Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1
Also in this series: Marriage of Inconvenience, Beauty and the Mustache
Published by Cipher-Naught on March 13th 2013
Narrator: Jennifer Grace
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 to make her an offer she can't refuse.
Neanderthal Seeks Human is book #1 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length, contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.
Neanderthal Seeks Human was my introduction to Ms. Reid’s writing and it was love at first read. I read it some time ago, but just realized I’ve never written a review for it.
Janie’s life seemed to fall apart all in one swoop. She found out her boyfriend cheated on her the same morning she got fired from her job. With a good run for a special appearance in A Series of Unfortunate Events, she found herself being rescued by Quinn, aka McHotpants. I will let you find out what else happened on your own, as I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun.
I loved Janie. I absolutely adored her freakishly weird traits, her atypical personality and particular view of the world. Her trivia spewing habit along with the biggest and truest heart made her one of my favorite characters ever.
Quinn was the epitome of silent and broody alpha: mysterious, aloof and hotter than lava. The fact that he totally melted for Janie was the absolute best.
Quinn and Janie’s interactions were so hilarious I can’t even, and I just love, loved, LOVED them together. While their chemistry was palpable, we didn’t get to witness any shenanigans in this one (but we do in the following book Neanderthal Marries Human, so don’t fret, we’ll eventually get to behold Quinn’s prowess 😉). I also wished there were some insights into Quinn’s mind, but alas, we don’t get lucky there either.
The first time I read this book, I thought it was the best thing since guacamole. Now, don’t get me wrong! This is still in my favorite-books-of-all-time list, but having since read more of Penny Reid’s work, this time around I found myself thinking this is not her best work. Neanderthal Seeks Human is still an amazing story, it’s just that her books have gotten more and more amazing through time and, in comparison, this one’s amazingness level is a tiny bit lower.
With some action, mystery and a lot of nerdy weirdness Neanderthal Seeks Human will have you smiling, laughing and snorting non-stop and I think everyone should read it.
Rating: 4+ “Trust The Reid” Stars
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