Also by this author: Dating-ish, Beard in Mind
Also in this series: Dating-ish, Friends Without Benefits
Series: Knitting In The City #1
on March 14 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Smart 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- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Hi there! I’m so sorry, I know I’m late to the party!

Finally I got around reading Neanderthal Seeks Human. I’ll keep this review short since there is a gazillion of reviews already posted by people who are much more eloquent than me.

I adore Penny Reid. She has the most interesting, often adorkable and sweetest main characters. Her way of telling a story is always entertaining and makes you feel invested in the lives of her characters.
In the first of the Knitting In The City series we meet Janie, a quirky heroine who is so socially awkward that it felt painful to me – but not in a bad way. I felt compassion for her own frustration with herself yet was tickled silly by all the various scientific facts that came out of her when she became nervous.

The man who adores her, champions her and accepts her eccentricities is Quinn, a man with secrets who is not very forthcoming with them. Janie, being her oblivious self, only discovers that he is her new boss after more than half of the story, which I found a little unbelievable – even for somebody as oblivious to her environment as she is. It was pretty obvious to me from the beginning.

“You make me want to be less of an asshole.”

Anyhoo, Quinn. Stoic, taciturn, protective and oh so endearing because of his own insecurities which he let Janie see. I loved that he wasn’t the usual alpha male we usually get, all perfect and overly self confident. I LOVED that he never wanted to change Janie but totally got off on her quirkiness. Gah. Perfect specimen. And his daily jokes. Totally spoke to the geek in me.

“If I were a function, you would be my asymptote. I always tend toward you.”

I got a little frustrated with Janie and her incredulity that Quinn is interested in her – I understand that she was scared but even the most oblivious creature had to see how much he was into her. Maybe I’m a little harsh here because I don’t have her social ineptness but it just got a little too much at some point. However, she is still a fascinating character and endeared herself to me with all her peculiarities.

I lost myself to him and to myself; to trust and to faith; and in that moment, I was fearless.

Oops, not as short as I thought.

My science craving brain totally loved all those scientific facts and I squealed when Penny mentioned the dorsal fin collapse of killer whales in captivity.

Bottom line, if you love a fun, light read with depth that will still make you think and learn some scientific tidbits on the side pick this up!


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  • I know that this is really crazy but you know I haven’t read this author yet. I get really really nervous about hyped authors and books, since most of the time I don’t enjoy them like everyone else. However I really do need to brave the “frontier” and get on reading this author. I do love it when author put in some science in their books.

    • So here’s the thing: I ADORE Penny Reid’s books. My first book by her was Bears Science which was…I don’t know how many she’d published before than but she had a good amount under her belt. Now I’m catching up with her first series and let me tell you…she grows with every books. I LOVE her characters and her romance is really smart. I always learn a thing or ten. Try her, I really think you’d love her.

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