Review ♥ Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

January 2, 2016 Angela Reviews, Romantic Comedy

Review ♥ Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny ReidNeanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1) by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1
Published by Caped Publishing on March 14th 2013
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Pages: 394


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.

This book was awesome sauce! Based on the Penny Reid books I previously read I was expecting a loveable, quirky heroine, and Reid didn’t disappoint me. If I had to pick an adjective to describe this story, it would be adorable.

Janie is a brainiac who suffers from verbal diarrhea of Wikipedia facts whenever she feels anxious. Her life is regimented, and she relies on being in control.

I liked labels; I liked putting people and things into categories. It helped me calibrate my expectations of people and relationships.

Things have never been less orderly than when she finds herself boyfriend-less, shoe-less, jobless, homeless, and stuck in a bathroom stall with no toilet paper—all on the same day. To make matters worse, she finally comes face to face with the building security guard she’s been secretly lusting after, Sir Handsome McHotpants (a.k.a. Quinn).

Every part of him looked Photoshopped.

Quinn’s interest in her is completely unexpected, and Janie’s strong attraction to him forces her well outside of her comfort zone.

Janie is definitely the kookiest of wacky heroines. I mean, who joins a knitting circle without knowing how to knit and with no intention of learning? Still, I found her to be incredibly endearing. I loved how flustered Janie gets whenever she is around Quinn. Her factoids are amusing, and his patient coaxing is charming. He really is the dreamiest of book boyfriends. Their developing relationship is expertly paced with minimal drama. Thank goodness there’s no Insta-love.

The epilogue is wonderful. However, I felt like some of the side plots—especially those involving Janie’s sister and Quinn’s past—are left unresolved.

This is a great start to the Knitting in the City series. The ladies in Janie’s knitting club are a laugh riot, and I look forward to learning more about each of them in the subsequent books.

Recommended for fans of:
Romantic comedy
Quirky heroines
Low steam
Kick-ass knitters


About Penny Reid

Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.



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