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Jay Northcote's words are a perfect match with Mark Steadman's narration. Great story that features friends with benefits to more.
What made the experience of listening to Practice Makes Perfect the most enjoyable?
everything about it really.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Practice Makes Perfect?
the respect between them, its a hookup or a fling but they are still so honest and there is no big drama.
What about Mark Steadman’s performance did you like?
the narrator what very good, loved is accent and the way he differentiated each character. He was sometime a bit flat, especially in sex scenes when I would have liked more emotion or feeling in his voice.
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i really like Jay Nortcote's books, maybe because he is a trans man he can add another dimension of masculinity. I know it sounds odd but I feel like he really pays attention to things other books don’t. It's a nice read with a HEA from an author who brings a new edge to LGBT M/M romance, in my opinion anyway, and I loved it A LOT.I liked the fact the fast way the Dev and Ewan together was so believable even though it was fast and out of the blue. Dev is so cute and the way they explore each other is lovely, respectful while still sexy and romantic. I haven't read the other book in this series but now I will definitely read them, especially the newest one about a transgender man starting over and learning how to live as a man while transitioning. I think it's so important to have these voices and characters that are not mainstream but still in a romantic HEA setting.
This is the third book in the Housemates series. Each story focuses on a couple who are brought together through a ‘friends with benefits’ type arrangement. In this case, Ewan teaches Dev ‘how to do’ the various sexual acts on his ‘to-do list'.
Dev is different from most characters I’ve read. For an eighteen year old, he is extremely mature, as are all the Housemates characters—think teenage bodies with men’s heads. Dev has set ways of doing things and is well organised. He is very logical, down to writing lists of things he has to do. He is a socially awkward and rather geeky guy, susceptible to bullying, and struggling to find his way during his first year at uni. All these things made him adorable.
Ewan is the gorgeous ginger hunk of a neighbour who volunteers to help Dev gain experience with sex in exchange for some Maths tutoring.
Of course, they soon fall for each other and give the impression they are only going through the motions so Dev is prepared for his first boyfriend—which Ewan is at pains to point out he doesn’t want when they first meet.
And herein lies the problem. Neither has the nerve to admit their arrangement has led to feelings developing for the other, nor do they have the confidence to ask the other out on a date. One partially overheard conversation almost leads to the end of their budding friendship. I particularly enjoyed the angsty scenes that followed this miscommunication, though. I just love all those tingles. And no worries, it’s all resolved pretty swiftly.
There are plenty of cute moments between the two guys along the way. Plus their inhibitions seem to disappear during their very steamy and hot sex scenes together. We are treated to recipe tips too as Ewan teaches Dev how to cook. They make a captivating couple, although I would have liked more dialogue to show them getting to know each other and what they liked about the other person rather than focusing mainly on the actions of what they do.
I liked that we get glimpses of the previous happy couples—Jez and Mac and Josh and Rupert—and see they are still very much in love as well as contributing to this storyline.
Overall, another enjoyable sexy and very British story from Jay.
The audio version is superbly narrated by Mark Steadman. I'm glad he has continued to narrate this series. I like his voice and the fact that it sounds the right age for these young characters. He narrates at a steady pace and packs plenty of emotion into the more intense scenes. His distinctions between the various voices and personalities are subtle but clear, and his Scots accent for Ewan was soft and sexy to match his personality.
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