Practice Makes Perfect

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’ve kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as co-workers for one reason only: 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. 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…

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Accolades & Acclaim

TOP 10 ROMANCES OF 2009, BOOKLIST FINALIST IN THE 2010 READERS' CROWN AWARDS 2009 REVIEWER'S CHOICE, ALL ABOUT ROMANCE HONORABLE MENTION, 2009 BEACH BOOK FESTIVAL

“In her second novel . . . James presents a sophisticated contemporary romance set in legal circles, and proves that she is a master at conveying both courtroom and behind-the-scenes maneuvering. As her charmingly arrogant and ambitious characters spar endlessly and entertainingly, they inadvertently reveal their insecurities and personal foibles, while competing for high stakes in both business and love.” —Booklist (Starred Review) “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 “Practice Makes Perfect is a fast-paced romantic comedy, packed with hilarious situations and sharp dialogue reminiscent of the best examples of old Hollywood Screwball Comedies. With the plus that Julie James has a background in law which adds verisimilitude to the legal proceedings described in the book, the old trope of enemies-turned-lovers is brought to life by a talented writer… expect a lot of sparks to fly between her engaging characters.” —Sacramento Book Review [showhide type="text" more_text="← view more acclaim" less_text=""  hidden="yes"] A “delightful and fast-moving romance . . . a surprisingly heartwarming tale of love” —RT BOOKreviews “I really enjoyed the story and there were times I had to cover my mouth to prevent my laughter from waking up my sleeping husband.” Dear Author “Charismatic characters, witty banter, and a sweetly developed romantic relationship make PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT stand out from the crowd. The slow realization of their true feelings and the secret that J.D.’s been keeping for the past eight years make the end even more satisfying.” Fresh Fiction
“Julie James has a knack for writing those perfect for a day at the beach reads. The books that keep a smile on your face and a laugh waiting to bubble right out of your mouth . . . [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
“Practice Makes Perfect was a very enjoyable read. . . . If you like contemporary romances but want to get away from the small town/sheriff/single mom/secret baby/SEAL formula, you will take this book to your hearts.” —All About Romance
“I wish more books were like this one. Deliciously funny, easy to read, enjoyable and gripping. . . . Pure, unmitigated fun. . . . Smart and engaging – simply a damn good contemporary romance. . . . In the end it all boils down to this: if practice makes perfect, then I cannot wait for what Julie James comes up with next.” —The Book Smugglers
“What a fun story! . . . The dialogue is excellent, funny, and realistic. The [ ] bantering and insults will make you smile and laugh out loud. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT is a Perfect 10, a light, thoroughly satisfying romance that readers are sure to enjoy.” —Romance Reviews Today “Practice Makes Perfect is another pitch perfect romance. Ms. James does a terrific job of building the sexual tension between the leads . . . [and] makes you root deeply for them to get together. The book is sharply written and sparkles with smart and witty characters and dialogue. Practice Makes Perfect will immediately go to my keeper shelf as a fun and entertaining romance pick-me-up.” —Katidom “I loved it! The dialogue, the references to Pride and Prejudice, the sarcastic comments and the characters!! Loved it loved it loved it. And the humor. I caught myself laughing out loud quite a bit. . . . It had just the right combination of emotion, humor and excellent writing.” —The Thrifty Reader “[Julie James] is only getting better with each book she writes. . . . The plot moves so well you won’t be able to put the book down till you’re finished with it. . . and the happily ever after will make you cheer. . . . Pick this book up and you won’t be able to put it down. And you will definitely add Ms. James to your favorite author’s list. ” —Night Owl Reviews (Reviewer Top Pick) “The banter between Payton and J.D. is priceless! I was giggling and rooting them on as they made sarcastic little digs at one another. . . . Then when you add in a heavy dose of sexual tension, I was devouring this book as quickly as my little eyes could read. So if 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 “Julie James is a contemporary romance writer to keep your eye on! . . . PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT is charming and amusing. J.D. and Payton will keep readers on their toes as they toss back verbal barbs while also falling in love. This is a solidly wonderful contemporary romance.” —Romance Junkies “Practice Makes Perfect is one of the best opposites attract stories I have read in recent memory. . . . I felt like I was in the middle of a 1940’s screwball comedy like His Girl Friday or The Philadelphia Story with J.D. as Cary Grant and Payton as Rosalind Russell or Katherine Hepburn. This is a zany, laugh out loud book that I didn’t want to end. . . . Practice Makes Perfect will officially be my first “A” book for 2009 and will be in my top five list.” —Babbling About Books “Do you like a straight up Contemporary Romance? Then [Julie James] is a must read. Having recently finished reading her two releases, I have added Julie to my auto-buy list. Yes, her books are that great.” —What Women Read “Practice Makes Perfect is one heck of a book. . . . Ms. James has taken the inner workings of a law firm and turned them into her own little circus, giving this tale a very fun and flirty feeling… The [hero and heroine] will have you grabbing your sides, you are laughing so hard, and I just know that this entertaining, brilliant, and amusing novel will keep you smiling until the very end.” —Coffee Time Romance “This book is the kind of contemporary that I think has been missing out there for awhile. It fairly crackles with the lively verbal exchanges and simmering sexual tension…I had such a blast reading this book, more so than I’ve had while reading in a long time.” —Stacey’s Place on Earth “One of the best contemporary romances I have read in months! This book was such a great fast-paced, action packed read, that it is a keeper for me and a new favorite author of mine. . . . The sexual tension between Payton and JD is off the charts and as explosive as dynamite. I absolutely loved the witty repartee and the constant competition that ran throughout the story. . . . This story offers it all, phenomenal characters, a titillating plot, and a whole host of emotions. It’s just not possible to fit all the good things this book has to offer in one review, so go check it out yourself today.” —The Romance Studio “I really enjoyed this book… There were many LOL moments and I always enjoy that in a book. . . . I quite happily recommend this one[.]” Ramblings on Romance “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.” Reader to Reader “Julie James has an office romance you will not forget in Practice Makes Perfect. . . . Practice Makes Perfect has a lot of angst and emotional pull to keep you glued to the pages. The pure romance will make you smile and want much more of Julie James in the future I know I sure do.” —Two Lips Reviews “[T[his one is too much fun to read…. Practice Makes Perfect is a top notch romantic comedy that works wonderfully on me. If you want a fun romantic comedy that is as far away as can be from the usual Navy SEAL or small town sheriff retreads, with adorable bad boys and heroines who actually come off as human, take a look at this one. And the previous book as well, of course.” —Mrs. Giggles “Julie James hits the bull’s eye once again with a totally hilarious but sexy novel in Practice Makes Perfect. . . . Laughing out loud more than once (hint: courtroom scene), I found Practice Makes Perfect to be playful, passionate and remarkably close to being a perfect book. I can’t wait to see what Ms. James has in store for her next release. I will definitely be buying and reading it no matter what!” Joyfully Reviewed (Perfect 10 Review) [/showhide]