Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance (Knitting in the City #1) – Penny Reid




This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the first book in the Knitting in the City series.

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.


My review :


A girl with no filter, funny as hell and with TMTI : check!
A hot guy, Mr Sir McHotpants, sexy as hell, mysterious, by the way handsome: check!
A hilarious, funny story with amazing characters which put you in a good mood : check!

First, when i saw the cover and the tittle i was already sold! How can i say it , this book is a total blast! I love everything in it : the story, the characters, the interaction between all them, but especially Janie and Quinn!!!

Janie is young woman who was downsized from her job after she learned that her boyfriend John, cheated on her. As the day started very badly, she met Quinn Sullivan, who she suspected to work as security guy. I love this character and how much her brain works, she’s so natural, no filter and says what she thinks! When she feels uncomfortable or unnerved, she goes to TMTI mode, always have an explanation for everything at anytime. This character is just great and i love how smart she is but totally oblivious to relationships, she likes to be independent and to be alone. For the first time, someone is drawing her attention and unnerved her: a dark haired man with piercing blue eyes.

Quinn is….smash, smash, smash, the peak of attractiveness, hotness, sexiness, and very mysterious! He never shows how he feels until Janie, this « weird » but beautiful woman, smart with a body of an amazon warrior! This red-haired woman attracted him like a magnet and he can’t stay away from her. He’s not a good guy but try to make amends for Janie. He wants to gain her trust by being honest and never lies to her. He woke up something inside her that she never felt before!

Her knitting group, so great either! I love how close and crazy they get together : the scene in the end when they are all involved : so well written, i was totally picturing it in my mind! They stand for each other and become Janie’s family. It’s very great that each women will get their story!

The development of their relationship was so funny from the start, Quinn trying to seduce her and Janie totally obvious,  When they are together, nothing else matters, they are in their own bubble, with their very steamy, hot chemistry! This romance never gets downtime, every moment was very well planned. Janie’s POV is so refreshing and it’s been a long time since i’ve read a story like this, offbeat, which immediately put you in a good mood! I was grinning an laughing all along. I recommend this book and all the others written by Ms Reid!Totally worth it!

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