Neanderthal Seeks Human was out of the norm for me. I usually don't go for romance novels unless there is some sort of paranormal element to them. I prefer romance to be secondary to the main plot of a story. Someone had this on their blog however, and for some reason, I decided to read the blurb. I liked the premise and it seemed promising.
Synopsis from Amazon:
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 was actually a really fun story. It is the first novel from this author and will be the start of a series called Knitting in the City. As I said before, I usually find romances to be either completely mundane and predictable or over the top. This book however, was smart and funny. I loved the main character of Janie and her nerdy tendencies. She doesn't have the highest self esteem and always has something sarcastic to say about her imperfections. Her ability to share random facts that almost no one would know was refreshingly quirky. She comes up with some extremely creative vocabulary which had me laughing on several occasions. Quinn, or as Janie calls him, "Sir McHotpants," has a bit of a "fifty shades" type personality but not as extreme. His background is a mystery until about the middle of the book but he is interested in Janie from the very beginning.
There is a subplot involving Janie's sister (who is the bad seed of the family) and some bad guys from Quinn's past so there is a little bit of drama/action in the story. These bad guys are involved in one slightly dramatic but hilarious scene when they barge in on Janie and her knitting group. It is quite the comedy show with a mixture of guns, vodka bottles, and knitting needles flying in all directions. It is definitely one of my favorite scenes in the story.
The book is told from Janie's point of view and with her fun quirky inner thinking as she consistently argues with herself about the status of her life and relationships. The epilogue, however, is from Quinn's point of view which is nice because you get to hear a little bit of his thoughts and feelings before the story officially ends.
I really liked this book so I'm giving it four out of five stars. If you like fun and quirky, this is a good one.