Series: Knitting in the City #6
By: Penny Reid
Published on May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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?
When I read an excerpt of Dating-ish in Penny’s monthly newsletter, I immediately preordered this book. The excerpt was interesting, funny and sexy, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait it. I’ve read the majority of the books in the Knitting in the City series, however I’ve skipped the last couple ones. Which means I am not too familiar with Marie’s personality and character, I vaguely remember Marie from Love Hacked, when she was having some trouble, other than that I don”t really know what to expect when I read this book.
Dating-ish explored some very interesting topics, including the ideal of AI replacing human companions. This was interesting for me, as someone who majored Psychology in college, I am always curious about human behaviors. And if you think about it, the innovation of social media has dramatically changed how people interact with each other today.
As always, every time I read Penny’s book, I know I will be getting more than just another romance book. Penny’s romance always takes on fresh idea, and while enjoying her smart writing, her story also makes you think. I feel this is a book you could easily relate to, because the aspect of the relationship this book explored was very realistic, and perhaps we all have experienced something similar at some point in our life.
What I really enjoyed this book was the adorable and sexy Matt Simmons, he was nerdy and appear to be socially awkward, but at the same time incredibly charming (at least to me he was). To be honest the entire time I was reading Dating-ish, I was having a major book crush on him. At the same time I actually thought Marie’s character seem too perfect for me, she just appears to always doing the right things, which I suppose I can see the intimidation factor. It was fun and sometimes frustrated to see these two dancing around with each other, but I’ve thought the book made a very good pace and transformation of Marie and Matt’s relationship.
Overall, I thought this book was freaking adorable, and I can say Dating-ish has now become my favorite book of the Knitting in the City series.
Happy Reading!! XO