Review: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

Posted 23 June, 2014 in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny ReidTitle: Neanderthal Marries Human
Series: Knitting in the City #1.5
Author: Penny Reid
Release Date: June 14, 2014
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About Neanderthal Marries Human:

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)

 
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My Review:

Squee! This is going to be an incoherent review. Very incoherent. Because ALL THE FEELS about Neanderthal Marries Human and anything Knitting in the City..

My name is Brittany, and I’m a Penny Reid groupie. I am a Shark of Awesome. I’ve also been having a BLAST rereading the first book, Neanderthal Seeks Human, in the Facebook read-along.

This book went live on Amazon early, and I found out at work, and waiting until I got home to start it was TORTURE.

So first, let’s talk order. This is book 1.5 in the Knitting in the City series, and Penny is up to book 3. This HAS to be read after book 1. Book 2 is a little iffy. Parts of this book take place at the same time book 2 is happening. Book 3 comes later.

Recommended for: People who like people who talk like they’re smart, people who like to laugh, people who realize that books can be super hot without tons of sex scenes. PEOPLE.

First of all, let’s talk about Penny and how she’s amazing. She’s so humble. She seems truly surprised that people buy her books. Other authors act like that, but it seems fake and like they’re being purposely modest. Not her. She also doesn’t take herself too seriously. I mean, the dedication for this book? This:

“Do you love Janie and Quinn? If so, this book is dedicated to you. *fist bump* *high five* *bottom pat* too far?”

She’s just so fun.

Now, onto the book. And the fact that Janie is so freaking smart that my co-workers were saying that while reading it, I was speaking more intelligently than I usually do. So thank you, Janie and Penny.

My favorite chapters were probably Quinn’s point-of-view. This book had one thing that made it, in my opinion, better than the first: we got inside Quinn’s secretive brain. (Tweet this)

I always love books that show both brains (BRAAAAAAINS).

As one who tends to overthink and overanalyze things as small as what the people that work at Buffalo Wild Wings think about my life based on how often I order takeout for one, I totally relate to Janie.

I’ve also got a lot of cognitive dissonance (one of my favorite terms) going on. But I just go with things. Since Quinn makes Janie fearless, she decides to kick the cognitive dissonance in the ass and get the data she needs to get before going through with something.

The family stuff made me cry because it was so sweet. Quinn talking about his love for Janie, oh my God.

And the bachelorette party…I was reading this scene at physical therapy while my PT was trying to stretch me, and I was laughing so hard that she yelled at me because my whole body was shaking and she couldn’t do her job.

It’s so hard to talk about my favorite parts without spoilers, so go read this book, then tweet me and we’ll talk.

I think Friends Without Benefits is still my favorite one in the series so far, but this is 2nd place.

About Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she is not immersed in penning smart romances she works full time in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-6 and girl-4), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.

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