Review | Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Review | Practice Makes Perfect by Julie JamesPractice Makes Perfect by Julie James
Published by Berkley Sensation on March 3rd 2009
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 291
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

Behind closed doors, they're laying down the law.

When it comes to the laws of attraction...

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they're perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason: to make partner at the firm.

...There are no rules.

But all bets are off when they're asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other's dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection does not last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it's an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar...

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Mature Content

After eight years of near hostility, Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson find themselves in a head-to-head battle for the partnership position in their law firm. They both excel in their fields—J.D. in class action practice, and Payton in employment law, specifically single-plaintiff race and gender discrimination. There’s also an unspoken rule in the firm that the person who does not make partner should “voluntary” resign and find another job. Meaning? Only one of them can stay.

Not only are they in a competition for the only partnership position currently up for grabs, they are also assigned to woo a potential high-profile client, who coincidentally is facing a class action gender discrimination lawsuit. The two have no choice but to handle it together and unfortunately, spend more time with each other.

I absolutely enjoy hate-to-love stories, especially ones that remind me of Pride and Prejudice. It’s my not-so-guilty pleasure! Give me slow burn, witty banter, and the perfect dose of sexual tension, and I’m a happy girl.

Payton is a badass. The sabotage attempt was hilarious, and if what happened to Payton happened to me, I wouldn’t have handled it the way she did. I would’ve cried and ran out of the courthouse. But Payton was beauty and grace. She’s Miss United States. lol. I kid. But seriously. She’s amazing. She’s a feminist and is all for girl power, yet she’s not one to disregard men and their merits. I am all over that! I love it.

When J.D. was ranting about the workforce “discrimination” in their law firm, he sounded like the privileged white man that he is. He’s complaining about the 10-percent increase in female partners (there will now be 28% female partners. What a staggering number!!!) and the so-called double-standard white men are suffering. I wanted to smack him upside the head I swear. Hahaha.

“The playing field isn’t level––that’s the problem… You know as well as I do that these days, if a man and a woman are equally qualified for a position, the woman gets the job. It’s this socially liberal, politically correct society we live in. Men have to be twice as good at what they do to remain competitive in the workplace. Women just have to stay in the race.”

See what I mean?

He was an ass, but eventually grew on me because like Mr. Darcy, his personality improved over time. Or rather, his true self came out? I love when brooding men turn into sentimental, sweet marshmallows and ugh. It’s adorable.

I love Tyler! He gives fantastic advice, and there’s a scene where he gives J.D. advice using PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on how to win the girl. It was amazing how knowledgeable he was of P&P. I couldn’t stop laughing! The taxi driver was a hoot, too.

“…Everybody knows that Darcy doesn’t win Lizzy over just by being nice… See, it’s all about the Grand Gesture. That’s how you get the girl.”

I would have expected Payton’s mom to be a possible obstacle since she expressed her prejudice against old money. After the Father’s day brunch, there’s little to no mention about Payton’s mother.

The cause of their eight-year animosity was a bit absurd, if not funny. They wasted eight years because of a petty thing. I almost feel bad for Payton and J.D..

My only complaint (if I can even call it that) is that I wasn’t a fan of was using Chase Bellamy, good guy that he is, as a plot device. He was used to make Payton see who she really wanted and who she really deserved. After that, he wasn’t much in the picture.

The sex isn’t as steamy as some of the books I’ve read, but it works just fine.

But still, Practice Makes Perfect was a funny, romantic, sexy, slow-burn, and swoon-inducing novel, and it’s a major plus point that there’s a huge Pride and Prejudice influence here, although it’s not what I’d call a re-telling.

So if you’re into that, you’ll definitely enjoy this lovely piece of gem.

(We never did figure out what J.D. means. James Dean Jameson? John Dorian Jameson?)

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