There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris:
1) She’s fed up with online dating,
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and
3) She knows how to knit.
After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:
Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?
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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.
** ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review. **
Dating-ish was likely to be more ordinary, a bit peculiar. From the storyline to the characters, this book was different, remarkably weird and totally took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting this and I was served with a severe case of book hangover!
I loved Penny Reid’s proposal of this “humanoid romance”, pointing out the impact of AI and their use in today’s society, mostly in human relationships. Be ready, this review is rant of all my love for this book … well you are warned.
When Matt and Marie collided, first it was once again freaking awkward and two, it couldn’t be assumed as a given. I loved when opposites attract. These two were no exception.
With a blurb like this one, colored me surprised.
Kinda original and unique, with a hero so freaking awkward, blunt, and his approach of the human relationships was also very surprising but so natural and a heroine so strong and independent, not afraid to try more creative alternatives.
I love romance novels where friendship takes an important place, when the main characters (especially the male ones) made you swoon so much, but mostly characters that you can easy identify to because they are far from perfect but all you want is to be their friend, part of this tight-knit group.
And you’d probably want to learn how to knit or crochet.
Matt and Marie, definitely not a match on paper but an incredible surprise in the “real life”. Their relationship might not started in the best of ways. I loved how from “enemies” they became “friends”, with blurred lines enjoying a lot of firsts, having some entertaining adventures.
Marie might be written like the “forgettable” friend, but to me she was so much more, a spitfire, so strong and always taking care of the ones loves. Her encounter with Matthew was definitely the catalyst and put things in perspective about her life. He was in a way helping her to reveal how a beautiful soul she was. That she meant so much more.
Oh my Matt … I don’t know where to start.
I didn’t like him first, I admit it but what a pleasure to unravel the complexities of this man. Like the freaking sigh …
A bit rude due to his extreme bluntness, but terribly endearing. A big kid who wanted to do more but definitely not acting like one. His Cartesian mind put on a test from the moment he met Marie, who challenged him, making re-evaluate his approach of relationships.
One petabyte is not enough to tell you how much I loved Marie and Matt! Matthew Simmons, “you are the sine to my cosine”, the CSS to my HTLM!
** Swoon, swoon, swoon **
As you might guess I have a crush. I freaking love this series. This is how I love my romance novels, smart, witty and quirky, with a hint of steamy and a bit awkward!