REVIEW: Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting In the City, Book 1) by Penny Reid

Published: 14th March 2013

Publisher: Cipher-Naught (Self Published)

Pages: 403

Format: Ebook and audio book (I switched between the two mediums -> both forms purchased)

RRP: $5.99 AUD for the ebook – currently free across all platforms

5/5  Stars

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.

I thought I loved Penny Reid’s writing when I read her Rugby series with LH Cosway, and then the first book in the Wilson Brother’s series, but nothing could have prepared me for the love I have her books post reading the Neanderthal Seeks Human. Seriously, this book is everything. Penny Reid was already on my must-buy author list prior to discovering this series, but she will forever now be an author I pre-order without question … there are just not enough words to describe how much this series, and her books mean to me.

As the cover depicts, Neanderthal Seeks Human is a smart romance; you won’t find no whiny mary-sue’s or damsel’s in distress in these books. In fact, you won’t find any of them in ANY of Penny Reid’s work and that’s what makes her writing so refreshing. Instead, what you will find is strong, capable women from all walks of life, making their own way through the shit storms life throws their way. Sure, the men are absolutely swoon worthy – it is a romance novel after all – and while they are not your typical knights-in-shinning-armour all the time, they are just as stubborn and hard-headed as their leading ladies when they need to be.

From memory, Neanderthal Seeks Human was the third Penny Reid novel I had read, but it was the first one I was instantly drawn to 110% from the very first page. I loved Janie Morris’ character. She is quirky, but relate-able, and I absolutely adored how she saw the world slightly differently, and perhaps a bit more naively, than just about everyone else around her. Her world was not all sunshine and roses, in fact it couldn’t be further from the truth, but there was this vulnerable aspect to her that made me want to reach through the pages and give her a hug, all the while knowing she was more than capable of looking after herself. She was lively and just everything one wants to be when they grow up …

Quinn Sullivan on the other hand, is the broody silent type. Nicknamed Sir McHotpants by Janie and her girlfriends, he is a man of few words, quick actions and the ultimate smouldering look. He is also the world’s most unlikely knight-in-shinning-armour, who has Janie, and Janie’s alone best interest’s at heart.

Together, Quinn balances out Janie’s bumbling and quirky ways, and she softens his hard edges and steel like resolve in the best ways possible. The pair have a rocky start – Janie first really speaks to him on the day she learns her boyfriend has cheated on her and now not only does she have no where to go home to, but she has also just been sacked from her job – and well, really a rocky path as each fights their own natural instincts around the other… but their chemistry, it’s off the charts and their story is one I can’t wait to dive into again and again.

As a rom-com, Neanderthal Seeks Human feels both authentic and larger than life, but it’s also funny in the most unexpected, but natural ways. Nothing is forced, be it plot, chemistry, characters, humour and although there are so many different things happening at once, it all just works so seamless together. Evidently, I couldn’t get enough.

As mentioned above, I flicked between the ebook and the audiobook as I devoured everything about this book as quick as I could. The audio is narrated by Jennifer Grace and I can not praise her narration high enough, as she really brought the characters and narrative to life in a way only someone who truly gets what the story means can.

Now that I’ve read a few of Penny Reid’s titles across most of her series, I’ve come to learn a few things about her books. In each of her books, it’s almost an unwritten rule that ALL Reid’s books will include:

1) Her books are SMART romances. The characters are larger than life and have minds of their owns that they often employ to fix complex situations. They are computer genius, Spys, journalists … the lists goes on and on, but they are also so grounded in reality that they could be the person next to you on the subway and you’d never know it. They don’t read outlandish. They feel real.

2) All her books are brilliantly written, totally engaging and oozing sexual chemistry.

3) Penny Reid is about empowering women. She seeks to build women up, both her characters and readers alike,  and won’t let nothing and no one stand in their way.

4) Her books feature characters from all walks of life – big cities, country towns, with unusual quirks and those considered to be ‘normal’, felons, cops, rich, poor, bikieis, FBI/Spies … basically you name it, chances are she has it.

5) Her books are funny. They are rom-com’s for a reason, and having now read all that she has published to date, I can attest that they are laugh-out-loud funny in the most unexpected and natural ways.

If you like authentic romances and rom-coms, I highly recommend you seek out this book ASAP; I highly recommend this series.

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