Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Practice Makes Perfect
by Julie James

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Pub. Date: March 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 304pp
ISBN-13: 9780425226742
ISBN: 0425226743

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 only: to make partner at the firm.

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...

My Thoughts:
After reading Just the Sexiest Man Alive, I enjoy it so much that I was looking forward to reading Julie Jameson's next book. I was excited to learn later that Practice Makes Perfect was coming. And ever since than, I waited patiently for its release. And did happy dance when I finally got my own copy. Now that I've finish the book, I have to say that I Julie James did it again! I had finish the book since October, but draft it on November 4th. And took this long to finally post it. Sorry for late review!

Payton and J.D. are rivals opposite attract, whose have worked at the same law firm for eight years. Even though they are professional, hard worker and treated each other with courtesy, behind their action there lay a grudge against each other. They always tried to beat one another at their own games. Payton felt that she always have to work harder to get the respect that she deserve more than J.D. since he seem to have more common with everyone he meet.

I like how even when J.D. is a jerk, he does have a good side of him as well. That he is not always what people seem to think he is. I admit at first I reacted strongly about his take on women in "Battle of sexes" and than later got drawn into him as I watch him fallen in love. J.D. have always had to prove to his father he can be good at what he can do and make a good living out of it without his help. So his hope to make partner is important to J.D.

Payton was always annoyed to fact that J.D. is always good with connection with people. That he always the one to be asked to go meeting with important people that could help their company corp. She felt she had to be the one to work harder to get the respect from people in way she thought she deserved.

When their boss announced that he need them to work together for a important case they wasn't please. Even worse, they discover that only one of them will be made partner because the person who is chosen must be over the age of forty so there won't be no age discrimination. This upset them because they knew that they're good at what they do and both deserved to be made partner. Now Payton and J.D. knew that their chance is impossible. Than the war with one another had begin. The teasing, the stunts that they pull at each others were harmless fun and they weren't stop until one is upper the other. But they did not expected to be attracted with one another and that was different ball game all together.

What I enjoy most about the book was that there is plenty of funny scenes, dialogues and even some good moments where I saw something positive about them when looking at it from another light - it made me smiles. At one point on certain scenes, I was chuckling and than the next I started laughing out loud at the incident happen in the courtroom. It took me out of my reading and people was given me the look. I'm sure they thought I was a loony. You just have to read it, to know what I'm talking about teehehe.

I also like how J.D friend were trying to help him about relationship and women by given him tips referring from the movie Pride and Prejudice. The whole conversation, while it was a strange and funny but a good advice, was one of those moment where you can see the friendship between the two men are secure and honest. It was interesting to see two different people can be friend and yet respect and understood each other.

I also like how we get to see a little background of J.D. and Payton life and understood where they were coming from and why they reacted the way they did. We get to see their interaction with both parents and how they dealt with it. I thought the attraction between Payton and J.D. was sensual and romantic. I thought the love scene made up for the lack of it in Just the Sexiest Man Alive and it was wonderful :)

I thought the ending was perfectly done, although I would have love to see the result if the ending was different. But I really enjoy the book overall and think reader should read this book! I'm looking forward to Julie James more upcoming books!

Grade: 4.75 stars


Melody said...

I've read several good reviews on this book, Julia! And I'm glad I've it in my pile! :)

I haven't got the other book though I had ordered it from a bookstore some time ago. I wonder what's causing the delay... I need to check with them about it!

Alice Teh said...

I love that cover, Julia!

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Julia said...

Melody - I hope you like Practice Makes Perfect when you have start reading it. And I sure hope your order for the first book, come in on times for you read it by the time you're done with PMP. :)

Alice - Isn't the cover delicious sexy and delightful :)

Dantem - Thanks for recommend :)