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Practice Makes Perfect

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  22,346 Ratings  ·  1,204 Reviews
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. T
Mass Market Paperback, 291 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Berkley Sensation
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Emily May
Jun 14, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, 2011
EDIT 14/06/11 : In a good mood so I'm going to up my rating! It deserves it if I'm being honest.

I needed to read a book exactly like this. I wanted funny, easy-going and sexy... I got it. I find there are times when I just want to escape all the classics, all the vampires, werewolves, fairies and whatever else we're trending with now in the supernatural world, and especially all the Diana Gabaldon (you know I love her really but 1,300 effing pages!). Before I picked up this book, I had reached t
Reread 2015
This is one of those book that I read when I need something quick to munch on. Something that I already know is going to make me smile and sigh.


Except when I was her age, I still thought boys looked like Ken dolls down there, so I'm sure she's smiling about puppies or something...
But that's beside the point. Little Rapunzel looks like I felt after reading this. Happy, content, and maybe a bit starry-eyed.
And let's face it, when it comes to romance, most of the time I look like this:


Jan 08, 2015 Shawna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance fans who enjoy humorous battle of wills between H/H
5++ stars – Contemporary Romance

WOW! I loved it, loved it, loved it!

Something About You and A Lot Like Love are two of my favorite contemporary romances and overall reads so far this year and made me an avid Julie James fan. This turned me into an outright rabid, crazed groupie who wants to follow Ms. James around like a puppy, fetch her lattes, shine her Jimmy Choos, and bond with her over martinis. Seriously, she writes some of the snappiest, most intelligently witty dialogue and snarkily clev
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

"What I wanted to tell you," he began deliberately, "was that you were wrong."
Now there was a friggin' surprise. Payton glared.
J.D. continued, more calm now, his voice steadier. "I mean, about what you told Tyler."
His eyes met hers and held them.
"I would've done it for you in a heartbeat."

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Ahhhh sooooooo I LOOOVEEEDDDD THISSSSSSSS. I know I can say this for almost every book I read-shut up-but, when your iPad glows like a nightlight, you know your highlighting has reached an insane level. An
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 15, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
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, s
Jul 11, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-authors
4.5 stars!

Loved this one! If only all romance authors wrote dialogue as great as Julie James does! It kind of followed her typical formula, and was light on the smexy times, but it was entertaining and funny.
This is my most fave of Julie James's books so far.

For being the partner of the firm.
Two lawyers fight each other..
Only one will be chosen...
Then the War begin....


I truly loved, loved, loved this! It is my second Julie James' book I read, but being my first fave of hers. The plot is sooo enjoyable and never get me bored! maybe because I love the plot about competition, playing game and revenge in general..

Yesss, the two main characters J.D. and Payton, they have to fight each other to be the cho
Aug 16, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Julie James is one of my favourite romance authors. She manages to create really wonderful characters and incredible romantic tension in all of her books. And this is MY FAVOURITE ROMANCE BOOK EVER! And one of my all time favourite books.. Yes.. OF ALL TIME!! I have read this book so many times I have lost count!

The story line is simple, but it doesn't need to be complex. It's all about the tension... Payton and JD work at the same law firm... Tension... They hate each other... Tension... They r
May 11, 2014 Karla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

5 Laugh-out-loud funny Stars!

JD and Kendall are perfect for each other, they just don't know it. Competing for the same job brings out the best, and the worst in them, making for some crazy antics. The chemistry between them is sizzling! And when they act upon their feelings...well let's just say...SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN'!

A heartwarming story with a fantastic ending!!
Sep 25, 2015 Skyscraper rated it really liked it
Lately, I feel like I’ve been having a really bad reading month. So when I picked up this book, my expectations were lower than ever. But shockingly, this book actually wasn’t bad, wasn’t bad at all. And besides, lately I’m only into funny, easy-going contemporaries, and that’s exactly what I got.

Practice makes Perfect is written in 3rd person narration but mostly focused on our two main characters; Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson. Both are lawyers who work at the same firm, they’ve been working
Updated after re-read 15/06/22

Julie James is the most wonderful author! Her debut got me hooked and the FBI series is divine – and is one of my favorites of all times. I went into this book with high expectations (both the first and the second time around) and I was not disappointed. I loved this book! It's one of those cases where no words are good enough – I just conclude that Julie James and I are a match made in heaven.

The story is set in contemporary Chicago at a top law firm. Pyton and J.D
3,5 stars

Meet JD and Payton.

First Payton's like

Then JD's like

But then are both like...

...which results in...

And the end makes me

Hehe. This was overall a really good book. Dont let the legal setting fool you. I didn’t find the lawyerly details overwhelming. I thought they added to the authenticity of the story. Setting a romance in a law practice was a refreshing change from the norm.

The characters were...ok. Nothing special but definitely fun to read. On one hand, it was zingy, funny, fast pac
Audio version: review of 2015 relisten coming soon.

REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK 18 JUNE 2013: 2 stars:(
...and it was a DNF because I couldn't stand Payton! It's incredible that I loved this so much back in 2009 and gave it 5 stars. Being competitive is one thing but Payton's entire behavior and attitude towards JD was childish and downright ugly. That's really unfortunate when the author's made her the heroine rather than the competi
After reading Julie James’ “Something About You,” I was definitely looking forward to reading another one of Julie James’ fantastic novels! That is when I stumbled upon this charming little book called “Practice Makes Perfect” and I definitely fell in love with this book!! “Practice Makes Perfect” is one novel that makes lawyers look good and sexy to all romance fans!

The two best lawyers in their firm, Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson have been at each other’s throats for the past eight years. Bu
Is not general incivility the very essence of love?

I love. This book. So much. Although I didn't think it was possible, this book was even better and funnier than Just the Sexiest Man Alive. The banter between Payton and J.D. was what did it. Those two were perfect together.

At first I wasn't too keen on J.D. I didn't immediately totally and completely love him but I do. He was so cute and sweet and funny and sexy and smart and just all-around awesome. Seriously, he was great. The only

Okay Just kidding... or maybe not. Comm'n J.D is hot. Just can't stop picturing the man... with his suit. Yummy... suddenly hungry :p

This isn't my first Julie James book, but I must say I appreciated this one much more than Just the Sexiest Man Alive.

"This book is more a 3.75 stars, but since it gets harder and harder to find a pleasant contemporary read I'm giving it my 4 stars." ^^

I mean all contemporary books are about insta love -> annoying
The guy is mostly possessive, possessive and
Dec 07, 2012 Keertana rated it it was amazing
Practice Makes Perfect is my favorite of all Julie James's novels - and I've read all of them. Seriously, this is just perfect. Perfect. I can't remember the last time I gave an Adult Contemporary Romance novel a solid 5 Stars, but this story was just too good. It starts out as an office rivalry between Payton and J.D., both highly successful lawyers for whom there is only one promotion spot. Yet, what neither of these two expect is to start to fall for each other and from then on, its a battle ...more
2.5 stars
Sadly, I don't share the general enthusiasm about this book. Though it had its engaging and even charming moments, I found it nowhere near as good as "Something about you" or even "A lot like love". Actually, I think it's the weakest Julie James novel I've read yet. It's exactly the thing you read in the subway and surprise yourself by really liking it, despite its obvious ridiculous moments, because, well, it's better than looking down at the trashy tabloid of the guy sitting next to y
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Actually more between a 2.5 -3. Leaning more towards three stars.

Nowhere near as good as SOMETHING ABOUT YOU. I even considered giving it 2 stars at one point.
But it does have great banter.
I laughed. And since I really don't get to laugh enough - this one gets extra brownie points.
Sexual tension? Hmmm. Interesting but didn't blow my mind.
Oh, and our boy here was quite the sexist pig, which was quite infuriating at times.
But he did change halfway through. So yay?
And I might have a bit of a soft
Whew. I finally got around to reading this. And now that I’m done, I’m really, really sorry for not reading it sooner. Damn! Maybe it wasn’t as “funny” (I mean the LOL moments) as Just the Sexiest Man Alive, but it was still one of the best contemporary romances / romantic comedies I’ve read in last few years.

I loved Payton and J.D., and their mutual antics. Very kindergarten, if-he-pulls-your-braids-it-means-he-really-really-likes-you, extremely childish at times, somewhat over the top at momen
Mar 20, 2011 valee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cont-romance
I loved this book much more than what I thought I would and I definately had a better time reading it than what I did reading Something About You. This book had an amazing plot and great characters. I couldnt put it down for a second, I just wanted to keep reading.

My only problem with both books I read from this author was that I always feel like everything it too predictable, like if I was watching one of those movies that I love but already watched in the past. This book made me think about H
Nina @ Life of a Bookworm
Baš trčim kroz ove knjige, ali nema veze. Uživam u njima i još ih se nisam zasitila... Čudo, jer obično mi tako bude kad u tjedan dana pročitam tri skoro pa identične knjige.

Ni ovaj put nije nedostajalo žara ni prepucavanja no imam neki osjećaj da ga je bilo nešto manje nego u prošloj knjizi. Nema veze, malo je reči da sam i ovaj put uživala, zato se neću dugo zadržavati na ovoj recenziji, neka ovaj citat kaže sve što mislim :D

Aug 19, 2015 Katerina rated it it was amazing

I think I found a new favorite author in Julie James <3

I must note that I may be biased because I recently finished Law School and I found traces of my future in this book,but still Practice Makes Perfect is such a funny and sweet and hot story you can't possibly resist!!And if there is the slightest possibility I may find my J.D. while working my ass off,bring it on baby!!(or not?)

J.D.;an uptight, pony-owning, trickle-down-economics-loving, Scotch-on-the-rocks-drin
~E~ Riverina Romantics
Apr 27, 2011 ~E~ Riverina Romantics rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes romance.
Shelves: favorites, on-blog
4.5 Stars

I can't say it enough, but if you haven't read anything by Julie James make sure you do so as soon as possible. This lady is phenomenal!!! She continues to have me sitting on the edge of my seat, with her sweet, slow romances.

The story of J.D. & Payton cracked me up. I'm not the sort of person that will laugh out loud at a book, but Practice Makes Perfect has me chuckling and smiling continuously. The way the two characters bait each other is classic and one certain court appearanc
Kathe L
4,5 stars


J.D and Payton are co-workers for 8 years already, and they hate each other (or is that what they think hehe). They have been waiting this whole time to get promoted, to become partners, and they are sure that they will get it. They are both lawyers, by the way, and extremely good ones. BUT an unexpected surprise comes, and that changes everything.

DAMN you guys. How I love couples-to-be who seem to hate each other but deep, deep, down are perfect and totally compatible. I loved how you
Wow. Where have I been and why haven't I read this book before now?

Some baggage from childhood rears its ugly head in this competition-fest between two attorneys. They are the apples of the firm's eye. Unfortunately, their company can only politically afford to promote one to partnership in the upcoming weeks. The unspoken word is that the other will be asked to leave AKA fired.

Payton-with-an-A Kendall and J. D.-yes-sir-ee-I-grew-up-with-money Jameson have been politely at each other's throats
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3.5 stars
you know when you are having a bad day and want to read a good book to cheer you up but you got so many books piled up in your "to read shelves" and confused as what to read next??? without any second thought just pick up Julie James's book. Trust me you will have way too much fun than you bargained for.

The story is short, easy going, hot, and super funny.
J.D & Payton (lawyers working for same firm) both being stubborn,competitive and archrivals are in race to prove that they are b
Unlike most contemporary romances, I wanted to read this book for a long time. The premise was one of my favorites, enemies turn lovers. Specifically in an office setting and as competitors. This isn't really an opposites attract book, since Payton and J.D. had similar type personalities, but they do come from different types of families. Both of them are competitive and very competent and have been "at war" for 8 years. Especially ridiculous once you find out how it began.

Payton and J.D. make
Feb 04, 2011 Kajol rated it it was amazing
Okay, so to say that I really really liked it would be the understatement of the year because I swear by the Angel (Oops, don't mind my slip of tongue.. its Jace-mania from the Mortal Instrument series and which by the way does not, even a little bit, relate to the topic in hands but just a work of my wildly imaginative side. You must probably think I'm crazy. Oh, well.) that I absolutely, irrevocably loved it!

A really funny and sassy writing personality, I really loved the way the contemporary
Jun 11, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All slightly bookish, chick flick-loving women
Recommended to Holly by: Angie
Shelves: contemporary, romance
As you can probably guess by the cover, Practice Makes Perfect is a romance novel. The first official romance genre novel I’ve ever read. The closest I got before was with sentimental, saccharine stuff like Nicholas Sparks, which, in the end, felt unrealistic and sickeningly sappy to me. The rest I owe to literary snobbery and my distaste of graphic sex scenes. So I stayed away, until I started hearing awesome things about Julie James from around the blogosphere, including from bloggers and frie ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Julie James practiced law with one of the nation's largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and Julie’s eighth novel, SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, is now available.

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