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Practice Makes Perfect (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 2009
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“A delightful and fast-moving romance... a surprisingly heartwarming tale of love.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews
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“Practice Makes Perfect delivers the laughs, it delivers the steam and it delivers a fantastically written romance with two strong characters that made an entertaining read just right. —The Book Binge
“A very enjoyable read... If you like contemporary romances... you will take this book to your hearts. — All About Romance
“What a fun story!... PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT is a Perfect 10, a light, thoroughly satisfying romance that readers are sure to enjoy.” — Romance Reviews Today
More About the Author
Julie's books, which have been translated into seventeen languages, have been listed on the American Library Association's Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist's Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as one of Cosmopolitan magazine's Red Hot Reads. Her eighth novel, SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, is now available.
Julie lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.
Top Customer Reviews
Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson have worked at the same law firm for eight years. Both are dedicated, bright and are up for a partnership in a few weeks. But these two both have a secret; they really can't stand each other. They are professionals and treat each other with the courtesy they deserve, but they constantly try to out do the other. J.D. will be at the office bright and early everyday. Payton tries to beat him at his own game, but J.D. is always one step ahead of her. J.D. irks her to no end and it kills her that this rich boy has had everything handed to him. And J.D. loves to throw it in Payton's face with his expensive suits, his Bentley, and the fact that everyone loves him. She also feels because J.D. is a man, and she is a woman, she has to work harder to gain the respect she deserves.
J.D. is sick of Payton's, "I am woman, hear me roar" mumbo jumbo. Ever since day one, she has been a thorn in his side and he can't figure out what he did to make her dislike him so. The highlight of his day is when he can throw a few zingers her way, but it is just harmless teasing.Read more ›
Second: I think Julie James did an excellent job of borrowing some of the tones from that great novel and created an excellent "antagonistic relationship reveals love" story--this Mr. Darcy has a sense of humor, too! I just really appreciate (in most of her other novels, too) how real her characters seem--even when they are fighting or sabotaging one another, they never cross a line of no return, because they do care about one another. I can't stand when romance novels create a love story around two people and don't "show" us that they love each other, the author just tells us. Especially when a character is borderline, or full-on, verbally abusive--gee, isn't that so romantic? In this book, you sense the respect (even if it's grudging), you feel the attraction, and you understand the misunderstandings! They are perfectly matched, can go toe-to-toe, and if they made a mistake, they apologized. Also, I thought the back-story reveals were all really satisfying--it was clear how the two characters got from point A to point B in their relationship.
Anyway, I really recommend this story for people who like banter, mild conflict, and warm, fuzzy feelings. I was not disappointed that their relationship progressed at the pace Julie James dictated because, frankly, if you thought, for 8 years, that someone disliked you or baited you or was an ass--would you have a complete reversal of feelings in one day? I thought it made sense, which is probably why I was able to enjoy the book so thoroughly.
The vast majority of this book is set inside (or at an event revolving around) the law office. While I appreciate that the author is a former lawyer who really gives a view inside the lawyer world, the amount of detail she put into law aspects of book (actually naming forms and deposition names and explaining what they are!) did not equal the detail in other aspects of the book.
The love scene is written.
with very little.
The writing of the love scene really turned me off, and I never really felt the tension and heat that should have been there. Instead of saying stuff like "the air was charged, he was so close he could kiss me..." I'd rather be shown the detail of the moment, made to feel the heat. Sadly, I did not.
I must say though, there are some aspects of this book worth reading it for. The scenes with our leads and their best friends were all fun, as were the scenes at the end when it all (oh so predictably) comes together. She also has some funny scenes involving the law office and a courtroom scene that... well... it was FUNNY.
Overall I'd say that this is a book that's just OK. If the 'rivals turned lovers' aspect or lawyer aspect is something you're real into I suspect you'd like it better than me.
It is funny, sexy and romantic just in the right amount. The dialogues are witty and Mrs James was very successful with her character development portraying Peyton and JD as strong, successful and competitive, but yet vulnerable. I've read a few reviews about this book and was a little skeptical because I usually get disapointed as I don't like the books as much as my fellow reviewers, but in this case, the recommendations were right on. This book couldn't be more perfect. On a second thought there was something missing... an epilogue, just so that I can keep on reading it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Practice Makes Perfect was a fun, quick read. It is one of those stories where both people obviously like each other but instead of admitting it they fight all the time. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jen R
Charming, funny, smart and full of actual WITTY BANTER. Believe me, harder to find than one would think! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jane M
A wonderfully romantic novel although it takes a while to get there. Both main characters have tension with one another as well as competition in the workplace. Read morePublished 15 days ago by sophie
I read it in less than 48 hours!!! Funny and romantic!!! Love the author's style, looking forward to more from her!!!Published 22 days ago by CCS
I love that this author writes stories based on her own experiences as a lawyer. It makes the story so believable. I love the insights gained. Recommend this novel.Published 1 month ago by S. Gay Norris
Practice makes perfect by Julie James
8 yrs Chicago lawyers and now only one will be promoted. They are paired to work together and the boss will decide. Read more
I've read just about everything written by Julie James! Her stories are easy to read, and characters are very likeable!Published 2 months ago by Mary K. Cummins
Predictable, but a fun romantic read. The main characters were well developed and the hate-turned-to-love aspect was enjoyable. It could have moved a bit faster.Published 5 months ago by Piper H.