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Knitting in the City #1.5

Neanderthal Marries Human

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There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions.

But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ and is book #1.5 in the Knitting in the City series.

392 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 14, 2014

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Penny Reid

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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused mentorship incubator / publishing imprint, Smartypants Romance. She lives in Seattle Washington with her husband, three kids, and dog named Hazel.

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3,760 reviews32k followers
January 21, 2018
4.5 stars!


“I will do anything to prove that to you. I will do anything to prove that what we have is worth a battle. What we have is worth a war.”

I *almost* forgot how much I love Janie and Quinn, but after reading Neanderthal Marries Human, I was reminded in a big way! Penny’s books are always smart, quirky, and fun- this was no exception! I feel like I always learn a little something after reading, plus I’m constantly laughing and smiling! It’s a win-win!

Quinn and Janie are engaged. Now, the wedding planning begins. These two have different ideas about the way they want the wedding/planning to go. Actually, I don’t think they do. I think Janie just wants to prove a point (gotta love her!). I loved getting both Janie and Quinn’s POV and reading more about the characters I love. There were too many fun and fabulous parts of this book, I could never pick a favorite scene. Although, the Vegas scene was pretty epic!

I listened to the audio version of this story and it was a blast to listen to. Sebastian York and Jennifer Grace bring Quinn and Janie to life! Now, some how, I got all out of whack with this series. I’ve read book 1, 1.5, 4, 5, and 6. I’m trying to get caught up before 7 comes out, and it’s not a hardship. I adore these characters! All of them! I can’t wait to read Elizabeth’s book, and then Sandra’s! Then of course- Dan and Kat’s! If you haven’t read this series, or Penny Reid, you don’t know what you’re missing out on!
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286 reviews593 followers
August 4, 2015
5 **more McHotpants** STARS

“Proposing is like giving someone your dick and a sharp knife, then waiting to see what they do next.”

Here is the thing. I’m a bit concerned. There is a significant increase of weddings and Vegas trips in my reading selection at the moment. What’s wrong about that, you ask? Well, my fiancé and I can’t seem to figure out a wedding date and don’t get me started on the in-laws…
My point is, I think my subconscious is telling me something and I just wanted you all to be warned in case my reading habits get a bit bridezilla crazy out of hand. Just FYI!

Anywho. Beside the obvious topic in my life, it really should be illegal how much fun I have reading these books. Not only the wedding themed, but also the Penny Reid penned ones. That woman has a crazy ability to write quirky, unusual, non-annoying weirdos and I’m seriously in awe and a little addicted.

“Be beautiful for yourself, Janie. And only if you want to. If a man is worthy of you, he’ll see more beauty in who you are than in what you look like.”

Now Neanderthal Marries Human is fantastic and in hindsight much needed extension to Neanderthal Seeks Human. It tells the story of Janie and Quinn in the middle of their happily ever after...e.g. the proposal, planning the big day and the wedding itself. In true Janie fashion everything has a bit of a twist and a lot of random facts on top.

Quinn proposes to Janie on a trip to London and she in return gets the brilliant idea to create some artificial stress by doing a big ass wedding instead of the small one they actually want. You know, see if they can handle pressure as a couple. Because otherwise she would not be willing to marry him after only being together for a six months.

It's hilarious.

Plain and simple.

But not only that, the book also has a lot of heart. There are a few trials and tribulations to get through. Dealing with the family, Quinn making some changes to his business, bonkers knitting ladies and a trip to Vegas.

What could possibly go wrong?

“Oh, Quinn….” I gave him a sympathetic smile. “You really are Batman.”

This instalment is told both in Janie and Quinn's POV and brings some much needed insight into the somewhat stoic and guarded person that is Quinn Sullivan. The writing is as always phenomenal, on point and very engaging.

I'm going there, yes Neanderthal Marries Human gets 5 Stars whereas the first book only got 4. It might be the fact that I already know everyone and didn't need a 'getting used to' period, but this book just clicked with me and I will recommend this series to anyone who is in need for a light hearted and funny love story, with truly remarkable characters.

And yes, McHotpants and Sexy-Brains are on my all time favourite couple list, that's for sure.

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1,351 reviews2 followers
January 13, 2015
Enjoyed this one. Loved Quinn and Janie in their book and remembered why in this one. I haven't much time for reviews so this one will be short and sweet. There was one scene with all the knitting ladies in Las Vegas and I swear to God, if you don't laugh at that, not sure what your sense of humour is like. Hilarious.

Loved Quinn. Of course he has IRISH connections, what's not to like?

Loved catching up with her friends. It makes me want to get back to knitting.

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1,447 reviews1,158 followers
June 14, 2019
The only way is up...

I did not think I could love it more than the first time I read or listened to Neanderthal Marries Human but I really did. Maybe it's because I love catching up with the knitting girls. Maybe it's because I love it when Quinn goes all mushy gushy. Maybe it's because Janie is such a unique and wonderful character. Honestly, I think it's all of those reasons and more.

I don't know how many times I found myself laughing out loud in public and at first being embarrassed, then stoked because I was so thoroughly entertained. Who else can say that they love their journey to work each day?

Penny Reid you are a bloody legend. Thank you for bringing us Janie, Quinn and the Knitting in the City gang. I will be back for more soon...ish.


My Quinn looks and sounds AMAZING!!

This is the biggest .5 I've ever come across and I loved it. The .5's I've read and seen are normally novella/short stories. In this case, you get the whole shebang. Trust Penny Reid to be different, original and generous. Love her for it.

What I enjoyed the most in Neanderthal Marries Human, was getting to see inside Quinn's mind. I read this one out of order and I had forgotten how much he loves Janie and what their love was based on. In the later books, he comes across as quite aloof and not quite as nice as I remembered. Sure, he always gravitates straight to Janie, but his gruff and growly came across as anti-social and a bit rude. Now, I remember. Quinn just hates sharing Janie.


There is nothing as appealing as a strong and intelligent man unafraid to show his devotion. Quinn is DEVOTED!!.

Janie is her usual quirky self and totally loveable. I think in some ways she comes into her own with this one. Her priorities and confidence increases and she eventually realises that her "family" is the one she made and not the one she was born into.

I loved the narrators and think they did an amazing job. I think it's quite humorous that I don't care that Sebastian York does an atrocious female voice. That sexy voice of his and David Gandy's face (for Quinn) in mind...HUBBA HUBBA!

Seriously, this series is PERFECT on audio. I can't get enough and will be devastated when I run out (I think I only have one left). Next year is a long way off to wait for a fix. Maybe, I should take a break for a week or two to drag out how long it will last.

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Author 33 books1,053 followers
January 2, 2016
5 Janie & Quinn STARS

This was the perfect follow up to Janie & Quinn's romance. I can't say enough about the fun, the laughs, the love, the friendship and all around feel good read that this was.

"Be beautiful for yourself, Janie. And only if you want to. If a man is worthy of you, he'll see more beauty in who you are than in what you look like."

And having some of this in Quinn's POV was just awesome. Loved his alpha ways and his quietness yet, getting a peak into his brain was just deelish!

I'm looking forward to the other stories of this quirky bunch of knitters!
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933 reviews440 followers
August 5, 2017
I’m trying to remember the last time I laughed this hard while reading a book, and I’m coming up empty. I bought the Kindle version and then added on Audible for $1.99 (well worth the price, in my opinion) so I could listen while driving. I had to keep a travel pack of tissues in the car because I had tears rolling all down my face and whatnot from laughing. I’m amazed I didn’t crash. So yeah. Neanderthal Marries Human is another notch in Penny Reid’s belt of winning smart romantic comedies.

This book is meant to be read after reading Neanderthal Seeks Human. It’s been awhile since I read the first book, and I’d forgotten how much I love Janie. She’s such an adorkable, brilliant, and amusing heroine. With her social awkwardness and verbal diarrhea of detailed random facts, she’s 100 percent endearing.

The story revolves around Janie planning her wedding to Quinn, her grumpy, inscrutable, and protective boss/boyfriend. Janie is very practical and minimalistic—with the exception of her collection of designer shoes—so deciding on a huge wedding is very out of character.

All the fabulous and diverse ladies in the knitting circle are back to support Janie during the wedding planning. Side note: I still find it funny that Janie doesn’t know how to knit. Try to imagine the hilarious conversations, high jinks and trouble this zany crew can possibly get into, and then quadruple it. Janie and Quinn’s relationship propels the detailed plot, but these ladies are the heart of this enjoyable series and the source of the most laughs. I want them to be my friends.

If I was forced to find one flaw, it might be that the book is a tad on the long side. However, every chapter adds a great deal to the story, and I was never bored. I wouldn’t change a thing. I’d like to make a toast to Penny Reid for gracing us with her creativity and fantastic sense of humor. I have several more books to read in the Knitting in the City series, and I look forward to diving into each one.

Recommended for fans of:
Romantic comedies
Wedding planning
Awkward heroines
Crazy best friends

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896 reviews1,947 followers
June 20, 2014
5 Completely Amazing Stars!!!

If you read and love the first book (and you HAVE to read it in order to read this one) you know this is the book you’ve been waiting for.
Finally we got more of Janie, the adorable nervous-talker and Quinn, the sexy, broody and previous man-whore, now turned into one-woman man.
It all begin with an… unusual marriage proposal and somehow Janie and Quinn find themselves trapped inside the organization of a big wedding that neither of them really wants. In fact if it were up to Quinn, they would wed the next day and skip the party.


And when you decide to get tied to one person for the rest of your life that’s when the important questions starts to appear: Could they deal with their pasts? With their differences? With their completely opposites personalities?
Will they make each other better or will they end up making each other miserable?
In the end… are they ready for a happily aver after? Well, come find the answer and get ready for an amazing ride.


Rating: 5 Stars.
Storyline: What I love about Penny Reid books are the twists. Every time I’m completely certain that something’s going to happen or someone will react that way, it never happens! I’m constantly surprised in a good way. Yes, it’s predictable in a way: you know exactly how this is going to end… but that’s comforting, because I started reading this book hoping for that exact same end. Basically, if you read the other books and loved them (it’s almost impossible not to), this is one you can’t miss.
Writing Style: First person. Dual POV. (YES! We have Quinn’s POV in this one and not just in the end!). Sweet, amazing writing and what I love even more about these books are the “laughing-really-out-loud” moments. Penny Reid creates funny scenes like no one else's business.
Character Development: Janie is one of the most adorable heroines ever written. Although she annoyed with her “rules” in this one, I still loved her. Quinn? What can I say? I loved him before and I loved him even more in this one.
Steam: Meh. But now we’re provided with some heated scenes which is always a plus.
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871 reviews160 followers
March 10, 2020
I feel very sad to give this book a rating below 4 star. Honestly I do. I have read Neanderthal seeks Human more than 5 times and loved it each time, so when I was able to get my hands on this I was so hyped up. I was expecting a novella but got an almost full length novel which at first was a very joyful thing. I loved the fact that we get more of Quinn and Janie.

Unfortunately this book fell flat with me. I could not get myself excited for it. Which nearly broke my heart into two because I was really looking forward for the book. The spark that was Quinn and Janie was gone for me and I had to force myself to read the book. At times I even skipped some parts. The only thing that managed to get me excited was Kat's and Dan's maybe romance. Not even Nico and Elizabeth got me excited.

This does not mean by any chance that I would not read the rest of the series. Hell Penny Reid is still one of my favorite NA authors and I really want to know about the rest of the stories of our dear knitting group and if you didn't figure it from the previous paragraph, especially that of Kat.
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267 reviews633 followers
November 1, 2020
This was so cute.
I need more of Janie and Sir McHotpants. I don't think I'll ever get tired of their relationship drama!
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1,773 reviews445 followers
February 11, 2016
I could gorge on books like this! What an incredibly beautiful, sexy, swoony, smart and funny story about family, friends and love! I'll be floating on a sweet, fluffy cloud of happiness every time I think about it.
“I’ve been yours and you’ve been mine since that moment. Today….” I felt his shoulders lift on a shrug before he continued. “Today we’re just making it official.”

Broody, taciturn, smart, sexy Quinn Sullivan is wildly in love with Janie Morris and as with the rest of his endeavors he’s determined and will stop at nothing to get her to be his wife and the mother of his eight to ten children. He would also like to do this in the most efficient way possible in the next twenty four hours after her acceptance and bypass all unnecessary drama and gratuitous wedding related customs. Can he convince Janie that they unequivocally belong together for better or worse for the rest of their lives and that they shouldn’t have to wait for their happiness?
“Proposing is like giving someone your dick and a sharp knife, then waiting to see what they do next.”
“This is the tattoo of life decisions.”
“Tattoo of life decisions?”
“Yes. Tattoo. Marriage is the forever and permanent branding of one person to another.”

Until McHotpants A.K.A., Quinn Sullivan came along, Janie Morris had been constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop in every aspect of her life. So after his very unconventionally romantic and decidedly sexy proposal Janie negotiates for a short but conventional engagement with all the traditions in order to create 2.4 years’ worth of stress between them in order to be able to move forward with the certainty that they’ll be able to withstand whatever hardship life throws at them. Can find her fearlessness and embrace the happiness having Quinn in her life brings?
“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… Perhaps you could learn to make pottery so that posthumously we can use the wheel together in a sensual, mystically transcendent display of affection.”

I am completely and absolutely in love with these characters, series and author. I’m not sure how I’ll fit reading all her books in the next couple of months but they’re so sweet and hilariously addicting I’m sure I’ll find a way.
“I’d expected Sir McHotpants Von Grabby Hands as soon as the limo door was closed. However, what I got instead was Sir McCoolpants Von No Touchy.”

Neanderthal Marries Human starts right after Neanderthal Seeks Human happily left off with an Epilogue in Quinn’s point of view, having Janie comfortably settled in her job and relationship with Quinn and with a resolute Quinn wanting Janie in his life forever. This is an extension of their happy ever after, which according to Quinn could have been done in 24 hours but having Janie as his quirky better half included all stages of wedding: proposal, planning, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party and the wedding itself.
“You have an incendiary effect on me, and I’m quite uncomfortably aroused right now. Your biometrics might be completely unaffected by my presence, but all you have to do is call me Kitten and I experience vasomotor symptoms.”

This prolonged engagement fostered a better communication and understanding of each other and of the people who love them. From healing old wounds with Quinn’s parents and Janie coming to terms with her dysfunctional family, to Quinn’s full disclosure of his past businesses and Janie facing more of her fears. Of course this story has as much heart as it had wacky and sexy moments.
“It was you, Janie… You and your Medusa hair and your honey colored eyes. It was your questions, your intelligence, and your insatiable curiosity. It was your goodness and sweetness, your honesty and trust.”

I fell in love with both Quinn and Janie in the previous book and I love them even more now. It’s impossible not to laugh and love Janie’s trivial facts diatribes and adore her huge heart. Even though most people only view Quinn as grumpy and stoic, it was beautiful how he sees and loves Janie and how he tries to be a better and deserving man for her, and let’s not forget those incredibly steamy moments between the two!!!
“Sir McSwoonypants… Shirtless, pants unzipped, boxers pulled low—he was chocolate cake with chocolate sauce and chocolate ganache, with chocolate mousse and chocolate cookie crust…so delicious.”

Friends from the previous book and family members got together to help celebrate Quinn and Janie’s love which was wild, funny and touching. I couldn’t stop laughing during one particular part in the bachelorette party and I completely misty eyed when friends and family expressed their love towards the couple.
“Be beautiful for yourself, Janie. And only if you want to. If a man is worthy of you, he’ll see more beauty in who you are than in what you look like.”

There were so many incredible moments I highlighted that deserved to be shared and remembered. I can’t recommend this book enough for anyone who wants a lighthearted yet touching, funny, sweet romance.
“Nice dress.” I held his gaze and returned, “Wait till you see what’s underneath.”

Neanderthal Marries Human is book 1.5 in the Knitting in the City series by author Penny Reid. Even though it’s numbered as a middle book, this is not a novella. It is a full length novel, told from McHotpants and Sexy-Brains, errr from both points of view. It is a sequel to Neanderthal Seeks Human and should not be read as a standalone.

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3,148 reviews1,899 followers
August 2, 2017
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I usually don't read the .5 books in a series, especially when it follows a couple that already had their HEA, but I couldn't pass up on an opportunity to get more Janie and Quinn. This couple is just so cute together and I loved how this book really showed how open they were with one another. Janie definitely did not lose that quirkiness that made me love her character in the first book, and Quinn was still the same silent and sexy Hero.

Bottom line, this was a much needed extension of this couples story and if you haven't read it then you are seriously missing out.
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942 reviews573 followers
June 16, 2014
*****6+ + Happy Stars*****

(Arc kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

I love books that bring me happiness and this book left me with a bucket of happy tears and laughs. Neanderthal Marries Human was easily my most anticipated book of this year, being about one of my all time favorite fictional couples, my expectations were high! which of course made me a bit nervous because you never know what to expect when it comes to sequels, but leave it to Penny Reid to surpass my expectations and blow me away with such a joyful story...

Let's be honest and admit that Quinn and Janie are an odd couple. He's millionaire, badass Mr. MacHotpants and she is attractive but clueless about it, humble and insecure girl who hides behind her intelligence. So how do two completely opposite people like them end up together? You gotta read Neanderthal seeks Human, a Smart romance and learn about all the fun details. So they do find each other but now Quinn is feeling insecure about his past and badass ways; so while trying to be a better man he is trying to plot a way to keep Janie in his life forever. Janie is head over heels in love with Quinn but is she ready for a more definite commitment with him? Will her internal arguments prevent her from achieving the happiness she's not sure she deserves? Read this book and find out, but I will give you a hint and tell you that Happily ever afters have never been so crazy and beautiful as in this book.

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What I loved most about this book is that it doesn't just focus on the romance but in the amazing friendship Janie has with the ladies of her knitting group. Each of those women have unique characteristics that complement each other as a group, friends who love each other fierce and would do anything to assure the happiness of the others. Friends who knit, drink, plot, dance and do crazy things together. Every time I read a book in this series I feel like a member of this club where no matter how weird, how smart or how beautiful you will always feel the love.

Somebody needs to go stop Penny Reid from being so awesome, somebody PLEASE call Batman, before her coolness takes over the world. Her books just get funnier, smarter and more beautiful with time. When you read her smart novels you are transported and almost feel like a character in the story, you can see and feel what's happening; so happy tears and laughs are almost guaranteed. Her characters have such depth that I can imagine a million more stories being written about them and in my perfect world Ms. Penny would do nothing but write and write, but even if she didn't , the Knitting series and specially Quinn and Janie will become legendary and a occupy a special room in my heart for ever and ever.

I can't recommend enough, for everybody to read this books and enjoy the fun, the facts and the awesome panty dance parties...
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170 reviews360 followers
September 5, 2020
My rating: 4.5 McHotpants stars
“Proposing is like giving someone your dick and a sharp knife, then waiting to see what they do next.”
AHHHHH, this book stole my heart! FIRST—It stole it, THEN—dumped glitter on it, and THEN—never fucking returned it!

Okay, this let me make this clear that this isn't a typical review. I won't tell you the merits or demerits or any of that shit. BUT. I will tell you to start this series because even if you feel like one of the books is shitty— believe me when I say this friend group, this family, these hot male counterparts, these best side characters—they all are worth it! I haven't even finished the series but I am already not looking forward to seeing this end.
NOW, let's get back on track.

Firstly, this cant is read as a standalone. It is meant to be read after book 1 and 2. This book continues the story of Janie and Quinn as they plan for their wedding. It has dual POVs, which I thought wouldn't work but I loved them.

Now, I wasn't interested in reading this...AT ALL! I even started it weeks ago and never came back to it. I started the 3rd books but in the middle of that book, there was a reference to the events that happen here and my OCD didn't let me read the 3rd books unless I completed this...and man I regret leaving this in the first place! It is no surprise when I say that the 1st book wasn't that good but THIS...threw me away! I read it in a day, after neglecting my mother screaming at me for not studying...and this book was totally worth the scolding. The start was pretty slow and boring but once it picked up the pace...it never slowed down. The author's writing has improved so much, not only the writing has progressed but the plot structure and storyline has developed so much.

I think i will forever be partial to this book series and will always sometimes neglect the flaws—but the friendship and family that penny Reid builds up in her books is mindblowing!
You can't help but wanna read along as this knitting group sorts out their lives. The reference from the past books just kills me (in a good way, like being killed by Damon Salvator or Klaus Mickelson).

This book was funny...like, laugh-out-loud-until-my-mother-thinks-i-am-nuts funny. It was sassy...like, bitch-i-am-the-queen-here-thankyouverymuch sassy. It was hot...like, i-need-a-boyfriend-but-i-can-also-settle-for-harry-styles hot. It was amazing...like, my-heart-aches-because-of-the-increased-sweetness amazing.

*AND, here is the very well deserved shoutout to the Vegas scene because it was so funny and cute and amazing that I read it 7 times in a day!*

Now that I have made my thoughts clear—here are some of my favorite quotes. ENJOY~
“Watch out, knitters have balls....”


"You like that, doncha? You like it when I do that, doncha? You want it all the time, doncha?"


"Will you be my best man?"
"Of course. Why the hell you even asking that shit? I've already talked to your mom about the tuxes"


"I'll take one for the team. Elizabeth and I'll do it." Nico rubbed his hands together.
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30 reviews7 followers
June 30, 2014
I loved this book :)

Before the book came out....

Dear Penny,

Making me wait till July is very mean and I don't like it.

A very sad Amber

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954 reviews1,231 followers
January 6, 2015
**ARC provided by author for an honest review**

Title: Neanderthal Marries Human
Series:Knitting in the City #1.5
Author:Penny Reid
Release Date: June 14, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
HEA: Yes

I am a huge fan of Penny Reid and this Knitting in the City series and I was so excited to get a more in depth look and continuation of Janey and Quinn's story. They're the first couple in the series AND my favorite! My expectations were high going in-I had already fallen in love with them, laughed my butt off at them and swooned and went crazy over Janey's special relationship with all her knitting buddies. How could anything compare? The good news is, I was not only satisfied with this book but thrilled to get to spend a little bit more time getting to know them all over again. It just solidified my feelings over why I adore this couple so very much. What do I love about them? Well, in honor of Janey's love of comics, here's a little peek into the adorableness of this couple...

As in Neanderthal Seeks Human, we see Janey in all her geeky glory! She's super intelligent and socially awkward. Although I noticed that being around Quinn's influence has softened her edges and made her more comfortable in her skin. He's good for her that way. And she's good for him because she makes him smile-genuinely smile and want to be the best man he can be. I love how this tough guy goes all soft and tender for Janey-he doesn't see her unique ways as flaws. He enjoys that side of her and loves to engage her in analyzing things, questioning things, or just letting her spew some facts at him when she's stressed. He accepts her 100% how she is and in fact enjoys talking to her about anything. Until her, he hardly ever cracked a smile, but now she's like a ray of sunshine in his life.

He has some issues to work through in order to make a future with Janey possible. Quinn still questions whether some of his actions before he met Janey are morally acceptable or not and because of lingering guilt over certain things feels like he doesn't deserve her. He must also completely come clean about some aspects of his life that he hasn't told her about. And that scares the hell out of him. And of course, there's that little problem about him not being able to keep his hands off of her. Oh, wait, is that really a problem?

I have to say my favorite thing, hands down, about this book was the proposal! Seriously, this section of the book made my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Their distinctive personalities when mixed together make for some hilarious and heartwarming moments. I loved how well they're matched and how well they completely understand each other from the inside out. Janey doesn't react how you would think to Quinn's romantic proposal-she's shocked and terrified based on the amount of time they've been together. She can't help it-her brain is always working overtime and she's struggling with the fact that they haven't been through hard times yet. How can she be sure they have what it takes to survive? I was feeling both sides of the argument. Logically everything she said made perfect sense, but should she always lead with her head, or lead with her heart for once?

Of course, Quinn is a man on a mission. And that mission is to calm Janey's fears. No matter what it takes-he's prepared to make her his wife.

This book was everything I hoped it would be. It brought back all those warm and fuzzy feelings for this couple, I laughed out loud more times than I can count, and I got to hang with all the knitting girls all over again. I really don't know what I'm going to do when this series ends, but it's not going to be pretty. You think I'm joking, don't you? If you haven't started this series, I'll say it again, you're missing out. You must correct that as soon as possible. These books are untouchable because of their absolutely remarkable and lovable characters, the irreverent humor, and the stories that transport you into that happy place that great books have the ability to take us. Now for my one complaint: I have to wait for the next book???


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Author 20 books1,067 followers
May 19, 2014
If I could rate this higher I would.
1. Because Neanderthal Seeks Human got 5 stars and deserved 6.
2. And this book is better.

I know. "How is that possible?" How is it possible for Janie to be so much more... Janie? And Quinn to be any hotter, smarter, sexier, funnier, drier, more desirable than Quinn?

They just are.

So, waking the kids from laughing too hard and loud and often happened. Messing up the mascara with unexpected tears happened. Because who wears waterproof mascara to read a book? At a wedding, yeah... oh wait, that's right, that happened too.

And falling in love with characters like they were real people, with real lives and friends and hopes and dreams happened. Because that's how Penny Reid writes people. As real and complicated and awesome as the friends I drink wine with. And as irresistible and desirable as the man I married.

And Neanderthal Marries Human is just so unbelievably smart. And funny. And true. And I feel smarter, and funnier, and more honest for the time I spent in Janie and Quinn's lives. So thank you, Penny Reid, for giving me another chance to fall in love.

So, if I were an Olympic judge and Neanderthal Marries Human was an ice dancer, the scoring would go like this: Artistic expression - 10. Creativity - 10. Spit-takes and snorting laughter - 10. And in the final category: Staying true to deeply-loved characters - a well-deserved 10.
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635 reviews392 followers
September 21, 2015
5 Smart, Sexy, Charming Stars!

WARNING:  lengthy review ahead.

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.  I mentioned  my daughter earlier.  While reading this book she texted me from her bedroom (go ahead and do the mom eye-roll at that, I did) here is our conversation:

Daughter txt

Yea, I was laughing.  But how could I not?  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!

NMW wedding collage 2

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!

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July 18, 2018
Writing: I really connect with Penny Reid’s writing style. The mechanics are beautiful. I don’t have to reread sentences or try to figure out what Reid is trying to convey.

Characters: More of Janie and Quinn. This is a great relationship. It’s not perfect. It’s quirky, fun and honest. They need each other and their ‘weakness’ is the other’s strength.

Storyline: Quinn proposes to Janie! He wants to marry Janie yesterday. Janie wants to test their love and go through all of the matrimonial rituals. Quinn reluctantly agrees. While planning their wedding, their love is tested several times and Janie sees that Quinn actually loves her.

Janie’s quirks and randomness fill me with so much giddiness. I feel like a kid. It’s offset by Quinn’s broodiness and controlling ways. But Janie goes toe to toe with him.

Intimacy Scenes: Guess what...unlike book 1, we get some narration of the smexy times in this one. I had prepared myself for the black out and then WHAM...

Overall: This series is so awesome. It’s not for everybody, but it’s definitely for me. Reid’s writing style is amazing. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. Given Quinn’s job, I was hoping for real danger, but I can’t have everything.
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2,326 reviews96 followers
March 2, 2018
I loved this book so very much!! Janie is one of my favorite characters ever and since I love Quinn I was so happy to see them together.
It was such a beautiful wedding and so well written I felt like I was there.
I think I cried more at their wedding than I did my own.

Reread 2/2018- another thing you might find interesting about Janie is that she always wears fabulous high heels, even though she is very tall. That shows true confidence and balance. 😁💕👠
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1,982 reviews195 followers
September 24, 2017
3.5 The courtship was fabulous, they fell and here they go to the next step. Yes, they go there to wedding-ville in a round about, beat each other into the bushes, test, test, test, and make me want to scream "this is not worth it" in utter frustration. Janie, with her tests, ARGUH !!! It went too far for me in this book. I admit to having a bit of a hate relationship with weddings/planning them and sure that tainting my views. She made everything so hard, in such ridiculous ways. Luckily it didn't last that long and the story went on for some chuckles, snuggles and cuddles. The Vegas bachelorette party was hilarious, the outcome, well it was a LOL shock. The story moved on a touch for a few of future couples. It also opened a giant can of Family drama worms for Janie and Quinn.
I enjoyed this, not as much as the first book but it was fun and I'm glad I got to see their relationship go on. I'm just not a fan of game playing for testing someones love and commitment.
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October 19, 2019

This book was so perfect! I laughed, swooned and sighed my way through it. Janie & Quinn are just perfect for each other. Janie and her spewing of facts, and the fact that Quinn is turned on by this nerdy action. I didn’t want this to end. I love the whole posse and I can’t wait to continue on with the next book. Penny is perfection!

“To Janie, friendship was bigger than family. More than anything, I wanted to be her friend. I knew her body by touch, taste, and smell. I’d memorized the sound of her voice and her laugh. I could interpret her face, her movements, and her expressions by sight. I recognized her brilliance and the beauty of her brain. Yet she still surprised me. I didn’t think that would ever stop. But, despite the unknown, I was certain of three things: I loved her. She was my friend. And despite the surprises that would come, I knew Janie by heart.”
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July 7, 2014
4.5 stars!

Penny Reid has been my go-to author when it comes to quirky, off-beat, funny and unique romance and Neanderthal Marries Human provides that in spades.

Quinn finally convinced Janie to tie the knot and Neanderthal Marries Human tells the events leading up to their big day. And while I expected the humor, being that this is Penny Reid we are talking about, I was pleasantly surprised by the steam I found in this book. I mean, YOWZA!! And it's not even that graphic but damn, I found this book seriously hot! Admittedly, I'd forgotten how alpha Quinn can be and Ms. Reid just reminded me of that. And Alpha Quinn is incendiary.

One of the things I loved about this book is Janie and Quinn's relationship and how much they've grown to love and trust each other. Yes, Quinn will do everything to make Janie happy and vice-versa. They both learned how to let go of their prejudices and simply learn to trust and be happy.

Another favorite is we get to really know more about Quinn and his family. We know from reading the first book that Quinn was estranged from his parents. In this book, we get know more about why. It's also nice to see more of Dan and of course, the rest of the hilarious knitting ladies.

Heads up! Some of the events in this book intertwines with some of the events in Friends Without Benefits. So it's safe to say that you'll have a better reading experience if you've read at least the Neanderthal Seeks Human and Friend Without Benefits before reading this one.

So if you loved any book from this series, read this book. If you love lots of humor and fun in your romance, read this series!!

An ARC was provided by Penny Reid in exchange for an honest review.
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August 26, 2020
3.5 stars

Somehow I'm not a fan of novels where the whole plot revolves around planning a wedding. The drama for the sake of drama is irritating me. Even though I wished this was more a novella instead of the dragging almost 400 pages that it is, but I'll never say no to more Janie and Quinn and their group of knitting friends in Chicago.
"You are a treasure. May your marriage be poor in misfortunes, rich in blessings, and constant in love."
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543 reviews83 followers
August 16, 2015
I had the pleasure of reading and loving my first Penny Reid book earlier this year when I read The Hooker and the Hermit. I just knew that I had to backtrack and read more of her books.

And that is what mission I'm currently on and man I'm really enjoying it.

She crafts a story so intelligently and makes her characters show not only their outer beauty but more importantly the beauty within them.

This was the super sweet continuation of Quinn and Janie's story. I loved them both. They're one of those perfect match kind of couples. They match temperament, wit, and affection. Their regard and love for each other radiates. The secondary characters are both colorful and calming, making them an important presence in Quinn and Janie's lives.

I don't have the eloquence to properly portray my appreciation for Penny Reid's writing style so I'll leave it at...I'm a huge fan now!! I will make this short and use that time to continue my Penny Reid marathon read.
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609 reviews393 followers
June 25, 2014
I'm going to get sappy and greeting-card-esque for a moment because I just can't not say what I so strongly believe is the truth: reading about Janie and Quinn is what I imagine feeling sunshine in your soul to be like. This book--both of Janie and Quinn's books--made me happy in every possible way!! I laughed so hard, and I felt so deeply! Very honestly, these are two of my favorite characters...EVER, EVER, EVER!!!

For those that have read Neanderthal Seeks Human, you're already familiar with the sheer brilliance and utterly endearing quirkiness of Janie and uber sexy, mysterious machismo of Quinn. All of that is back in FULL FORCE in Neanderthal Marries Human, I'm so excited to report!! But! We get even more this time! Honestly, I don't even want to finish this review. I just want to tell you to go, run, buy this book (or both books...or the entire Knitting In The City Series!), and read it ASAP!!!

For those that haven't started this series yet? YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING!!! Go! Buy!! Read!!!

A bit of background on the series will be helpful for everyone. As one would expect, the Knitting In The City Series follows friends in a knitting group (though, the knitting is a bit of window dressing more than anything else). The order in which the books were released are as follows:

Book #1 - Neanderthal Seeks Human (Janie & Quinn)
Book #2 - Friends Without Benefits (Elizabeth & Nico)
Book #3 - Love Hacked (Sandra & Alex)
Book #1.5 - Neanderthal Marries Human (Janie & Quinn)

This is also the order in which I would suggest reading the series, because NMH does include some spoilers for the other books and characters. Trust me, you won't find it any hardship to read this series because each book is just so original, so funny, and so freaking perfect!!

So, I have to say, trying to choose favorite quotes from this book is ridiculously hard! I'm almost positive I highlighted passages and quotes on nearly EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. Like Neanderthal Seeks Human, there was comedic treasure each time I turned a page in Neanderthal Marries Human! I'm convinced that the entire first 15% should be required reading for any couple embarking on marriage! LOL! Janie, in her nerdy, quirky, scientific, neurotic, hilarious perfection, explained modern marriage better than I have ever heard it explained before (sort of...*wink*).

"Tattoo of life decisions?"
"Yes. Tattoo. Marriage is the forever and permanent branding of one person to another. Sure, you can get it removed--but, it's expensive, it's a process, and you're never the same after. You're scarred. It's always a part of you, visible or not. You get a tattoo with the intention of a life-long commitment. You have to defend its existence and take ownership for it in front of others, for the rest of your life, regardless of how it sags or droops or changes shape and color--because it will! It will change, fade, and not in an aesthetically pleasing way."

"...This is the kind of decision you make after 2.4 years--at least. When the spark has faded, when you've been through at least two flu seasons, several holidays--with relatives--and holiday travel, seven to ten misunderstandings, and maybe one surgery."

Yeah. I laughed/wheezed my way through that and most everything else in this book, including:

"Hey, Kitten." He said.
"I think I also said Hey, but maybe not. I might have purred or grunted...or meowed."

"Before Quinn, my vagina and I were acquainted but not really friends. It seemed like a bother mostly, a mystery, always underperforming or causing me pain. I reflected that my troubles were likely user error; but I wasn't certain how to operate it...."

"The responsibility he'd saddled himself with was a terrible burden, especially since it wasn't really his to begin with. Laws, courts, judges, juries existed to administer justice. He was a superhot vigilante."
"Oh, Quinn..." I gave him a sympathetic smile. "You really are Batman."

These probably aren't even the very best quotes (there are SO MANY I just didn't have room for all of them in this review!), but I loved them, in their context, and I know you will, too!! These don't even cover the bachelorette party in Vegas! That, OMG, that you have to experience firsthand! LOL!! But, I will tell you that it involved an Elvis wedding chapel, a panty dance-party, moonshine, and hashish! YOU MUST READ IT!!! SO DAMN HILARIOUS!!

There were also some truly lovely scenes in the book, and my favorite was toward the end when Quinn's father spent time with Janie while she tried on wedding gowns. They had the most perfect conversation about expectations and family and fathers. It made me cry. I could feel the two of them so clearly. Beautifully done, Penny Reid <3

If I haven't convinced you by now to read this book and the series as a whole, I don't think anything can! I was psycho-giddy with happiness reading this book! Penny Reid has become a favorite author of mine, and she deserves the kind of attention and accolades that other well-known, so-called superstar indie and newly traditionally-published authors receive (especially when she's 10 x better than a number of these very same authors!). I'm not even asking nicely now. I'm telling you. Be smart. Go! Read these books, read Neanderthal Marries Human, and then let everyone know how much you love it, too!!

5 Stars

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1,034 reviews122 followers
November 12, 2017
4.5 stars. Extremely funny stars. I thought that the title would spoil it for me--I usually hate when I find out the ending (ala the Title of the book!!!!) before the story/book even starts! Not in this case. It's been a while since I read book 1.
I had very little trouble picking up where Janie & Quinn left off. I love how Quinn totally GETS Janie. She's so surprised-that she thinks what a lot think--that the H will get tired of them & dump them without warning. I'm glad that she cuts out that thinking early in the book. The first 1/2 of the book is very funny. The funniest things just pop out of Janie's mouth! She knows she's "weird" but she just can't help it. She calls her self that, but no one else does. She has that Pollyanna goodness about her. It's very disarming to her friends and foes. She handles a (prior) ow with ease. Finesse.
There's much more of Quinn. Much more of his business and also his family. Most of the story is Janie's 1st person POV, but I loved how a few times in the book, there was Quinn's 1st person POV & I just had to know what he was thinking! Read it, you'll find out. I'm not witty enough give examples. The middle was a little slow. Janie's wacky- sister has a brief appearance (thank god). Does Janie's sister ever change her ways? Janie keeps on hoping. Janie's knitting group friends have appearances throughout the book. I should have taken notes- 6 or 7 friends? I did get to know more about them- especially Elizabeth- Janie's roommate & best friend.
Great HEA-sweet and sentimental. Great follow up to book 1!
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