Book review: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
Source: Borrowed

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. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason: to make partner at the firm.

…There are no rules.

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, 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 does not 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…

So, Practice Makes Perfect should have been a book that I loved. It’s an enemies-to-lovers office romance, which is basically my favorite thing ever. I mean, The Hating Game is one of my all-time favorites! But maybe I missed something? Maybe I’ve been in a bad mood for several weeks and that’s why I haven’t liked most of what I’ve read? But I feel like I read a different book than all of these people who’ve left glowing five-star reviews on Goodreads.

I’ll keep my review short and sweet: I didn’t like either of the main characters, I didn’t feel any chemistry between them, and I thought that JD was unnecessarily mean to Payton for no real reason and he never really even tried to make things right. Also, JD’s whole thing about how difficult life is as a rich white man drove me absolutely crazy and not even Payton’s feminist ideals could redeem the book for me.

Thank you to Alyssa Grace @ Serendipitous Reads for the recommendation! I’m sorry that I didn’t love this one!

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Have you read Practice Makes Perfect? Do you like enemies-to-lovers romances? Let’s talk in the comments!


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11 thoughts on “Book review: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

  1. Alyssa Grace says:

    Aww I’m sorry you didn’t like it so much! 😦

    I’ll be real, I first read this one a couple years ago when the political climate was arguably less tense than it is these days. I revisited the book a while back and still liked it, but definitely noticed more of the problematic aspects than I did before. Sometimes comedies in fiction are meant to be silly harmless fun but depending on real life circumstances they can lose a lot of their humour.

    I haven’t read much of Julie James’s FBI/US Attorney series, although I’ve been aware of them for a long time now, so if you do read and review them I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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    • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

      It’s okay! This is definitely a book that I would have liked a lot more a few years ago than I did now. (I’ve also been in a big reading slump recently and have disliked books I might ordinarily like.)

      I will definitely post a review if/when I read that series!

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