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Neanderthal Seeks Human

(Knitting in the City #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  54,385 ratings  ·  5,502 reviews
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 w
Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 404 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Cipher-Naught (first published March 13th 2013)
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Penny Reid I can always tell when I receive an email from a knitter because they reference the Madelinetosh scene :-)
I was/am careful to include no more than a f…more
I can always tell when I receive an email from a knitter because they reference the Madelinetosh scene :-)
I was/am careful to include no more than a few knitting specific details in each of the books as I don't want the actual knitting to overshadow the friendships. Therefore, I make sure the details I do include are efficient "inside jokes" for all my knitting readers.

I hope this helps!(less)
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Amy Harmon
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I don't review books I don't like. I'm an author and I think there should be some professional courtesy among authors. If you don't like a book and you write books, especially in the Indie community, it is always better to just politely say nothing at all. I know when other authors rate my books poorly and write a critical review it always ticks me off and, frankly, feels a little suspect. Sorry. Just my opinion. SO! Having said that, please believe me when I say, this book rocked and I have no ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 ‘by the mighty power of Thor’ stars!!!

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Neanderthal Seeks Human really is a smart romance. Smart, funny, sexy and all around wonderful! I listened to this on audio and towards the end found myself doing extra housework and keeping busy just so I could finish it! It was one of those addictive reads I didn’t want to put down!

Janie Morris is one of those heroines you want to be BFF’s with. She’s quirky, intelligent, hilarious and just so fantastically random. Janie has been having a rough time
Penny Reid
Jan 17, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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The thing I HATE about romance books on Goodreads is they always receive this insanely high star rating that is not at all accurate (50 Shades)! It makes me soooo mad!

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No, wait, let me calm down and go over the things I liked:
1. It wasn't too bad insta-love which was unusual for how cheesy this whole novel actually was.
2. The protagonist could have been interesting. In a way she was very unique and different.
3. Okay...well I guess that was all I got.

Things I hated:
1. The writing was awful. G
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

DNF 64% : This kind of book reminds me why I barely read chick-lit anymore. I mean, I could probably finish it, but then my Kindle would be in a great deal of peril I guess. I can't do this.

Exceptionally my list review won't be positive, as in, it's more everything that I DON'T want to find in my romance than anything else.

I certainly don't want a so-called special snow-flake as an heroine with whom I enter in OH COME ON territory right away.

She thinks she's not attractive, while she obviou
Heartwarming And Hilarious

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. 'Neanderthal Seeks Human' was a sweet, laugh-out-loud, romance. I was smiling like a loon while I listened to this story during my daily commute. I'm sure the other drivers thought I was off my rocker.

Right from the start, I felt like I had been pulled into Janie's orbit. She isn't your typical heroine. In fact, she's kind of weird...but in a totally endearing way. Always rambling on about some little known, and often irrelevant, fact,
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*2.5 stars*

I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer over here, but with all the hype with this story, I was just expecting... more.

This book is described as a "smart romance," when in reality it is simply the typical trope of the billionaire/millionaire player guy with baggage who doesn't want to settle down for anyone but makes an exception for his special snowflake, who happens to be a naive, virgin-esk young girl. (aka, Fifty Shades of Grey) And Jane is too tall (!) with too big of a butt and boo
chan ☆
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
an impressive debut, but not an impressive novel otherwise

if you're looking for a book that has the same effect as say, binge watching episodes of new girl, i think you're in the right place. if you're looking for a life changing, swoon worthy romance... i'd look elsewhere.

this was a perfectly acceptable office romance with a quirky heroine and stoic hero. which now that i think of it... is the set up for most office romances. and i think that was my main issue with the book. it was well written
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 long winded stars

Mild Spoilers ahead

I really thought I would like Neanderthal Seeks Human more than I did. All my friends loved it and here I am again the minority, because I really didn't get into this read. I read some reviews that said this book was so funny, but I didn't laugh, not once. I kept wondering if I was reading the same books as everyone else. It's not that I hated the book, because I didn't. I sat after reading this book for 12 hours to try to figure out why I just didn't c
Duchess Nicole
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Duchess Nicole by: ★Jennifer★ aka PHER

This was SUCH a fun read. Funny, funny, funny, with a side of nerdy humor and a few little twists that keep the story interesting, it was hard to put down.

Janie is one of the quirkiest and most unforgettable characters. She's super smart but not socially savvy. She loves designer heels and has a constant run of trivial facts running through her overactive brain that she ends up spouting when she's nervous. The book starts out on the worst day in her recent memory, the day she catches her longt
4 **Hotty McHotpants** STARS

“Men should come with manuals, subtitles, and reset buttons.”

I'm still smiling. So adorable and cute and funny and weird. A really fantastic read or listen if you will. I did a little mix of ebook and audiobook here and it was delightful. The narrator had an amazing voice and I really enjoyed listening to her. I actually lost quite a few hours over the last two days being sucked into Janie's world and I don't regret one second of it.

Neanderthal Seeks Human
Belle Aurora
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I told Penny that I was reading her book, *chuckles* she flipped out! And I really have NO IDEA why! She was all "This might not be the book for you. She is very awkward and nerdy. Don't feel bad if you don't like it..."

*Insert hysterical laughter here*

Seriously! WHAT A FREAKING GREAT BOOK!!! This was not a 4.5 star read for me...It was a straight out 5!

I'll tell you exactly what I liked about this book.
Firstly, Janie. How on earth can you not fall in love with this lady??!
She reminded me s
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Sir Handsome McHotpants

This was a fun read. Some LOL moments. A quirky, nerdy, shy girl and a sexy, hot alpha male.

You are beautiful even if you don’t believe it

Some misunderstandings along the way.


A great bunch of friends

It means my brain finds you more interesting than all the really interesting trivial facts I could be contemplating or researching at present

Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-author
Penny is an amazing author and while NSH isn't her best work, it's still fun and easy to read. Deducted a star bc I really dislike fade-to-black sex scenes and this book had FOUR!
5 Fluffy and Warm Stars!

Describe what I felt about this book in one sentence it’s pretty easy:


So, Janie had a pretty bad day. She lost her job, her home and found out her long-time boyfriend is a cheater. So yeah, not a sunny day for her.
Enters Quinn. He got her an interview and she has now a new job, a new house… a new friendship with Quinn.
But somehow along the way that friendship starts to grow into something more and is time to bring back the secrets, fears and ghosts from the pas
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.75 really cute stars!!!

“She said I owned the clothes of a radiologist and the shoes of an OBGYN; which is like the medical doctor equivalent of saying that I dressed like a librarian with a propensity of fuckmeboots.”

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This is my second Penny Reid book and it was a lot of fun! I had originally only read The Hooker and the Hermit, and now it's very clear to me who wrote what in that book now that I've read books by both authors.

Neanderthal Seeks Human is about Janie who just broke up
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦Super late to the party here but, ever since reading the 6th book in this series and loving it, I've decided to finally get through all of the installments. So yeah, here I go, 4 years too late. lol

➦One thing I do notice with Penny Reid is her love for quirky and somewhat socially awkward characters. They are, of course, endearing and totally hilarious. This heroine here is like a walking talking encyclopedia and doesn't fail to recite interesting, albeit totally useless to the subject at hand
Smart romance my ass.

Too fucking cheesy.

I've started reading this out of boredom but ended up feeling even more bored. How the hell that happened? The only highlight of my day was seeing Avengers Age of Ultron with my friends but even that cant cure what what this book causing: TOTAL BOREDOOM.

The book starts with insta lust, continues with insta lust and oh there's also a bit of insta-love going on. Even worse; the main character is one of the most cluelesst, naive and annoying heroines I've see
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Penny Reid Fans, Knitting In the City, Romance
5 Just Great...No...Really, It Is Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free, DON'T UNRAVEL, IT'S FREE!!!!
In the past, when I have been emotionally taken by the writing of an author... I have written blatant love letters to them. If I felt indulgent, I would do that now... I would write and talk about how much I love this story, the author, and call it a day.

But, this time I will attempt to talk about the intense feelings and realizations I had while reading this book.

I will set the stage by mentioning this
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Amy Harmon
Finding out what your favorite author likes to read is like getting a sneak peek into their brain. When I saw Amy Harmon sharing her love for this book I knew I had to read it. I love when authors endorse books.


Oy vey! Janie is having the "Worst. Day. Ever. It was, no pun intended, an extremely sh*tty day." Her boyfriend cheated on her, she lost her job and now she's stuck in the bathroom with no toilet paper. Our nerdy girl is down on her luck. And to top it off our hero- Sir McHotpants escorts
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Neanderthal Seeks Human is a sweet and humorous story about two characters that are complete opposites and very unique in their own way. I honestly don't think I've read a book before where a Hero was as silent as Quinn, but it worked for his character. And even though there wasn't a ton of dialogue with him I still felt like I knew him really well. Without a lot of words and fanfare Quinn let Janie know how much he wanted her ans how much he cared for her.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neanderthal Seeks Human is a witty romance story about Janie Morris and Quinn McHotpants Sullivan.

We first meet Janie on the worst day of her life, it began with her finding out her fiancé cheated on her, breaking her heel on the way to work, getting fired from her job and worst of all: running out of toilet paper in her former companies restroom. If all this happened to me I would be devastated but listening to Janie recount her horrible day had me laughing out loud at how funny she is.

On this
S.M. West
5 "You've made me fearless."
"And you've make me a good guy."

Yes, I do declare that I love Penny Reid. This is my third book that I've read by Penny and I must say, I am totally captivated and smiling like a dork as I read her books. Even the sad, dangerous or angry moments!

Janie Morris is quirky, dorky, awkward and simply adorable!

"Everything about her was unexpected and unique. She was my bright light of eccentricity in a very predictable and ordinary world. She made everything interesti
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5 Stars

This was definitely a little more on the "chick-lit" side of the romance spectrum than I typically prefer; but I knew that going in, so I really can't complain.

Already stalking the next book in the series, because I'm on a Reid roll...

♡Karlyn P♡

3.5 "What Did I Just Read?!" Stars

This book was hilarious... and odd... and funny... and weird... and nutty... and, well I am still wrapping my brain around it.

Let's start with the players

Janine...a.k.a. Neanderthal,...a.k.a. Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs:
Janine is a socially inept, oblivious, gullible, overly analytic moron-slash-genius. Her IQ is off the charts, but her sexual experience level is minimal and she is often clueless to what is really happening around her. She secretly is burning for
Stacey is Sassy
Not being perfect is a good thing...

This is the kind of story that I can re-read over and over and over again; it just never gets old. The characters are original, quirky and so very interesting, they make me want to stop and think about life and all the weird and wonderful stuff in it. Janie is the kind of character that I would love to meet and spend time with. I'm a bit of an over-thinker, but Janie takes it to another level. I'm envious of her ability to remember all the little titbits that
Sarina Bowen
I know I'm super late to the party on this one but it's great and I'm glad I finally made the time! ...more
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
4.5 LOVE Quinn Sir Handsome McHotpants STARS!!!!

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I love my ROMCOM stories and "Neanderthal Seeks Human" had me laughing and swooning in equal measure.
Janie Morris is having a day from hell.
She just broke up with her boyfriend, after having found out he cheated on her.
The heel of her show broke off on a sewer grate.
Spilled coffee on her favorite blouse and she's just lost her job due to downsizing.
To top the day she is having, she's being escorted out of the office by the HOT security guard sh
Written April 10, 2015

3.8 Stars - Hilarious funny and sweet "romcom" with a wacky heroine I never will forget

This was a Kindle freebie some time ago and it was possible to add a low-priced "whispersynk for voice" audiobook (just $2.30). After reading a lot of happy reviews was the 14:20 hrs audiobook narrated by Jennifer Grace mine too.
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‘I decided, as I succumbed to sleep, that men should come with manuals, subtitles, and reset buttons.’

A quick satisfied tap-dance...
Besides the large number of
Em Lost In Books
Reread and it was so much fun as I know how the relationship of Quinn and Janie evolves in next six books. They are weird and misfit but they gel perfectly together.
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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive

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