ARC Review: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Posted May 18, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 8 Comments

ARC Review: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Dating-ish by Penny Reid
by Penny Reid

4.5 Stars

Released: May 16th 2017
Series: Knitting in the City #6
Published by Self Published
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“…it was thoughtful and funny and just helped me reaffirm my believe that Penny Reid writes some of the best contemporary romance…”
~ Under the Covers

This book worries me. It’s dawning on me that Penny Reid is running out of people to write about in this series, the knitting group is almost all made up of deliriously happy, loved up couples. Now that Dating-ish has paired off Marie, Kat is the only gal left footloose and fancy free – or is she? Dun dun dun! You will need to read Dating-ish to find out. For those of my millions of fans reading this who have no idea who I am talking about, stop reading this review right now and start reading Reid’s Knitting in the City series. You can then come back and continue reading my review. That’s right, scram, you won’t regret it.

Marie isn’t a character we have seen too much of, at the start of the series she was in a long term relationship, which we all guessed wasn’t quite working out. By Dating-ish Marie is single and on the market looking for that special someone. Only the market is a big scary place full, full of men that always seem to be looking for a younger, skinnier, more beautiful version of the woman in front of them. All in all, it’s a barren wasteland. After a bizarre and upsetting date Marie decides to look for alternatives; professional cuddlers, orgasm mediation, escorts. Why deal with the fall out of disappoint dating when you can get all the human contact you need from a professional?

That’s where Matt comes in, he’s developing a compassion AI, which replaces human contact with a robot who can give you all the affection and love you need. Matt and Marie explore the idea and viability of replacing humanity with robotics, can you really love a robot? Could it replace all aspects of humanity and fulfill our needs? What Matt and Marie don’t expect is the discovery of how much they need each other.

What I really enjoy about Reid is that she doesn’t just bang out a standard romance. If you really wanted to break this down you could call it an enemies-to-lovers troupe type of book. But, by picking off the other aspects of Dating-ish and marginalising it into one category you’re missing a lot. This book looks at the idea of the need for human connection whilst giving us a fantastic romance between two very different characters. The feelings between them grow from combatants to friends to more as the book progresses and they find themselves in a number of funny situations.

But, with Knitting in the City, you don’t just get the romance, you get a little bit more. Through the series we have explored the friendship between the women in the knitting group and I would have been very disappointed if they didn’t play a part in this book. I wasn’t disappointed, the various characters popped in acting as defender, confidant and a friend in need. It’s part of why I really enjoy this series, you’ve been introduced into the embrace of an intelligent, warm and interesting group and with each book they welcome you into their sphere.

I really enjoyed this book, it was thoughtful and funny and just helped me reaffirm my believe that Penny Reid writes some of the best contemporary romance that’s being released.




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About Penny Reid

Penny Reid has difficulty writing about herself in the third person. She finds it strange and unsettling. Therefore, Penny will now switch to the first person.

I'm originally from California but now live in the Southeast US with my family. I work full time in the biotech industry as a researcher. I work a lot. I'm also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-5 and girl-3), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.

I don't like to sit still unless I'm writing, reading, or knitting and I usually only knit in my knitting group... or at red lights while stuck in traffic. I only read on planes (where I'm trapped). Luckily, I travel a lot for work.

The voices in my head (characters) became so loud over the summer of 2012- specifically, Janie Morris- that I was forced to write Neanderthal Seeks Human, my first attempt at a full length novel. It took me 7 months.

If I could have any job in the world it would be my job because I feel like what I do makes a tangible difference in the lives of every living person. If I could have any life in the world it would be my life. Happiness is the seed of good fortune and success. Do what it takes to be happy and be a source of happiness for others.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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8 responses to “ARC Review: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

  1. jayneh

    I love how much her books make me think about the human condition. For this one as a 40+yr old single woman it definitely got the brain cogs turning.

  2. Kimberly

    I am a little worried too but I know Penny will come through for her readers. She is simply awesome and I highly recommend subscribing to her newsletter which is quirky and a nice monthly dose of PR fun including a monthly blurb of her shirt story “nobody looks good in leather pants!”- need I say more?

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