Review by: Alexander
SERIES: Housemates book 3
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
NARRATOR: Mark Steadman
PUBLISHER: Jaybird Press
LENGTH: 5 hours, 27 minutes
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
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 math 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 must admit that Practice Makes Perfect is my favorite of the books so far. I found Dev to be instantly endearing, and Ewan…a ginger (need I say more?)
Okay, Ewan was more than just his hair colour, far more, and yes, being a sex tutor may not seem like a hardship, but the circumstances surrounding the offer were unusual, to say the least. I found Dev’s idiosyncrasies and his approach to the exercise believable, with his lists and need for structure being addressed in a respectful way. Put them together and Ewan and Dev balance each other out.
There was definite chemistry between the guys as well, and not just in the bedroom. Their relationship evolved at a good pace and showed that a chance encounter can sometimes lead to more. Now I’m not saying that everything was sunshine and roses, because the nature of the tutoring agreement was the biggest obstacle for the guys, who for “some odd reason” (HAHAHA) didn’t communicate their growing feelings for each other. Good character building, low angst, and a fun plot made this the best of the series so far (see first line of my review above).
As usual, Steadman did a good job of the narration, technically perfect as far as I could tell. I had no trouble differentiating the different characters, and love that he is a British narrator and not an American doing a British accent. I will admit that Ewan’s accent was inconsistent which is unfortunate, but really the only issue I had with the narration.