Monday, September 28, 2015

*Review* Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 14, 2013
Pages: 403
Ages: 14+


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.


I listened to the audiobook version of Neanderthal Seeks Human narrated by Jennifer Grace. I don't listen to audiobooks often as I personally have a hard time concentrating on the story when at home, but since getting my Fitbit, I've been going on walks and thought it would be nice to have something to listen to. Fortunately, I live near some fields that I can walk around so I didn't have to worry about others seeing the goofy grin that I frequently had plastered on my face whilst listening to Neanderthal Seeks Human.

So first, the story. It had almost everything I love in a romance, doubts from the heroine that lead to boatloads of anticipation for what was to come when things finally clicked for her and a dreamy, swoon worthy hero. In addition to that, it had random trivia and corny nerd jokes that had my inner nerd squeeing. There were a few times where the story felt reminiscent of 50 Shades of Grey, but they were quite brief and mostly dismissible. 

The part of this book that I really loved the most was the bond Janie had with her knitting group. She's very socially awkward, like me, but these ladies love her all the same, encourage her to go for what she deserves, and have her back no matter what. I wish I had a group of friends like that in the same time zone as me.

Now the narration. I loved Jennifer Grace's voice for Janie, and all the women really, but her voice for Quinn really grated on my nerves. I don't even really know why or what it was about the voice that bugged me so much, I just did not like it. It wouldn't stop me from listening to another Knitting in the City book narrated by her though.

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it kept me entertained and grinning like a fool and the narration was mostly pleasing. I would recommend this book to readers that like their romance on the nerdy side. - Katie 

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About the Author

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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