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    Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
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  • Published: Mar 8th, 2009

james_practice.jpgReviewed by Buffie Johnson
Publisher:  Berkley
Rating:  4.50

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!!!

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  1. katiebabs
    on Mar 8th, 2009
    @ 12:48 am

    Loved, loved, loved this book.
    Court scene where Payton tear her skirt had me gasping for air because it was so funny. Hurrah to Julie for another wonderful book!


  2. Kati
    on Mar 8th, 2009
    @ 8:51 am

    I also loved this book. Julie has an amazing ability to bring the funny in a way that enhances the story and only makes it better. You’re totally right, Buffy, the tension between the two of them is wonderful!


  3. Julie James
    on Mar 8th, 2009
    @ 10:00 am

    Thank you, thank you for the wonderful review!! This really just made my day. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the book, Buffie– I would’ve hated to let you down after JTSMA. ; ) I love your comparison of J.D. to the boy at school who picks on the girl he likes the most. Too funny.

    Katibabs: I’m probably not supposed to admit this, but I actually laughed myself when writing that courtroom scene. I honestly worried, though, that no one else would think it was funny, so I’m so happy to hear you laughed, too!

    Kati: thank you! That’s such a wonderful thing to hear! If I can make people smile when reading the book, that makes me feel great!


  4. Stacy ~
    on Mar 8th, 2009
    @ 11:03 am

    I still haven’t gotten my copy yet – I was at Border’s twice this week just to get it and they didn’t have it! So, so wrong. I know I’ll love it though, especially if Kati did since we have similar tastes 🙂


  5. orannia
    on Mar 8th, 2009
    @ 2:50 pm

    Thank you for the review Buffie! It sounds sooo good!


  6. Buffie
    on Mar 8th, 2009
    @ 4:43 pm

    Thanks ladies! This is one really good book! I do believe that Julie has a very long career in this business. And I actually hope that one day she sells a screenplay and we can see it all on the big screen.


  7. Julie James
    on Mar 8th, 2009
    @ 6:59 pm

    Thanks, Buffie!! My film agent is planning to start showing the book around in the next couple weeks, so who knows?


  8. Liz V.
    on Mar 10th, 2009
    @ 12:31 pm

    This is an absolutely spot on review of this book! How cool about it possibly being turned into a movie. I think it would make a great movie.


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