Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1) by Penny Reid

Title: Neanderthal Seeks Human
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 6th August 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: I immediately noted that Cypher Systems was located in the Fairbanks Building, the same building as my previous job.


There are three things you should know about Janie Morris

1) She is incapable of engaging in 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 to make her an offer she can’t refuse.


Honestly, the way that this story was told and the narration / voice of Janie… it was like jumping inside my own brain. Alright, I’m less knowledgeable about so many things than she is… but the tangents, the feeling overwhelmed with emotion, just the whole way she approaches life…. It was all just way, way, way too familiar. And wonderful.

This was such a great, happy, funny and quirky contemporary romance. Not only do I look forward to finding out about how Quinn and Janie’s relationships expand in Neanderthal Marries Human, but I also can’t wait to get to know the other women in this knitting circle just that much better. Particularly when the first woman is Janie… she’s fun, she’s quirky and she just doesn’t quite know when to stop talking. Things that I am just all too familiar with.

I bought this because a blogger I really enjoy had said that Reid’s Winston Brothers series was really good. And, after finishing this, I can’t believe that it’s taken me so damn long to get this book on my shelves. There is just this beautiful lightness and enjoyment in this story. Don’t get me wrong, there are moments of oh no and heart break throughout this story. But not enough to get my heart racing. Just enough to make you have to turn the next page.

As much as I absolutely adored this contemporary romance story. I also completely loved the knitting aspect too. I don’t get the pleasure of reading many stories which feature this craft. And, although I’m like Janie and can’t seem to get myself to knit… I do crochet. And I would love to have a group of girlfriends like this that I can just have a knitting / crochet circle with. It also lent itself to some very funny moments at the end of the story. Moments that I shared with my knitting-mother and had her almost crying with laughter.

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