There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris:
After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.
©2013, 2014 Kathleen Paulus (P)2014 Kathleen Paulus
A middle aged woman who hates running & uses audio books to drown out her mind screaming for mercy.
I stumbled upon this by chance and thanks to the very engaging story line spent 2 hours walking on the treadmill every day just so I could listen. Not a funny story but a really sweet one. Not so sweet that it was unbelievable but that fuzzy feeling sweet. The characters are likeable & the narrator not annoying. Real writing that is not a story based around sex. Be warned if you are looking for a 'hot' story ,this will not be for you. The sex is discreet which in my opinion is just right for this story. A truly fabulous listen which is so good I am buying the books. A real gem
My first Penny Reid book and I must confess I am hooked...its the funniest and most down to earth romance I have read in a very very long time! Now am gonna have to get started with all her other books😊😉
Obsessive reader of at least 5 kindle books a week. Only use audiobooks to survive my daily 90 minute walk to work.
I have already read this book on kindle and I am a real Penny Reid fan so I have to admit I liked this book even before I listened to it. Be warned, it’s a slow starter, as Penny Reid tries to get us inside the fairly unusual head of the h, who is a real nerd and had a mind that tends to wander to irrelevant topics as a form of distraction from stress. She also tends to spout endless streams of irrelevant facts when nervous and as a result has a reputation for being just a little bit weird.
The book starts with the “worst day in her life” when she dumps her boyfriend for cheating, which, as she lives in his flat, means she is homeless as well. She is then “downsized” at work and escorted out of the building by security guard H, on whom she has a massive crush. The H in this romance lends a whole new meaning to the description “inscrutable”. It made an interesting change to find that everyone (not just the h) found him difficult to emotionally connect to and he is very removed from normal social interaction, which made his constant attempts to connect with the h even more fascinating. You can feel the depth of the feelings between the two growing even though the h is very reluctant to get involved and when nervous spouts out whatever comes into her head – usually embarrassing herself in the process. She is also not a traditional beauty, and feels outclassed by the H who she thinks is just perfect in every way and therefore way “out of her league”. The H is more difficult to understand but it is obvious from his actions that he is fascinated by the h and keeps pushing for a relationship while constantly have to battle her weird way of interpreting facts and her numerous inner conflicts, where she extensively analyses and often misinterprets whatever is happening between them.
There is a minor mystery plot involving her sister which adds well to the story and serves to further explain the h’s obvious issues. She is a complicated and unusual person who is extremely endearing to the reader, and seeing her fall in love with someone who not only understands her but also respects her fountain of knowledge is not only very touching, but also extremely, laugh out loud, funny. Special mention must go to her circle of friends in her knitting group (to which she attends but does not knit!) who are the sort of supportive and understanding friends that we all wish we had.
The narrator in this book had a difficult job, which she does extremely well. There were, on reflection, a few plot issues that I did not notice on my first read. We never do find out exactly what the H’s company does that is so mysterious, and we don’t get much about his background, and what made him into what he is. Nor do we find out what he did to solve the problem with h’s sister. Furthermore I feel that the story of h and her childhood could have filled a book just on its own, and I would have liked more detail about this. There is a follow up book to this one, so maybe some of these issues are clarified there. I look forward to reading it.
This is a book well worth reading if just for the epilogue alone. This is the only part of the book from the H’s POV and Penny Reid manages to write a touching, emotional and satisfying epilogue - in a bathroom fixtures store!
Absolutely loved this book, I could really relate to Janie, what a fabulous character, loved her imperfections, loved that she spoke before she thought, loved her directness, just loved her.
Then we have Quinn, couldn't think of a better match for Janie, he's hot, sexy, rich and just on her wavelength. I love the nickname that Janie and her best friend Elizabeth have for Quinn, McHotpants, oh yeh hilarious. McHotpants manages to save Janie during one of her worst days ever, and he manages to keep saving her during random moments of bad luck. A wonderful story, that I am sure is the start of a wonderful series, can't wait to get to book 1.5.
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I have not read the print version. However it is so great to have a title that is fun, but quite intelligent. I loved the hyperbole. Ms. Reid can really wax lyrically. Well done!
I loved jane, however the story allows you to like Quinn aka Mr. McHotPants just as much
I thought her performance absolutely wonderful. It would be great if she would do the next selection "Neanderthal Marries Human". Her reading brings Janie to life.
Quinn. He is so smooth and complicated, but yet so human.
I would love to be able to listen to Neanderthal Marries Human, My research says that both selections were set to be done in "Audio" and available by May or June of 2014. However it appears audible is only offering us the one selection. I guess i will need to try and find the second selection on my own. I normally can and do wait for a follow-up title to present itself. However, I enjoyed this one so much, this week-end I am going to try and find the next audible title on my own. This really is a "Smart" read.
"Could Not Stop Listening....."
This is a really fun listen. On the surface this is a nerd-gets-hot-guy story, but Janie is not a typical nerd and the author does a good job making her character's insecurities believable and not annoying. Janie is a 26 year old, smart girl that is insecure and querky due to her background. She starts out having a bad day but meets Quinn, the good looking building security guard, that helps her land a new job. They develop a relationship despite Janie's insecurities, ex boyfriend issues and family dramas.
There were parts of the story that were predictable (Janie not realizing Quinn's position in the company), but there is enough other stuff going on with the characters to keep me engaged and listening. I also enjoyed the humor of this story, I liked the eccentric trivia and Janie's internal dialogues.
Over all this is a very solid contemporay romance/ chic-lit story and a highly enjoyable listen. I highly recommend this one - especially at $6 with the Whispersync.
"Smart Romance Says It All"
I loved Janie's knowledge of random things and her curiosities -- robot companions was too funny because it was too random. I loved that Quinn could take Janie's wiki facts in stride!
I think that if someone has read and enjoyed Alice Clayton, specifically Wallbanger, then that same reader will enjoy this series!
There are too many scenes I thoroughly enjoyed to limit to one favorite! Let's see.. the kisses at the concert, the afternoon at the concert in the park, all scenes when Quinn asks Janie what she's thinking and she tells him random factoids or random ideas for an invention or out-of-the-blue curiosities!
I think most female readers would want dinner out with Quinn (and it is hard for me to not want dinner out with him, too, he's almost too yummy to resist and I love that he orders for Janie), but I think I'd love to chat with Janie!
"What am I missing?? Meh."
I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer over here, but with all the hype with this story, I was just expecting... more.
This book is described as a "smart romance," when in reality it is simply the typical trope of the billionaire/millionaire player guy with baggage who doesn't want to settle down for anyone but makes an exception for his special snowflake, who happens to be a naive, virgin-esk young girl. (aka, Fifty Shades of Grey) And Jane is too tall (!) with too big of a butt and boobs that are too big (!), but doesn't realize she is attractive at all... of course.
I'm not saying that this book is bad, because it isn't, but it isn't anything out of the ordinary, even including putting a geeky, socially EXTREMELY unaware girl as the MC. I couldn't understand how she didn't pick up on her security guard (view spoiler). No one could be that dense, especially after the 100s of clues.
My main issue is that this story dragged on and on. I listened as an audiobook, which was nicely narrated, and I felt like nothing happened! It is a loooong audiobook, over 14 hours, and I literally couldn't take it anymore at about 10 hours. It was too much, too much of a TSTL female MC and the bossy male MC that I've seen before. It felt like it needed to be edited down by 100 pages (or 4 hours) to be cohesive and well-paced, and it felt VERY self-pubbed to me.
I guess I'm just not seeing what everyone else did. Sure, I enjoyed when Jane spouted some obscure facts and was entertained by her oddities, but that can only take a book so far.
"what a fun book"
easy, delightful and fun. I really enjoyed listening to it and plan to get the others
The dialogue was extremely witty. I was laughing out loud. The narrator did a fantastic job with all the characters, especially bringing Janie's personality to life. A smart, funny romance, a great story with the perfect narration. I wish that the sequels were narrated, too. Janie's words and thoughts NEED to be heard as well as read.
"love this book"
Love this book so much, very funny and great storyline. The narrator does quite a good job. Really great.
So smart Janie definitely has aspergers like my son. Made for a fascinating and fun read. My second read was even better than the first. Penny Reid is so creative with her complex yet delightful characters.
"Good reader, predictable story, poorly written"
First person books are hard to read and listen to as they are very one-sided and you can't understand the motivations of the other characters. From my perspective, the author tried and failed in writing in the first person. There were some memorable lines, but all in all, a tedious listen that had so many predictable moments, was super-repetitive a lot of the time (slamp used at least twenty times in five minutes for one, which means bleep buddy, FYI), and far too many plot holes that are never resolved, just glossed over. The abrupt change from the heroine's voice to the hero's was just plain jarring and unnecessary.
Chick lit, pure and simple. It's a "cleaning the house" book, and doesn't require any thinking.
"A little slow in the middle but still fairly good"
I was caught up in the story immediately but was disappointed when the story started to drag in the middle. A little too much emotional angst before moving on to a satisfactory ending. I will read the second book in the series and give this author another chance
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