Series: Knitting In The City #1
Published by cipher-naught on March 13th, 2013
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the first book in the Knitting in the City series.
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.
This book was such a fun surprise. I had it on my Kindle for a while and after an emotional read, I wanted to read something that would make me laugh. And hell, this one made me giggle, laugh and snort tea through my nose. It was downright hilarious, but in a very intelligent and witty way. It was something very different and an original idea.
The heroine, Janie, is a geek. She basically knows Wikipedia by heart. And not just Wikipedia really. And when she gets nervous or emotional, she basically vomits all the knowledge she has over everyone coming close, which makes for some hilariously embarrassing moments.
But it is not so over the top that it becomes unbelievable. Instead, Penny Reid created a character that you have to love for her weirdness. She speaks to the klutz and geek in all of us. It is so easy to relate to the embarrassing moments that we all experience at some point or another in our lives ÔÇô though much different than Janie does. Or at least I hope none of you have ever asked a guy: ÔÇ×If you could have magic sperm, what kind of creatures would you want to create?ÔÇ£
The magic sperm owner, Quinn, is the typical tight-lipped broody alpha-male but he can’t resist Janie’s geeky charm. Although it is hard to figure him out during the book and up till the end I was undecided whether he is a douche or not, this is what Janie had to go through as well during the course of the book. But despite his closed-off behaviour he is so sexy. He hasn’t been called Sir Handsome McHotpants for nothing. What makes him swoon-worthy is how adorable he is with Janie, when he teases her and appreciates her geekiness.
As the friendship and then relationship slowly develops between Janie and McHotpants…err…I mean Quinn, they both start to change. She becomes more confident, opens herself up and learns to trust. He learns to show feelings, invest something in a relationship other than a few condoms. It is a transformation step-by-step with a few detours, bumps in the road and near fatal crashes, which makes the ride nerve-wracking and suspenseful at times. But it never ever loses its humour.
This was a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will definitely be buying the future books.
4 knitting-needle wielding stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)