Release Blitz, Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote

I hope it’s been a great week so far! Today I’m excited to share Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote! This is a sweet read and features a shy, sexy geek. I hope you’ll check out my review, the great excerpt and the GIVEAWAY  too!

Happy Reading!


Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3) – Jay Northcote – Release Blitz, Review Tour & Giveaway

Author: Jay Northcote
Release Date: June 22
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Length: 54,000 words
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh 
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance 
Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great ideaóuntil the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he ís determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he ís starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He ís 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 Devís 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 theyíre going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each otheróbefore they get to the end of Devís list.

NB: Although this book is part of a series, it is a complete story with different main characters and can be read as a standalone. 

Jenn Review

4 Stars
I’m a big fan of Jay Northcote, love the writing and the characters and the storytelling and Practice Makes Perfect is a great addition to her stories! This is a fun, pretty low-angst read and I totally fell in love with Dev and Ewan!

Dev is a bit shy and a bit awkward and certainly a lot on the geeky side, but he’s also sweet and absolutely adorable. After a rough start at school he’s now in a safe, gay friendly house and is looking forward to new experiences. He even has a list – and on that list is making friends, losing his virginity and finding a boyfriend.

Ewan lives next door to Dev and after seeing his profile on Grinder and his request wanting experience, Ewan decides he’s the right for the job, not to mention safer. The two agree to an arrangement where Dev with help tutor Ewan and Ewan will be the one to help Dev gain sexual experience.

These two have a great and natural chemistry together. Despite having very different personalities, they are great together. Dev is very literal and analytic and Ewan’s teasing and cute and it plays well together. They do form a quick bond together and despite their initial intentions of no feelings-sex, both men quickly develop feeling for the other. Of course, there are misunderstandings and assumptions made on how the other feels, but these two figure it out.

Again, I loved Dev and Ewan together, they certainly are hot and steamy together but also sweet and loving as they work their way through friendship and eventually more. Practice Makes Perfect is a great combination of sweet and sexy with great characters you can’t help but fall in love with!


Sitting on his bed, Dev yawned, his full stomach making him sleepy. He stared at his phone as he contemplated calling home but decided he couldnít face it tonight. He loved his mum, but she did tend to bang on. Once she got him on the line, sheíd end up talking for ages and asking him a million questions he was too tired to answer. Instead, he sent his mum a quick text.
All moved in, everythingís good. Iím shattered now so Iím going to have an early night. Iíll call you tomorrow.
She replied within seconds as though sheíd been waiting for him to call.
Okay sweetie, glad youíre settled. Sleep well xxx
He picked up his notepad and crossed off phone home. Texting counted. He also crossed off everything else on his list for today.
That was Saturday done. Dev set his notepad aside, opened his laptop, and pulled up his lists app. He liked his notepad for day-to- day organisation; it gave him a certain satisfaction to cross out the things heíd done and to get to the end of the day with all the tasks completed. But for longer-term planning, he kept his lists on his Mac, synced to his phone.
For the first time in six months, Dev could breathe again. Finally he had a safe place where he could get back on track and look to the future. He began to type.
Things To Do This Term
Make some friends
Learn to cook
Research sex stuff
Join Grindr
Get some experience
Find a boyfriend
He stared at the words on the screen and sighed. That seemed like a lot of things to aim for. But it was good to have goals, right? Jez and Mac seemed really nice, so hopefully Dev was already on his way to achieving the first objective. And that bloke EwanÖ Devís mind conjured up the image of the flame-haired hunk who lived next door. Ewan had been friendly.
Maybe there was potential there too.
Author Bio:
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 storyñjust to see if she couldñand found it rather addictive. She hasnít stopped writing since.


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