Practice Makes Perfect by Julie JamesPractice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Practice Makes Perfect

byJulie James

Mass Market Paperback | March 3, 2009

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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…

After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law, Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals in Jacksonville, Florida. She then practiced law with one of the nation's largest law firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. She now writes full time and lives in Chicago with her family.
Title:Practice Makes PerfectFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.8 × 4.2 × 0.8 inPublished:March 3, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425226743

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 Fluffy book filled with wit and charm!!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Author! The chemistry and rivalry between the characters was entertaining to say the least! The romance was amazing!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I love Julie James's books and her first offering is charming. Classic story of man and woman meeting and their first impressions of each other being completely wrong. Forced to work at the same law firm and compete for partnership, Payton and JD are relatable and the dialogue and James's writing is witty and fun. A fast read which will make you want to check out her other novels.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fell short of my expectations Ever since I read The Hating Game, I wanted to read another enemies-to-lovers book and this seemed like a great choice. I would still recommend this book as I found it to be decent, but it didn't meet my expectations for several reasons. I was expecting it to be hot - it turned out to be quite PG, even when it was just talk, it was still quite PG. A lot was censored and left to the imagination and it just made me feel less chemistry between the main characters. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting this book to be even close to R-rated, but I was expecting some more heat than this book provided. There were also several lines that were used repeatedly - if one of the two leads suddenly thought about the other in a romantic way, the next line would be "He/She had no idea why he/she just thought that." This style of writing also felt a tad juvenile. The writing was good, not great, and I liked the characters, but I didn't LOVE them. I'd give this book 3 or maybe 3.5 starts overall. I'd recommend it because it was still somewhat good for a romance but there's definitely better versions of this kind of story out there.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book falls into the contemporary romance category and it's the second book I read from this author. I must say I'm starting to become a fan of her books. Her writing is simple yet refreshing. I haven't read any other contemporary adult romance books, expect her other book Something About You. So I am not an expert on this area. But she managed to captivate me with her witty characters and laugh aloud moments. Payton and J.D. are people that live to work. They are both on the run to become partner and that adds more fuel to they never ending arguments. J.D. I think is my favourite one. Such a nice guy, really. He doesn't seem so nice at first but in the ending from his part at least, just makes you forget everything. You couldn't deny the attraction between them from the first moment you see them together. Even though they argued all the time I couldn't see how they came and hated each other. It's a really good book and the author knows a great deal about lawyers. She was one. I loved the dialogue between those too. I'm more of a dialogue type so I love books with lots of it! And this one definitely has plenty. Overall I liked this book a lot and I would read this again. I'm definitely going to read her other two books and I would suggest you picking one up too.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Bother Meh....episodic, farcial and really nothing special. 2011-050
Date published: 2011-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Fun and Smart Book by Julie James 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 snuck it onto my Favorites page. In fact, I enjoyed Julie’s style so much that I immediately purchased her second book, Practice Makes Perfect, and shuffled a bunch of stuff so I could read it within a week or two. When I did get to it, I devoured it. I just adore how this book starts. Chapter one, you’re reading along – la la la – and you totally think you know what’s going on. Then you find out that, well, you don’t really. Very clever set up. First you meet Payton. Payton is a lawyer who excels at what she does. She has been neglecting pretty much everything in her life for the past 8 years in order to focus on her career and her goal of becoming a Partner at her law firm. She is counting down the weeks until that happens. You see, her firm doesn’t limit the amount of Partners it promotes…well, until this year that is. Now meet J.D. J.D. is a lawyer who excels at what he does. He has been neglecting pretty much everything in her life for the past 8 years in order to focus on her career and her goal of becoming a Partner at his law firm. You can probably see where this is going. For their entire career, Payton and J.D. have disliked each other. Why? Payton is not quite clear on that but they have been at it for 8 years so why stop now? Then once they discover that only one of them is actually going to become Partner and the other will be expected to resign…well, let’s just say you think they were bad before?!… I really felt awful for the situation Payton and J.D. faced. I disliked their boss and I hated their law firm. I mean really?! Over some stupid little nothing that no one probably gives a darn about, you are going to lose one of your very best lawyers. Idiots. That drove me nuts. But how it helped bring Payton and J.D. to their senses…well, I liked that. All the characters in this book are fantastic. They are smart, sassy, sexy and funny – even the men! The best friends are great too! Goodness, even the drug company dude who is being sued for lots and lots of money is well written! And the ending! I was really wondering how Julie would solve poor Payton and J.D. issue (and, this being a romance book, you know that it’s going to get solved). I found she solved it like a dream. She did it with a wonderful twist that I did not see coming…but now that I look back at it, it’s simply perfect. I am really, really enjoying Julie James’ books. In fact, I have already picked up her third book, Something About You, and I’ve added A Lot Like Love to my ‘must buy’ list as it comes out March 1st. In fact (again), I have added Julie James to my auto-buy list! *pops a bottle of champagne even if it’s only 6 in the morning* Julie writes amazing characters you just want to hang out with and smart and fun story lines. Her books make you smile. And sometimes, that’s the best thing you can get from reading a book. 4.5 stars
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What can I say I am a sucker for the low brow humor! Julie James seems to be coming into her own. I am a long time fan of Shelly Laurenston and Julie James reminds me a bit of her in her latest legal romance installment. "Peeky cheeks" was classic low brow humor that I have to say had me laughing so hard I was in tears. JD and Payton's office one upmanship was classic comedy at it's best. The verbal sparring was great. Like two magnets they just needed a flip to go from repelling to attracting. Just like the other legal romances the secondary characters were likable and provided extra depth and insight into the main characters. They also provided extra comic relief when necessary. This book had more heat than some of her previous ones but it still had that sweetness that I have come to expect from James heroes. The plot was compelling and considering lawyers pretty believable. The gossiping secretaries added extra entertainment and laughs. Overall this was a really fun book and if you are looking for a fun way to while away the afternoon, try Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James.
Date published: 2010-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic ! Amazing ! Great ! Such an interesting story, i could not put the book down because it had me captivated. This stpry portrays how a thin line between love and hate, and between love and career can sometimes get in the middle of true love and happiness.
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVED it Fantastic story, very interesting to read.The story has twists and turns that keeps you glued to the pages.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Contemporary Romance Payton Kendall is a female lawyer specializing in “employment law, particularly single-plaintiff race and gender discrimination lawsuits”. Politically, she is liberal to the core, a vegan, a strong-minded feminist, she has a sarcastic rapier wit and is ultra competitive in her work environment. Payton is weeks away from a earning a partnership at the elite law firm in Chicago where she has devoted long arduous hours for the past 8 years. Payton has never lost a case; she is a top-notch lawyer having earned her way in what is still predominately a man’s profession. J.D. Jameson is a male lawyer specializing in class action law, handling large multi-plaintiff, multi-district cases. Politically, he is conservative to the core, a meat eater, comfortable with the “upper class – old boy’s club”, due to his upbringing by wealthy old school parents. J.D. is cocky as hell and is ultra competitive in, well everything. He is weeks away from a earning a partnership at an elite law firm in Chicago where he has devoted long arduous hours for the past 8 years. He too is a top-notch lawyer having earned his way up in the firm, and he sees women in his profession as having a edge because of their gender. Oh, and Payton and J.D.? They work for the same firm and have offices across the hall from one another. Neither is sure what initiated the "dislike" they feel for one another, but each views the other as the "enemy". They maintain an outward air of civility in the office however, when they are out of earshot of the administrative staff and other associates, they have been "at war" for eight years. They even compete to be first into the office in the morning. The cutting sarcastic exchanges between these two, which I am now coming to enjoy as “vintage Julie James”, are hilarious. Competitive angst bubbles between J.D. and Payton reaching the boiling point, and pours forth when the partnership committee of the firm decides that only one of them is going to make partner because of “strategic leveraging” which will force the other to leave the firm. Both of these characters have invested their heart and soul into their career at the firm for a long time and at first they are stunned. Then they become angry with the powers that be for forcing them into an even more competitive situation. What makes it worse, is that the senior partner “Ben” uses J.D. and Payton’s expertise in a bid to reel in a huge client for the firm prior to the shoe falling with respect to the partnership decision. When a conversation between Payton and J.D. following the announcement of the partnership decision turns sour, the gloves really come off and it’s every man/woman for themselves. There is an absolutely hilarious courtroom scene involving Payton that you will have to read the book to enjoy but all I can say is that Ms. James once again had me howling with laughter! I’ve read a couple of reviews that indicated they had difficulty liking J.D. in the early part of the story because of his chauvinistic attitudes. However, I liked him. He and Payton are extremely prideful, driven people with a strong set of principles. The narrative allowed me to see that the angst and competitive issues between them was actually sexual tension that had been simmering for 8 years. This story is a slow burn with respect to these lovers finally making it to the bedroom, once again this is a contemporary romance and there is no graphic sex. However, I thought the love scene penned for them was fun, rather sweet and quite sexy. The secondary characters were awesome. J.D.’s friend Tyler is an absolute hoot. Tyler is actually a very cool guy and when the going really gets tough with Payton, J.D. turns to his best friend for support and guidance. Then there is Payton’s mother. OMG. Lex Kendall calls her daughter “Sis”, protested everything, felt Barbie dolls and fairy tales were sexist. She also is a vegan and vehemently opposes people wearing fur coats. It makes for an interesting exchange when Payton and Lex run into J.D. and his parents in a restaurant. There are a couple of surprises in store for readers with respect to J.D. and a rather ugly secret he has kept for years concerning Payton. Lets just say a past mistake comes back to bite him in the butt big time nearly causing irreparable damage to a burgeoning relationship with Payton. The only thing I was left wondering was what the initials J.D. stood for? lol “Practice Makes Perfect”, is now sitting on my keeper shelf next to Julie James’ first novel. I love her voice and am so looking forward to her future work.
Date published: 2009-05-04

Editorial Reviews

“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