Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Adams

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Annie Walker wants to find her perfect match in the small town of Rome, Kentucky, where the dating prospects are dwindling. Feeling like she might be the problem after a date calls her “unbelievably boring,” Annie decides to take lessons from the town’s sexy bodyguard, Will Griffin, who is tasked with helping her find love. Despite his reservations, Will agrees to help Annie, and as they spend more time together, their friendship becomes complicated. Annie realizes that her perfect match doesn’t need to be perfect, but just real.

Book review of Practice Makes Perfect

From the moment I embarked on this literary journey, I found myself in uncharted territory. Sarah Adams, known for her captivating novels, takes a departure from her usual style in Practice Makes Perfect.

Annie, the protagonist, unveils a side of herself that surprises even the most ardent fans. Her introspection and complex relationships add depth to the narrative. The subtle shift in rhythm became apparent as I delved deeper into the second half of the book. Both Annie and Will harbor their own insecurities, concealing their desires until the story unfolds. The initial impression of Annie’s self-assuredness fades, leaving behind a complex character yearning for something more profound. There are layers to be peeled, revealing their true aspirations.

While Annie and Will initially guard their hearts, their magnetic connection draws them closer together, resulting in an intriguing dance of emotions. Vulnerability intertwines with honesty as they grapple with the notion that they may not be the right match for each other. Witnessing their personal growth, both individually and as a couple, was an emotionally cathartic experience.

Practice Makes Perfect seamlessly balances lightheartedness with genuine emotions, intertwining humor and banter throughout. The heartwarming moments and delightful interactions provide respite from the characters’ anguished pasts, adding depth without overwhelming the reader. The town of Rome, Kentucky, with its endearing residents, adds a delightful touch to the narrative, allowing us to reunite with familiar faces and discover new ones.

While my enjoyment of the book was evident, I did find Annie’s behavior somewhat immature for her age. Additionally, the swift onset of romance between Annie and Will left me longing for a more gradual development. Nonetheless, the author’s writing style was a standout aspect, capturing my attention throughout the narrative.

Sarah Adams has once again succeeded in crafting a tale that leaves a lasting impression. I couldn’t help but yearn for more pages to savor their journey. Adams effortlessly captures the essence of small-town romance, complemented by the genuine desire for each other’s success. Also, the absence of explicit content and excessive profanity makes this book an ideal choice for readers seeking a heartwarming tale.

Final verdict

In conclusion, Practice Makes Perfect may have deviated from Sarah Adams’ previous works, but it remains a testament to her storytelling prowess. It offers a heartfelt embrace, as Rome, Kentucky, comes alive once again. Despite some minor reservations, the book captivated me, leaving a desire to explore more of Adams’ captivating universe.

Our Score


  • Well-developed characters: Practice Makes Perfect boasts characters with depth and complexity, making them relatable and engaging for readers.
  • Heartwarming small-town romance: The book captures the essence of a close-knit community, enveloping readers in a warm and charming atmosphere.
  • Humor and banter: The incorporation of humor throughout the story provides moments of levity, balancing the emotional depth and adding an enjoyable aspect to the narrative.


  • Sudden onset of romance: Some readers may find the swift development of the romantic relationship between Annie and Will to be too abrupt, longing for a more gradual buildup.
  • Immature portrayal of the protagonist: Annie’s behavior may come across as juvenile for her age, potentially hindering readers’ connection to the character.
  • Lack of intense conflict: The absence of a strong and compelling conflict might leave readers wanting more tension and obstacles for the characters to overcome, resulting in a less gripping narrative.
Practice Makes PerfectPublisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Publishing Group (May 2, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593500806
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593500804
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.19 x 0.8 x 8 inches

About Article Author

Jenna Carter

Jenna Carter spends most of her time immersed in the imaginary worlds that authors construct. Her favorite place in the world is a library full of old books where she hopes to one day find a hidden door to the world of Narnia.
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