June 23, 2015

Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid

Title: Neanderthal Seeks Human
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1
Genre: chick flick, contemporary romance, new adult
There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse.

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Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 **Hotty McHotpants** STARS

“Men should come with manuals, subtitles, and reset buttons.”

I'm still smiling. So adorable and cute and funny and weird. A really fantastic read or listen if you will. I did a little mix of ebook and audiobook here and it was delightful. The narrator had an amazing voice and I really enjoyed listening to her. I actually lost quite a few hours over the last two days being sucked into Janie's world and I don't regret one second of it.

Neanderthal Seeks Human was my very first full Penny Reid book. I know that's crazy, right? Well, I read The Hooker and the Hermit before, but that was co-authored with Ms. Cosway. In any case I'm really pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the rest in the Knitting in the City series.

Let's talk story...

“She said I owned the clothes of a radiologist and the shoes of an OBGYN; which is like the medical doctor equivalent of saying that I dressed like a librarian with a propensity of fuckmeboots.”

Janie Morris has the worst day of her life. She broke up with her boyfriend after he cheated on her. Her heels broke on the way to work. The outfit is ruined by spilled coffee. She just got fired from her job and then on top of that Mr. Hotty McHotpants decides it's the right day to talk to her for the first time. It's all a nightmare, really.

Janie is the epitome of quirkiness and has an extreme case of foot in mouth syndrome. She is highly intelligent, but equipped with barely any social skills. Anytime she tries to talk to a man it ends up with a verbal diarrhoea, and not just any old kind of rambling. No, Janie is a special girl with a very exceptional brain. She knows things, random things and she likes to share. Especially when she is nervous.

I have to say, she takes some getting used to. I'm sure there are people who find her annoying and can't stand her unusual kind of crazy, but I fell in love with her very early on. Not going to lie, there were times when I wanted to strangle her, but then she did something so sweet that I just fell hard all over again.

“My brain finds you more interesting than all the really interesting trivial facts I could be contemplating or researching at present.”

Quinn Sullivan. Mmmmh... What can I tell you about Sir McHotpants? He is very yummy to look at. Obviously. Janie catches his eye as he works in her office building as an afternoon security guard and on that faithful day she gets laid off Mr. McHotpants escorts her out of the building. After that, well let's just say their paths cross again and again. *wink wink*

Quinn is the silent stoic type. Very little words, but his actions speak volumes. He is kind, considerate and has the patience of a saint, but he is also very much in control, with a dash of dominance on the side. I really, really liked him.

And the two together? Magical.

“I wondered what steps I could take to remove the word ‘moisture’ or even ‘moist’ from the English language; I really hated the way it sounded and always went out of my way to avoid saying it. I also really didn’t like the word slacks.”

Neanderthal Seeks Human is one of those books where you should carefully consider your preferences before you pick it up. Are you in the mood for cuteness overflow? Are you willing to hear endless rants, witness ridiculous misunderstandings and sugar sweet chick-flick goodness? Then go right ahead and get on it. If any of those things make your teeth ache stay far away from it. Just FYI.

It's a feel good read through and through. Light, funny, sweet. What else do you want?

Oh, I know...did I mention Janie has a posse of knitting girlfriends? Well, they all play a significant role and the ladies get books of their own. Next stop Friends Without Benefits, but first the Neanderthal Marries Human. I'm going to be stuck in chick flick heaven for a while. Send help. ;D

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