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By the third chapter our handsome hero J.D. was appearing to be a real jack-hole. Actually, I found both the hero and the heroine to be career greedy idiots. It was a totally different take on a couple for me. And, I just loved it.
What I loved the most about this story was every time I thought I had the feud figured out I would be wrong. This war of roses tale was so funny. There was two scenes that were hilarious. In one scene I kept thinking, oh Payton Don’t NOT do it.... The scene with Payton in the court room was priceless, and it’s where I came to the conclusion that this story is movie worthy.
The only complaint I have with the story is the happy for now ending. I figured out how the competition would end and it was perfect. But, I really wanted to see more of this couple and their future.
Best line in the book. . . . "It’s like a ritual with these guys: ‘Hey, how ’bout those Cubs’ ”—the bad male impersonation was back—“ ‘let’s play some golf, smoke some cigars. Here’s my penis, there’s yours—yep, they appear to be about the same size—okay, let’s do some deals.’
In this story there are two attorneys, J.D. and Payton, who have given everything they have for over 8 years to ‘the firm” with the goal of reaching that pinnacle of success: partnership. It’s a tough climb for them in this good ‘ole boy network. Each one has something in their life’s experiences that make it personal and crucial to achieve. They want it and everything else has come second for e-i-g-h-t long years. Somewhere along the way JD and Payton have become adversaries. They are consumed with one-upping the other. Neither one of them seems to dwell too much on the whys of it, just that the other isn’t going to show him/her up. When they are forced to work together on a project, everything changes. They have to become a cohesive team for the benefit of their prestigious firm and, let me tell you, the firm comes first. This is when it really gets interesting.
James uses witty dialogue and concepts to create scenes and characters that will make you think “oh, no, he/she just didn’t do that….” There is even a bit of Pride and Prejudice here! What I loved best about this story is how James weaves in the legalese and wit in such a manner that you become so invested with the outcome. Seriously, this is romance at its best and my heart was squeezing by the end.
Spoiler…sort of but not really…more of an acknowledgement. If you list hot sex scenes as a “must have” in your reading, you may find yourself slightly shortchanged on this point. Sort of, or maybe you can try to enjoy something slightly different. The interactions between the characters are serious foreplay. Honestly. James doesn’t spend a lot of time describing the sexual act. What she does is write intricate dialogue that is so spicy, witty and hot that you feel the need to fan yourself as you get to the point where they seal the deal and see that she basically says, “….they got it on.” Okay, she doesn’t say it exactly like that but you get the idea. What I ask is that you give her one chance. Read this book or any of her other books and see what I mean. I think you will find that you don’t miss it. Hey, I love a hot sex scene as much as the next woman but I like this angle too. My imagination was able to soak it all up and it was delicious.
Julie James writes modern romances but it is more than that. She writes great modern romances and she uses her legal background, tweaked with some well-placed humor, to create characters who really draw us in. Add in one tree-hugging, hippie mom, a pair of snotty uppity parents and some humorous courtroom scenes that you have never seen in any of those television dramas and, well, I don’t want to ruin it for you but it’s especially entertaining.
I have a law degree and admitedly purchased the book on whim because of its setting. The author practiced law and you can tell that she did not need to do much research to put the everyday life of laweyrs on paper. She has some experience in screenwriting and it shows in the effective use of one liners, especially at the end of chapters which nicely propels the narrative.
For those who ridicule the romance format and formula, she teaches you a lesson. The format works if you breath in freshness of outlook and dialogues.
There are so many aspects of writing she did well in the book- gradual unfolding of the character of the hero, excellent use of humor-laught out loud the court scene, brilliant one liners -'what kind of law Payton practices', effective denial -altitude sickness:-).
My favourite scene is the mum daughter (sis -sis) restaurant scene. Payton mum is depicted in absolutely delightful way and also it shows the social intelligence of the hero 'that explains so much':-)
For all the positives I enumerated, there are a few blind spots. The most obvious - the tortured use of the romance bible- the ultimate PP(pride and prejudice). Would have been better if she had just dropped it.
Also dialogues between the hero and his friend are off. Guys do not do this. Eavesdropping on male conversation highly recommended:-)
Also the jeans scene - a bit over the top, shows Payton to be a snob and not vice versa.
I have purchased other Julie James books, hoping for the right fix of contemporary professional romance. I can not say I have been completely disappointed but Practice makes perfect sets the bar very high and the other books are just legging behind in my opinion. I feel a sense of loss that she switched to FBI /attorney formula, would have loved more of the practice-makes-perfect stuff.
And yes, pls, make a move based on this!
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