August 03, 2015

Review: Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City #1.5) by Penny Reid

Title: Neanderthal Marries Human
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1.5
Genre: contemporary romance, humour, new adult, chick flick
There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 100k word novel.

Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book.

This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn).

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Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 **more McHotpants** STARS

“Proposing is like giving someone your dick and a sharp knife, then waiting to see what they do next.”

Here is the thing. I’m a bit concerned. There is a significant increase of weddings and Vegas trips in my reading selection at the moment. What’s wrong about that, you ask? Well, my fiancé and I can’t seem to figure out a wedding date and don’t get me started on the in-laws…
My point is, I think my subconscious is telling me something and I just wanted you all to be warned in case my reading habits get a bit bridezilla crazy out of hand. Just FYI!

Anywho. Beside the obvious topic in my life, it really should be illegal how much fun I have reading these books. Not only the wedding themed, but also the Penny Reid penned ones. That woman has a crazy ability to write quirky, unusual, non-annoying weirdos and I’m seriously in awe and a little addicted.

“Be beautiful for yourself, Janie. And only if you want to. If a man is worthy of you, he’ll see more beauty in who you are than in what you look like.”

Now Neanderthal Marries Human is fantastic and in hindsight much needed extension to Neanderthal Seeks Human. It tells the story of Janie and Quinn in the middle of their happily ever after...e.g. the proposal, planning the big day and the wedding itself. In true Janie fashion everything has a bit of a twist and a lot of random facts on top.

Quinn proposes to Janie on a trip to London and she in return gets the brilliant idea to create some artificial stress by doing a big ass wedding instead of the small one they actually want. You know, see if they can handle pressure as a couple. Because otherwise she would not be willing to marry him after only being together for a six months.

It's hilarious.

Plain and simple.

But not only that, the book also has a lot of heart. There are a few trials and tribulations to get through. Dealing with the family, Quinn making some changes to his business, bonkers knitting ladies and a trip to Vegas.

What could possibly go wrong?

“Oh, Quinn….” I gave him a sympathetic smile. “You really are Batman.”

This instalment is told both in Janie and Quinn's POV and brings some much needed insight into the somewhat stoic and guarded person that is Quinn Sullivan. The writing is as always phenomenal, on point and very engaging.

I'm going there, yes Neanderthal Marries Human gets 5 Stars whereas the first book only got 4. It might be the fact that I already know everyone and didn't need a 'getting used to' period, but this book just clicked with me and I will recommend this series to anyone who is in need for a light hearted and funny love story, with truly remarkable characters.

And yes, McHotpants and Sexy-Brains are on my all time favourite couple list, that's for sure.

Books by Penny Reid I have read:

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★5 Stars★ ★4 Stars★ ★4.5 Stars★ ★3.75 Stars★ ★4 Stars★
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