Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid (Knitting in the City #1)

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… two large fingers gave my shoulder a gentle, but firm, tap. I turned feeling steady but somewhat dazed, and looked from the hand, now on my elbow, up the strong arm, around the curve of the bulky shoulder, and over the angular jaw and chin, until my eyes met the breath-hijacking sight of Sir Handsome McHotpant’s piercing blue eyes. I cringed. Actually, it was more of a wince followed by a cringe. And his name wasn’t Handsome McHotpants. I didn’t know his name, but I recognized him as one of the afternoon security guards for the building- the one that I’d been harmlessly admiring-slash-stalking for the past five weeks.

So this is officially the worst day of Janie’s life, not only has she found out that her boyfriend has cheated on her and subsequently moved out of his apartment. But she gets to work to find that she is fired, and is escorted to the exit by none other than the Sir Handsome McHotpants (Embarrassing). Lucky for her McHotpants is not what he seems…

My heart skipped two beats. I turned full around. Oh my God it’s you. ‘Oh my God it’s you.” I realized too late that I said and though the same thing in unison. He gave me a whisper of a smile, his blue eyes moving over me: lips, neck, shoulders, chest, stomach, hips, thigh, legs, shoes. The slow deliberateness of his perusal made me shiver even as I felt a dismaying hot flush rise to my cheeks. His gaze lingered on my shoes before it traveled upward again. After a long pause, his blue stare met mine again, ‘Yep. It’s me.’ I was speechless; my usually cluttered brain was blank. I could only gape at him. Thankfully, Elizabeth spoke from behind me. ‘Hi, I’m Elizabeth.’ His eyes moved beyond me to where she stood. I took the opportunity to make some semblance of an attempt to gather my wits from where they lay scattered: on the floor, on the bar, on the ceiling, like blood from a gunshot victim.

Let’s just say the romance between Janie accountant extraordinaire and trivial fact queen and Quinn (McHotpants) Sullivan is anything but ordinary.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved this book! Not only was it a “smart” romance it was hilarious! I have to say that Janie cracked me up with her endless vat of knowledge and her obliviousness to her surroundings. I also liked the fact that this book seemed to have a lot of different elements: romance, suspense, action, and comedy (mostly romance and comedy though). Though there is a second part to Janie and Quinn’s story I felt this one can be read as a standalone, but you’ll probably still want to read the next one. Also, don’t let the series title fool you (if you think knitters are boring if you think they’re cool and interesting people, you were right). I would definitely check this book out I mean even the dedication made me chuckle.

Dedication. To my computer: I couldn’t have written this without you. To the software developers responsible for spellcheck: You are my everyday heroes. To Karen: I hope this makes you laugh and makes you proud. To my readers (all 3 of you): Thank you.

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