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Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is now LIVE!

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‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?

But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different–and crazier–solution to her dilemma . . .

As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?


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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.


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Review: Happily Ever Ninja

Happily Ever Ninja

Knitting in the City by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance


So far this is a five book series. I will be posting a review of each book leading up to the fifth book, Happily Ever Ninja. Since I totally dropped the ball (my life is in chaos), I decided to just post my review of the new book, primarily because I love it and am so excited about it. I will go back and post reviews of the books I’ve missed at a later time.

Happily Ever Ninja (Book 5)
Ninja at First Sight (Prequel)

Overall Rating: 5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Fiona Archer is the den mother to the Knitting in the City group, but she is something of a mystery. She has secret ninja skills that no one seems to know how she developed them or why she has them. Fiona has been married to handsome, sarcastic Greg Archer for 14 years, and while she loves Greg more than anything, she can’t help but feel like her control is slipping. For a woman who has had to be strong for so long, it’s hard for her to admit that she needs help. Greg feels like he is loosing his wife to the daily demands of life, but when Greg and Fiona have to work together under the most extreme circumstances, Fiona is able to pinpoint and communicate her needs. Whether Greg and Fiona can find a compromise so that each one feels fulfilled and needed.

Leading up to the release of this book, Penny Reid constantly warned readers that this was an odd book. Penny, if you read this blog, it’s not odd or weird or unusual at all. It fits nicely with the rest of the novels, since all of them have an element of mystery, suspense, or action. This one has all of that and more.

What I love most about this book is how realistic it is in depicting married life. As much as you love your spouse, it’s hard not to get muddled in the day-to-day grind. Add kids into the mix and it’s hard to relate to your spouse in the ways that made you fall in love in the first place. Since this is true of Happily Ever Ninja, it was great that Reid released Ninja at First Sight. Without reading Ninja at First Sight, you can’t really appreciate the greatness of Greg. How hot he is, how smart he is, how funny he is—it’s mostly hidden and I know for sure that I fell in love with Greg in First Sight, which made Happily Ever so much better.

You can guess from previous posts that Reid’s writing is great. Her character develop is wonderful and the secondary characters continue to delight. The novel is funny and it is full of action and adventure. Fiona is kickass and this novel is a great meditation on how a woman is still an important, contributing member of a family even if her monetary earnings are secondary to her husbands because her work inside the house is so valuable.

What’s become really apparent to me, as I go through the series book by book and think of them together as a unit is how much I learn from each book. They are like meditations on relationships, both romantic and platonic. I am reminded of how important authentic relationships are, and how relationships become deeper when we share our happiness and our sorrow. When Fiona asks for help from her friends, you get the sense that her relationships have been validated and strengthened. I often forget that my loved ones are there for me, I just need to reach out for them. Here is my favorite lesson about marriage of the book, and I’ll leave you to think about it:
“Love was never enough, not without mutual respect and a great deal of drudgery and effort. And even then, it wasn’t enough. Wanting each other, being open to change, pushing each other to improve and grow—for the better—working to deserve each other, was key.”

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99 Book5, Free for the prequel)
Yes. Please buy it. If you’re single, if you’re married, just read it. The bonus is the prequel is currently free.

Something else you might enjoy:
I recently read Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson and I enjoyed it so much (you can read my review here). It’s heartfelt and it’s real and it gives me hope that even marriages that are on the cusp of failing can be saved.
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The Best Kind of Friends Come with Lots of Benefits

Knitting in the City by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance


So far this is a five book series. I will be posting a review of each book leading up to the fifth book, Happily Ever Ninja. There is a book, Neanderthal Marries Human, which is labeled as 1.5, but it should really be read after book 2. So I will review it in what I think is the correct reading order.


Friends Without Benefits (Book 2)


Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe/xoxo)

P.S. I need another shout out about book covers. This one is so sexy. That moment… ah… that moment.

Quick & Dirty summary: Elizabeth Finney is a smart, beautiful, successful young doctor. She’s got a strong group of girlfriends—her knitting group—a super smart best friend, and a wonderful dad. Sure she experienced a great deal of loss at a young age, but she’s determined to be honest, adventuresome, and a great friend. So what if her love life is a little dry? Of course, when Nico Manganiello walks back into her life, all of those pesky details like zero love life, two gigantic losses at a young age, and an awkward adolescence come to the forefront. And Nico isn’t just some guy from her past, but he’s also The Face, a famous model turned actor who can melt the panties off almost any woman in the world. What’s a girl to do when she’s already lost the love of her life? Is she capable of a second love of her life?

This book is my least favorite to read and I hate saying that, despite it being true, because it’s really a well-written book. It’s funny, heartfelt, and off-the-charts romantic, but it’s also terribly sad, embarrassing, and surprisingly dramatic. I forgot to mention in my previous review that while these books are romantic comedies, they also have a suspenseful storyline that explodes in the end. It is true of Neanderthal, and it’s true of Friends. The suspense part doesn’t bother me; in fact, the suspense part of the storyline is interesting and I love it. But in this particular book, the confusion Elizabeth feels during the first two thirds of the book is difficult for me to bear. The history between Elizabeth and Nico is heart wrenching and my heart does not like to be wrenched. There is enough stuff in real life that gets my heart all twisty, I don’t really like to put it through any more added (fictional) strain. That being said, Reid makes Nico the kind of guy that makes the pain worth it. It’s not like I dislike Elizabeth, but for me this story is all about Nico. I love him, I adore him, and I want him. Still, this is hard book for me to read, and the payoff in the end, isn’t quite enough for me to go through the journey again and again.

This book is classically funny in a Reid sort of way. There are hilarious conversations between the knitting group friends, like this one with Ashley and Elizabeth. Ashley tells Elizabeth, “Oh dear… Elizabeth, I don’t know how to break this to you, but you’ve been having relationships with men.” And then there’s the one-liners that just get me every time. Elizabeth thinks to herself, “Friends don’t pussy submarine friends. Not cool.” You can probably guess what “pussy submarine” means, but if you can’t, then it’s the female equivalent of “cock blocking.” There is a lot of that in this book—making up the female equivalent of socially acceptable phrases that only have male references. I love how that infuses a kind of feminist culture throughout the whole book. Gosh Reid is a genius.

Interestingly enough, this book has the option to be salacious with a version of a chapter written two ways—explicit and demure. I was a little surprised by this at first, until I realized that there wasn’t anything explicit in Neanderthal Seeks Human. It startled me to realize how little I missed sex scenes in the first book because the storyline was so engrossing and funny. I’m not sure that this book needs it either, except the sex scene itself was rather funny too. I’m sure someone speaking Italian to me would get my motor going, but I’m not convinced it works quite on the same level as Reid makes it out to be.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $5.99)

Hopefully by now you realize that I am kind of a penny-pinching scrooge, even when it comes to books. So normally I wouldn’t recommend buying this book because $6 is a lot of money to me. However, it’s a testament to how good Reid is, and how good this series is, and yes, even how good this book is, that you need to buy it. It’s good on it’s own merit and it’s absolutely integral to the series.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you enjoy tragic, angst-filled adolescence that transition into once-in-a-lifetime loves, then read The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon. Talk about heart wrenching. I cried like a baby and still think about this book to this day. Plus Reid and Harmon are friends (I think), so it makes sense to promote one with the other. You can read my review of Harmon’s book here.

In Love with a Neanderthal

Knitting in the City by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance


So far this is a five book series. I will be posting a review of each book leading up to the fifth book, Happily Ever Ninja.


Neanderthal Seeks Human (Book 1)


Overall Rating: 5 (xoxo)


Quick & Dirty summary: Janie Morris is not having a good day. She finds out her boyfriend cheated on her, her heels broke, she spilt something on her shirt and she’s been fired. Of course this also happens to be the day she actually gets to meet Sir McHotPants, otherwise known as hot security guard she’s been stalking for the last few weeks. Of course, Janie is also obvious to social cues and has a mind that rivals Wikipedia so she’s a little startled with McHotPants wants to know what she thinks. When Janie runs into him again, and he not only saves her from an uncertain fate, but helps her to get a job, she’s happy to get to know him better. But McHotPants is more complicated than just a gorgeous face, and she’s surprised to find out that he will do whatever it takes to make Janie his.

This is one of my favorite books of all time (you can see it ranked pretty high in my all time favorites list) and it’s my go-to book when I need a pick-me-up (or when I feel the urge to say words with hyphens in them). There are a lot of reasons to love this book, the biggest one being that it is laugh-out-loud funny. The added benefit of random trivia is nice, but mostly it’s the great humor woven throughout this novel that gets me. I have read this book at least four times and each time I love Janie more and more. I’m not sure it’s even possible to love a fictional character as much as I love Janie, especially since I am heterosexual. But I want to be her friend so badly. I find her quirkiness endearing and I love to learn new things, so she’d be perfect for me.

Alas, as all the best people are, she is fictional and she is fictionally established with a great group of friends. I love Penny Reid’s ability to make the secondary characters so unique and integral to the story. This is necessary, of course, because the rest of the series is based on these characters, but the mutual love and respect they have for each other really comes across the page.

Quinn is hot, of course, but what I especially like about Reid’s portrayal of him is that he is an alpha male who still manages to be a little bit insecure, which makes him all the more realistic. I’ve often thought that alpha males in most romance novels are ridiculous. How can one man have so much self-confidence? Who never feels a moment of insecurity or anxiety? There are moments when Quinn is so totally human that I get gushy thinking about him. The chapter that is written from his point of view is like a shot to the heart (yes, I misquoted Bon Jovi).

I also have a major crush on Penny Reid, primarily because her novels are so well written. The dialogue flows smoothly, the descriptions are perfectly balanced, and her plots move at an even pace. I wasn’t bored at any point of the book, nor did I think it moved so fast that I got love whiplash. After the first book, I knew Penny Reid was going to be my new favorite author.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.00)

Yes, you saw that correctly. Currently this book is free. FREE! Did I say free? If free doesn’t convince you that you must buy this book, then perhaps my five star rating will. Did you miss that? Your eye might have skimmed over that part. But you can’t miss my very blunt order that you MUST buy this book.

Something else you might enjoy:

I can’t think of any book that I have found as funny or enjoyable as this one. Obviously, you need to read the rest of the books in the series. That being said, Penny Reid co-authored a book with L.H. Cosway, The Hooker and the Hermit, and it’s pretty good. Socially awkward woman meets hunky man means a good read.