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Dating-ish: A Friends to Lovers Romance (Knitting in the City Book 6) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B06XCJ53V5
- Publisher : Cipher-Naught (16 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1709 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think this might be my favourite Knitting in the City (I didn't think you could eclipse Alex and Sandra but I stand corrected). Normally I get frustrated with friends to lovers books, becuase I feel like both of them just need a good kick up the behind for being so clueless.
Not this time. This time, I questioned along with Marie, endlessly turning over actions and words for deeper meaning. Does he? Doesn't he? Why is he so adorable, gah, I can't take it.
Plus, I always learn something about science or philosophy or working for the CIA when I read her books and Dating-ish is no exception: I now want to go back through each chapter title page and google the pants off those AI.
(I probably won't though, because I'll be too busy trying to parent on 3 hours of sleep. Damn you, Penny Reid)
The attraction between intelligent, nice, journalist/knitter, Marie and emotionally clumsy, brainiac, AI scientist, Matt, was a combination of electric sparks and deep regard. After their very shaky start, the two MCs gave each other hope and slowly built trust - eventually meeting each other's needs and desires.
I have to admit, I had a little trouble getting into 'Dating-ish'. The probable reasons were: my least favourite interests are data analysis and technology. So, it follows that I didn't always relate to the associated AI info talk. My brain just doesn't work that way, sadly. Secondly, the setting up of the scenario took a chunk out of the first quarterish, which interfered with the flow, imo. Lastly, Penny didn't quite nail Matt's character for me, until about midway though.
Nevertheless, there was a lot to like about 'Dating-ish', especially the treasured 'Reidisms'. One example: Marie and (colleague) Tommy's discussion about what men and women want in a mate (a hoot, but very true, too).
PS My reinvigoration for knitting continues...now I'm onto an aran throw rug. 😃
What I don't like; all the characters seem to be freaking gorgeous (I mean, would it hurt for someone to have crooked teeth or a little tummy paunch?), they all knit entirely too well and there is a lack of bad advice, although there was Vegas...
This book was entertaining and very hard to put down, it's a sweet story with added bonuses of the other characters from the series tucked in. Well worth reading if you are a fan of the Knitting in the City series and contemporary romance in general
This was so perfect. Thank you Penny for yet again delivering a stunning book, all the while surprising our socks off!
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'"You look fine."
"Fine?" I asked, glancing down at myself, doubting the dress for the first time since slipping it on earlier.
"You see," the muscle at his jaw ticked, "I'm not allowed to say you look delicious, or hot, or enticing, or sexy, or f***ing gorgeous, or any of the other thoughts I'm currently having. So, yes. You look fine."
Dear lord in Heaven if only all real life men actually meant this when they tell us we look fine.
Penny Reid is many things. Sharp, witty, intelligent, quirky, honest and wonderful, and so much of herself is in her writing, the dialogue and the characters. Her stories are on a level that anyone and everyone can connect with, whether they know binary code or not, or whether they understand the definition of what A.I. is. Her words, her characters and the feelings they battle against and towards, are the very things that bind it all together and give her readers a sense of worth. You learn through her books. You feel so much too. And isn't that the most incredible sign of a terrific writer? She hands us the tools to think and feel for ourselves.
Dating-ish is a unique and very distinctive romantic comedy, it's certainly on another level of kooky and cute, but in some ways, once all of the mechanics are stripped away, it's just a girl and a guy searching for a true connection but going about it in two completely alternate routes.
This is 2017, we all like to think we are people of the modern age, free thinkers, intellects, we find love through computers, or with the swipe of a phone screen, why should the idea of someone else's alternative approach to finding love be dismissed as cold or perverse or ridiculous? Well Matt and Marie embark on a quest to discover just how varied they can be.
Dating-ish is at the heart of it a wonderful romance. It did take me a chapter of two to warm up to Matt, but I found in the end he was utterly amazing. The passion and fire that he has in him is intoxicating and there was no one better for him than our heroine Marie. She is fierce and independent, lovable and funny, down to earth but extraordinary and there is no cuter couple than these two.
'But when Marie laughed, when her mouth curved in a perfect arch, when her eyes became the combined colours of hydrogen on the visible light spectrum, when the manifestation of happiness as perfect as music passed her lips, then time stopped.
Just a little.'
Dating-ish is a bit of a slow burn romance, it simmers and smoulders but erupts into a glorious blaze of romance and heat, miscommunication and liberation. Slow burns are the best. They build tension, sexual and dramatic, you're left anxious with anticipation, you smile, you laugh, you cry but you feel. If the poor hero and heroine have to go through it all, you do too.
Wow, that was unexpectedly intense and so many feels. I stayed up half the night reading this, I couldn't put it down.
Poor Marie is stuck in an interminable hell of t'interweb dating in her thirties. She's the quiet one from the knitting group, the observer and that really resonated with me as an introvert myself. Better still, her wry and candid observations on the body language and behaviour of people around her were warm and witty, and with just a touch of bittersweet in the way those observations colour the way she sees herself :
"I missed the days when I could just smile naturally and not have to think about it."
In spite of that, Marie hasn't given up, she doesn't have a lengthy shopping list for the right man , she's simply looking for "the right person" to complement her life. But, following one particularly awkward date with her 'perfect match', a weird, inquisitive man who asks lots of loopy questions and looks nothing at all like his profile pic, she resigns herself to a life with only cats and her knitting group friends for company.
And then she meets Fiona's neighbour, the computer science university academic, and realises that her not so perfect match 'date' hadn't been entirely honest with her...
"Actually, you're all basically the same person."
Despite that less than promising start, Marie and Matt become friends, with Marie agreeing to pass on the benefit of her dating experience to aid Matt's academic research, and Marie using that research as background for a magazine article she's writing.
"I think, on some level, we'd all like to believe we're special. That something - be it tangible or intangible - makes each person unique."
Can I just talk about the chemistry and the feels in this for a moment? Now firmly sitting in the friendzone, every look, every touch, every word they exchanged gave me the warm and fuzzies. I was desperate, absolutely desperate for them to get together, and the anticipation was quite delish. Marie decides to try everything from cuddle therapy to (ahem) dry humping in her pursuit of the truth, with Matt alongside her, getting ever so slightly growly possessive whenever anyone else shows an interest.
Matt reminded me of Janey (a male version) as he's academic and analytical yet socially and emotionally naive. I loved the push and pull between the two of them and I understood why they spent so much time together. It was a genuine, authentic friendship.
At the halfway point, the story took a turn I was not expecting and, I cannot lie, I was ANGRY. Proper worked up and tense. I won't say any more to avoid spoilers, but I was buddy reading with a few others and so I enjoyed a kinship with them as we all hit that point in the story and reflected on it, and pondered whether we were justified in our reaction. What it really did though was ratchet up the tension and anticipation even more. Once I reached that point, there was no way I was putting this down and going to sleep. I. Was. Gripped.
I loved this. Highly recommended, especially if you enjoy an intelligent, warm and witty friends to lovers story. And is it me or is the smut getting hotter? Jeez. It can be read as a standalone, but why deprive yourself of the rest of this fantastic series?
Initially put out that he has to show Marie his work, Prof. Matt Simmons is surprised by how easy it is to interact with her. People don’t often seem to know how to handle his directness and he doesn’t make it easy for them either. Marie takes him at face value and is genuinely interested in his work. Could be he’s found a friend at last…
Why you should read it: This book. This book is good. No, it’s great! This series doesn’t disappoint. I loved Marie and Matt. They’re beautiful characters – truly, the holy grail of characters. I loved Matt’s awkwardness – he’s super smart and also super drole when he’s at ease with someone. Marie is great too – her inner monologue was both hilarious and full of pathos. The misunderstandings between the two of them were realistic and not shoe-horned in to engineer drama. The book was a slow burn (which I love) – the sexual chemistry reached boiling point and then blew up! I finished the book and immediately wanted to re-read it. I actually feel a little bereft right now.
What you may not like: Not a thing, if you’re familiar with Penny Reid and her quirkiness and love it. I literally can’t think of a negative because I loved it so much.
Rating: 5/5 for a smart, (I felt smarter just reading it) sexy as hell story. It’s hopeful, funny and a great chance to check in with the other characters in the series.
Although the book is about Maries story and is in her pov, you still have the community story in the background which makes this author my absolute favourite. I want to continue knowing about the life's of those I've previously read about in the series and now to know Abram is Maries brother, just well done Penny, well done.
The story in its self is a romantic tale but as in all of her stories, it's also a source of knowledge, from advances by Nasa to Africa oil corruption and back to Nsa and bitcoins, not forgetting to highlighting the perils of making sure a man has regular check up on his vasectomy. This author covers a lot of ground and I'm so happy to have found these books.