Practice Makes Perfect (Vallie’s Review)

practice makes perfect
Title: Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 168
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 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

Awwww this was adorable! And sexy! And cute! And it had all the dirty fluff you could ever want!

I really like college darlings exploring their sexuality for the first time and seeing as this was the whole premise of the book, it was a total win for me.


Dev was like a cute puppy you want to snuggle with all night except for when his hormonal teenager side came out and then it was all about the smex. I totally sympathised with the obsessive list making as I do it all the time. His character was very interesting because he could be socially awkward and shy one minute and unfiltered master of dirty talk the next.


Ewan was equally adorable with a touch of naughty, as he did not miss the chance to be Dev’s sex teacher in exchange for math stats tutoring. He went to uni in Plymouth from Edinburgh to be closer to the beach and to live the single college life. Ewan was so very thoughtful and considerate with Dev and I really like that even though he volunteered to teach Dev all things sex, he wasn’t sleazy about it. He did not try and take advantage.

Have I seen a variation of this theme done before? Yes. Many times. But the story was written so well (thank you Jay Northcote) and the characters rang so true in my head, that it did not seem like “another one of those” books. It felt new and exciting. I especially liked how smoothly the transition from friends-with-benefits to the guys developing feelings for each other happened. It just flowed. Their interactions were sweet and very very hot, with minimal angst, and a super happy HEA.

Highly recommend!

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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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