Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Perfect 10: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT


PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – Julie James
A Perfect 10
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-22674-2
March 2009
Contemporary Romance

Chicago, Illinois – Present Day

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are attorneys who have been working in the same law office for the past eight years. They are very competitive and antagonistic toward each other. Sarcasm and snide remarks are the order of the day. Payton has been working hard, trying to make partner, but the annoying J.D. is always earlier into the office, and also on the way to a partnership in the firm. Payton and J.D. are called into the boss’s office and assigned to work on a class action lawsuit. The huge company involved in the suit, Gibson’s Drug Stores, is headed up by CEO Jasper Conroy, who has contacted three prestigious law offices trying to decide which office would best fit his lawsuit. Payton and J.D. must work together to retain Gibson’s. Neither is happy with the prospect.

J.D. inherited an expensive car – a Bentley – from his wealthy grandfather, and lives in a beautiful 44th floor apartment overlooking Lake Michigan. Payton was raised by a single mother with little money. J.D. is conservative, Payton is liberal. They are both attractive people bent on success.

Over dinner with their new clients, Payton and J.D. praise each other’s work ethic and strategies. For the first time, they look at each other in a different way, without malice. Jasper and his men are impressed with their arguments in favor of their firm being chosen, but it isn’t long before J.D. insults Payton, and she gives him the silent treatment. Are these two ever going to get along so that they can work together in harmony? And then the crowning blow – they are told only one of them will make partner this year! Things go from bad to worse.

What a fun story! I really enjoyed both Payton and J.D. as they were forced to work together. They are more alike than they realize – both are workaholics determined to succeed; they both have parental problems, and they are both beautiful people climbing the corporate ladder with little time for relationships. The dialogue is excellent, funny, and realistic. Their 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.

Marilyn Heyman

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I soooo want to read this. AND I am now going to have to get Just the Sexiest Man Alive as well. My husband hates it when I surf the blogs....lol