Book Review: Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3) by Jay Northcote

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates, #3)


My rating:of 5 check marks

Received: Advance Reader’s Copy kindly provided by publisher/author
Publication Date: June 22, 2016
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Point of View: Third Person (Ryan & Sam)
Genres & Themes: Romance, M/M Romance, Contemporary,  College, New Adult


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


There’s this viner-turned-youtuber, Alx James, who once did a storytime on receiving a package at his house one day. Naturally, one would open said package, because if something is delivered to your house in a form of a box, you do not care if you even have ordered anything. Hell, I go to my mailbox everyday wishing I got someone books in the post—and I’m on a book buying ban, ffs! Anyway, the plot twist of the story is that Alx knew the package wasn’t his, label clearly read with someone else’s name, so not Alx James, what did Alx James do? Open it, naturally. Obviously. Why not. What did he find? Dildos, all the dildos. Now, what if this was a cute-meet? Well…

Practice Makes Perfect starts with inadvertently opening a package with…you guesses it… a dildo. Where Alx James did a video seen by thousands, Ewan took it open himself to return it—I mean it was the neighborly thing to do, right? This leads to our list-making, inexperienced virgin looking to do some research, Dev.

“I’m sure you can manage it after all that experience you’ve been getting.” 

“Oh, I don’t know. I think I still need to work on my skills.”

“Practice makes perfect,” Ewan said. […]

“Well, I’d better get on with it, then.”

Both Dev and Ewan are looking for some tutors—of different subjects; maths and anatomy, if you know what I mean. Ewan needs major help in the math department seeing as how finals are drawing near and he isn’t doing so well. Dev, on the other hand, has finally made it out of his bully-infested dorm, and is looking to learn all things sex. He even has a list to go with it.

What stars off as merely ticking off items of a list, quickly has them going off script. And that’s exactly how it felt reading it. Dev although inexperience is so blunt with what he wants.

“Jesus, you like the dirty talk, then? You’re pretty kinky for a virgin.”

“I wasn’t trying to talk dirty. I just want to know what you like.”

Ewan chuckled breathlessly. “Somehow that makes it all the hotter.”

I love Dev and his little list making, and how diligent he was at it. How his matter-of-fact tone made it all the more steamier. Add in some cooking classes and I was in love. Plus, the misunderstanding which might have irked me some, was made all better when this two couldn’t stay away long enough to draw it out into the misunderstanding trope.

But Dev and Ewan aren’t looking for a relationship, or at least but think they aren’t looking for one with each other…

Housemates cameos are one of my favorites, because although they make an appearance it doesn’t detract nor draw attention from the main couple in the story.

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