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Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Penny Reid
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (692 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

JUNE 14, 2014: Sequel to Neanderthal SEEKS Human (Neanderthal MARRIES Human) is now available everywhere fine books are sold (and also likely at some pirating sites if you're an evil person and believe stealing is hunky dory).


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"It's about time that smart became sexy in the fiction world!" Page Trotter Book Review pagetrotter.blogspot.com

"I'm so glad that I picked this book up- it really made my day." SmexyBooks smexybooks.com

"I laughed out loud constantly while reading this book." Sexy Book Times sexybooktimes.com

"Why did it have to end!?" Under The Covers Book Blog underthecoversbookblog.com

About the Author

ABOUT PENNY:
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.

JUST RELEASED:
JUNE 24, 2014: Neanderthal Marries Human, the sequel to Neanderthal Seeks Human (book #1.5 in the 'Knitting in the City' series).

NEXT UP:
AUGUST 28, 2014: Beauty and the Mustache, A philosophical romance (Book #4 in the 'Knitting in the City' series)

CURRENTLY WORKING ON:
SPRING 2015:
New book, 'Elements of Chemistry' -- First book in new book series, 'The Hypothesis Series'
New book, working title, 'Social Needia' -- First book in new book series with author L.H. Cosway
SUMMER/FALL 2015: Happily Ever Ninja, A married romance (Book #5 in the 'Knitting in the City' series)

CONTACT PENNY:
Please feel free to drop her a line. She'd be happy to hijack your thoughts! You can find her on her blog or email her: pennreid at gmail dot com

Product Details

  • File Size: 2923 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989281000
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caped Publishing; 1 edition (March 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUWA58E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Kissing than Knitting March 29, 2013
By Nyssa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay, I'll admit it; I usually don't read romance novels. I'll also admit that I didn't care for the main title of the book either. What hooked me into giving it a try was the subtitle "Knitting in the City."

Whatever works, right? I'm glad I gave it a try.

What I found was a well written, witty novel featuring the self-described Neanderthal main character, Janie, who is a math whiz, trivia collector, and more than a little naive when it comes to men and relationships. I'll toss in that I'm glad that my Kindle has the dictionary lookup feature because I needed it on several occasions when Janie went off on her trivia-spouting episodes and the vocabulary got very technical. But I actually learned things I never had thought about before, so it was all good. On the other hand, there were several cases where near-homonyms (typos on steroids) were mistakenly used that resulted in some hilarious and probably unintended Malapropisms. The funniest example of this was the use of the word "brazier" instead of "brassiere" (in two places!). I guess that resulted in some hot bust lines!

I can easily see this novel being made into a movie, it's that good. It's got plenty of well developed characters, romance, action, a nasty ex-boyfriend, and even a location shoot in Las Vegas. (I'll leave the fantasy choices of actors for the lead parts to each reader's imagination.) The character of Janie is complex, intelligent, funny, and extremely quirky. Quinn is everything a leading man and potential hero should be.

I hope that there is a sequel in the works. The characters are worth following, and there are some issues still unresolved at the end that could form the beginnings of another story.

Highly recommended, even for those readers such as I who don't normally indulge in romances.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it March 30, 2013
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I've never written a review before but I loved this book. Janie was such an endearing character. The author did an incredible job creating her. She is quirky and cute without being forced or cliche. The way her relationship with Quinn adapted and grew reflected a true relationship. I appreciated that they had to work through realistic issues. I loved how they were able to communicate so well and it wasn't a relationship solely based on sex. I find in a lot of romance books the main characters have part of a conversation and then the rest of the story is a lot of sex or sexual tension and then some big misunderstanding as the climax. While Janie and Quinn obviously had a lot of chemistry, there was real substance in the book and their story. To me, Quinn is the ideal man. He is sweet, he communicates, and is protective without being oppressive.

I loved, loved, loved the woman in the knitting group. I may start knitting in hopes I find a support group like them. So awesome! I cannot wait to hear the rest of their stories. I find the worst part of finding an amazing new author is waiting for another book to come out. I highly recommend this book.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very eccentric book July 21, 2013
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This author is either very smart or had to spend a lot of time researching all the little side facts in the book. The lady of the book is like the doctor in the show Bones, so smart that she makes reference to all these weird trivia facts. The sex scenes were very PC in that it skips them ...entirely ! There's a lot of chemistry but no pinnacle, it was a little frustrating, it would have been nice to actually get some details. And there's a part when her girlfriends shoot and physically attack skinheads?! I'm still scratching my head over that one...it really was shoved into the story and wasn't very well thought out..could have been developed better, but I liked how different the premise was...
Please write another book with a quirky male and develop the angst more throughout the book! And don't get me all excited and leave us hanging, give us the goods in the sex department!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Intriguing, Sexy not Slutty, Loved It May 26, 2013
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Five stars are not enough to describe this book. After the mind-numbing rubbish in the contemporary romance market today, this book is a glorious breath of fresh air. Its smart, funny, sexy not slutty, and so incredibly witty. I was entranced and laughed most of the way through. The chemistry between the main characters was HOT and all without a single "hot, throbbing blah blah" or "wet slick channel" or "thrusting tongue" anywhere. I read this book in one sitting and wished desperately that the author had more books available immediately. There was depth and real emotional/mental conflict WITHOUT the over-drawn angst and wannabe gut-wrenching glut of "issues" that so many books are choked with these days. The characters are not bubble-gum perfect but neither are they riddled with every dark dreadful secret and childhood trauma that every other contemp book is drowning their characters in. The wit and sarcasm was hilarious and intriguing. And the Hot male lead is so delightfully delicious....
I highly recommend this read.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, but needed editing April 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This started with a cute, interesting premise. A nerdy girl meets a mysterious hot guy after a really bad day. If the author had stuck with that and even included the knitting group it would have been better. Instead, an obsessed ex, an evil doppelgänger sister, and crazed criminals were thrown in, along with tragic back stories for BOTH main characters. It was all a bit eyeroll-inducing by the middle of the story and the plot just kept getting more packed. The story needs proofreading desperately. The overuse of commas and some of the word choices pulled me out of the story. I find it hard to believe that even the nerdiest girl would actually use coxswain as a verb, even in her own thoughts. It didn't seem natural, even in the context of the heroine's verbose speech patterns.

I really do think there is a good story here, but the author needs a writing buddy or beta readers to help separate it from all of the unnecessary bits.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I really tried to like this
I was not impressed with this book. In fact, I got bored with it. I really disliked Janie. Her inner monologue drive me nuts. Read more
Published 1 day ago by C.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great title that fits the story.
I really enjoyed this book. Read it way too fast but looking forward to the next one. I recommend as it was an easy read and the kind of break I need from the intense mystery and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by J Frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars charming, different, and we'll paced
Quirky and funny, with enough plausible action to make the story plot interesting. Both the main characters were unusual and suited each other. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. I don't read many NA books I just don't have the patience for the melodramatic over the top suffering that the H/h have to go through. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Evieb
4.0 out of 5 stars I love quirky. And humor.
I actually read book #4, Beauty & the Mustache which I adored, first in this series. I loved it. So of course I must read the others! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Janie rocks!
It is Quirky, funny and very entertaining once you get use to the narrative. It takes time to get to appreciate the main characters of the story but once it happens you realize... Read more
Published 11 days ago by MDenise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
so good and funny!
Published 22 days ago by A. Hewett
5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKING AWESOME!!
Oh my gosh, where do I start, I swear I could know these people! I love Janie, she is so quirky. This entire story could be a movie it is that good. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Tina McClay
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Fun read, very PG -13 though just FYI ;) lol. However I still would recommend the book, it has all the frills of a witty romance novel, It's just not for my smutty book club.
Published 26 days ago by Kyasia Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK read.. Not completely sold.
I'm not sure how to rate this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the story, on the other, I wanted to slap the characters every few minutes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Khulood AlSuwaidi
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More About the Author

ABOUT PENNY:
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-7 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.

JUST RELEASED:
DECEMBER 1, 2014: Scenes from the City: A Wintertime Knitting in the City Surprise
(book #4.5 in the 'Knitting in the City' series).

NEXT UP:
FEBRUARY 2015:
'The Hooker and the Hermit' -- First book in new book series with author L.H. Cosway

CURRENTLY WORKING ON:
SPRING 2015:
New book, 'Elements of Chemistry' -- First book in new book series, 'The Hypothesis Series'

SUMMER/FALL 2015:
'Happily Ever Ninja', A married romance (Book #5 in the 'Knitting in the City' series)
'Truth of Beard'-- First book in new series (based off of characters from Beauty and the Mustache), 'The Winston Brothers Series'

CONTACT PENNY:
Please feel free to drop her a line. She'd be happy to hijack your thoughts! You can find her on her blog or email her: pennreid at gmail dot com

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