Review: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Posted May 13, 2017 by Jenn in New releases, Reviews / 1 Comment

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Review: Dating-ish by Penny ReidDating-ish by Penny Reid
on May 16th
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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five-stars

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 human kind, 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?

Words fail me. They always seem to when it comes to a Penny Reid book. At least any eloquent words. This book is unlike any of hers before, yet at the same time so perfectly Penny Reid. Intelligent, quirky, funny, and delightfully weird.

This book tackles topics of relevance for many today:

-Online dating
-Singlehood
-Companionship
-Robots

Yes thats right, robots. And it was truly perfection. I love that Penny’s books make assumptions about their readers. The biggest assumption being we are intelligent and able to handle topics of current events and have a conversation regarding them with the reader. You read that right, in this book Penny has a conversation with you through her characters on the issue of not just online dating but the future of our society with respect to robotics.

All that said what about the characters? I caught minor glimpses of Marie through out the other books, the biggest coming in Happily Ever Ninja. Still I never felt like I knew much about her so I was excited to get to meet her and this book helped me to fall in love with her.

The male lead, well I had a visceral reaction to him in the beginning. By 17% I was MAD. I couldn’t understand how he was to be who this book would focus on, Penny had made a mistake! CURSES ALL! I put the book done and glared at it. But I couldn’t walk away. I mean this is Marie’s book, written by Penny. So I charged forth holding said grudge against our Hero. And then it happened, I fell in love with the idiot. No he isn’t really an idiot but I called him one, several times, in the beginning. Alas he was redeemed and I was cheering them on as I watched things unfold beautifully, sensually, and slowly. Oh yes, Ms. Reid gave us a slow burning romance this time around and it was delicious.

I love all the Knitting in the City books, it is hard to pick a favorite, but this comes pretty close to sitting at the number one spot for me.

five-stars
Jenn

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