Many of you may remember how much I raved about Just the Sexiest Man Alive, the debut release by Julie James. That novel made a wonderful splash into the pool of romance. And in her second release Practice Makes Perfect, Julie James gives the reader a veritable, delectable encore that leaves the reader quite satisfied.
Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers at a prestigious Chicago law firm. Both Payton and J.D. have worked tirelessly for 8 long years with the goal of becoming a partner with the firm. With the firm’s announcement of this year’s newly appointed partners only a couple weeks away, Payton and J.D. can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. But just before celebrations and vacations can be planned, the Partnership Committee reveals that only one of them will be making partner this year. And thus the games (or fights) begin!
Payton and J.D. come from very different backgrounds. Payton was raised by a single mother who seems to be the true epitome of a hippie. Power to the people and screw the establishment! It is no wonder that Payton became a lawyer specializing in employment discrimination, though her mother is quite upset that Payton is helping companies and not the common man. J.D. comes from a very wealthy and well connected family. He has lived a privileged life, attending Harvard Law School and driving a Bentley. But J.D. has rolled up his sleeves and dug into the overwhelming workload at the law firm. Unbeknownst to the other, both Payton and J.D. have been harboring secret feelings for each other for many years. As they begin to work together on a major case for the firm, those feelings Payton and J.D. have been trying to hide surface and bubble over into sexual tension overload!
Have you ever had a feeling that you would love a book before you even cracked it open? I sure have, and this is one of them. By page 3, Julie had me smiling at all the sarcastic comments made by the heroine, Payton. I love sarcasm, as long as it doesn’t jump the shark, and by no means does it in this book. The banter between Payton and J.D. is priceless! I was giggling and rooting them on as they made sarcastic little digs at one another. It was like being 8 years old all over again. You know, when the boy that really likes you picks on you the most. Payton and J.D. both give as good as they get. I love that J.D. refers to Payton as a “stubborn, button-pushing, Prius-driving, chip-on-your-shoulder-holding, stay-at-home-mom-is-the-eighth-dirty-word-thinking feminazi” and that Payton refers to J.D. as “that smarmy, prep-school-attending, pink-Izod-shirt-wearing jerk”. It all just made me smile. Then when you add in a heavy dose of sexual tension (which Julie does an amazing job of), I was devouring this book as quickly as my little eyes could read. So, if you haven’t yet had a chance to pick up your copy of Practice Makes Perfect, what the heck are you waiting for? Run out now and buy this perfect read!!!