Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Neanderthal Marries Human
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1.5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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 is a series that I constantly ask myself why it is taking me so long to read. I’ve read 3 books from this series and really enjoyed every one of them, but I’ve also waited months between each book.
You see, this is unusual for me when I like a book in a series or a book by a particular author… like with Netflix series, I tend to binge and enjoy every second of it.
While I’m tempted to read the rest of the series (it’s all in the Audible Romance package!), I just bought a bunch of great audiobooks from Audible’s Spring sale and I’m thinking that I might rotate between those and this series.
Anyway, back to this book: since I read the first book so long ago and this one follows the first couple, Quinn and Janie, I admit that it took me a little while to get into the story. It’s obviously meant to be read while the characters are still fresh in your mind, however, after a few chapters I felt a bit more connected to them and the friendships.
As with the other books, being that there are so many members in the knitting club, I still struggled to tell who was who. I may never get them all down and I think that’s ok. It didn’t necessarily deter from the story, however, I think it may have improved on the story if there were less characters to keep track of.
Who knows if my mind will change as I finish the series, though!
Sometimes, when I Follow a couple that has already gotten together into another book, it’s hard for me to enjoy the story as much as the first. After all, it’s the butterflies that I love most about romance novels and once a couple is together, it’s harder to conjure them.
But, much like Forever Pucked which continued Alex and Violet’s story, I really loved getting to see Quinn and Janie’s Happily Ever After.
I appreciated that the issues the couple had to overcome didn’t feel contrived for the story. Like Alex and Violet, the issues felt real.
I’m very excited to read about Dan and Cat, and I’m hoping that their story is book 3!
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
Jennifer Grace did such a great job narrating for Janie. She nails her personality perfectly. As for Sebastion York, I mean, he’s one of my favorite male narrators. He can pretty much do no wrong in my book.
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
Not too many butterflies in this one, but I was certainly reminded of how much I adore Quinn.
Re-read Worthiness: Maybe
There is a possibility that I’ll reread this one if and when I finish this ridiculously long series.
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
I’d love to have the complete series on my bookshelf!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars
I love Quinn, but his secrets are his downfall. He loses major points for that.
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