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


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.


Holy McHotPants, I love this book! First of all, how can I resist a title like this? Secondly, I’m kicking myself for taking so long to read a Penny Reid novel. And third, I adore awkward encounters with quirky characters and this book has it in spades!

From finding out her boyfriend cheated on her, to losing her job, Janie’s day couldn’t get any worse until the sexy security guard she affectionately calls “Sir Handsome McHotPants” has to escort her out of her office building. His piercing blue gaze and subtle smiles make her forget everything else, but he’s way out of her league. 

How can you not enjoy the odd and verbose Janie Morris with her brilliant mind, her beautiful nature, her unwarranted insecurities, and her practical, if not insightful, outlook on life? I was blown away by the fun facts and knowledge that Janie spills at inopportune times and it kept me laughing and chomping at the bit to learn more. Her awkwardness is endearing as she tries to understand her growing feelings for Quinn. Janie puts the very sexy and mysterious Quinn Sullivan in the friend zone because he’s a Wendell (a new one for me from the urban dictionary) and he doesn’t date. I love how Quinn watches Janie and encourages her to elaborate on her intelligent sagacities. At first, I thought he was making fun, but he truly loves her knowledge and idiosyncratic singularity. Quinn is such a mystery and I was captivated by how his personality and his intentions are slowly unwrapped. He’s very protective of Janie wanting to buy her a cell phone which she does not believe in. It’s funny and sweet as she reluctantly gives in to his demands when he promises to text her jokes every day. When they finally realize their true feelings, it’s very rewarding. After all, he makes her fearless and she makes him a good guy. However, not everything is revealed about their pasts with Janie’s crazy criminal family and Quinn’s estranged family. I can’t wait to read more in the sequel Neanderthal Marries Human. 

Janie’s crazy friends in her knitting group (Janie doesn’t knit) are her biggest supporters. They love to talk about fashion, fun, and men. I can’t wait to read their stories.

Pick up this heartwarming romantic comedy with endearing and quirky characters who are easy to relate to. It will not disappoint.

Knitting in the City Series:

1. Neanderthal Seeks Human (2013)
1.5 Neanderthal Marries Human (2014)
2. Friends Without Benefits (2013)
3. Love Hacked (2014)
4. Beauty and the Mustache (2014)
4.75 Ninja At First Sight (2015)
5. Happily Ever Ninja (2016)
6. Dating-ish (2017)
7. Marriage of Inconvenience (2018)
8. Neanderthal Seeks Extra Yarns (2018)


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Penny Reid is the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused mentorship incubator / publishing imprint, Smartypants Romance. She lives in Seattle Washington with her husband, three kids, and dog named Hazel.

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