Practice Makes Perfect

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Reread 2015
This is one of those book that I read when I need something quick to munch on. Something that I already know is going to make me smile and sigh.

Except when I was her age, I still thought boys looked like Ken dolls down there, so I'm sure she's smiling about puppies or something...
But that's beside the point. Little Rapunzel looks like I felt after reading this. Happy, content, and maybe a bit starry-eyed.
And let's face it, when it comes to romance, most of the time I look like this:

But this story & Just the Sexiest Man Alive, are the two books that I pick up every few years and read just...because.
Are they really both 5 star books
I honestly have no idea at this point. But they fill a Mighty Need in my belly for a bit of fluffy humorous romance every now and then.

Practice Makes Perfect doesn't have much in the way of sex (one or two scenes towards the end), but I actually prefer it that way. I tend to skim over the sexytimes in most books nowadays, anyway. Because if they aren't done to perfection they have a tendency to gross me out with all the talk of juices and scents. Sorry, that's just not what I personally want to read about. Reading about someone licking and tasting another person has the same effect on my vagina as spreading my legs under one of those industrial strength hand dryers they have at rest stops. Not only does it not make my panties moist, it's like I get early onset menopause.
My reaction to reading about smelly dripping bodily fluids

Ok, so in that sense, these books are quite perfect for me. But that's not the only reason I enjoy them. Because if all I wanted was less Sweaty Slip 'n Slide, I could just avoid romance entirely.
Alas, no.
I still have emotional needs that must be met. And I've been married waaay too long to be under the illusion that my husband is going to swoop in and fill that role.
I ain't even mad, baby. We've been staring at each other for too many years to get butterflies in our tummies. Besides, I think that the fact that you don't make (much) fun of the way I fart in my sleep, says something about how much you love me.

Still. I'm a woman. And as such, I must have (at the very least!) a fantasy life that allows me to get in touch with that gooey nougat in the center of my soul. And this book lets me safely fantasize about the kind of love that...well, you can only find in books.

But I could probably find a mushy romance pretty easily. So what sets this book apart from the nine bjillion other romances out there that I've read
Is the amazingly hawt JD

Well, no. Not really. I mean, he's great, but in real-life he's not my fantasy guy. I mean, he's rich, smart, driven, and in great shape.
So, yeah. Who the hell wants that
Well, Payton does, even if she won't admit it. She thinks he's nothing but a pompous ass, but, in reality, they could be twins. In fact, they're pretty much just different sides of the same coin. Even though they have seem to have opposing views on things, they're very similar at their core.
Naturally, this causes problems.

At first, they were just pseudo-rivals at work. Each trying to outdo the other for some imaginary bragging rights. But due to a new policy their firm enacted, they suddenly become true rivals in order to win the coveted partnership position.

And here's where this book wins me over!
For me to truly love a romance novel, it has to be funny.

James just shines when it comes to writing humorous situations & dialogue! And, yes, it's silly and over the top in instances, but I still laughed at the stuff these two did to each other while trying to win the partnership spot. Sure, there are a lot of misunderstandings that complicate matters and lead to problems that could have been easily avoided. And if this were a different book, I'd be the first one in line to angrily point out that all the drama was stupid, and that these two would never have acted so unprofessionally, etc., blah, blah, blah.

But, for some reason, I don't mind the nonsense at all!
And when they finally get together
Be still my fluttery little heart...

I love this so much! One of my favorites! Read it immediately!
Alright, just remember that I warned you that this was an old favorite of mine, so my feelings and opinions might be a bit tainted. No, they're not! I'm probably biased, so take my 5 star rating with a grain of salt.

Older (much shorter) reviews (view spoiler)[
I. Loved. It. I loved it! This is a great contemporary romance, with some of the funniest scenes and dialogue that I've read in quite a while! Julie James is definitely going onto my list of Favorite Authors!

2012 Review

Finished a re-read of this a few hours ago, and I'm still smiling.
God, this is such a cute story! (hide spoiler)]

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.

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