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

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So one night last week I was mindlessly wandering around Amazon… Just taking a stroll through the bazillions of book possibilities and I stumbled across this… Instantly the cover grabbed me. Smart Romance! Well yes please I’ll take one of those. So I one-clicked, settled in to bed and became OBSESSED.

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.

Ok , so this is where it gets kind of book-crush awkward. The thing is… with this book… I LOVED EVERY SINGLE BIT.  EVERY. SINGLE. BIT. For me this was one of those elusive soul-mate books. And I literally spent the whole time I was reading the book both desperate to finish it but at the same time not wanting to get to the end because then what the freaking heck was I going to do?!

Undies on, undies on, high ho the dairy-o, I’m going to keep my undies on!

I’ll start with the Characters. For me, the characters absolutely without a doubt made this book. They were just so GOOD. We all know how important characters are (obviously). They need to capture you… And for me both Janie and Quinn AKA Sir McHotpants did that well and truly. I didn’t just like them, I loved them. (Not to mention the entire supporting cast of characters, those girls in the knitting circle made me wish they were real so I could have them as friends!) The main character Janie was possibly one of the most awesome females in a romance that I have come across. I more than loved that she wasn’t the usual fare you expect, you know… the witty but semi-bland pretty girl who is all and all, very normal. Here we have a girl who is different. Quirky. Completely ADORKABLE. She can prattle off more random trivia than Wikipedia and gets herself into some pretty rad awkward moments. She’s independent and has some insecurities and issues… So pretty much, she is one of us. Very quickly I had a girl crush.

At present, I thought about how the elevators were like mechanical horses, and I wondered if anyone loved them or named them. 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 won’t leave Janie to take all of the credit though… Quinn was more than just a potential love interest. He had some brains of his own, not to mention he was kind of mysterious and so not a goody two shoes. I don’t know if you guys are like me but I do love my fictional men to have a serving of some type of badness.

Ok enough crushing on the characters, because the story line was pretty darn good too. I loved that as well as the tried and true romantic formula there were some WTF storylines and dramas thrown in. I think a balance was struck and I will guarantee that you won’t read a carbon copy of this story. The book is longer than a quick romance read but it used every chapter well with so much goodness going on in there that I wasn’t bored for a second. I know I did mention to my BBH that the first bit is a bit slower going than the majority of it, but this wasn’t a negative to me… I appreciated the work put into the background story and the character building. Like I said above, it’s all about the characters! Oh and can I just say that I LOVED that the ending was both satisfying (like really satisfying… seriously don’t even think about skipping to ‘check out’ the last pages while you’re reading the start) but also left plenty of ‘to be continued’ ready for the next book. (Which is actually out this month on the 24th) So I feel like this book provides the best of both worlds!

So thank you Penny Reid. For writing such ridiculously awesome characters, in a really fantastic story that didn’t induce any eye-rolling, with an ending that did not make me sit staring at my kindle with my face shaped like a question mark. I absolutely cannot wait for Neanderthal Marries Human. Seriously. Cannot. Wait.

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