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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 26 minutes
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- Publisher: Penny Reid, Author
- Audible.com Release Date: May 18, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FT7QLFQ
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Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance: Knitting in the City, Book 1.5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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It is no secret that I am a fan of Penny Reid and her writing. I know I have said it before, but it bears repeating; Penny writes smart books about and for smart women! She doesn't succumb to using useless drama to fill the pages of her novels. Her character's are REAL (despite what my daughter might think) and deal with real life situations.
This addition to the Knitting Series was smart, funny and charming. But, it is also sexy! And when I say sexy, I mean sexy without feeling like you need to bleach your eyes after reading it. She has an uncanny way of adding steam without really saying too much.
*My breathing was understandably heavy when I gasped, "Quinn."
He answered my gasp with a growl, kissing then biting my neck, his fingers still hooked in my panties. "Take these off."
"Wait, wait, wait -"
"Take them off or I'll rip them off."
The last thing that happened before I was pulled under, beyond caring or shame, and engaging in a scandalously explicit semi-public display of affection, was my underwear being torn in two by the very happy, very domineering, and very soon to be my husband, Quinn Sullivan.*
I know right?! HOT, STEAMY AND SEXY writing that encourages you to use your imagination! I don't dislike erotic scenes in books, but sometimes less is more, and Reid knows when to apply this strategy.
This series reminds me of another author whose many books I have read and enjoyed, Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I love getting lost in a book and becoming a chuckling, swooning, tearful mess.
The situations the Janie and her friends found themselves in was hysterical. Well, every moment they were together was funny actually, but the Spa (BAHAHA! I learned some new things about the "lady garden") and Vegas - I'm laughing as I type this! I am so jealous of their friendship. Each is so loyal and caring. Whether you knit or not you want to become a part of this group!
A continuation of Neanderthal Seeks Human, Reid doesn't skip a beat. We are immediately thrust into the story of Janie and Quinn as they are in London where Quinn is finalizing the transfer of some private clients. Those clients were hinted about in NSH and we learn exactly who they are and what is going on. And, why they are a cause of guilt for Quinn. Also, he still holds a lot of guilt for the role he played in his brother's death and these two weigh heavily on him.
*“I told you, you make me want to be a good guy.”
“I’m trying to be a good guy.”*
We are given Quinn's POV and I devoured it. He, *sigh, is such a complex character with all his brooding and sexiness. He is the perfect match for Janie. And he wants her. Now. When he proposes to Janie after only five months of being together, he knows he's going to send her into a panic ridden, robot thinking tailspin. So, he plans the perfect, most beautiful - secluded, proposal. Of course, nothing with Janie is typical and well, let's just say the proposal was "gripping".
Janie knew in her heart that she loved him, but the idea of marrying so soon when the only experiences they had with each other were good, caused her to panic. She felt like they needed to experience and learn to deal with bad times before they were married. She decides a big wedding is best as the planning of it would surely cause stress and test their relationship. I laughed so much during this scene that I had tears in my eyes.
*“…we’re having a big wedding so we can be miserable together before we’re happy together.”*
I don't want you to get the wrong idea, that this whole book was humorous. Because it wasn't. It was so touching and heartfelt that I had tears from sadness, joy and happiness as well. It was insightful too, which solidified my suspicion that Penny Reid is a genius. Her comparison of a tattoo and marriage was so spot on, I read it multiple times. I think I have it memorized! For the sake of brevity (HA!) I will leave that for you to discover.
And please, do discover this series. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who has ever been in love, had friends you cherish and family and tradition you just can't live without!
I’m just going to live life for a while in my happy little Jamie and Quinn bubble where everything is perfect and filled with random facts and sexy, smirking, brooding men (specifically one…who has gorgeous blue eyes and is tall enough to climb). I was super excited about the storyline for Neanderthal Marries Human…I mean, there is no worrying about spoilers here, the premise is spelled out in the title. And in typical Janie/Quinn fashion they took something basic and made it uniquely magical and had me falling in love with them in about a ka-jillion more ways. I’ll be honest…I never expected more from Quinn and Janie's storyline… Neanderthal Seeks Human is wonderful and I loved every second of it but I’m so glad Penny Reid decided to continue their story because after Neanderthal Marries Human, I truly feel like Janie and Quinn are complete and my heart is so happy it could burst. So, if by this point you're wondering what this crazy chick is babbling on about, we need to fix that...Neanderthal Marries Human is book #1.5 in the Knitting in the City Series - you must read Neanderthal Seeks Human in order to understand anything that happens - unless you like not knowing wtf is going on, which is totally fine too. If you're a true series whore (like me!) then you'll want to read them in order and I totally recommend it.
Janie Morris…soon to be Sullivan :-) GAH! Even typing that makes me ridiculously giddy…don’t ask me to explain why. I adore Janie to bits and pieces…she is unlike any heroine I have ever read – it was killing me when I was reading NSH because she seemed familiar to me and I couldn’t put my finger on why…I finally figured it out! She kind of reminds me of Temperance Brennan from Bones, the TV Show (which I also know is a book series by Kathy Reichs but I haven't read them!). The characters are very similar and I can totally see them being besties – maybe in some dream world out there, someone will write fanfic combining these two characters…that would make me happy. :-) I love a lot of things about Janie but possibly the best thing about her is her mind and the way she thinks. She’s insanely smart…not just regular smart but a kind of intelligent that I cannot even grasp and it’s amazing and wonderful and completely fascinating. The way she processes things and the facts that she knows makes me feel like I am the dumbest human on the planet and I’m totally okay with that. Sometimes her intelligence can come back to bite her in the butt because she can be too pragmatic and she tries to over-rationalize things that don’t necessarily need it…but that doesn’t mean I loved her any less. She’s a majestic creature and it’s impossible not to love her…as Quinn can attest.
‘He gave me a silent smile in response then a quick kiss, or what I imagined he meant to be a quick kiss. No sooner had his lips left mine did he grunt disapprovingly and fasten his mouth on mine once again. Then he really kissed me.
As usual—when we really kissed—I lost track of my surroundings, the operation of my limbs, and the functionality of my vocal chords. I may have started to climb him.’
Quinn Sullivan…oh Sir McHotpants…you never disappoint, do you? I didn’t know it was possible to love Quinn more, but oh my gawd, it so was! I didn’t know how much I wanted Quinn’s POV but getting a taste of his POV at the end of NSH really made me realize how badly I wanted it. We don’t get a ton of the book from his POV, which is fine – the scenes that we do get are necessary to moving the story forward and I saw the logic in having them, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t love them to bits and want to live in Quinn’s head forever and always. Quinn is kind of an enigma…he’s just as unique as Janie, he’s this amazing combination of brooding and mysterious and sexy but underneath all that, he’s a big pile of mush for the woman he loves. There is really easy way to understand and fall in love with Quinn Sullivan and that’s to experience him with Janie…the walls come down, all bets are off and he is pure, raw amazingness and I freaking love it so flippin’ much it’s kind of ridiculous.
‘I approve wholeheartedly of expensive jewelry. In fact, the bigger the better. If I could have gotten away with it, I would have given her a 24-karat gold necklace that read Property of Quinn Sullivan.
But I didn’t think she’d go for that.
I also don’t think of her that way—as property—but I do think of her as belonging to me, because I belong to her.
I belong to her, and I am completely screwed, because I want her ownership. I want her to use me. I want to give her everything. I wouldn’t have a problem getting a tattoo that reads Property of Janie Sullivan.’
Quinn and Janie are perfection…I absolutely adore them and getting to really sit back and enjoy them without any worries about them as a couple was a joy. Quinn and Janie were already insanely well-developed characters…but the majority of Neanderthal Seeks Human is angst and getting them together, so for me NMH was developing their relationship. There was angst…but it had nothing to do with the status of Jamie and Quinn…it was a million and one outside factors but the strength of their relationship only blossomed under pressure…and that for me was the enjoyable part. I don’t read a lot of books like that so it was a nice change of pace and it was lovely to just sit back and not really have to worry – gave my angst loving heart a well needed break. Also, there wasn’t any stupid drama…Quinn and Jamie don’t do stupid drama (and I don’t think Penny would even know how to write it either!)…everything that happened was so well tuned to them and it just felt so natural.
“This was our first fight,” I said.
He nodded, his eyes searching my face. “It was.”
“I don’t like fighting with you.”
“I don’t like fighting with you either.”
“Good.” I kissed his chest. “We should try to figure out how to avoid fighting in the future.”
“It’s going to happen. We can’t avoid it completely.”
“I know. But if we can decrease the number of incidences, I think that would be ideal. It seems like the key is to assume the best of each other. To… not assume that the other has malicious intent.”
Quinn dipped his mouth to my neck, bit my jaw, and whispered, “I’ve also heard it helps to only fight while naked.”
“Then we would never fight,” I responded distractedly. “I would just stare at you and drool and you’d win.”
Penny Reid is the bomb dot com…I cannot stop falling in love with her books, her writing and her characters and I never ever want to. Her brain is the place where dreams are made and her writing is just an extension of her majesticness. So Neanderthal Marries Human isn’t the “standard” .5 book in a series, it’s not a “filler” book or a way to build up the next book/continuing books in the series (not that there is anything wrong with that at all) and NMH achieved those goals as well, but that's not the reason why it was written. I am always the girl who always wants more so trust me, I’ll take it any way I can get it, but I’ll be honest, I went into NMH thinking that it might be a segue book. Psssh…I was wrong and I'm not ashamed to admit it - truly, I don’t think it’s in Penny’s stratosphere to deliver anything less than amazing and continue to blow my expectations out of the water. I loved every single aspect of what she did with NMH…I had no idea what I was expecting but it definitely wasn’t what I got and that thrills me to no end. I not only love the bejesus out of Quinn and Janie but I equally love Janie and her knitting group. The group dynamic between these women is absolutely amazing…I cannot even tell you how much I loved every scene that these women were together in – it was the next best thing to Quinn and Jamie being together. I adore their friendships so much…they just makes me happy.
‘I wanted to hug him, kiss his neck, and tell him how I loved him. I wanted him to know how much he meant to me.
So I did.
He grew rigid again when my arms tightened around his torso, but he relaxed when I placed several quick kisses on his neck and whispered in his ear, “I love you, Quinn Sullivan. You are precious to me, and I will love you always. And if I die before you, I plan to haunt you.”
He glanced at me over his shoulder, his eyes sad but warm, and stole another quick kiss from me. “Ditto,” he said.’
Pretty much from 70% on my happiness level went to astronomic levels. There were very few moments where I wasn’t just flat out smiling and enjoying every second. It was bliss, wrapped in perfection and topped with love…I can’t even feel bad about loving it as much as I did. I don’t even know how to properly quantify my excitement level to read the next book in the Knitting in the City series, Friends Without Benefits - it’s Elizabeth’s book, she’s Janie’s bestie and roommate. After everything that happened in NMH, and trust me A LOT happens…I’m desperate to get the rest of the story between her and Nico. #KnittingAddict #LoveTheseKnitters #McHotpantsRules
This story was told mostly from Janie's perspective with 4 or 5 chapters told from Quinn's perspective, which I really liked. I read Ms. Reid's Winston Brothers series before starting this one, so I was already familiar with Janie and Quinn and Quinn's sister Shelly, who is the heroine of Winston Bros book 4. I wish that I had of read the two Neanderthal books before reading Shelly's story. Shelly, as a heroine and with her condition, would have made more sense to me. So I'd recommend reading all Knitting in the City books first before reading Winston Bros. Even though the Knitting books are said to be standalone's, I really wouldn't consider them to be that way. But that's just me.
I loved Quinn's parents! I liked that Ms. Reid wrote the contrast of parenting between Quinn and his family and Janie and her family. I loved how, ultimately, that Janie realized that LOVE is much more important than blood when it comes to who is your family.
Janie herself, had excellent character progression! I loved that once she realized something, she accepted it, adjusted herself, and moved on! There was no denial or dragged her feet. I love that kind of person.
This was a great book, Penny Reid is an EXCEPTIONAL author and I can't wait to read the rest of her novels!
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