Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid ~ New Review and Giveaway

neanderthal marries human

Title: Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City, #1.5)

Author: Penny Reid

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: June 14. 2014


5 stars rating


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?
Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.
This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 100k word novel.
Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book.
This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn)

Liz’s Review

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!!


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  1. I'm listening to the musical stylings of Wonder Pets and Little Einsteins.

  2. right now my daughter has me listening to frozen songs of course LOL!

  3. I've got Pandora on and it's currently playing Musicbox by Enter the Haggis. I love this song!

  4. I'm listening to In This Moment today.

  5. I'm listening to Griffin Peterson. Thanks!

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  6. Anything by Rob Thomas, MatchBox 20! Can't get enough of his voice and he's pretty hot to!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  7. I love Penny Reid, she's an amazing writer!

  8. llistening to Stay With Me by Sam Smith!

  9. I like to listen to classic rock.

  10. I am such an old biddy - I only listen to classical music

  11. Nothing right now as I am at work. Once I get into my car, it will either be country or 70's music.

    Thank you,
    Ginger Robertson aka robertsonreads

  12. Our local country station -! Country music rocks :)

  13. Endless loop of the Frozen soundtrack. Finally got around to watching it the other day.

  14. The hunger games soundtrack was on repeat today for me

  15. Endess repeat of Ed Sheeran's "X". I'm obsessed. Even when I'm not listening it's playing in my head.