Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

by Julie James

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From the New York Times bestselling Julie James comes this "tantalizing dessert—a delicious delightful read that all hopeless romantics will enjoy" (Chicago Sun-Times).  For fans of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson.


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’ve kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as co-workers 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. At first apprehensive, 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 doesn’t 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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425226742
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 263,069
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Julie James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances. Her books have been listed on the American Library Association's Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist's Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as one of Cosmopolitan magazine's Red Hot Reads.

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James is a tantalizing dessert— a delicious, delightful read that all hopeless romantics will enjoy. If you like romantic comedies...then you will not be disappointed with this book.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“A delightful and fast-moving romance... a surprisingly heartwarming tale of love.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews
“[I]f 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!!!” — Romance Novel TV
Practice Makes Perfect delivers the laughs, it delivers the steam and it delivers a fantastically written romance with two strong characters that made an entertaining read just right. —The Book Binge
“A very enjoyable read... If you like contemporary romances... you will take this book to your hearts. — All About Romance
“What a fun story!... PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT is a Perfect 10, a light, thoroughly satisfying romance that readers are sure to enjoy.” — Romance Reviews Today

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Practice Makes Perfect 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's always exciting to find a new author who writes about smart,funny,sexy,sassy,savvy women and men. Let's face it Susan Elizabeth Phillips only writes one book a year, so when you find an author who is as good as SEP it's time to celebrate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Holy crap. This book is amazing! Generally i stay away from books that have so much conflict in it, and the words "cocky" and "lawyers" in the description. Truthfully, i only bought it because it was written by julie james. I'm so glad i did. It was so funny and sexy that i couldn't put it down. Do yourself a favor and read this book. Also, while you are at it, buy "a lot like love" and "something about you", both by julie james and are phenomenal. Note to author: write faster!!
Vivi24 More than 1 year ago
Never has a battle of the sexes been funnier or flirtier! I just loved this book. The characters are so likeable and the story is great. I laughed out loud reading this book. Definitely not to be missed!
Reid20 More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet, light romance. There were also some great funny scenes. I loved the scene with her broken shoe in the court room. Great fun.
Beguile_Thy_Sorrow More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read any of her books prior to this, but I will be reading all of them now :) Loved Practice Makes Perfect and it had me laughing out loud a lot too. It would make a great movie; J.D and Payton's competitive natures lead them into some crazy antics, and then things heat up into something sweet but exciting. -contemporary romance -law firm/legal setting -hilarious and smart leading lady
ready_to_read More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was smart, sassy and overall very well written. The characters were interesting and the scenes so very vivid that you couldn't put it down. Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!!!!!!!!!
Sweetproo98 More than 1 year ago
Battle of the sexes doesn't even begin to cover the history between Peyton and J.D. This is a must read! Sparks fly from page one all the way through to the end of the story. Their story was laugh out loud funny and tugs just enough on the heart strings to keep you constantly on your toes. Practical jokes where designer pumps are involved is just WRONG! Loved this story, love this series and love this author! A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing, laughed out loud several times. The characters are great and the story is lovely. Definitely recommend this and any Julie James book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Romance was great - just the right amount left to the imagination. So many times I actually laughed out loud! Can't wait to read another by this author
wlson4 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book it was a good read. It make you think that maybe life can be this sweet, and always have a happy ending.
CSMcMahon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across the book based on an Amazon recommendation. I downloaded it and read it in one day because I just couldn¿t put it down. (And quickly downloaded Just the Sexiest Man Alive.)Julie knows how to bring the banter. The book reminds me of my favorite screwball comedies of the ¿30s and ¿40s. Her characters were believable. Payton didn¿t need to be rescued. She needed a partner that challenged her. The scene in the courtroom had me laughing out loud. The scene in the restaurant with the potential client had me convinced they were the perfect team both professionally and personally.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When combining humor with romance, a good writer leaves you with a smile on your face. A great writer leaves you with a smile on your face AND a grin in your heart. That's just what "Practice Makes Perfect" by Julie James did for me. The characters are memorable, their interaction spicy yet still G-rated, and their happily ever after left me with a $#@t-eating grin on my face.They couldn't be more different. He comes from money, her single-parent mother is a rights activist. He's a republican, she's a democrat. He drives a Bentley, she takes the bus. He lives in a high-rise, she has a small house. BUT, they're both lawyers, they both work their butts off, they both were tops in their class, and now they're both up for the same firm...and there's only one opening. Oh, did I forget to mention that they've been involved in a quiet passive-aggressive war for the last eight years? Or that they're quite attracted to each other? Or that their shenanigans kept me in stitches?I can't say enough good things about this book. In some ways, it reminds me of an early Linda Howard without the angst or one of Nora Roberts fun romances with a ton of humor. It's just GOOD. Fun, flirty, quirky, laugh-out-loud humorous and sweet without being sugary. For a genuinely pleasurable read with characters you'll remember, pick up "Practice Makes Perfect" by Julie James.
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn¿t very far into this book when I realized I was a hypocrite or a sexist or whatever term is more apt. While I loved Payton, I thought J.D. was a jerk. And if this had been reversed ¿ J.D. a nice guy and Payton a character I didn¿t like, I would have wanted to throw the book against the wall and probably not continued reading. I mean ¿ how fair is that??? That¿s not right is it? Why am I like this?But because it was the way it was, I kept reading. And I¿m happy to say that J.D. gets much better as we get to know him and I really enjoyed this book. Payton Kendal and J.D. Jameson have both been working hard at the same law firm, aiming for partner, for eight years and can barely tolerate each other. Payton resents J.D. because he has an edge due to the `good old boys¿ network and J.D. thinks Payton has an unfair advantage due to initiatives to eliminate the `glass ceiling¿ that is still so evident in society. When they have to work together to try and lure a new client, they slowly start to get to know other sides of each other. But a monkey wrench is thrown in when it¿s announced that only one of them can make partner and each is determined that they will be the one.I really enjoyed this book. Payton was tough when she had to be ¿ which was most of the time ¿ but in a very appealing way. Although it took her a while, she was willing to rethink her bias towards J.D. and after the reader gets to know him better, he really was adorable in a stuffed shirt kind of way. There were many LOL moments and I always enjoy that in a book. When they get to talking about how their animosity began, I really loved why J.D. was hurt ¿ such a dufus guy kind of thinking.I quite happily recommend this one and if you are living in Canada and order online, make sure to add this one to your list. If you don¿t, then pick up those signs and picket MHCS until we start getting the same chances to buy good books as our neighbour to the south!
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is it possible for a book to jump the shark more than once? It sure seems like this one did. I have a problem with this because - for the most part - I loved the story. But the two main characters descended into complete and utter stupidity for a while in the middle of the book and it took a bit of time for me to forgive them enough to start enjoying the story again. It¿s a pity because otherwise it would have been a fun read. Julie James is a good author, and I really like her first book, Just the Sexiest Man Alive, and I love her third book Something About You. I liked the second half of this one very much, but idiocy doesn¿t sit well with me in fiction! The hero, J.D., and heroine, Payton, of this story are both thirty-two, both up for partner in their law firm, and both completely and utterly unlikeable at the beginning. What I¿m guessing was supposed to be sassy, ambitious, funny, entertaining was nothing but unbelievably immature and stupid. It¿s James¿ `thing¿ to have unlikeable characters redeem themselves, so I assumed that¿s what would happen here. It did, but by the time they were, it was almost too late for me. This is the first supremely stupid thing that happened. Payton and J.D. are competing for the same position - one will be promoted, the other unemployed at the end of the month. Payton accidentally spills coffee on J.D.¿s jacket, and he - naturally - assumes she did it on purpose. That makes her angry, so she throws coffee all over his spare suit too. J.D. then has to go to court and jeopardise not just his work but his client and the reputation of the firm by wearing a stained, destroyed suit. If that wasn¿t bad enough, J.D. then decides he wants revenge. So he cuts through the heel of Payton¿s shoe and glues it back on shoddily. By now my rating for the book was somewhere around zero stars. So in court the next day Payton¿s shoe breaks. She falls into the jury. This was contrived enough without what happened next. THEN her skirt splits right up the back and she¿s naturally wearing very skimpy underwear and has to finish talking while standing there with one shoe - and her arse hanging out of her outfit. J.D. never apologises for that. This kind of stupidity is completely intolerable. What if Payton had broken her ankle? Would it still have been `cute¿? Humiliating someone and destroying their reputation is not endearing, and is certainly not funny. So, after the book went so far downhill I thought it was beyond hope, it turned out I loved the rest of it. Loved it so much I was nearly able to forget how mad it made me. I feel bad giving it a three star rating when I liked the rest of the book so much, but then what the characters did was pretty bad! It turns out that when Payton and J.D. finally got together they were great. On a side note, it really annoys me when writers put women¿s words into men¿s mouths. I want to read about men, not girly men created by girls. There¿s a pivotal scene in this book where J.D¿s best friend and a big, tough-looking taxi driver give J.D. relationship advice. The relationship advice was girly enough, but the way they did it was worse. They compared his non-relationship to Jane Austen stories, and Pride and Prejudice becomes a running joke. I suppose it was put in there to be cute, but it wasn¿t something I can picture any real man doing, so it came across as too odd to be fun. This book is going to drive you crazy, but it is worth your time.
BeguileThySorrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
love, Love, LOVED it!completely hilarious and exciting romance book unlike any other I've read before; Julie James is a brilliant writer :)
rdh123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who have been working in the same law firm for 8 years. They are both up for partnership but recently found out only one will be named partner. They have both like each other secretly but have been uncivil to each other for 8 years. New author and I enjoyed this book.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was so long ago so I don't remember it very well, but if I recall correctly, I wasn't too fond of Payton and J.D. at the beginning: their vendettas against each other made my idealist-pacifist side sad, and I had to force myself to take their red-blooded Corporate American-ness in stride because, yeah, that's not my thing. However, as the two warmed up--hehe--to each other, I began to warm up to them as well, and the rest goes as Julie James goes: languorous buildup, satisfying sex scenes, and an ending that makes you feel good. Have I exhausted all the Julie James books out there already? :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Loved the I interaction between characters. Could it put the book down,
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nesa07 More than 1 year ago
I loved the back and forth between Payton and J.D. Julie James has climbed up on my favorite authors list. I laughed so loud my husband had to get in what I was reading. We both agree that Julie James's writing is amazing!!! My husband has asked me to let him read her prior books lol.
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This was fun book to read with a lot of romantic tension, but I never really felt like I got to know the characters. And I wasn't confident they really knew each other. That said, it was fun and I really enjoy Julie James' writing. Of her six books I've read in the last couple of months, this was my least favorite, but I would still recommend it.