Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ARC Review: Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote

Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

Dani's rating:

Take one ginger (pale skin, freckles, and all) who inadvertently opens an Amazon package belonging to his new neighbor. Said package contains a dildo, a very nice one at that. What's the neighborly thing to do? Why, return the dildo of course.

Nope, that's not awkward. AT ALL.

Add one dark-haired geek sporting sexy black-framed glasses who is eager to lose his virginity AND a whiz at maths.

Throw in some tutoring sessions (Ewan is crap at maths and needs help with statistics; Dev needs help with sex).

And watch the page light on FIRE.

There is no lack of steam here, y'all. I think my brain melted somewhere around the 20 percent mark and never recovered. These are college boys after all, and they have stamina aplenty.

Dev is one motivated virgin, and Ewan just wants to save Dev from the pervs of Grindr. He's doing it out of the goodness of his heart.


It's all rimming and blow jobs until someone gets hurt.

Both Dev and Ewan develop inconvenient feelings for each other. It's the conversations over chocolate shakes. And laughter. And cooking lessons. Plus, Dev is HAPPY. He's escaped the dorm filled with bullies and has great roommates. All he needs now is a boyfriend. *ahem*

But Ewan doesn't want to be tied down. He said so. Never mind that he looks at Dev with complete devotion and kisses his cheek so sweetly.

Because these MCs are 19 (maybe 20), they haven't developed the fine art of COMMUNICATION. Oy vey iz mir, a misunderstanding almost ruins it all! Ewan overhears something, but he gets it all wrong.

Remain calm & have no fear! These men can't stay away from each other, and the HEA, while tentative (because they're young and in college), feels like the real deal.

How can you not fall in love with these two? There's Ewan, with his contagious grin and flaming red hair, and Dev, with his lists and dirty talk. Dev is a study in contrasts: uptight but wanton, shy but adventurous, inexperienced but a quick learner. Ewan can't help but fall, and fall hard.

We do visit briefly with Mac & Jez (book 1), as well as Rupert & Josh (book 2), but Practice Makes Perfect can be read as a standalone (I don't recommend skipping the other stories, though; this series is just TOO GOOD to miss!).

I loved this story! It's sexy, FUN, well-written, humorous, a little bit angsty, and did I mention sexy?

"Jesus, you like the dirty talk, then? You're pretty kinky for a virgin."

"I wasn't trying to talk dirty. I just want to know what you like."

Ewan chuckled breathlessly. "Somehow that makes it all the hotter."

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Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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