{Review} Dating-Ish by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

June 9, 2017 Adult, Blog Tours, New Adult, Reviews 5 ★★★★★

{Review} Dating-Ish by Penny Reid @ReidRomanceDating-ish by Penny Reid
Pages: 304
Published by Caped Publishing on May 16, 2017
Series: Knitting in the City #6
Genres: adult, New Adult, contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: eARC from Author


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?

Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Also in this series: Happily Ever Ninja
NA Review My Thoughts

‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.

Dating-ish is a romantic comedy from the fabulous Penny Reid. By now, I think you all know that Penny is one of my all time favorite authors. I absolutely love everything she writes. Seriously, everything. I can count the amount of authors that is true of on my hands, so it is a big deal to me. I have not read all of the Knitting in the City books, which I need to rectify immediately because they are so excellent. I have read a couple of them. Each of the novels works as a standalone, but they are about a group of friends, so reading them all does give you some nice character and couple overlap.

Dating-ish follows Marie and Matt. I absolutely loved the two of them. I want another book written from Matt’s point of view, or some deleted scenes or something because I love him so much. He is equal parts nerdy and bossy, and that is a combination that strangely works very, very well for me. I don’t know how Penny Reid does it, but she always manages to make me love her latest leading man more than the last. I thought Cletus, from the Winston Brothers series, was going to be my favorite, but then Matt came along. And I really, really love Matt! (please don’t make me pick between them. I want them both.)

The plot line of Dating-ish totally captured my attention and my heart. I don’t even know how I can possibly say this but I think this might be my favorite Penny Reid book to date. It deserves so much more than five stars. Matt is a scientist trying to develop an compassionate AI robot that will replace people in relationships. Marie is trying to write a story about services that can be used to replace the things a partner brings to a relationship. And that is all I can say without spoilers. But I loved the plotline for this novel. I found it to be so much fun and fascinating.

Dating-ish is my favorite kind of romantic comedy. It has amazing characters, smart, sexy and sassy writing, a fantastic slow burn “friend-zone” romance and hilarious quips and one liners. Matt’s computer puns cracked me up. (I am laughing now as I write this even.) Matt and Marie totally stole my heart. Actually, that is what I love the most about Penny Reid romances- they always steal my heart! Her books hook me like few others are able to do. I flat out ignored the world while I was reading Dating-Ish. (I was even reading this while waiting to go into court for a hearing, instead of reviewing my file because I had to know what happened next! Don’t worry, I won my hearing 😉 )

Bottom line: Dating-ish was a home run hit for me. I couldn’t have loved it more if I tried. Penny Reid’s books are dangerously addictive. And all I want is more more more! Dating-ish is one of the bext books I have read this year! (and I think I have already said that about another one of Penny’s books from 2017!) If you have not read a Penny Reid book yet, you are missing out. If you love yourself, do yourself a favor and read Dating-ish. Your inner nerd will thank you.

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 Knitting in the City series

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid Friends Without Benefits by Penny ReidLove Hacked by Penny Reid
Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid Ninja At First Sight by Penny Reid Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

#1 ~ Neanderthal Seeks Human: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Neanderthal Marries Human: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Friends Without Benefits: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Love Hacked: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Beauty and the Mustache: My Review •  Ebook • PaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#4.5 ~ Ninja at First Sight:  EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#5 ~ Happily Ever Ninja: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads


About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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5 Responses to “{Review} Dating-Ish by Penny Reid @ReidRomance”

  1. Victoria

    I’m a huge fan of Penny’s work and I can’t wait to read this one, thanks for sharing your awesome review! 🙂

  2. Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter

    So glad to hear that you loved this one. Definitely adding this to my TBR list! I have both Neaderthal seeks Human AND Truth or Beard on my Kindle and haven’t gotten around to reading either of them yet. Such a slacker!! lol. Once I find my way out of the pile of ARCs I’ve been stuck under I definitely need to make time for those. Great review!

  3. danielle hammelef

    That is hilarious image in my mind–an attorney reading a romance book just before court appearance. Maybe you’d make a great character in a book!!

  4. Sam

    I am such a Penny Reid fan. I love her quirky characters, and all the nerdy stuff and intelligent humor is such a plus.
    Great review!
    Sam @ WLABB

  5. Karen Gagnon

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but this sounds perfect for me! Thanks for your recommendation and enthusiasm! =D

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