Romance Books

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

Book description from

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.

My rating:

3 1/2 stars

My review:

This book was a goodreads recommendation, it sounded cute, so I thought I would try it out.  This is Ms. Reid’s first book, and overall, it was a pretty good first book.   This book is about Janie Miller, who honestly is a cross between Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory and Jess Day from New Girl.  Janie is a “plain Jane”, at least in her eyes.  The book begins with her discovering her boyfriend has cheated on her, then she loses her job.  She basically becomes homeless, as she lived with her boyfriend.   After she loses her job, she is escorted from the building by the hot security guard she has been checking out, and whom she has dubbed “McHotPants.”

Well, McHotPants turns out to be Quinn Sullivan, whom Janie thinks is a security guard.  She is brought home in a limo, which she finds bizarre.  A week later, her friend makes her go out to a club, where she again runs into Quinn.  Quinn tells her she needs to leave the bar, she gets mad, goes back then blacks out.  When she awakens, she is wearing her undies, bra and nothing else and in an apartment she doesn’t recognize.  Turns out it’s Quinn’s.  He took her home, and assures her nothing happened, which in Janie’s mind means he’s not interested.

Quinn tells Janie to go to his company where she can interview for a job.  It wasn’t an interview – she was hired on the spot.  She then develops a friendship with Quinn, since she completely misses out on all his flirting and sexy banter.  Also, sex was implied but not described, which was kind of a bummer.

While I liked this story, I felt it was VERY long and VERY filled with many, what I’ll call, Sheldon Cooper-ism’s.  They seemed to go on and on.  There was also, what I thought, a stupid sub-plot with Janie’s sister.  There is also the Knitting Club that Janie attends, but does not participate in.  Those were some funny ladies.  For a first book, well done Ms. Reid.  I will read the next one for sure.

My recommendation:

If you like PG rated love stories with a bunch of fun ladies, this is the book for you.

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