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Practice Makes Perfect

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  18,903 ratings  ·  1,045 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
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
Jan 08, 2015 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Julie (jjmachshev)
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

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!!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hey, remember that time when I wrote a review for Just the Sexiest Man Alive? Yeah, writing a review for Practice Makes Perfect feels kind of redundant, because it's basically the same book.

1. The main character has a badass name and she's totally badass. She's also a lawyer and she's really fucking good at being a lawyer. You know, because she's so badass. Oh, and I totally forgot to mention that she's hot. So hot. Smokin' hot.

2. Enter future love interest, a guy she absolutely cannot stand. Bu
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
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Apr 27, 2011 ~E~ Riverina Romantics rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Back in early December, after having read a few heavy books and one bad book, I needed a pick me up. That is usually when I turn to contemporary romance books. I don’t have many of them on my ‘must-buy-the-day-it’s-released’ list because usually they are a niche read for me. Back in early December is when I read Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James and enjoyed it so much, it made my Mostest Favoritest Reads of 2010 list. I also
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
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
I don't know if it's because I was a Speech & Debate/JSA nerd, or that I grew up wanting to be Clair Huxtable, or maybe I just watched too many old movies when I was younger, but to me, chemistry is about everything that is unsaid when you're bantering back and forth. It's the passion and intelligence behind good conversation.

Julie James's Practice Makes Perfect has a lot of passion, a lot of intelligence, and a helluva lot of chemistry. It's a contemporary romance that feels like a throwbac
Jun 11, 2010 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
This started out as a fun boy hates girl (but not really) screwballish comedy. I would have given it 3 or 3.5 stars if it wasn't for the final pages.

The lie the hero tells their boss is unconscionable. It's made clear this is a male dominated boy's club and the heroine is working herself to the bone for respect.

Detailed spoilers below, including why it upset me so much.

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Her debut Just the Sexiest Man Alive got me hooked – and is one of my favorites of all times. So, I went into this book with high expectations and I was not disappointed. I loved this book as well! It's one of those cases where I cannot put it into words – 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. Payton and J.D. have been fighting for eight years and it is a classical elementary school thing – boy pulls girl's h
This book really worked for me.

Maybe because I live in a big city and work in corporate America, it was really easy for me to relate and understand these people (I even work down the block from NYC’s Japonais.) Yes, there was some silliness but I’ve seen worse (like the exec who liked to pee on his boss’ plant or the guy who took bites of other people’s lunches and put them back in the fridge.) The high school behavior didn’t bother me because frankly, if you have ever dated a coworker on the sl
I. Loved. It. I loved it! This is a great contemporary romance, with some of the funniest scenes and dialogue that I've read in quite a while! Julie James is definitely going onto my list of Favorite Authors!

2012 Review

Finished a re-read of this a few hours ago, and I'm still smiling.
God, this is such a cute story!
Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers working at the same firm and both competing for a promotion. Very funny and enjoyable. It has that love/hate relationship going that really keeps you on your toes.
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)

This is my first Julie James book and I'm glad it is.

I loved the characters, I loved their fights and I loved the fact that both of them are lawyers.

Dont know why
Dont even care why
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

Well, I'm sad to say it, but this one disappointed me.

It still had the cute, witty writing that I have come to associate with Julie James, but I had a real problem with the hero. Frankly, I didn't feel that his shitty actions were ever paid for, and he as a character was just not redeemed, to me.

For nearly the first half of the book, he is just a complete and total douchebag. I mean, really. He's a "poor-me" spoiled rich white guy, who is convinced that his life is so much harder than e
Payton: “I think that you are an uptight, pony-owning, trickle-down-economics-loving, Scotch-on-the-rocks-drinking, my-wife-better-take-my-last-name sexist jerk!”

JD: “Well, at least I’m not a stubborn, button-pushing, Prius-driving, chip-on-your-shoulder-holding, ‘stay-at-home-mom’-is-the-eighth-dirty-word-thinking feminazi!”

„Not that it was a competition between them.
Not at all”

Noooooooo, there no competition! Not at all ;)) And the chemistry between them is amazing!

About a week ago, I needed a
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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 sixteen languages and Julie’s next novel, SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, will be available June 2.

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