Title: Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Jaybird Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 122 Pages
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 love this series, and I might even have to say this one is my favorite so far (I hope there’s a “so far”…). Dev is ridiculously adorable and geeky, and Ewan is sweet and sensitive. That right there is reason for me to be head over heels. The two of them together, though? They make it all worthwhile.
Like all the books in the series, this one is light on plot and heavy on character and steamy bedroom fun. Each one matches the personalities of the characters so perfectly, and this one I think does the best job. The whole thing is a delicious blend of nerdy, funny, smart, and sexy. I love right down to my toes how Dev and Ewan talk when they’re in bed together. It’s both funny and hot the way Ewan is so turned on by Dev’s geeky analysis of pretty much everything. It’s just plain adorable.
Naturally, there has to be some tension, and I like that it’s light and easily resolved. I’m not reading these books for gut-wrenching heartache and psychologically deep relationships. I’m reading them because they’re fun. So for me, I like how these two interact. Their reluctance to admit their feelings had me wanting to smack my head against the wall, but it worked well in context, and I adore how they resolve it all.
The characters from the previous two make their customary appearance, and I’m going to throw in my tiny cheer that Jez and Mac are still assuring us of their bisexuality as well as how wild about each other they continue to be. Rupert and Josh are not only fun, it’s nice to see them well-settled with each other too. We also got to meet a few new characters, and my hope is that maybe one of them will get a story next. Oh, and while I know the author writes m/m, someone pretty pretty please needs to write a f/f story for Ewan’s roomies. I’m already shipping them in my head.
All in all, this delighted me, and I’m ready for more!
This series just keeps getting better. The third book features a wonderfully innocent yet still rather filthy relationship between two young students. Much longer than Helping Hand, this is the story of maths geek Dev (his to do list includes creating a Grindr profile and gaining experience) and his sexy neighbour Ewan who accidentally gets Dev’s dildo in the post.
Just like in the first story, the arrangement between Dev and Ewan is practical at the start – a tutoring exchange of sorts.
I love the way Jay Northcote captures students and student life in this series. Familiar to anyone who has ever experienced life in a student residence, Dev and Ewan are vaguely independent, not quite grown up enough to master basic life skills (like cooking pasta) and randy as hell. This is as funny and sweet as the sex is incredibly hot.
While much of this story is a filthy and very guilty pleasure, Dev and Ewan also evolve into very real characters. At times, Dev is very much on the Autism spectrum and his calculated, earnest approach to sex education is brilliant. Ewan may have more experience in the bedroom but Dev runs circles around him in other areas. While the two are perfectly matched, clumsy post-adolescent angst makes the romance in this book both amusing and very tender in parts.
This is graphic, sexy fun. Jay Northcote is a favourite new adult writer and this is one of her best books yet.
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.
Jay writes contemporary gay romance about men who fall in love with other men, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words. Jay has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and she also publishes her own titles under the imprint Jaybird Press. Some of her books are now available as audiobooks.