Practice Makes Perfect
By Julie James
Beautiful, brilliant and ambitious, Payton Kendall is determined to make partner in her high powered Chicago law firm. A specialist in employment law, Payton has sacrificed much of her personal life to become one of the top contenders. Only one thing stands in her way: J.D. Jameson--smart, abrasive, and downright gorgeous J.D. Jameson. Her dislike for the class action lawyer has grown in the eight years that they have worked side by side and now that they are both up for partner, she can barely contain her antagonism. It’s obvious that he feels the same way, or so Payton had always thought. But when they are forced to work together to reel in a new client, and J.D. praises her legal skills to the client, he seems to be...well, almost human. Maybe even nice. Still suspicious and wary of his motives, would Payton sabotage their new friendship, literally?
Julie James knows the law firm milieu intimately and throws out legal terms so realistically, you can swear you’re right there, cowering like a lowly law clerk, watching Payton and J.D. toss clever quips and barbs at each other in their power struggle for partner. Both protagonists are fully fleshed out, with genuine flaws and authentic vulnerability. In the plotting, dialog, characterization, and final happy ending, there is not a false note in the entire book. Amusing and engaging from first page to last, Julie James’s Practice Makes Perfect is guilty of laugh-out-loud enjoyment in the first degree.
Joanne Hamilton-Selway, ReaderToReader.com