Thrifty Thursday: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Posted January 7, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Thrifty Thursday: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny ReidNeanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1
Published by Self-Published on 03-14-13
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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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I’d heard about Neanderthal Seeks Human and when I saw it as a freebie on Kindle last February I was elated. I one-clicked it right away. I love knitting and yarn.  Janie, with her math background, is going to love knitting if she fits it into her schedule. The color and texture add complexity and creativity to the numbers of it. But there are lots of numbers in the patterns and designs.  Gardening is like that with color, texture, form, bloom time, but that is another story.

Anyway, I was, even more, excited to read it after I read the other series a couple of months ago. So I put it on my review calendar to ensure it would be read soon.

Wow.  I can totally relate to Neanderthal Seeks Human and the heroine.  We have a few things in common.  I went to school in Iowa and one of my majors (I have two also) was in the math dept. And I’m a curvy girl with curly hair.  But mostly, I also use facts and thoughts to ignore or remove feelings.  And I feel out of control when the feelings are in charge.

I was about a third of the way through Neanderthal Seeks Human last night, laughing out loud. And then I realized. OMG.  I didn’t know how many books Penny Reid has written.  If I read them all – I would be out of her books!  Even if I counted them up and rationed them to myself – like other books I’ve wanted to read or best quality chocolates or something – eventually I would be out of books until she wrote more.  I was horrified!  I am panicked. I suppose, at least, I can reread them.

I did have to go to sleep without finishing the book because I have lots to do today and it’s better if I keep roughly to a sleep pattern.  But I couldn’t stop myself from reading until I finished when I woke up.

Neanderthal Seeks Human doesn’t really contain much knitting for a book in the series called Knitting in the City.  Except the group of amazing friends Janie has, who are part of a knitting group.  I am lucky enough to have been part of such a knitting group.  And really, the use of Madelintosh was outrageous – that is MY favorite yarn!

The plot is perhaps traditional but the characters and method are totally their own.  I loved the conversations, and the thoughts Janie had.  It was hilarious at points.  There is some mystery about both their backgrounds and I hope we will learn more in future books.  I want to know their friends better as well.  There is so much more I want to know.

And what is it about men named Sullivan who live in Chicago?  Obviously, I have a weakness; they are irresistible to me!!

I’ll be reading on, likely before this review is published. Highly recommended.


Books in the Knitting in the City series (set in Chicago):
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human
  • Neanderthal Marries Human (1.5)
  • Friends Without Benefits
  • Love Hacked
  • Beauty and the Mustache
  • Scenes from the City (4.5)
  • Ninja at First Sight (4.75)
  • Happily Ever Ninja


Giggle-worthy quotes: 

It was like throwing Hustler magazines at sex addicts. After a two-second lull of stunned silence, everyone started talking excitedly at once.

The only sound in the apartment was labored breathing until someone, I guessed Marie, said, “Oh, shit! Sandra! Is that the Madelintosh Aran limited dye lot yarn you just stuffed into that asshole’s mouth? You know I can’t replace that!”









About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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I read all types of books but my favorites are urban fantasy and romantic suspense.I like some romance and some action / adventure / mystery in everything.I like sex in my books but please, only between TWO people.Intimate conversation is equally important to the sex in a book.It lets me see the characters.The other thing I enjoy is humor.I'll be doing a feature monthly called Thrifty Thursday,which reviews books (ebooks)that have been available for free.

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2 responses to “Thrifty Thursday: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

  1. I just recently finished an ARC of Happily Ever Ninja, and must say this series has just been all about the awesome. Who would think that a romance about a married couple would be interesting? Yeah, it totally was.