Review : Love Hacked (Knitting in the City #3) by Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra–near desperation and maybe a little tipsy–gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the third book in the Knitting in the City series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone.


My review :


One girl looking for a life partner but ending all her first dates by making men cry and love to speak german: check!
A hot, mysterious waiter making her body ZING, hijacked her mind and left her confused all the time: check!
A nerdy and weirdo romance, with a creative, quirky story : check!

The third book is the story of Sandra my sweet shrink, weirdo, funny woman with a smart ass mouth and Alex the waiter working in her usual  « pickup first dates ending crying » indian restaurant.
Sandra was a very fascinating character : almost years since she’s been kissed, having weird first dates with guys who didn’t melt her butter and her love for funny message shirts! She looking to settle down and having a life partner. She tried to date but each time, the same pattern is coming into place :
1/ she can’t help to psychanalyse the men in front of her
2/ she helped them to talk about their issues and sent them to her colleague Thomas for therapy

Ah Alex!!!! I was totally attracted to him like Sandra, mouth hang open and blinking like her when he spoke! His super power : the ability to make women blinked and starring like no one else :


Women’s reactions: priceless :


Alex was all that Sandra wouldn’t have to be involved with : handsome with the ability to make her shy, confused and mute! He used to notice a lot people like he tried to read them.A hot and cold behavior and a weirdness that attracted her instantly! His mysterious charm, random talk and secretive ways drawn her in a way that she’d never felt before and scared her. For his young age, we can sense that Alex lived a life that getting him tough, suspicious to people and reluctant to new technology.

When he decided to talk to her after two years of «beholding » without her noticing, the electricty in the air was so tense that their first kiss was an enormous fireworks. And yes, this man make her body ZING!  «SHITZTERHOZEN!»

But we can see the wheels working into Sandra’s head and her pragmatic mind struggling with the fact that she is : 1. older than him, 2. Alex is involved with something bigger that having some money problems, 3. Being followed everywhere without privacy is not a life to her.
It’s how Alex is to me a very surprising character in every way : kind, caring, protective, a hot temper hiding underneath his coldness, possessive, honest and above all his old fashioned manners and his love for her!

The sexual tension and chemistry was mind blowing and this guy knew more that anyone to make the right moves with her, a constant tension leading to some very hot moments! And yes again, he definitely melt my butter! wow wow!


When Sandra get her senses, she did everything in her power to protect him. Fortunately, her tight knit group is here for her as usual and she can rely on them when she needed.
They all helped him to get away from all his trouble! I really like how fast their relationship evolved, and how the two of them managed it! It was for both of them an electrical pulse and undeniable love that everyone can see when they looked at them, like we can see all the love emanating from their being.

Once again, Penny reminded me how i love read romance! I didn’t how she did it. Each book is so different with a special touch for each one! It’s Penny’s magic writing! Books which are smart, neirdy, hilarious, romantic, hotty, warming, sensual (and i can go on for hours, so i restrain myself here!), anyway it’s always brilliant, relevant! (i’m doing it again, sorry!)
When you start reading Penny’s books, you became addicted for sure! But it’ s a sweet addiction and guess what? You can read them so many times and the effect will be still the same! Woot, woot!


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