{Review} Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid


{Review} Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny ReidNeanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1
Released: March 14, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 403

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Our Rating

5 Stars

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.

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

The Hook: Janie Morris is having the very worst kind of day.  Single for all of a few minutes since dumping the boyfriend who cheated on her, she’s now been laid off from her job for no obvious reason, and now the bathroom stall she’s in is completely out of toilet paper.  And as if that isn’t enough to cause a complete breakdown, the security guard she’s secretly lusted after is the one tasked with escorting her from her newly emptied desk.


The Verdict: After reading a few of Penny Reid’s other books, I decided to give her Knitting in the City series a try, and what a great decision that turned out to be!  Janie is beyond quirky, Quinn isn’t your typical overbearing Richie Rich, and their whole story is just delightfully entertaining.

Janie’s a bit of a weirdo — in the cutest possible way.  Armed with what can only be described as a photographic memory, she’s a font of useless trivia.  Socially awkward and generally nervous in unfamiliar situations, she spouts off obscure and somewhat useless information, but fortunately for her, Quinn finds her ramblings both interesting and adorable — and indicative of the kind of attention to detail he needs at his security company.

Unbeknownst to Janie, that hot security guard she keeps running into isn’t just another man in uniform; he’s actually the owner of the company, and when he witnesses Janie losing her job at one of his clients’ companies, he steps in to steal her away.  But Janie, ever logical in all she does, has no interest in casual dating around, wealthy men, or pens being dipped in company ink.  Fortunately for Quinn, Janie tends to miss the obvious, and while all signs point to him being the man in charge of everything, she has no idea just how high up in the company he is.

I absolutely loved Janie.  She may be a little odd compared to the people around her, but at heart, she’s just a normal girl trying to make it in a world where she often feels out of place.  Her attraction to Quinn throws her off a bit, since she’s never really had this kind of reaction to any man before, but his persistence and gentle manner soon has her considering him a friend — as well as fantasy material.

Unable to understand what Quinn sees in her, and knowing he’s never been the type to settle down and commit, she tries her best to hold back her growing feelings and remain his friend.  But he keeps blowing past the friendship line and kissing her, and before she can really put her finger on what’s happening, she’s falling hard.  While I normally would have been irritated with a character who simply couldn’t see what was obvious, or alternately with an author for spelling it out for us readers, Janie’s ignorance made perfect sense, given her personality.  She couldn’t see the forest for the trees, which isn’t necessarily uncommon, and in her defense, Quinn realized it and didn’t try to clear things up.

Despite the Knitting in the City title to the series, there was no knitting to be found.  In fact, very little of Janie’s story took place among her circle of friends, though when they made an appearance, they made it memorable.   Since I hate to completely spoil a book in my review of it, let’s just say her friends were hilariously resourceful and protective there at the end, and it really topped off a fantastic read.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
5 star rating
Style & Editing
4 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating

About Penny Reid

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.

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