5 stars Angst Level Author Provided Book College/University coming of age Contemporary Exploration Gay Geek/Jock Heat Index Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Virgin

Practice makes Perfect by Jay Northcote (Helping Hand Book 3) review

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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.


This is a super sweet, almost angst free story about two college boys who end up being neighbors. After an embarrassing first encounter, it becomes evident that Dev, a shy, virginal first year really needs the help of the slightly more worldly second-year, Ewan, when it comes to sex. Dev agrees to trade help with math for learning about sex and the two are immediately started on “getting to know each other better”.

Dev is sweetly socially inept but Ewan loves it and Ewan hadn’t realized how much he actually wanted a boyfriend til Dev comes along.

The only tense moments come when both boys are afraid they’re wanting too much from the relationship.

The smexy times are very sweet yet hot and the feels are fairly abundant. If you’ve been a fan of the series you’ll enjoy seeing a bit more of Mac and Jez as well as Josh and Rupert, but you can read this as a standalone, as well.

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars


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