Jan 11, 2011

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Review: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Contemporary Romance
March 3 2009
Mass Market Paperback
304 pages
Berkley

Yummy Man – JD Jameson
Kick Ass Chicks – Payton Kendall

From Goodreads
“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 forces on a major case, they gain a newfound awareness of each other’s personal assets. The partnership spot will be offered to only one of them, though. The competition heats up. Sparks fly. Let the games begin.”

Back in early December, after having read a few heavy books and one bad book, I needed a pick me up. That is usually when I turn to contemporary romance books.  I don’t have many of them on my ‘must-buy-the-day-it’s-released’ list because usually they are a niche read for me.  Back in early December is when I read Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James and enjoyed it so much, it made my Mostest Favoritest Reads of 2010 list.  I also snuck it onto my Favorites page.  In fact, I enjoyed Julie’s style so much that I immediately purchased her second book, Practice Makes Perfect, and shuffled a bunch of stuff so I could read it within a week or two.  When I did get to it, I devoured it.

I just adore how this book starts.  Chapter one, you’re reading along – la la la – and you totally think you know what’s going on.  Then you find out that, well, you don’t really.  Very clever set up.

First you meet Payton.  Payton is a lawyer who excels at what she does.  She has been neglecting pretty much everything in her life for the past 8 years in order to focus on her career and her goal of becoming a Partner at her law firm.  She is counting down the weeks until that happens.  You see, her firm doesn’t limit the amount of Partners it promotes…well, until this year that is.

Now meet J.D.  J.D. is a lawyer who excels at what he does.  He has been neglecting pretty much everything in her life for the past 8 years in order to focus on her career and her goal of becoming a Partner at his law firm.  You can probably see where this is going.  For their entire career, Payton and J.D. have disliked each other.  Why?  Payton is not quite clear on that but they have been at it for 8 years so why stop now?  Then once they discover that only one of them is actually going to become Partner and the other will be expected to resign…well, let’s just say you think they were bad before?!…

I really felt awful for the situation Payton and J.D. faced.  I disliked their boss and I hated their law firm.  I mean really?!  Over some stupid little nothing that no one probably gives a darn about, you are going to lose one of your very best lawyers.  Idiots.  That drove me nuts.  But how it helped bring Payton and J.D. to their senses…well, I liked that.

All the characters in this book are fantastic.  They are smart, sassy, sexy and funny – even the men!  The best friends are great too!  Goodness, even the drug company dude who is being sued for lots and lots of money is well written!

And the ending!  I was really wondering how Julie would solve poor Payton and J.D. issue (and, this being a romance book, you know that it’s going to get solved).  I found she solved it like a dream.  She did it with a wonderful twist that I did not see coming…but now that I look back at it, it’s simply perfect.

I am really, really enjoying Julie James’ books.  In fact, I have already picked up her third book, Something About You, and I’ve added A Lot Like Love to my ‘must buy’ list as it comes out March 1st.  In fact (again), I have added Julie James to my auto-buy list!  *pops a bottle of champagne even if it’s only 6 in the morning* Julie writes amazing characters you just want to hang out with and smart and fun story lines.  Her books make you smile.  And sometimes, that’s the best thing you can get from reading a book.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’Don’t get on your liberal high horse – of course I believe in free speech,’ Laney said, toying with the heart locket she wore.
‘Then I should be able to say anything I want, right?  Even the word ‘penis’?’
Laney sighed.  ‘Do we have to do this right now?’
‘You should try saying the word sometimes.’
‘I’ll pass, thank you.’
Payton shrugged.  ‘Your choice, but I think you’d find it liberating.  Everybody could use a good ‘penis’ now and then.’
Laney glanced nervously around the coffee shop.  ‘People are listening.’
‘Sorry – you’re right.  Good rule of thumb:  if you’re gonna throw out a ‘penis’ in a public place, it should be soft.  Otherwise it attracts too much attention.’”
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“Now anyone who has ever been on a blind date is well familiar with ‘The Moment’ – that moment where you first walk into the bar or restaurant or coffee shop and scan the crowd and suddenly your heart stops and you say to yourself:  oh, please – let it be him.
And then you immediately think, wait – it can’t be him, why would anyone who looks like him be on a blind date?  But you allow yourself to hope anyway, until – inevitably – some equally gorgeous woman comes back from the restroom and sits down at his table, and you realize that – lucky you – your date is the schmoe at the bar with the lame blue button-down shirt and high-waisted khaki pants who obviously  Blockbuster.”
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“’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.’”

  1. I love Julie James’ books! So glad you enjoyed this one; I did too 🙂

  2. I must read these books, they sound so fun 😀

  3. Patti – I did. Thank you for being one of my influences to try this author!

    blodeuedd – Yes you should. 🙂

  4. Julies James writes good books! The next one Something About You is so cute also…one of my favs for 2010. Can’t wait for the next one, problem is then it’s another long wait. Glad she’s an auto-buy for you now.

  5. (gasps) I need a pick me up! Is this part of a series or stand-alone…?

  6. I need to read more JJ…for reals!

    Love the new look!!!

  7. Judi – I’m glad to hear you liked the next book. That means I’ll like it too! 🙂

    KC – Yes you need to try these books…and they are stand alone books!

    Mandi – For reals! 😉

  8. Great review Julie. This author is on my TBR list thanks to all your wonderful reviews of her work!

  9. Deanna – She worth the read. 🙂

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