Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/22/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
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.
I loved the first book in the Housemates series and adored the second book as well. The third book has a lot of great things going for it though I didn’t love it as much as the first two. However, a Jay Northcote book not as good as some of her others is still a great one.
My biggest issue with Practice Makes Perfect is that it’s using the same trope as the first two. Two guys start with a no strings attached sexual relationship and it becomes love. Northcote does an excellent job at taking a simple trope and making it fresh and original but within a series it can seem rather redundant.
The thing that makes this story really stand out are the main characters, especially Dev. Dev is a truly fresh and unique character. He isn’t great with other people and could easily be described as anti-social. He also loves to make lists—about everything! I loved this character trait because I haven’t seen it often in the genre. The fact that Ewan is a ginger helps too because I adore gingers.
As I’ve said before Northcote can take a simple trope and elevate it to so much more. Practice Makes Perfect is a highly enjoyable read and I’d recommend it whether you’ve read the rest of the series or not.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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