Book Review, Romance Review

Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

I’ve enjoyed the Cletus and Jenn Mysteries from Penny Reid and Friends Without Benefits from the Knitting In The City series was decent so I was looking forward to this book but it fell flat for me. Janie is just so awkward it’s painful. I suspect the dialogue is supposed to be witty banter but it’s just stream of consciousness insecurity. That may be funny here and there but not for an entire story. This is an extraordinarily popular book named one of the top 100 romances of all time but it was a DNF for me because Janie couldn’t hold my interest and all the focus is on her.

I wanted to like it but I’m going to stick to the Winston brothers the next time I’m in the mood for this author. I’m looking forward to her November release, Beard In Hiding, because it’s Diane Donner’s story and I suspect it will be hilarious.

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid Knitting In The City book 1

*AAR top 100 romances of all time*
New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid’s debut novel

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 to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

Neanderthal Seeks Human is book #1 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.

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