Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Audiobook Review: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
That ruthless corporate law world is highlighted in Julie James' Practice Makes Perfect, where senior associates Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson vie for partnership while trying to fight their mutual attraction. Practice Makes Perfect was my first read from James and to this day it remains my favorite of her books, one I've frequently reread. My expectations, therefore, were pretty high for the recently produced audio version of the book. Happily, I didn't just like the audiobook — I full-on loved it.
Synopsis: 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 only: to make partner at the firm. 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... — Goodreads
My thoughts: I enjoyed the Practice Makes Perfect audiobook so much that I listened to parts of it more than once. Narrator Karen White was pitch-perfect throughout and her performance captured many of the things I love about the book. And, yes, Practice Makes Perfect retains its spot as my favorite Julie James book. The chemistry between Payton and J.D. is sizzling, and I love how they each come to recognize and respect each other as great lawyers while they falling in love. Despite the challenges they face and the way they compete with each other, I fully believe in their happily ever after.
The romance between Payton and J.D. is alternately sweet and hot. James does an excellent job of building the sexual tension between the two, and when it finally breaks...oh boy. I also appreciate how James deftly uses humor in her books (see my review of Love Irresistibly) and Practice Makes Perfect highlights that. The partnership drama fuels the competition between Payton and J.D., but there are some laugh-out-loud funny moments that prevent the professional conflict from weighing down the book.
While I love the book, I also highly recommend the audio version of Practice Makes Perfect. Karen White's narration was completely enjoyable, and I was particularly impressed with her performance of the male characters. All of the men have clearly delineated personalities and J.D.'s cavalier charm is totally engaging. It isn't often that I want to commit nearly ten hours of my life to relistening to an audiobook, but I'll definitely make an exception for this one.
Length: 9 hours, 5 minutes
Audio Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: May 27, 2013
Disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher and narrator in return for a fair and honest review.