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Practice Makes Perfect

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  27,225 ratings  ·  1,571 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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Emm It means Juris Doctor. Basically what you are when you have a graduate degree in Law.

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Emily May
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance, 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

I feel like I read a completely different book than everyone else. I was promised a lighthearted, entertaining romance with lots of laughs. So why am I so annoyed right now?

I got nearly 80 pages in, and J.D., the male lead, has acted like a hardcore meninist-style misogynist the entire time. He is the definition of uber-entitled white male privilege who, in his own words, doesn't believe in privilege.

Hard pass.

Payton, the female lead, is a little better. At first. But the fact that she's a fe
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:


Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4.5 stars!

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
~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~
I can't get into this. I can't.

The heroine (annoying), the hero (meh) and the plot (boring) are as exciting as watching grass grow.
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❤

"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 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
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Sep 27, 2012 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
Well the only redeeming thing about this book is that I realized in hindsight I could count the terrible thing towards Kill Your Darlings. There is something silver on the cover, the douche-bag hero's cuff-link. Bah to this terrible book.

I have really enjoyed Julie Jame's FBI/US Attorney series and stupidly thought this was a book that was part of that universe. Nope, this is part of a two book series she did and I guess she threw in the towel in. This book was initially published back in 2009.
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
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

If you loved The Hating Game (which I know everyone did lol), then there's no doubt you'll probably love this book 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."

It's a hate-to-love, slow-burn romance story between two lawyers who are battling against each other to get the partnership promotion in their firm. I personally found this more interesting since I've been wanting to take up
Jan 20, 2011 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 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
May 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, romance, w-t-f

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
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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance


This was a good, old-fashioned but modern love story between two lawyers. The woman Payton is a feminist lawyer who is constantly fighting the man. And the dude is J.D., a semi-chauvinist hunk who constantly verbally spars with Payton. The story takes place over the last month before partners are announced for their law firm. When a last minute decision from their firm to only pick ONE of them as a partner, they take their rivalry up a notch which leads to unex
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
More like Practice Makes Steaming Pile of Horse-shit. D:<

And before anyone says, but but but cute witty banter and rivals who fall in love, anya let me just point out that I have read and liked The Hating Game which extraordinarily displays how this theme should be executed. JD is nothing but a misogynistic douche-fart who has some serious issues with women considering how he's always acting like an Entitled Rich White Boi™ and rubbing Payton's face into the fact that she's one and humiliatin
Camilla Isley
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-hate
Oh gosh the pranks in this book were such a laugh. It was a perfect love-hate office romance...
Sassy, fun, sarcastic.... and romantic
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
Jul 09, 2015 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
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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 a
Liv ☾
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it

☾I finished this in literally like 3 hours. I woke up at like 5 and just read this until the morning, is that bad? I really should have been sleeping...anyways back to the book. It was cute, short, I was expecting to hear what exactly "J.D" stood for sometime in the book and that time never came!!

☾Their relationship was not your typical office romance, more bickering I might add. It was a comical read and easy enough to finish in one sit down. Other than that it was nothing special, I
Nov 14, 2012 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
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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 twenty-two languages and Julie’s ninth novel, THE THING ABOUT LOVE, is now available.

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“I've been in love with you since the very beginning. You asked why there isn't anyone else in my life, and the reason... is you.” 471 likes
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