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Practice Makes Perfect
Practice Makes Perfect
Author: Julie James
When it comes to the laws of attraction, there are no rules — The battle between the sexes is about to make these two lawyers hot under the collar. Opposites collide when two lawyers try to make partner at the same firm. Payton Kendall is a feminist to the bone. Cocky J.D. Jameson was born privileged. But when they're asked to join forc...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425226742
ISBN-10: 0425226743
Publication Date: 3/3/2009
Pages: 304
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 117 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 2
I was less than thrilled with this book. The characters were stock and predictable, and I saw the solution to their work dilemma coming from about page 50. The author would start the one thing that will make me overlook other flaws--witty banter between the main characters--but then would literally cut it short with an "etcetera." I kid you not. So frustrating.
jai avatar reviewed Practice Makes Perfect on + 310 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Overall: Really good read - loved the competition between these two characters and their inner dialogs. The writing is top notch - smart and humorous. I'm a fan and will have to go find Just the Sexiest Man Alive (James' debut novel). I found myself wishing I could read faster, I just wanted to know what happens next. But - I was left with a nagging feeling because after that tallying all the things Payton and J.D did, J.D. was by far the worse person, yet his explanation was a little late and a little rushed, and in that aspect this book doesn't quite satisfy. This was the only fly in my ointment however, and I think I'd reread other parts of the book.
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robinmy avatar reviewed Practice Makes Perfect on + 2042 more book reviews
Lawyers Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson have worked as Associates in the same law firm for eight years. And for eight years they've been competitive rivals, one always trying to out do the other. Now their boss has asked them to work together to land a big account. He's also told them that both are up for a partnership with the firm, but only one of them will be named partner.

This was a quick read with witty dialogue. I enjoyed this book so much more than this author's previous book. There are several funny scenes in this book, one that made me laugh out loud. My rating: 4 Stars.
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The dialogue in Practice Makes Perfect is truly inspired; its witty, believable, and at times laughs out loud funny. The main characters start out in complete opposition and have a hate for each other that crackles with the heat of underlying chemistry, which ends up being a perfect recipe for great banter and just the right amount of sexual tension. Julie James' writing reminds me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, which is a huge compliment because I love SEP. I was smiling and laughing throughout this story, can't rave enough about this book :) Contemporary romance doesn't get much better than this.
jilld avatar reviewed Practice Makes Perfect on + 156 more book reviews
Grade: B+

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are two associate lawyers who have worked in the same law firm for the last 8 years. Both are two hard working individuals who are fantastic at what they do. That is where the similarities end. Payton and J.D. have a healthy dose of competitiveness to their relationship and are always trying to out perform the other. Recently they have been assigned to the same case and will have to learn to work together. Not only that they are both up for partner and have been told that only one of them will be chosen.

I loved Practice Makes Perfect! This is a witty, fun, fast-paced read that I couldn't put down after picking it up. Right from the start the tone of the book was set with the first scene when Payton is preparing for work. She is rushing around getting ready, trying to beat J.D. to work. The competition begins and may the best man, or woman win. It never lets up and there are many wonderfully clever written scenes. Scenes that remain memorable long after the book has been read.

Both Payton and J.D. have chips on their shoulders. They are flawed, but I think in a good way. They are not perfect people, yet they are down right likable. At first glance J.D. might seem like a pampered elitist pretty boy - but nope, he is not like that all. Yeah, he has a lot of money, but he doesn't flash it all around. At the core he is practical and a hard worker. Payton is fiercely competitive and strong in her beliefs, but she doesn't come across as pushy. She is fair and open-minded. Really, these two were very well balance individuals.

Another big point in favor to the story is that the romance was very believable. J.D. and Payton knew each other for a long time. For 8 years they competed and fought with one another. I think it could be thought of as 8 years of foreplay! Next thing you know, each is seeing the other in a new light. One of my favorite scenes is when J.D. and Payton discuss what the other felt the first time they met. That was a very sweet scene. I definitely recommend this book for fans of contemporary romance, or those who love a light-hearted comedic romance.