Blog Tour & Giveaway! Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City #1.5) by Penny Reid



If you have been following me you know that I love Penny Reid. Her books are usually hilarious and amazing. Neanderthal Marries Human is out now and Penny does it again! Though this time the book has a more serious tone. Still amazing. Still so glad to be part of the blog tour to promote this amazing author! I cannot say enough good things about her books. See below for my full review and a chance to win signed copies of Neanderthal Seeks Human and Neanderthal Marries Human and a bunch of other great books! Or you know One Click now as these books are so so good you don't want to miss them!


Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance (Knitting in the City #1.5)

Synopsis:

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).


Review:

*Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Neanderthal Marries Human is the second book featuring Quinn and Janie. If you haven't already you should probably read Neanderthal Seeks Human before reading this book because this is a continuation of their story. I mean the first book is amazing, one of my favorites, so why not? I loved Quinn and Janie in the first book. Absolutely loved them then and somehow I love them even more now. There were so many moments when I just had to stop and think to myself "Man I LOVE Janie and/or Quinn!!" Neanderthal Marries Human did have a more serious tone to it, there were some issues to work through and it was just not as silly/fun/ridiculous as Penny Reid's other books. It was still absolutely amazing. I almost teared up numerous times and I did actually cry at the end, big fat tears, but not sad tears, happy tears which is odd for me. It was so touching and just...it was ridiculous! I don't cry at books! Even thinking about the book and the ending I am almost tearing up days later. It was just beautiful and heartfelt and just...amazing. Way to go Penny Reid. In the same book you have me laughing out loud and crying big tears and everything in between. 

One of the things I loved about this book is that you get some chapters from Quinn's point of view. So I love Quinn, but I think the reason why I love him is how amazing he is to Janie. If I had just a book about Quinn, like before Janie or something, I don't really know how much I would love him. I realized while reading this book he is not my ideal guy, but because of Janie I think he is incredible. He likes Janie's facts she blurts out and he is just amazing and perfect for her. He asks questions and they have conversations about the facts and stuff. He gets turned on when she when she sites peer reviewed research on sexuality. Amazing! Quinn's dad is also the same way, absolutely amazing with Janie. They both know when she needs to hide behind her random facts, when she needs a minute because she can't deal with the emotions and things that are happening. There is one point when she cannot deal with some emotions and she starts talking about plastics and the dad just jumps right in and starts asking her questions about the differences between different kinds and stuff. That was a teary eyed moment for sure. So incredible. At the same time though there were times when Quinn wouldn't let her hide behind her randomness. Times when he made her stop and face the issue before her which she needed. Sometimes she needed to do that and to have him know that and encourage her and help her be stronger and even more amazing was remarkable. Every time he did something incredibly sweet for her I just swooned a little bit more. I love Janie so much, wish I were bff with her, and to see her so happy with Quinn just makes me love him too.

This book is the story of Janie and Quinn and their journey to getting married. The way he proposes is awesome. Hilarious. Janie isn't quite sure as she has a plan of how long it should take and they are years ahead of schedule. She thinks they need to be tested, have some bad times, to make sure they really want to do this. Her solution? Plan this big wedding neither of them want to try and get some conflict into their relationship. They have conversations throughout that are negotiations which was wonderful. Man I loved them both. Really Janie is worried that Quinn will get tired of her and leave eventually, that her happiness is fleeting. We see her try and work through this, work through the idea that she can just be happy and it will be good. The girls in the knitting group were great helps and I wish I had a group of girls like that in my life. They are wonderful and made me cry. It really was an incredible read. Oh and Quinn also still texts Janie stupid jokes which I absolutely love! 

So as I said I loved this book. So many touching moments, so many hilarious moments, so many great moments. I highlighted so many passages in this book, which is something I normally don't do. Most of the time I read a book and no lines or passages stand out so much that I have to highlight them. It usually only happens if something is terrible and I hate it. In my book clubs a lot of times one of the questions is what is your favorite line or passage and I usually can't answer as I don't have one. With Penny Reid's books I find I have too many. I went back after reading this book and looked at all the passages I have highlighted, all of the hilarious lines, favorite scenes, things that just stuck out to me as amazing as I was reading, and it would be incredibly hard to pick a favorite (or even list the top ones as there are too many). Definitely not a normal thing for me, but one of the reasons why I love reading her books. I still cannot get over how much this book made me feel. How it really made me cry. Unbelievably amazing. Definitely go read this book if you are a fan of Janie and Quinn. See if you can make it through without getting choked up.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Also in the series (click the title for my review):
Neanderthal Seeks Human available on Amazon •  Barnes & Noble •  Kobo •  Goodreads
Friends Without Benefits available on Amazon •  Barnes & Noble •  Kobo •  Goodreads  
Love Hacked available on Amazon •  Barnes & Noble • Kobo • Goodreads


About the Author:

 SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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