Practice Makes Perfect (Ele’s review)

Practice Makes Perfect
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: June 22nd 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 168 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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.

Length: 54,000 words approx.
This book is a complete story and can be read as a stand-alone

Dev Karadere has a list. An important one…


Yes, this kind of list. And Ewan is the perfect guy to help him cross things off.

This is mostly an angst-free book, and seemingly there’s not much going on. The beauty of this story lies in the very likeable and interesting characters, and the sex lessons themselves.

Jay Northcote once again caters to my needs, because she created Ewan. Everyone who knows me, is aware of my love for gingers, but this ginger….he’s just the way I like ’em. Pale, freckled, with amber eyes…and hair practically orange! My brain melted a little when Dev described him. But it’s not just looks. I loved his protective streak towards Dev, and the little bit of jealousy detected in his behaviour. Oh, and he’s a great blowjob instructor.


As for Dev…I just loved him so much. I adored his personality and his habit to make lists for EVERYTHING! He’s smart and witty, but at the same time he’s oblivious to how hot and desirable he is. Dev might feel insecure, but to my eyes he’s brave. He had a rough time but he won’t let it stop him. He needs sexual experience and he will get it, dammit! And let me tell you, Dev negotiates sex like nobody’s business. Which was also all kinds of adorable.

There’s a lot of sex in this book, and I mean A LOT of sex. It’s like this…


…all the time.

But it’s in the form of sex lessons so it didn’t get repetitive. It was imperfect, enthousiastic, passionate, and all kinds of hot. I loved that Dev was uninhibited and open to try a lot of stuff despite his inexperience. And I loved that Ewan felt like he tried things for the first time, despite his experience.

The little bit of angst towards the end was to be expected, because it was obvious from the beginning that feelings were getting in the way, and the lessons weren’t just lessons anymore.

Dev and Ewan don’t know how to hande this (because young), so they screwed things up (because young) and act a little bit like assholes (bacause….young!)

There are cooking sessions (which had me drooling and I’m so going to try out the recipes), watching the sunset side by side from Hoe Park, and great cameo appearances of the characters from the first two books.

Oh, and dildos. There are dildos too!

I really loved Dev and Ewan’s story. Definately recommended when you ‘re looking for something light, sexy, with a nice dose of feels. And as always, very well-written.

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Galley copy of Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3) provided by Jay Northcote in exchange of an honest review.


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