I LOVED this book. Plain and simple. I think it may be my favorite from the series ( shhh don’t tell Drew and Ashley) For the group of friends ever so entertaining, the singular humor and writing of the author but most of all for the perfect romance and happy feels I felt while reading it. 5 stars all the way!
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?
Author : Penny Reid
Title : Dating-ish
Series : Knitting In The City #6
Number of pages : 304
Release Date : May 16th, 2017
Genre : Contemporary, Erotica.
Are you a romance Reider? Sure you read some romance, but have you read a Reid Romance before?
In any case, here are a few things you should know about Knitting in the City series.
▸It’s 100% certified happy feels.
▸It’s about friendships forged in… yarn.
▸The characters are imperfect and flawed therefore very relatable.
Dating-Ish is certainly no exception to the rule, happy feels were found, yarn was fashionably crafted around drinks, and characters revealed facets unbeknownst to them before.
But what is the story about?
Have you ever experienced the rush and anxiety of a blind date? The pressure behind online dating? It doesn’t matter if you didn’t, you’ll feel how awkward and stressful such a date can be and sympathize with Marie, the heroine, navigating through dick pics, fake profiles and impostors until her fateful date with Matt.
But there is so much more to Dating-ish. Unrequited love addicts will get their fill of sweet and delicious angst. The kind that makes you want to take rein of the story and make the heroes together NOW. Penny Reid is devilish and here is why : she set up the parameters of this story so you have no other choice but to be a simple by-stander but at the same time making it impossible to watch the play unfold without vehemently protest. (picture yourself shouting at the book, throwing the book against the wall, shaking your head at how clueless a man can be, cursing the author for putting yourself through such a debilitating state while going through your easter chocolate stash. Oh you ate it all already? You fool! )
Datingh-Ish is brilliant that way. You’ll love it but hate it almost as fiercely. Unrequited love? My favorite kind of romance! Unrequited love between best friends? Even better. And the growing friendship between both main characters felt so genuine, so real, so sweet…
Gah! All the feels for this strangers / enemies / friends to lovers story orchestrated by… robots.
That’s right. Robots are responsible of it all.
What if human relationships could be replaced? What if we could avoid deception, heartache by creating the perfect mate?
That’s the underlying question Penny Reid is asking throughout Matt and Marie’s journey. Robots are everywhere but would you leave morals and flaws behind — everything that makes us humans and individuals— to save you from the heartache and risks of the dating pool? Would you feel more safe with an entity programmed to fit your needs and set with a rigid set of morals? Can intelligence equals emotions?
An intelligence of our own designed to control us all? Don’t you find it frightening?
This question is extremely relevant and interesting in a world dominated by electronics but I’m probably not utopian enough to wish for such a thing. I think I love the mess of social interactions too much, the surprise of blends too much to ever wish such a thing to become a reality. Perfection is boring, flaws make you interesting!
Through cuddle sutra and professional humpers Marie and Matt are trying to get answers to those questions getting closer and closer while exploring alternatives to the idea of an artificial intelligence companion. And the let me tell you I never craved a cuddle like I craved one with Matt reading this book. The charge of sexual tension emanating from the pages of Dating-ish is positively dangerous.
Worse or better even, the moment Penny Reid let it all go? Not only you’ll feel the relief, but guys, I can’t remember reading a scene THAT hot in one of her books EVER. And that damn saxophone!
To conclude, Penny Reid delivers here a perfect addition to the Knitting in The City series with a romance story like I truly love them, entertaining with a lot of built, a yearning so real you can feel it through the pages, her own brand of humor —nerdy robot jokes are everything— making light of tense situations, a subject to reflect on, the whole thing cottoned in happy feels, yarn and a set of friends you can only wish you were part of. Oh and Careless Whispers. That damn saxophone.
(‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, it’s a full length 100k word novel, and book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.)
Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling 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.