Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance - Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance

By Penny Reid

  • Release Date: 2013-06-17
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 1,036 Ratings


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.

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  • Wonderful Characters

    By Ms.Reads-A-Lot
    I'm so happy I read this book and subsequently the rest of Penny Reid's books. The characters are interesting and the stories are told in are told in a refreshing way. As someone who reads a lot, and especially romance a thin, recycled plot is easy to see through. I don't feel that way when I'm reading this series or the Winston bros series. The characters and their stories just feel real and relatable. I wanted to review this because it was the first one I read, and it introduced me to this great author.
  • Starts slow but builds

    By SaraMallCop
    Grabbed this when free. Started slow, kinda odd. Got a few hearty laughs out of me. Excellent supporting cast and entertaining premise. All in all want to read the next one!
  • 2nd Title better

    By ShannonG86
    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but the ‘A Smart Romance” is a better name for it. The main characters are interesting and I love how she works thru her self image issues. But, I loved her friends even more. Told with more truth than a lot of romances. Thanks
  • I Absolutely Love It!!!

    By LaLeona79
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really good and I enjoyed some laughs as well.
  • Beware of the Wendell

    By Annmric8
    Neanderthal Seeks Human was a wordy story about Janie whose world was knocked upside on a Tuesday when her boyfriend cheated on her, she lost her job, and she was homeless all in one day. Quinn, the security guard, escorted her from the building where Janie had been stalking Quinn for the last five weeks, prior to her losing her job. Janie belongs to a knitting group where women gossip and drink wine. Janie also has an aversion to owning a cell phone. She collected comic books. I really tried to find Janie's character intellect enduring, but it really was random nonsense. Janie was a smart knowledgeable character, yet ignorant when guys were flirting with her. Basically, Janie lacked common knowledge about men. Janie compared herself to a Neanderthal while Quinn was the human she was seeking. This girl is beyond quirky. I found Janie's behavior similar to an immature high schooler behaving stubbornly when people were trying to help with mature solutions to her problems. Janie was an absolute ditz. This character lacked common knowledge about reading people, especially men. Penny spent to much time rambling. It became a chore to read this nonsense which I'm sure was supposed to be part of the charm, yet I found boring. “my pursuit of trivial knowledge and the avalanche of verbal nonsense that spewed forth unchecked did little to endear me to men”. Her character was even quoted as being a walking verbal diarrhea encyclopedia of knowledge when she became nervous. The story progressed slowly. Even the title is weird. This was my first read by Penny Reid. I hoped with the cute cover to get a sweet and funny read. I imagined a completely different type of story and characters. This series Knitting in the City implied a fun rom-com romance not some seductive Wendell trying to claim Non-Wendell dating guy who represented everything she was against. The book was excruciatingly long with far too many details. I didn't find Janie's character appealing. Even though, Quinn seemed intrigued by Janie's odd trivia knowledge I found it boring to read. Which is what led me to start skimming through the dialogue in search of relevant material. Penny couldn't give a straight answer to save her life. Every question was followed by a series of Wikipedia entries. Sadly, Janie's character with her random rambling was not a fun read. I never felt the connection nor understood the appeal.
  • Neanderthal Seeks A Human

    By Line Dancer Florida 54
    I loved the book until I got to the end and I realized I would have to buy the next book in the series to find out what happens next. Do they get married? When does he pop the question? I wish authors would write a book with an ending that does not leave you hanging!
  • Good read a little light on "action"

    By bookworm betty
    Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, smart and funny. I prefer hot sex in my romance and this lacked in that category. When I wait for a couple to finally get together I want all the nitty gritty details!
  • Knitting Obsession

    By Cake3ater
    I read the first two books of the Knitting in the City series a while ago. Thought they were cute and decided against buying more. Just re-read/read ALL the books in the series and I'm obsessed. Jenny's writing is enthralling, I enjoyed immensely. Not the steamiest of novels in regards to sex scenes but the relationships and how they're developed is phenomenal. Easy, light, fun reads. Can't wait for the next story!
  • Captivating

    By B_Nameless
    The psychological mirroring between the two characters brings a new depth in communication within Romance Novels... A Raveclaw and Gryffindor...😊
  • Neanderthal seeks human

    By Ljpatts
    Great book! So much fun to read. Easy to follow storyline. Awesome characters. Perfect stand alone. Thank You for your hard work, it was enjoyable.
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