ARC Review: Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote

Practice Makes Perfect Cover 1Blurb:

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.

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I read this one a while ago. In fact this was the first book I read after the shooting at Pulse in Orlando and I enjoyed it very much.
But when it came to writing the review I just couldn’t put into words how much I enjoyed it when on the inside I was so heartbroken and sad, because I didn’t want to write a half-assed review just so it was done. That wouldn’t have been fair on the author and the story.

Practice Makes Perfect is the third book in the Housemates series but can – just like the first two books – be read as a standalone. Although I’d recommend you also read the first two because they’re great too. 😉

Devrim Karadere or Dev, as he’s called, is a first year physics student who is determined to finally gain some sexual experiences. And to achieve that he writes a list of stuff he wants to learn so he can find Mr. Right.

Ewan Campbell is a student living in the same building as Dev and they meet when Ewan accidentally opens a package for Dev. Later Ewan finds Dev’s profile on Grindr and his protective side makes him go over to warn Dev about the pervs on there who are just looking for inexperienced guys. Somehow they agree that Dev will tutor Ewan in math and in return Ewan will show Dev how to do sex right. Nothing can go wrong with this, right? Right?? 😉

Of course both Ewan and Dev fall for each other while they get to know each other and enjoy the occasional blowjob, handjob, etc. But Ewan said at the beginning of this arrangement that he’s absolutely not looking for something other than fun. And Dev is only learning so he’s all prepared for meeting Mr. Right.
With any other author the miscommunication and skirting around the topic the MC’s should talk about would probably feel over the top and annoying but not with Jay Northcote. They way she writes it is like a warm hug. You’re waiting for them both to finally realise that they love each other but the journey to that has you smiling and sighing in happiness the whole time. For a few hours you can escape reality and enjoy a beautiful story of falling in love and realising that not everything goes as expected or planned.

I really enjoyed this story and definitely recommend it.

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Review Self Published Tag: Friends to Lovers Tag: Part of a series

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