Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
Published by Berkley Sensation on March 3, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
This is my 6th Julie James book. I actually started reading her just last year but I quickly realized that Julie James often writes the kind of Romance(s) that I really enjoy.
One of the things that endears Julie James’ work (to me) are her heroines. Julie James writes a damn fine heroine – her heroines are career women who work hard for the things they achieve and they aren’t waiting around for some Knight (or prince) to come save the day. Ms James gives a lot of her heroines strong (somewhat masculine but almost unisex) names that sound powerful in themselves. Practice Makes Perfect has Payton but there’s also Sidney, Cameron, and Jordan to name a few. Marvelous.
Sadly, I did not enjoy this entry in Julie James bibliography. As normal, I enjoyed the achievements and drive of the heroine but as a whole, Practice Makes Perfect was…perfectly easy to put down. While I love good give and take between MCs in Romance books, I felt the sheer amount of antagonism between Payton and J.D. was overwhelming. I finally threw in the towel around 70%: the MCs had barely exchanged a civil word to each other at that point. And I was done. I didn’t care about any of the characters so I put myself out of my misery and DNF’d this one.