Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City Book 1) – Penny Reid

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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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We meet Janie on the worst day of her life. She finds out her boyfriend cheated on her, her shoe broke, she spilled coffee all over her shirt, she lost her job and there’s no toilet tissue in the bathroom. And to top it all off, when she gets escorted off site, she’s being escorted by Sir Handsome McHotpants himself. His name is Quinn. And he notices everything, unlike Janie, who has to be hit with the obvious shovel. And this is the beginning of this awkward dance that they call love.

I really liked Quinn. He seemed to truly get Janie. With all her quirks and need for spouting useless trivia, he gets it, he gets her need to do it, and he’s genuinely interested in learning about these things that she keeps in her head. I like Janie too. She’s quirky and she loves order and labels because the unknown in anything or being unprepared for anything frightens her. And though Quinn makes her embrace the unknown, he makes her feel safe. I really love the knitting group too. I first read about them in Beauty and the Mustache. That isn’t the first book in this series. This book is.

Ms. Reid knows how to make the awkward endearing and makes her characters feel honest and we can recognize parts of ourselves in them, even if they make us uncomfortable. I love that about all of her books, whether she’s writing about a girl who loves to give synonyms when she’s nervous, or a girl who loves to argue Nietzsche. Would I recommend this book is the question everyone is asking? Of course, I do. I’ve yet to find a book by Ms. Reid that I don’t like.


Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-8 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.


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