Saturday, May 20, 2017

Neanderthal Seeks Human/ Penny Reid /308 pgs

Believe it or not, Neanderthal Seeks Human is a romance. I thought the title and the concept of the book were intriguing, but alas the execution didn’t work for me.

Janie is a smart woman who’s just been fired from her job. She’s got some quirks, including the urge to spout random facts when she’s nervous, but I mostly liked her. Though it’s never stated explicitly, I would guess that Janie falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. A security guard, a hot guy that Janie’s noticed before, escorts her out of the building and into a limousine that takes her home. Well, actually not home because she just broke up with her cheating boyfriend and has moved out, so she crashes at a friend’s place. The hot security guard, Quinn, continues to pop up in Janie’s life and eventually helps her get a job at his company. Despite numerous obvious signs, Janie never catches on that Quinn owns the company. This was annoying as was the fact that the story is told in the first person (Janie) and we never really get to know Quinn, except that he can be very private, he’s rich, and he finds Janie attractive. These two often misinterpret what the other says and means, and this got frustrating after a while. There’s a lot going on here, including a suspense subplot that is never fully developed, and as a whole the book just didn’t work for me.

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