Okay, I confess that once in a while I get behind on my reviews and have to listen to books I don’t have to review. The “problem” is when I get caught up in a series and put off my next review read or listen because I want to go on to the next book. Recently I listened to a series starter by Penny Reid, NEANDERTHAL SEEKS HUMAN, part of the Knitting in the City Series and part of the Audible Romance Package (I am not affiliated with Amazon or Audible – my blog is no longer monetized). I usually don’t read self-published work for review, and didn’t intend to do a post on this series. But, this is one time I am glad I made an exception. I am, actually, having a hard time not totally binging on the series.
NEANDERTHAL SEEKS HUMAN
A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1
By: Penny Reid
Narrated by: Jennifer Grace
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
Release date: 06-25-14
Audible Romance Package
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.
This is a full-length, 115k word novel and is the first book in the Knitting in the City series.http://pennyreid.ninja/book/neanderthal-seeks-human/
I am enjoying how cute Janie is, how she uses knowledge to avoid facing how badly she has been treated by important people in her life. She’s an engaging character, funny, super smart, quirky and curvy. Quinn, the male love interest is adorable in a bad-boy-makes-good way. He’s a little heavy-handed and secretive in a Christian Grey, dude with money, way. Not only does he adore and respect Janie, he treats her really well.
But, despite the humor and the the quirkiness of many of the characters, the book handles some important issues about youthful mistakes and the nature of family.
The next book in the series, NEANDERTHAL MARRIES HUMAN continues the relationships between most of the characters. Some of the relationships between characters need resolution and that will come.
Family is often lauded in romance as something incontrovertible, unquestionably the most important relationship in life regardless of the way things have gone down.
Reid doesn’t go for that: a crappy family is not always salvageable, despite all attempts. Not a popular position but, perhaps more realistic than we’re usually handed.
I also like how the characters communicate — not talking is not the primary issue in theor relationship. As crazy as the issues may be, Janie and Quinn discuss and negotiate.
NEANDERTHAL MARRIES HUMAN: A Smarter Romance
Knitting in the City, Book 1.5
By: Penny Reid
Narrated by: Jennifer Grace, Sebastian York
Series: Knitting in the City, Book 1.5
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
Release date: 05-18-16
Publisher: Penny Reid, Author
Audible Romance Package
This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 105k word novel.
There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.
After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane. Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses? Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife. Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book. This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn)http://pennyreid.ninja/book/neanderthal-marries-human/