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Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance

Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance

4.5 286
by Penny Reid

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


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.

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Sign up for Penny's Newsletter! www.pennyreid.ninja/newsletter ABOUT PENNY: 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. JUST RELEASED: FEBRUARY 2017: The Cad and the Co-Ed, Rugby Series, Book #3 UPCOMING RELEASES: APRIL/MAY 2017: 'Dating-ish', Knitting in the City Series, Book #6 CURRENTLY WORKING ON: 2017: Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants, An Exclusive Newsletter Serial, Go here to sign-up:http://pennyreid.ninja/newsletter/ CONTACT PENNY: Please feel free to drop her a line. She'd be happy to hijack your thoughts! You can find her on her blog or email her: pennreid at gmail dot com

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Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 286 reviews.
dmrobinson More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, at first the name of this book had me wondering what I was getting myself into with reading it but let me just say, I could not put this book down!! I was supposed to be preparing for vacation and I kept finding ways to sneak read so I could stay in Janie and Quinn's world! Once you've read it, you'll completely understand the meaning behind the title and it's perfect! Funny, quirky, sexy characters make up this book and I found myself laughing out loud, shaking my head with the zany moments, and wanting to be invited to join the knitting night. I'd be with Janie though - not knitting, just there for the friendships. What awesome friendships, too! And when Janie had those fantastic moments of trivia word vomit, I wanted to smack my head with a bit of embarassment for her and giggle with her at the same time. Penny Reid's voice is refreshing and real. I loved how she captured the interactions between Quinn and Janie. Their moments of banter and sexy times were just what I needed. And Quinn, mmm, he's super sexy, Sir McHotpants!! I adored his complete enchantment (and sometimes seeming consternation) with Janie. But we all drag our history with us to a degree and both Janie and Quinn have histories that have potential of keeping them from their happily ever after. As I was rooting for them, I was also biting my nails worried for them! And then crap, something happens and I wanted to toss my smartphone (which I was sneak reading on) out the car window!! In the end, I found myself smiling and laughing, and knowing that this is a book I will go back to and read again. Overall, a fun, sassy, sexy, smart romance that kept me reading long after I should have been asleep! This is book one in the Knitting in the City series and I'll be ready to dive into the second one as soon as it's available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Really enjoyed the main character - she's a lovable nerd with her head in the clouds. I've tried to read many books with "nerdy", "funny" main characters and most have fallen flat. This book actually hit the mark for smart and funny. Loved her friends and felt that their circle gave the story extra depth. So many romance novels have damaged, friendless main characters, this was a nice treat. I was looking for a good story of romance when I came across this book, and I was not disappointed! There's a fun story built around the steamy romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janie is hilarious, nerdy, weird, & lovable. Quinn is hot, sexy, handsome, with a dark past. Both have insecurities about life & a fear of deep emotions. I smiled thru out this book though there was a situation where I wanted to cry & felt a lot of angst! I laughed so hard at times my stomach hurt. Her knitting group friends are fiercely loyal & hilarious in their own right. Quinn is cold & stonefaced, but janie , who talks like a wickaepedia, melts his heart & slowly his lips smiles sideways, then finally full out belly laughs. The title means more than it seems & does not mean what it seems. Sizzling attraction between janie & quinn & the dialog between the two is wonderful & reveals to each other who they really are. I needed a break from the usual romance & suspense stories, no matter how well written. I'm so glad I found this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had all of the elements that I love in a good story. The characters were strong and independent but funny as Hell. You have Janie (so nerdy), the knitting club ladies (so fierce and loyal) and then you have Quinn (so McHotpants)...enough said! I would highly recommend this book! I can not wait to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
300 plus pages of quirky characters, interesting and out of the blue facts with a little love, friendship and action. Great and entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am on bedrest and I was so tired of the Harlequin series of romance. The heroines were idiotic, late twenties virgins who find strong, sopisticated men while in a compromising situation. The storyline is developed around the things he learns that prove she isn't what she appearred to be while she is unable to say no to him, despite hid often cruel taunts . I was almost too tired to even read. Then I found nook and it led to a different experience. This novel was interestingly different. I eagarly read how Janie's fantasy crush made himself a reality. These are not two perfect people. They are people with faults and their lives read as funny, whimsical, and hot. A very great way to get through the infinite hours of bed rest!
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Knitting in the City series by Penny Reid.  I don't remember where I saw it, if it was a recommendation on Amazon or a review on someone else's blog. But I liked the sound of a female protagonist who sounds just a bit geeky, so I decided to give it a try. We first meet Janie Morris while she is in the bathroom stall at work contemplating: Worst. Day. Ever.  First she finds out that her long time boyfriend is cheating on her so she dumps him. While dumping him is the smart thing to do, it also leaves her homeless since they were living in one of his parents apartments.  Then she is called into her boss's office and notified that she was being downsized.  Of course, her ex-boyfriend's father pulled some strings to make that happen, since he is a big deal client for Janie's firm.  Now to add insult to injury, she is left sitting in bathroom stall with no toilet paper.  When Janie finally gets out of the bathroom to finish packing up her desk, she finds that they have sent the super hot security guard that she has been daydreaming about for the past five weeks.  As he is escorting her to the basement to complete the necessary forms and turn in her keys, Janie begins rambling on with trivial information.  She knows she needs to stop, but she is nervous and can't help herself.  But Sir McHotpants, as Janie has dubbed him, just gives her a grin and seems amused with the flood of trivial information. About a week later, Elizabeth, Janie's best friend, knitting group companion and new roommate takes her out to a club to help her loosen up and relax.  Thus leading them to club Outrageous.  During her time in the club, Janie once again runs into Sir McHotpants, aka Quinn.  When Elizabeth gets called in to work, Janie heads back into the club and ends up getting into trouble.  Luckily Quinn was on hand to save her. I unashamedly admit that I am not a huge fan of books that are termed Chick Lit.  Most of the times, these books are about women who live in a big city and sit around discussing parties, fashion and the multitude of men they have notched on their lipstick cases.  Basically the Sex and the City genre books, and they do nothing for me. They leave me totally cold and unconnected from the character.  This was NOT one of those books, even though I have seen it categorized as Chick Lit.  This was a book about a woman who was socially awkward and a bit nerdy, but managed to find love not in spite of her self-perceived flaws, but because of them. I read another review that lambasted the book for having corny dialogue.  I personally like corny dialogue.  When the women holding their knitting group got together, you could tell they were close friends; comfortable with letting their true personalities out with one another.  It felt familiar and comfortable and real. I liked this book so much I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.  I can only hope book two is as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.  Not your typical romance story.  Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book! Funny without trying too hard. Heart touching love story. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters. He's awesome. She's goofy...and awesome. :) The storyline has a couple of really good plot changes. Overall, it's a win for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover made me skip this book so many times but one review that I read made me give it a chance and it was worth my time it so good you will fly through the pages the only thing was the ending it was blah but all in all don't judge a book by its cover literally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually write reviews but this was a great read! It was comical and romantic. Once you start reading this you will not want to put it down. I loved the style of writing and will continue reading this authors other books. You won't be disappointed! 316 pages and no big cliffhanger. The story does continue but you could read this as a stand alone book. I will read on and know you will want to as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty sure that I bought this book because it was cheap and the story sounded fairly interesting. I am probably what would be called a conservative chic lit reader. I cannot read harlequins but I like stories about women in modern times. This book met much of my criteria. Characters were interesting and not too transparent. There were multiple story branches. I enjoyed the spewed facts from Janie because I have a tendency to babble about things I have learned. The relationships between the knitters is what I liked the most. Never having experienced having a group if friends that make it a point to meet once a week left me envious. The cadence of the writing was pretty easy but there were times I actually skipped whole paragraphs out of boredom and impatience. Finally, I was left wondering about Jem and the "bad guys". I do prefer that loose ends are tied up or at least braided. Having said that I do realize it is thw 1st of a series so maybe Reid was leaving a loose thread. Not a fan of series reading but I will probably puchase the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. The characters were developed enough to make them believable, and I liked the fact that Janie and Quinn didn't have an all out fairytale where they fall in love when they didn't even know each other yet. Makes the relationship seem genuine. One thing I didn't really like was Quinn's bossiness. Reminded me of the start of a relationship where there are warning signs that the guy will show his darker side later. Not my cup of tea. This author does have a real talent for getting the reader invested in the story though, and I'd read other books of hers. My problem with Quinn stemmed from not caring much for him, not any problem with the author's writing style. Overall, I liked the book and would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a refreshingly well written romance. Dialog us clever, character is anything but cookie cutter of other romance novels. I am looking forward to more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away. I was totally taken with Janie and her randomness. I kept putting off my housework because I couldn't put the book down. Just a note: I didn't realize until very late in the book that there was little to no swearing and no detailed, step-by-step description of their sexual encounters; it was that good. I plan to follow the entire series as soon as I can. Plus, the portrayal of McHotpants was excellent; we should all be so lucky to find a man like him. Get this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most fun I have had reading a book in ages. I laughed till I had tears running down my face. Absolutly enchanting!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stiction - a marketing - Internet term meaning you keep coming back. I kept returning to the book! I couldn't put down! WELL DONE!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the best reading experiences I've had involve authors who take on truly wacky characters and make them so authentic they live. This book is just... wow. Let's just say I'm reorganizing my closet to make room for Janie and Quinn. The play between these two is completely delightful. She is a borderline (not in a bad way) functional disassociative genius who makes her way through life watching herself watch herself to make sure she makes no missteps. He is a highly functioning, morally ambiguous genius who is utterly fascinated with her bizarreness. Toss in an extreme and skewed hotness factor - she's hot but has no clue about it, he's hot but isn't convinced it makes him long-run attractive - and you've got about as much fun as a person can have with a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much I'm actually making the effort to write a review on my super simple reader. The characters, plot, flow and languge were all incredibly entertaining. Grea mix of humor, sweetness, heat (without needing an explicit content sticker), emotion and vocabulary. Lighthearted fun with just enough depth to keep it from being silly fluff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the main characters Quinn and Janie. They are the cutest ever. I'm looking foward to more of them. Them not the side kick friends. Ms. Reid , you are one funny, classy, brilliant story teller. Did I say funny. I hope to read.more of Quinn and Janie. Keep writing about them and I will keep.reading. kudos to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was well written and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not sure about it at first... but I ended up finishing the book in a day. Such a fun read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book from Penny Reid and boy did she hit it out of the park. The characters were well developed and likeable, the female lead was witty and the plot well thought out. I couldn't put this book down! Definitely recommend you read this one! You won't regret it. Definitely keeping an eye out for this author in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I love that Janie is not perfect. I would love to read more.