Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: March 14th, 2013
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

I've found my people and her name is Penny Reid.  This woman has written the most amazing book.  It's funny and hot, and above all things intelligent!  Oh and did I mention it involves a knitting group?  I don't think I'm going to be able to organize my thoughts into any sort of meaningful breakdown of why this book is awesome on all levels possible, but I'm going to try.

Lets start with Janie.  I would love to get into that woman's head.  She has so much information in there!  For someone who lives in her head so much, she's completely unaware of her great qualities that draw men to her.  Janie is a real woman with the curves that come with being a real woman who enjoys life and eating.  I love how much she cares for her friends and how much they love her.  I love Janie's no-nonsense attitude.  She's honest with herself and everyone else.  Moving on to Quinn.  I want him.  Janie may make him want to be a better man, but he makes me want to be a better woman, and he's a fictional character!
Quinn is simply amazing.  He's made some mistakes and doesn't feel like he deserves love.  It was amazing to see these two come together and open up to each other.  I felt like I was eavesdropping on someone's private conversation most of the time when they were together.  Plus they have a secret eye language!  

The story itself is full of lots of thrills, laughs, some tears, and some anger.  Basically it's chock full of emotions.  I must say it's the laughs and random facts Janie spouts that won me over more than anything else.  The knitting group is a bunch of fabulous women who prove they are more than meets the eye and knitters are bad asses.  Yes I said it, bad asses.    I laughed for five minutes straight reading the scene with all of them towards the end of the book.  It takes place in Janie's apartment and it's one of my favorite scenes in the entire series so far.  

Penny Reid deserves all the medals, accolades, awards, and praise that come her way.  For a woman who wrote this book on a dare, I salute you.  Thank you for giving us characters we love and want more of.  Thank you for breaking the mold of the romance novel once again and giving us real intelligent women as heroines and real, flawed men as heroes, who just happen to be ripped.  I never want to let Janie and Quinn go.  I'd like to read about them and their children through perpetuity, through the afterlife, and into their next reincarnations of possible.  Hopefully I've been able to convey why you need to read, nay, own this book.  If not, you can check out any one of the other rave reviews.  I sincerely hope you pick up this book.  It's wonderful.

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About the Author
Author-Photo-Penny-Reid-300x300SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

* I purchased both an ebook and paperback copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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