If I knew earlier that this beautiful book will get me out of my reading slump, I would have read this sooner. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK! Words might not even be enough to explain how good and fun this book was. So I am apologizing in advance for this review might turn out as paragraphs of gushes and swoon. And Amir, this is all your fault so thank you.
Janie Morris might have been the weirdest, dorkiest, and the most awkward female main character I have met. But don’t let those characteristics fool you, because beneath her silliness lies a very smart and beautiful woman. I love her. Not just because she’s funny or witty, but because of the way her too much talking made her a very honest person. Her beauty might have been hidden behind her dark-rimmed glasses and Medusa-esque hair, but she was a brilliant person and her seemingly infinite knowledge of trivial things made her more of a kickass human being. I’d love to meet a Janie Morris in real life and be her bestfriend forever.
Some would say that a person’s worst day could be another’s best day and I think this happened when I started this book. Janie was having the worst day, I was having the best day because of this book lol. So the story opened with Janie breaking up with her cheating boyfriend, losing a place to live, and losing her job. The only comfort she got from her worst day was being escorted by Quinn Sullivan, whom she thought was a security guard from their building and was stalking crushing for a long time.
She might have been unlucky with her choice of boyfriend but at least she had the nicest friend/s who let her crash and have a place to stay for a while. Elizabeth and the gang, or the Knitting group, hence the series’ name. I had an idea that this series might actually revolve around this group of friends and guess what? I was right, but it doesn’t matter because I already love the first book. Anywaaay, going back..
I love Janie’s friends. They had individuality and it was shown through their differences in advice they give Janie. Seriously, her friends were awesome-balls. Although Penny Reid only showed glimpse of Janie’s friend’s life, I already think they are awesome because they always come to the rescue despite their busy lives, and they knit. These are the kind of girlfriends every girl needs to have in their life. Girls who would stick by your side and has your front covered(literally), especially when there’s a gun pointed at you or danger threatening you. LOL Oh my, these girls would even use their prized knitting materials just to protect their girlfriend in danger. They literally have your front, and back, and ok, your sideways too. See? Who wouldn’t want these girls as friends? Not to mention that these girls were the perfect replacement for Janie’s two estranged sisters.
Of course, aside from Janie’s immense luck with her friends, her stroke of bad luck with boys stopped after she meets Quinn Sullivan. When I say “meet” I meant Janie knowing his name, but other than that na-dah. Why? Because aside from trivial matters, she can’t form relevant questions or sentences that might have enlighten her how significant this hottie is in her life, even before she knew his name.
Quinn Sullivan is a man full of surprises, and this just one of the many reasons why you should read this ASAP. My words might not be enough to show you people how much I adore this man because I am just sparing you from spoilers. Honestly, looking back now I think Quinn is a kind off a “hit or miss” character. Some may think his personality is that of a creepy man but others, like me, may find it thoughtful, sweet, and very manly. I can’t blame Janie for misunderstanding Quinn at some point because he loves sending mixed signals. Well, added to that fact is Janie’s oblivious to obvious things, so if it weren’t for Quinn’s initiative to clear things between them, their relationship might have blown off the window.
Although the book was told on Janie’s POV, Quinn’s feelings and attraction towards her were obvious. He was quite the alpha male, but at the same time he was this sweet adorable man only his girl would know because he keeps it under this façade of a silent and strong man. I was seriously swooning when he started wooing Janie. Imagine a man with strong walls built around him, slowly taking down his defenses and changing his approach because the girl he is wooing is a totally different being, a neanderthal, a weirdo, a freak. And that only makes him more adorable, because he is a totally different person when it’s just the two of them. (But not the creeper-multiple-personality-type. He was the I-am-only-nice-when-I-am-with-you type.)
Isn’t it obvious that the romance in this book swept me away? Yeah, I was like a crazy person smiling to myself while I was reading this. Their relationship was built through too much nonsense talking on Janie’s side and Quinn’s wide understanding and big bag of patience towards Janie. It was slow and sweet, and after they finally got together, it was like eating dessert. You savor the best part last. Steam level never mattered to me because they were just starting their relationship and a few hot scenes between this two were enough for the readers to keep them satisfied.
Of course all books have flaws and although I really like this book there were still some things I noticed that were quite off. Just like Janie’s lack of reconnection with her family. Yes this book might have shown how bad her family might have been for her, but hey, they are still her family right? And what the hell is wrong with her sisters? Especially her youngest sister Jem. Her sister was just like a bubble that suddenly showed up in the story to steer things up then suddenly she goes pop! She’s gone. Another thing was her ex-boyfriend’s sudden disappearance after showing his determination to get her back. Like, what happened dude? Anyway, these were just some of the things I thought were lacking in explanation but nevertheless this things didn’t really affect the way I loved this book.
Overall, I recommend this to everyone in need of a fluffy light book with very “totes adorbs” characters. Neanderthal Seeks Human is one of those books you never expected to be sooo good you’d consider re-reading it again immediately. If you’re getting tired of those adult novels bordering erotica, this book is for you. Because who needs abs and breasts when you can have hot patient, and not to mention considerate guys like Quinn falling for geeky girls who talks too much but still is very adorable girls like Janie? You know it is better to read about throbbing hearts rather than throbbing.. you know what I mean. Seriously, read this asap and I’ll let you thank me later.