "He pictured her place as being a tad . . . plebian. That probably wasn’t the most politically correct way to say it. What word did liberals prefer nowadays? Granola? Organic? In reality, however, Payton was none of those things. In fact, if she never spoke, one might actually think she was quite normal." I call it now. These two marry and eventually divorce. “See, you just don’t understand women the way I do, J.D. They want it all: a career, apple martinis, financial independence, great shoes; but at the same time—and this they’ll never admit—they are drawn to patriarchal men who are dominant and controlling. That’s the essence of the Darcy complex. He may be an asshole, but he’s an asshole that gets the girl in the end.” Somewhere Jane Austen just gave Tyler and JD a middle finger. Seriously the whole book was JD just being a jerk and Payton being drawn to him cause he's attractive. When the inevitable sex scene happens I yawned. The only interesting that James had going for with this book was who would get the partnership, but she gets rid of that over some 11th hour BS I love you thing and then these two fools dance off happily into the sunset.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cheska

    4.5 STARS If you loved The Hating Game (which I know everyone did lol), then there's no doubt you'll probably love this book too! "Everybody knows that Darcy doesn't win Lizzy over just by being nice... See, it's all about the Grand Gesture. That's how you get the girl." It's a hate-to-love, slow-burn romance story between two lawyers who are battling against each other to get the partnership promotion in their firm. I personally found this more interesting since I've been wanting to take up 4.5 STARS If you loved The Hating Game (which I know everyone did lol), then there's no doubt you'll probably love this book too! "Everybody knows that Darcy doesn't win Lizzy over just by being nice... See, it's all about the Grand Gesture. That's how you get the girl." It's a hate-to-love, slow-burn romance story between two lawyers who are battling against each other to get the partnership promotion in their firm. I personally found this more interesting since I've been wanting to take up law for university, and seeing Payton and J.D. presenting themselves at court litigating and negotiating made it more fun and entertaining for me to read. I loved the main character Payton's feminist attitude, and how she wrangles anyone who makes a sexist remark about her or any woman. YAS GIRL POWER. There were a lot of 'hating' moments between the characters - which is actually great - because then you get to really witness their relationship gradually develop and change into something else as the story goes. Also, there were countless Pride and Prejudice references which made me love it 1000 times more. Since I'm on a romance high atm, i'll definitely read more of Julie James' books because she made me love this book way too much and left me wanting more!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    5 Laugh-out-loud funny Stars! JD and Kendall are perfect for each other, they just don't know it. Competing for the same job brings out the best, and the worst in them, making for some crazy antics. The chemistry between them is sizzling! And when they act upon their feelings...well let's just say...SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN'! A heartwarming story with a fantastic ending!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This started out as a fun boy hates girl (but not really) screwballish comedy. I would have given it 3 or 3.5 stars if it wasn't for the final pages. The lie the hero tells their boss is unconscionable. It's made clear this is a male dominated boy's club and the heroine is working herself to the bone for respect. Detailed spoilers below, including why it upset me so much. (view spoiler)[ We find out at the end that all this time her reputation has been undermined with the boss, the hero sabotage This started out as a fun boy hates girl (but not really) screwballish comedy. I would have given it 3 or 3.5 stars if it wasn't for the final pages. The lie the hero tells their boss is unconscionable. It's made clear this is a male dominated boy's club and the heroine is working herself to the bone for respect. Detailed spoilers below, including why it upset me so much. (view spoiler)[ We find out at the end that all this time her reputation has been undermined with the boss, the hero sabotaged her with a cruel and unnecessary lie eight years prior. He told their boss he slept with her as a one time deal on his office desk. Of course, he didn't. What an awful thing to do to somebody. The excuse he gives to a friend, who was rightly appalled, was so lame. He threw the heroine under the bus because their boss teased him about the way he was looking at her when they first met. The boss later makes some smarmy comments to him at the end of the book referencing this nonexistent sexual encounter which supposedly took place 8 years ago, which the heroine overhears. To add insult to injury the hero *never* bothers to set the record straight, he had the chance when the boss said that or later in a meeting. He owed it to her to tell the truth which he never did. Some hero. She forgave him much to easily. She treats it like a joke at the end which makes no sense at all considering who she is. I don't understand why this was even included in the book, it was unnecessary. And if the author wanted to keep it in, perhaps it should have come out early and Payton should have left the company and established herself elsewhere (successfully with ethical people). (hide spoiler)] That final twist ruined the story for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    3,5 stars Meet JD and Payton. First Payton's like Then JD's like But then are both like... ...which results in... And the end makes me Hehe. This was overall a really good book. Dont let the legal setting fool you. I didn’t find the lawyerly details overwhelming. I thought they added to the authenticity of the story. Setting a romance in a law practice was a refreshing change from the norm. The characters were...ok. Nothing special but definitely fun to read. On one hand, it was zingy, funny, fast pac 3,5 stars Meet JD and Payton. First Payton's like Then JD's like But then are both like... ...which results in... And the end makes me Hehe. This was overall a really good book. Dont let the legal setting fool you. I didn’t find the lawyerly details overwhelming. I thought they added to the authenticity of the story. Setting a romance in a law practice was a refreshing change from the norm. The characters were...ok. Nothing special but definitely fun to read. On one hand, it was zingy, funny, fast paced, relevant, and well written. JD as a hero was both fantasy material, and also very realistically flawed. Peyton was smart and honourable, and a heroine I could easily empathise with. I liked that it wasn’t overly gushy and that Payton did not become all flustered and silly in J.D.’s presence, like a lot of heroines have been written. I liked her a lot. On the other hand, ASSHOLE WARNING: J.D. is such a sexist pig in the beginning. He does get better towards the middle of the story but I didnt thought that he ever really moved out of the selfish-jerk category. He does get nicer (A LOT) but I was not convinced that the leopard had changed his spots by the end of the book – in fact I wasn’t even sure that he really believed he had spots, and still less sure that he understood the need to change them. There was this scene at Payton's apartment door after the deposition where she saves his ass. (It felt to me like it was meant to be the emotional hinge of the book.) J.D. says, “I would've done it for you in a heartbeat,” and I went 'BULLSHIT!!!'. I didn’t believe him. It was so out of character for that moment. Also the big reveal, coming as it did at the end, was the thing ruined it for me and I decided to give the book 3,5 stars instead of 4 after that. Going on the heroine’s previous characterization, I just couldn’t believe that she wasn’t angrier about it, and I did not feel that it boded well for their future. While book's plot pacing was ok it definitely had emotional pacing problems. I also felt a bit like the happy ending was rather smushed on there too, but it bothered me less, because the H&H didn’t have quite the same degree of emotional conflict to deal with, and we’d seen more of their emotional journey in dealing with them over the course of the book already. Overall; the book had lots of witty and sarcastic remarks and the bantering between the main characters. It was hel of fun to watch those two idiots trying to sabotage each other. That shoe accident -I still cant laughing about that. The pranks were so over the top lol. I’ll still read the author’s future books, despite the issues I had, because the author did such a great job of showing us why guys like J.D. can be so very attractive despite their flaws!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sky

    Lately, I feel like I’ve been having a really bad reading month. So when I picked up this book, my expectations were lower than ever. But shockingly, this book actually wasn’t bad, wasn’t bad at all. And besides, lately I’m only into funny, easy-going contemporaries, and that’s exactly what I got. Practice makes Perfect is written in 3rd person narration but mostly focused on our two main characters; Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson. Both are lawyers who work at the same firm, they’ve been working Lately, I feel like I’ve been having a really bad reading month. So when I picked up this book, my expectations were lower than ever. But shockingly, this book actually wasn’t bad, wasn’t bad at all. And besides, lately I’m only into funny, easy-going contemporaries, and that’s exactly what I got. Practice makes Perfect is written in 3rd person narration but mostly focused on our two main characters; Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson. Both are lawyers who work at the same firm, they’ve been working together for 8 years but never got along, scratch that, they hated each other’s guts. As in the I hate you, I want to tear off your clothes kind of way. I enjoyed this book a lot due to the characters, I loved the realism that most characters had here. Julie James wasn’t forcing perfection down our throats, she gave them flaws and tried to balance out their flaws with redeemable qualities, which I loved. Although I very much disliked J.D., a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and would be caught dead before seen in a suit that costs less than 500$, and also thinks that white men deserve more representation, eh due to… discrimination; “No one from the Human Resources Department is telling the Executive Committee they need to increase the percentage of white males they make partner. So we have to fend for ourselves by making sure we don’t give them any excuse not to promote us.” I understand a lot of white men think that way but it’s still annoying, nonetheless. Other than J.D. I loved all the other characters, and can we take a moment to appreciate Payton’s mom? A hardcore feminist that’s against most common things like barbie dolls (Because barbie dolls give the impression that females care about nothing other than shopping) and Disney movies (That teach girls to wait passively for a man to bring meaning to their pathetic lonely lives) and also a hardcore vegan that got to jail twice for rebelling over fur coats, and by rebelling I mean stood outside a Gucci store throwing buckets of red paint on exiting shoppers. No, I’m not kidding. I also liked Payton, not as much as her mother of course, but liked her nonetheless. She, as her mother is a feminist, not a hardcore feminist as her mother, but a feminist nevertheless. She’s also considered a discrimination expert in her field, I never studied law so I’m not 100% sure about all the labels, but I enjoyed reading about them anyways. Overall, if you’re looking for something light and fun to read then I believe this is your go-to then. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katyana

    ***1.5*** Well, I'm sad to say it, but this one disappointed me. It still had the cute, witty writing that I have come to associate with Julie James, but I had a real problem with the hero. Frankly, I didn't feel that his shitty actions were ever paid for, and he as a character was just not redeemed, to me. For nearly the first half of the book, he is just a complete and total douchebag. I mean, really. He's a "poor-me" spoiled rich white guy, who is convinced that his life is so much harder than e ***1.5*** Well, I'm sad to say it, but this one disappointed me. It still had the cute, witty writing that I have come to associate with Julie James, but I had a real problem with the hero. Frankly, I didn't feel that his shitty actions were ever paid for, and he as a character was just not redeemed, to me. For nearly the first half of the book, he is just a complete and total douchebag. I mean, really. He's a "poor-me" spoiled rich white guy, who is convinced that his life is so much harder than everyone else's. He's a misogynist, and please believe that I am not some ultra feminist that likes to toss that word around. A lot of guys in romance novels start out kind of douchey, and don't treat women really well, but aren't really anti-woman. But JD undercuts Payton on every front, and his attacks all are rooted in her femininity. Let's just look at a basic example. (view spoiler)[We find out that this whole feud began 8 years ago because he misunderstood a COMPLIMENT that Payton was giving him. She commented that he was like Clark Kent in his glasses, and he took that as a slam (she explains, when he tells her this, that it was a compliment - that she finds Clark Kent to be crazy hot, because he's just a regular guy, but underneath it all, he's Superman). How does he react to what he considers to be a private, personal insult (this happened between the two of them in an elevator)? He ridicules her presentation in front of their bosses the next day. (hide spoiler)] What the fuck is the matter with him? We've all had co-workers that we didn't personally like, right? But you don't cross the line from personal dislike into sabotaging their careers. And we see this over and over in this book. Payton goes out on a limb and tries to be nice to him... and he accuses her of wearing a cute blouse to try and use her sexuality to lure in clients. He deliberately arranges meetings with clients in a case he's partnering with Payton on... at a men's only golf club. He is using her sex to sabotage her career on a constant basis in this book, and it is completely unacceptable to me. The worst offense here is (view spoiler)[when Payton finds out that he told her boss he fucked her at work. I was so fucking appalled that ... I honestly just couldn't believe it. (hide spoiler)] Let me tell you. I am a woman working in a male-dominated field. At my last company, I was one of 2 women in an executive position. That kind of rumor at work - and being told to YOUR BOSS - is a career-ender. What he did to her disgusts me. And he NEVER PAYS FOR IT. She stays mad at him for about 10 hours, when she finds out. He never even has to admit the truth, to people at work, so they can see what a fucking piece of shit he is. (view spoiler)[Lamest of all is his excuse: he told the boss that he was fucking her in his office because he apparently was in love with her at first sight, and he didn't want anyone to know... so he thought being a crude asshole would explain the way he stared at her. Is he fucking 5 years old? Is this like "don't worry, sweetie, the boy only pulls your hair and makes fun of you because he likes you"? (hide spoiler)] What the fuck is the matter with him? And even worse, it killed Payton for me - and I really loved her up to this point - when (view spoiler)[upon hearing that he loved her (and she apparently not only believed it but also considered it justification for his behavior), she just cried and forgave everything. (hide spoiler)] It is probably the biggest pile of bullshit I have read in a romance novel. Oh well. I guess every author makes the occasional mis-step. But please forgive me for drop-kicking this book into my Goodwill donation box.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)

    More like Practice Makes Steaming Pile of Horse-shit. D:

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    Updated after re-read 15/06/22 Julie James is the most wonderful author! Her debut got me hooked and the FBI series is divine – and is one of my favorites of all times. I went into this book with high expectations (both the first and the second time around) and I was not disappointed. I loved this book! It's one of those cases where no words are good enough – I just conclude that Julie James and I are a match made in heaven. The story is set in contemporary Chicago at a top law firm. Pyton and J.D Updated after re-read 15/06/22 Julie James is the most wonderful author! Her debut got me hooked and the FBI series is divine – and is one of my favorites of all times. I went into this book with high expectations (both the first and the second time around) and I was not disappointed. I loved this book! It's one of those cases where no words are good enough – I just conclude that Julie James and I are a match made in heaven. The story is set in contemporary Chicago at a top law firm. Pyton and J.D. have been fighting for eight years and it is a classical elementary school thing – boy pulls girl's hair because he likes her. I really liked both Payton and J.D. and I loved them together. Sparks fly, their chemistry is hot; their bantering right out hilarious and their love story is completely believable. There is no unnecessary angst and they actually communicate – which is surprisingly rare in the romance genre. And the ending – you cannot help but leave this story with a silly grin on your face. Personally I love that Payton is hot, successful and a strong woman and J.D. is a super sexy alpha male but also really sweet sometimes. I loved them as enemies, I loved them as friends and I loved them as lovers. They definitely had the chemistry but they also had a depth that made the HEA truly believable. I loved the story, its twist and turns and I couldn’t help wishing that this book should be turned into a movie. I can gush forever – but I'll just say that if you like sharp, humorous romance with the enemies-to-lover theme you must try this one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    ☆☽Erica☾☆

    AWWWWW THIS WAS SO FREAKING CUTE!!! This was a good, old-fashioned but modern love story between two lawyers. The woman Payton is a feminist lawyer who is constantly fighting the man. And the dude is J.D., a semi-chauvinist hunk who constantly verbally spars with Payton. The story takes place over the last month before partners are announced for their law firm. When a last minute decision from their firm to only pick ONE of them as a partner, they take their rivalry up a notch which leads to unex AWWWWW THIS WAS SO FREAKING CUTE!!! This was a good, old-fashioned but modern love story between two lawyers. The woman Payton is a feminist lawyer who is constantly fighting the man. And the dude is J.D., a semi-chauvinist hunk who constantly verbally spars with Payton. The story takes place over the last month before partners are announced for their law firm. When a last minute decision from their firm to only pick ONE of them as a partner, they take their rivalry up a notch which leads to unexpected outcomes. The author is clearly very intelligent and was a lawyer herself. You can tell she knows her stuff and puts that into her writing. Not just content-wise, but also how she tells the story and the sophisticated style of her writing. The only thing I was expecting from this that it didn't deliver on was good sex scenes. There are a minimal amount of physical scenes within this entire book and when they do happen, the author just does the YA trope of drifting off into the distance. It was a buzz kill for me. But, to me, this made it more of an old-fashioned love story. There is no insta love. It is a slow build, enemies-to-lovers romance with no cursing and PG-13 rated love scenes. All in all, a really fun, delightful read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ronyell

    After reading Julie James’ “Something About You,” I was definitely looking forward to reading another one of Julie James’ fantastic novels! That is when I stumbled upon this charming little book called “Practice Makes Perfect” and I definitely fell in love with this book!! “Practice Makes Perfect” is one novel that makes lawyers look good and sexy to all romance fans! The two best lawyers in their firm, Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson have been at each other’s throats for the past eight years. Bu After reading Julie James’ “Something About You,” I was definitely looking forward to reading another one of Julie James’ fantastic novels! That is when I stumbled upon this charming little book called “Practice Makes Perfect” and I definitely fell in love with this book!! “Practice Makes Perfect” is one novel that makes lawyers look good and sexy to all romance fans! The two best lawyers in their firm, Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson have been at each other’s throats for the past eight years. But one day, Payton and J.D. soon discovered that they are chosen to participate on a huge case with a well-known company together and whoever makes a good impression on the company will be made partner of the firm! But there are a few problems with this opportunity: one, only one of them can be made partner of the firm and two, Payton and J.D. are slowly starting to develop feelings for each other. Can Payton and J.D. still be together even after one of them is made partner of the firm? You know, I never would have thought that I would have read such an amazing contemporary romance novel since Julie James’ “Something About You.” Well, Julie James has certainly written a romance novel that truly defined what a contemporary romance is all about! Alright, so let me talk about the characters Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson! Payton Kendall was an awesome heroine as she is shown as one of the top lawyers at her firm which truly represents her intelligent and independent nature! I also loved the way that Payton was able to stand up for what she believes in, which is trying to be the best lawyer in a firm that mainly caters to male lawyers and it truly made her into a truly independent character that I have enjoyed reading about her doing her job so well! Out of all the contemporary heroes I have read so far, J.D. Jameson is one of the best heroes I have ever read about! J.D. Jameson is the perfect hero of the story as he is sassy yet incredibly sexy in his moves towards Payton and when I realized that he is actually a really nice guy, I just instantly fell in love with this hero! What was the best part of this novel was the love/hate relationship between Payton and J.D. throughout the book as it was really interesting seeing how Payton and J.D. hated each other at first, but the moment that they started having feelings for each other, whew, things started to get really hot between them and I was enjoying every minute of seeing them give each other sweet kisses! One of the things about their relationship that slightly bothered me a bit was when J.D. gave the reason why he and Payton were fighting in the first place (I will not tell you because I do not want to spoil this book for you!) and I was wondering to myself about why Payton and J.D. would actually fight over something so insignificant. Also, let us not forget the sex and kissing scenes between Payton and J.D.! Even though there were not a lot of sex scenes in this book, the sexy relationship between Payton and J.D. was enough to make up for the lack of sex scenes in this book, but trust me, the sex scenes were definitely hot and steamy that they make up for most of the romantic scenes between J.D. and Payton. For those of you who are not fond of strong language, there is a large amount of strong language in this novel and probably the best solution to avoiding the strong language in this book might involve just skimming over the strong words used in this book. All in all, “Practice Makes Perfect” is truly one of the most interesting contemporary romance books ever written that every romance fan will love for many years to come! Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    My.face.hurts.from.smiling. I think I found a new favorite author in Julie James

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Is not general incivility the very essence of love? I love. This book. So much. Although I didn't think it was possible, this book was even better and funnier than Just the Sexiest Man Alive. The banter between Payton and J.D. was what did it. Those two were perfect together. At first I wasn't too keen on J.D. I didn't immediately totally and completely love him but now...now I do. He was so cute and sweet and funny and sexy and smart and just all-around awesome. Seriously, he was great. The only Is not general incivility the very essence of love? I love. This book. So much. Although I didn't think it was possible, this book was even better and funnier than Just the Sexiest Man Alive. The banter between Payton and J.D. was what did it. Those two were perfect together. At first I wasn't too keen on J.D. I didn't immediately totally and completely love him but now...now I do. He was so cute and sweet and funny and sexy and smart and just all-around awesome. Seriously, he was great. The only thing that sucked about J.D. was the fact that, well, he's a Cubs fan. Whaaaaaa? J.D., how could you. The Sox are clearly better! Payton, however, I loved from the very beginning of the book--she rocked. She's funny, smart, bold, focused, ballsy, and different. Not different in a bad way, though--unique. I thought that Payton was very unique. Annnnnddddd...I totally love the fact that they were in love with each other for eight years! Oops! Was I not supposed to give that away? Well, too bad. They were totally cute together! The ending was very simply fantastic. I love, to a freakish degree, the fact that Payton and J.D. left to start their own firm and be together, and the fact that they got Jasper, the big case they were about to start working on, to leave their former employers and become their first big client! Favorite Quotes: "Nate and I met him for dinner last night, and I subtly learned that he's looking to meet someone." "How did you learn that?" "I asked him if he was looking to meet someone." "That is subtle." Payton shook her head. "You married people are always trying to set us single people up." (Laney and Payton, page 63) "It's also quite possible she still detests me." Tyler dismissed this with a wave. "You're going to let a little thing like that stop you?" "I was thinking intense despisement might be an obstacle in pursuing her, yes." (J.D. and Tyler, page 172) "Hey--not that I'm not thoroughly amused at the thought of your little tea cozy and you wrapped up in a blanket reading your book--" "I didn't say there was a blanket." Tyler paused. "Fine. Sometimes there may be a blanket." "--but my question is, were you going anywhere with this, or is it just some sort of weird sharing moment?" (J.D. and Tyler, page 173)

  26. 4 out of 5

    ElaineY

    Audio version: review of 2015 relisten coming soon. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK 18 JUNE 2013: 2 stars:( ...and it was a DNF because I couldn't stand Payton! It's incredible that I loved this so much back in 2009 and gave it 5 stars. Being competitive is one thing but Payton's entire behavior and attitude towards JD was childish and downright ugly. That's really unfortunate when the author's made her the heroine rather than the competi Audio version: review of 2015 relisten coming soon. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK 18 JUNE 2013: 2 stars:( ...and it was a DNF because I couldn't stand Payton! It's incredible that I loved this so much back in 2009 and gave it 5 stars. Being competitive is one thing but Payton's entire behavior and attitude towards JD was childish and downright ugly. That's really unfortunate when the author's made her the heroine rather than the competition for the hero's attraction. JD was great...until he decided to retaliate and I mentally threw my iPhone against the wall. Gave up. Gave up Julie James, too. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF FIRST READING, MARCH 2009: 5 STARS I loved it! It's way better than the first book, Just The Sexiest Man Alive as I found myself fully invested emotionally in both protagonists. At one point, I did start finding the H&H's professional feud exasperating but as soon as I felt that, the relationship took a detour and I was rooting for both J.D. and Payton all the way to their satisfying HEA. I found J.D. a much more attractive man than Ms James' previous hero but that's probably because I don't care for actors as romance hero material though in real life, I doubt hotshot lawyers like J.D. and Payton are any better. If you work in a law office, this book might not be your idea of romance/leisure reading but for me, it turned out to be delightful and I'm glad I stayed up to 3am to finish it. The author used to work in a legal firm so I guess her 3rd book will also be based on lawyers and such. I'll still be getting it, though I can't help wishing it will be a non-lawyer romance. Oh, and those over-water bungalows are everything you see on the travel photos and more. I told myself I'd stay in one at least once and so I did last year - not on Bora Bora which J.D. and Payton head off to, but on one of the Maldives atolls. Truly glorious.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Teryna90

    Okay Just kidding... or maybe not. Comm'n J.D is hot. Just can't stop picturing the man... with his suit. Yummy... suddenly hungry :p This isn't my first Julie James book, but I must say I appreciated this one much more than Just the Sexiest Man Alive. "This book is more a 3.75 stars, but since it gets harder and harder to find a pleasant contemporary read I'm giving it my 4 stars." ^^ ❦I mean all contemporary books are about insta love -> annoying ❦ The guy is mostly possessive, possessive an Okay Just kidding... or maybe not. Comm'n J.D is hot. Just can't stop picturing the man... with his suit. Yummy... suddenly hungry :p This isn't my first Julie James book, but I must say I appreciated this one much more than Just the Sexiest Man Alive. "This book is more a 3.75 stars, but since it gets harder and harder to find a pleasant contemporary read I'm giving it my 4 stars." ^^ ❦I mean all contemporary books are about insta love -> annoying ❦ The guy is mostly possessive, possessive and douche-bag -> really?!?! ❦ The girls are either too cool to fall for the guy (but they fall) or either too dumb and that's why they fall -> not INTERESTED ❦ There is no f... ing plot -> there is a short story evolving (not really) around two main characters that just don't have the balls to be together or either find stupid excuses not to be together! (WHAT ARE YOU IN KINDERGARDEN?) If you're looking for a fast-paced book that will accompany your cold winter night while you're curled up in bed with a hot chocolate... well you might want to read this book. This book is just a good combination of humor, romance and life ambitions. What a surprise this book was, pleasant for once. I wasn't expecting anything like this. As many of you might know, or know but don't care, I love complicated love stories. I thought this book was going to be full of sexual content, like all the books that get published under the contemporary, new adult category. So I was a little shocked when there was NO SEXUAL GRAPHIC CONTENT. I had to go back and check the genre and the category under which this book was classified. Shocking!!! So if there was no sexual content, no possessive alpha male, no insta love IT HAD TO BE a boring love story... Never been happier... This book made me laugh and smile A LOT! Finally a book that's supposed to make you smile and actually succeeds in it's intent. Not another Wallbanger, thank's heaven!!! The two characters J.D and Payton are both ambitious and are both fighting to get the partnership. Working in the same firm for eight years they never once treated each other politely. BUT While fighting they were secretly growing a sexual interest. An interest that develops into so much more... and when the firm is about to announce it's decision everything seems to blow up. I loved the way Julie James describes J.D. He loves cars, suits and money. There is nothing wrong with money, some people want to make money in life. So what? Some people are born rich, and that doesn't make them awful in any way. At first Payton has a big prejudice toward J.D, considering her mother's influence, but afterwards she is willing to put that aside and open her eyes. The Clark Kent that she discovers is all she ever wanted. Strong, ambitious, smart ass... someone that could keep up a fight and that could let her legs melt. J.D revelation. That was the sweetest part of all. He is hot, rich and ambitious... he may had his sexual experiences over the years... but he is no womanizer (so tired of those -> I mean who wants to read "When we where ordering the waitress couldn't keep her eyes off of him" - BORING-) And... this has nothing to do with the book. But I just finished it and wanted to show it... my October Tbr! What do you guys think?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liv ☾

    ✱3 STARS!✱ ☾I finished this in literally like 3 hours. I woke up at like 5 and just read this until the morning, is that bad? I really should have been sleeping...anyways back to the book. It was cute, short, I was expecting to hear what exactly "J.D" stood for sometime in the book and that time never came!! ☾Their relationship was not your typical office romance, more bickering I might add. It was a comical read and easy enough to finish in one sit down. Other than that it was nothing special, I ✱3 STARS!✱ ☾I finished this in literally like 3 hours. I woke up at like 5 and just read this until the morning, is that bad? I really should have been sleeping...anyways back to the book. It was cute, short, I was expecting to hear what exactly "J.D" stood for sometime in the book and that time never came!! ☾Their relationship was not your typical office romance, more bickering I might add. It was a comical read and easy enough to finish in one sit down. Other than that it was nothing special, I did enjoy it though! :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Keertana

    Practice Makes Perfect is my favorite of all Julie James's novels - and I've read all of them. Seriously, this is just perfect. Perfect. I can't remember the last time I gave an Adult Contemporary Romance novel a solid 5 Stars, but this story was just too good. It starts out as an office rivalry between Payton and J.D., both highly successful lawyers for whom there is only one promotion spot. Yet, what neither of these two expect is to start to fall for each other and from then on, its a battle Practice Makes Perfect is my favorite of all Julie James's novels - and I've read all of them. Seriously, this is just perfect. Perfect. I can't remember the last time I gave an Adult Contemporary Romance novel a solid 5 Stars, but this story was just too good. It starts out as an office rivalry between Payton and J.D., both highly successful lawyers for whom there is only one promotion spot. Yet, what neither of these two expect is to start to fall for each other and from then on, its a battle to push aside their feelings and simply survive their war. Both J.D. and Payton are incredibly well-developed and realistic characters, both of whom have excellent reasons for being as ambitious as they are. At the same time, however, they get along splendidly and harbor a secret admiration for each other which slowly comes to light as they get to know each other better. I love that the romance in this story is the perfect slow-burn type, with J.D. and Payton truly getting to know each other, their families, and their lives before finally committing. Furthermore, they have their own hurdles on their path to romance, more than just their professional lives, so when they do admit their feelings for each other, it is more than a little rewarding. Especially since their chemistry is simply sizzling. J.D. too is my favorite of all the men that James has written about. I honestly can't find any flaws with him, despite his flawed and realistic persona. In fact, I can't find any faults with this novel as a whole. It was extremely funny - possibly James' most amusing novel, it was extremely romantic in a very sweet and sexy manner, and it was extremely well-written and engaging. I can't recommend this novel enough. If you decide to pick up exactly one Julie James novel, let it be this one. It has one of the most satisfying endings ever and I can already see myself re-reading this time and time again, swooning over J.D. every time! ;)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

    Whew. I finally got around to reading this. And now that I’m done, I’m really, really sorry for not reading it sooner. Damn! Maybe it wasn’t as “funny” (I mean the LOL moments) as Just the Sexiest Man Alive, but it was still one of the best contemporary romances / romantic comedies I’ve read in last few years. I loved Payton and J.D., and their mutual antics. Very kindergarten, if-he-pulls-your-braids-it-means-he-really-really-likes-you, extremely childish at times, somewhat over the top at momen Whew. I finally got around to reading this. And now that I’m done, I’m really, really sorry for not reading it sooner. Damn! Maybe it wasn’t as “funny” (I mean the LOL moments) as Just the Sexiest Man Alive, but it was still one of the best contemporary romances / romantic comedies I’ve read in last few years. I loved Payton and J.D., and their mutual antics. Very kindergarten, if-he-pulls-your-braids-it-means-he-really-really-likes-you, extremely childish at times, somewhat over the top at moments (the coffee on suit and the heel incident), but still, you could feel the underlying (sexual) tension between these two. And the banter, the banter, when they managed to burry the proverbial axe for a few moments, was absolutely fantastic. “Why don’t you look around this firm sometime—everyone here is just like you, J.D. White with a penis.” Not being in the law field, I sometimes puzzled over the partner-race the two were in, I admit to not understanding the importance of it all, but it provided both the comedic angle and some pretty good insight into the psyches of our hero and heroine. He was a rich-boy, asshole with slightly chauvinistic tendencies, she was a prissy, feminist vegetarian, and for some reason they worked. Worked splendidly in war-more, worked splendidly in truce-mode, worked splendidly (together) in work-mode, and worked splendidly in “amorous”-mode. I just loved these two to bits. Along with the rest of the supporting cast, from her quirky mother, to his filthy-rich parents, their two best friends, her secretary, and the major client. This motley crew of characters clicked perfectly, bringing all the necessary nuances to the story. Wonderfully done. Speaking of the motley crew cast of characters. J.D.’s best friend and an anonymous cab driver provided my absolute favorite scene in the book with the Pride and Prejudice reference and apropos tea discussion. (view spoiler)[ “ ‘Does our fair Ms. Kendall truly loathe the arrogant Mr. Jameson as she so ardently proclaims, or is it all just a charade to cover more amorous feelings for a man she reluctantly admires? ’” Up front, the cabdriver snorted loudly. He appeared to be enjoying the show. “Psych 101 again?” J.D. asked. Tyler shook his head. “Lit 305: Eighteenth-Century Women’s Fiction.” He caught J.D.’s look and quickly defended himself. “What? I took it because of the girls in the class. Anyway, I see a bit of a P and P dynamic going on between you and Payton.” J.D. didn’t think he wanted to know. Really. But he asked anyway. “P and P?” Tyler shot him a look, appalled. “Uh, hello—Pride and Prejudice?” His tone said only a cretin wouldn’t know this. “Oh right, P and P,” J.D. said. “You know, Tyler, you might want to pick up your balls—I think they just fell right off when you said that.” Up front, the cabdriver let out a good snicker. Tyler shook his head. “Laugh if you want, but let me tell you something: women go crazy for that book. And even crazier for men who have read it. If I plan to bring a girl back to my place, I might just so happen to leave a copy of it sitting out on my coffee table and, let’s just say, hijinks frequently ensue. And you know what? It’s not a bad bit of storytelling. I like to put on a nice pot of Earl Grey tea, maybe a slice of almond biscotti, and—yeah, that’s fine, keep right on laughing, buddy, but I bet I’ve gotten laid more recently than you.” “Hey—not that I’m not thoroughly amused at the thought of your little tea cozy and you wrapped up in a blanket reading your book—” “I didn’t say there was a blanket.” Tyler paused. “Fine. Sometimes there may be a blanket.” “—but my question is, were you going anywhere with this, or is it just some sort of weird sharing moment?” Tyler had to think. “Where was I going with this . . . ?” He snapped his fingers. “Oh, yeah—Pride and Prejudice. Women and the whole Darcy complex. For Payton, that’s you.” “I thought Darcy was the asshole.” Tyler smiled fondly. “You know, he really kind of is.” “Great pep talk, Tyler. Thanks.” “But he doesn’t stay the asshole,” Tyler said. “See, you just don’t understand women the way I do, J.D. They want it all: a career, apple martinis, financial independence, great shoes; but at the same time—and this they’ll never admit— they are drawn to patriarchal men who are dominant and controlling. That’s the essence of the Darcy complex. He may be an asshole, but he’s an asshole that gets the girl in the end.” J.D. rolled his eyes. This entire conversation was just so ridiculous. But still. “And how does he accomplish that?” he asked. “Oh, it gets a little complicated,” Tyler said. “See, Lizzie has this troublesome younger sister who runs off with the guy she originally thought she liked—wait, back up—to really understand, I should start with the visit to Pemberley, because it actually starts with the aunt and uncle, see—her uncle loves to fish and Darcy asks—” J.D. held up his hand, very, very sorry he asked. “The short version please. We’re already at your stop.” Tyler looked out the window and saw that the cab had indeed pulled up in front of his building. He turned back to J.D. “Okay. The short version, the very short version: he gets the girl by being nice to her.” J.D. waited. “That’s it? He’s nice to her? That’s so . . .lame.” “Look, if you want to win Payton over—” J.D. stopped him right there. “Hey, we’re only speaking in hypotheticals, okay? I haven’t decided that I want to win anyone over.” “Oh. Then my advice is that you should start there. Figure out what you want.” With that, Tyler got out of the cab and darted through the rain into his building. Great. Thanks for the help. J.D. gave the cabdriver his address. He stared out the window as the taxi made its way the six blocks to his building. When they arrived, J.D. reached through the divider and handed the cabdriver a twenty and told him to keep the change. The driver turned around. “Hey—your friend back there was giving you some pretty strange advice.” Around fortyish and wearing a ragged flannel shirt and a Sox cap that had seen far better days, the guy had one of the thickest Chicago accents J.D. had ever heard. “He seemed a little off the wall, if you know what I mean. I don’t think I’d listen to him if I were you.” J.D. grinned. “I’ll take that under advisement.” He opened the door to the cab and stepped out. “Because everybody knows that Darcy doesn’t win Lizzie over just by being nice.” J.D. stopped. He looked back over his shoulder. The driver rested his arm on the divider. His rolled-up sleeve revealed a tattoo of a black scorpion that covered his entire forearm. “See, it’s all about the Grand Gesture. That’s how you get the girl.” “Thank you,” J.D. managed to say. The driver shrugged. “No prob-lem. Frankly, it sounded like you could use all the help you can get.” He put the cab into gear. “And listen—tell your friend to try English Breakfast next time. It’s a little more robust. Earl Grey is really more of a Sense and Sensibility kind of tea.” (hide spoiler)] Hillarious. It’s the scenes like those, the amazing characterization, the general comedic feel, and all-in-all good plots that I love about Julie James' books. No I really have to read the next two.

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