Author ~ Jay Northcote
Publisher ~ Jaybird Press
Published ~ 22nd June 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/m 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.
Length: 54,000 words approx.
This book is a complete story and can be read as a stand-alone
4 “To-Do Lists” Stars!
You know those books that sort of envelope you, making you feel all squishy and all wrapped up in a warm hug? Well, Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote was one of those books for me. It was funny, charming and sweet with a little dirty sexy thrown in for good measure. I loved watching our two protagonists discovering just how wonderful it is when practice leads to sweet perfection.
Devrim Karadere (a.k.a. Dev) is a quirky, first year physics student who is determined to finally gain some sexual experience. After a disastrous experience with some homophobic ass-hats in his old dorm, Dev moved into a more LGBT-friendly place with different housemates. With his living situation all sorted, Dev is ready to tackle this whole “virgin” situation. He believes that he needs some experience before searching for Mr. Right. So, out comes the to-do lists and Dev looking for some loving in all the wrong places.
Ewan Campbell is a second year university student from Glasgow, Scotland. He lives next door to Dev and the pair cross paths. When Ewan accidentally opens a delivered package that he thought was meant for him, he discovers that there is more to his cute new neighbour than meets the eye. That’s one awkward encounter. Then Ewan comes across Dev’s profile on Grindr and feels like he needs to step in before Dev is eaten by the wolves. Make that two awkward encounters.
Dev and Ewan come to an “agreement” of sorts. Dev will tutor Ewan in math in exchange for Ewan helping him out with the whole no sexual experience situation. What ensues is some hilarity especially when it comes to Dev’s matter-of-fact ways and straight-forward talking. What also ensues is the beginnings of a tentative friendship and some seriously sexy times as both guys work their way through Dev’s “to-do” list. But, what happens when it becomes more than a good time between the sheets and feelings begin to emerge? Will it be more than either one of them can handle?
Dev and Ewan were both so adorably awkward and unsure. I loved that! However, there was some serious chemistry when they got down to it and all inhibitions disappeared. Dev’s eagerness to simply experience it all for the first time was so endearing. The fact that he was a little socially stunted only added to his charm. I absolutely loved him. Ewan was the perfect person to introduce Dev to the wonderful world of sex. I loved how he could not help but fall for his enthusiastic “student”. Something he was not expecting as he was certainly loving his free and single life before Dev came along.
I truly enjoyed reading Practice Makes Perfect. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was with Dev and Ewan. While this book is technically the third book in Ms. Northcote’s Housemates series, it can certainly be read as a stand-alone. A recommended read for contemporary MM romance fans!
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Meet Jay Northcote
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.