Review: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Series: Knitting in the City, #6
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½


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?

To be honest, Marie hasn’t stood out much to me during the entire Knitting in the City series. I didn’t think she had much of a personality. I knew she was smart, but I didn’t feel like I knew much else about her going in. The other characters in the series had so much more personality than Marie. She was almost forgettable to me throughout the series. Which is why I was completely surprised by how much I loved Dating-ish.

Marie and Matt have an awkward first date, and have no plans to ever see each other again. Then, Matt shows up Marie’s friend’s place. Despite their dislike for each other, Marie and Matt begin working on a project together. Their hatred slowly morphs into friendship…and possible more.

Dating-ish is my second favorite book in this series. It was a great slow burn romance. Marie was much feistier and outgoing than I imagined. I loved how she went after what she wanted and how that affected her thoughts about Matt. Matt was an intelligent idiot. He knew a lot about AI, but nothing about women. It took Matt and Marie a long time to figure things out, but that didn’t matter. Every moment spent with them was so much fun.

If you’re looking for a smart, quirky romance, Dating-ish would be a great book to read. You can read it as a standalone or as part of the series. All of the Knitting in the City books are fun and filled with zany characters.

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