I write contemporary romance and I love to read contemporary romance. I read historical, paranormal and various other romance genres, but contemporary is my thing. Not long ago, I ran across Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. The book was highly recommended by a Twitter friend and I found the cover unique and cute.
Because the book comes up under romantic comedy–and I love that slant–I was hopeful that it would be fun and satisfying. It was.
Written in first person, the heroine starts by describing her Worst. Day. Ever. She’s fired unexpectedly and escorted out of the building by a really hot security guard Janie refers to as McHotpants. As a reader, I sank happily into Ms. Reid’s story, enjoying her humor and her writer’s voice. She clearly and lovingly defined her characters, who were–let’s admit it–strange. But in a really nice, intriguing way. As weird as they are, the reader still feels a kinship.
I tend to be picky about language use, loving those who enjoy and know how to use words. Ms. Reid has a very charming and enjoyable style.
Neanderthal Seeks Human is part of the Knitting In The City series. When I recommend this to romance-inclined friends, I’ll tell them to look forward to a fun journey that’s something out of the ordinary. I bought Ms. Reid’s other books, just because she was that fun.