Sunday, September 7, 2014

#Read Me, Love Me, Buy Me (Book Review)

Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smarter Romance

(Knitting in the City, #1)

By Penny Reid

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.

So far the blurb. I had to buy it of course (who wouldn’t with a description like that – I mean, TMTI and Sir McHotPants in one?). And I loved every single minute of it. 


The plot follows exactly the description – besides a nasty, criminal little sister, a knitting group with mad self-defense skills (knitting needles are excellent for stabbing someone) and co-workers from hell.
But the most charming aspect of the book is the definitely the TMTI part: I strongly suspect that Penny Reid is a nerd herself, because you have to be just research the trivial info Janie comes up with. Best example: Janie and Quinn’s first real talk in the elevator after she’s been laid off. Her every other sentence starts with “Did you know…” in this hunk’s vicinity and it’s absolutely hilarious. No “Hi, I’m Janie. Who are you?”, but a smart talk about calendar systems and time zones. All delivered with Janie’s charmingly na├»ve attitude that leaves not only Quinn speechless. And in love.
As we follow Janie’s life from stalking Quinn, to waking up in his apartment, to working for his company (Janie is something of a genius we are told) to cleaning up her sister’s mess to the sweetest professing of love ever, we get some education about the differences of Neanderthals and humans (we are not the same race apparently, did you know?), who Ida is (Freud would blow a gasket about this one) and how a degree in Math could come in handy someday.


Neanderthal Seeks Human gets 4 STARS because it is well written, has a great protagonists and is FUN. (For nerds and lovers of trivial information). It’s perfect for Spa days of any kind, whether they are at home in your bathtub or on vacation. And the sequel, Neanderthal marries Human, already waiting for you.

Get your copy on Amazon here

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