3/5, Contemporary Romance

practice-makes-perfectFrom the back of the book:

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’reĀ  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 of 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 names partner. Now it’s an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar…

This is the second book that I have read by Julie James. I have to say that I liked the first one (JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE) better. This book had way too much legalese for me. I liked the story and the characters, but every time something technical would come up I was thrown out of the story. For example, at one point a deposition needs to be taken and the author goes into a lot of detail about what kind of deposition using numbers and letters. It makes no difference to the story what kind of deposition it was, so all of that information took away from the story. I liked both characters, but felt that there was a lot of juvenile behaviour that didn’t fit their personalities. I look forward to reading more by Julie James, and hope that there is a lot less law stuff to it and more romance!

the book girl gives PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT by Julie James 3/5!

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3/5, Historical Romance

confessionsFrom the back of the book:

She spied him in the shadows…

And in an instant, Thalia Langley knew the man before her was no saint. He might claim to be the Duke of Hollindrake’s unassuming country cousin, but no man that handsome, that arresting, could be anything but…well, he simply must be an unrepentant rogue. His cat-like grace and power leave Tally shivering in her slippers at the notion of all the wicked, forbidden things he might be capable of doing…to her.

Indeed, Lord Larken is no bumbling vicar, but a master spy there in his majesty’s service to find – and murder – a notorious pirate freed in a daring prison escape. Devoted to the Crown, Larken’s not about to let an interfering (and not entirely innocent) Mayfair miss disrupt his ruthless plans. Yet how can he be anything but tempted by this lady in a little black gown… a dress tantalizing enough to lead even Larken astray.

Confessions of A Little Black Gown is part of a series that started with Love Letters from a Duke, but is completely a stand-alone. I didn’t read the first book, so didn’t have a real feel for the characters before starting, but it didn’t bother me. Although I am curious that if I read the first book what my opinion of Thalia’s sister would be – I didn’t care for her in this book at all. The story moves quickly and immediately pulls the reader in. I loved how Larken was trying to act a certain way, but couldn’t with Thalia. The instant attraction between them set just the right tone for the love story that develops.

I didn’t enjoy the way everyone was ordered around by Thalia’s sister or the way the conflict of the story played out. It was drawn out for 3/4 of the book and then in the last 1/4 was rushed.

The next book in the series is, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress. I tried to read it, but couldn’t get into the book. It takes place 27 years later than Confessions of a Little Black Gown and it just didn’t draw me in.

the book girl gives Confessions of a Little Black Gown 3/5

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To find more about the author: Elizabeth Boyle