Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny ReidNeanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
Published March 2013
Series: Knitting In The City #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Office Romance
three-stars
Format: Audiobook
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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.

Disclaimer: I listened to this book as an Audiobook, which might slightly influence my opinion as I wasn’t in control of my reading pace...

Janie Morris is having the worst day ever – one of these days where everything just goes wrong: broken high heels, coffee staining her favourite sweater, she’s getting fired from her job for no apparent reason and while she tries to make sense of it in the bathroom, she finds that there are no toilet paper rolls left… At least she gets escorted by Quinn Sullivan (aka Handsome McHotpants), the sexy but broody and disinterested security guard she’s been raving about at her weekly knitting group (she doesn’t knit though).

It turns out that not long after, she meets Quinn again at a bar, and wakes up in his bed the day after, but just because he rescued her as she was roofied by some people a the bar. Their morning after is awkward as ever, especially given Janie’s ability to state random scientific facts and her suffering from nervous verbal diarrhoea, but Quinn offers Janie to put in a good word at his company and have her come over for a job interview which she gladly accepts. It turns out that Janie will find out slowly but surely who the real Quinn is and which other unwelcome creatures of the past come back to haunt her…

Before I start giving my two cents about this book, I would actually like to point out that this was my first audiobook ever, so it took some time adjusting and maybe the ratings I am giving this book would have been different if I had actually read it like a standard book/e-book. It took a little time to adjust to the pace, which was a bit slow at standard speed yet too fast at 1.25x speed, but other than that I was glad it managed to convey all the funny scenes and emotions.

The reason why I am not giving this book a full star rating was because I really loved Quinn, but couldn’t help but find Janie annoying. I loved her quirky character and the fact that she was a bit geeky and brainiac, but as Quinn stated – she has real trouble seeing the obvious. It felt as if she was walking through the book with a blindfold on, and with the very wrong impression that people are all goodnatured. She was totally naive and I cannot see how the hero can be both extremely intelligent and perceptive (at least when it comes to work) and so naive at the same time. That just doesn’t add up.

And the way the story wrapped up in the end was a bit hasty too in my opinion…
So in the end, I enjoyed Neanderthal Seeks Human as the plot was cute, and it did have some really enjoyable scenes (and I loved Quinn Sullivan, of course), even though I badly missed some sexy scenes, which were unfortunately only hinted at. However, I did not catch my attention that much and didn’t strike me as one of my all time faves. But this might be due to the fact that this was my first Audiobook experience, what do you think?

Anyway, if you are looking for something cute and light, then this is a really nice book and I haven’t lost faith in the author as I will definitely check out the sequel around Janie and Quinn’s story, but this time as an e-book and not Audiobook!