REVIEW – DATING-ISH (Knitting In The City, #6) by Penny Reid


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?

*****Dee’s Review*****


A Hilarious and heartwarming story that is destined to steal the heart of all readers. This is Penny Reid style at its finest. Page after page, we get high doses of humor, smart writing, and sexy times. I know I say this every time I review a book from this series, but I really believe that Dating-ish might be my most favorite book yet. Penny outdid herself with Matt and Marie’s story, it was so good I’m still hugging my kindle.

Marie has been a victim of online dating on more than one occasion. When she had been ready to finally give up on the concept she goes on one more date, which unfortunately for her ends up being her worst one yet. Naturally, she has to share all the details of her horrendous date with her best friends, during one of their awesome knitting get togethers, when the guy from her date suddenly makes an appearance. Turns out the crazy but sexy dude from her date is Greg and Fiona’s neighbor, Matt.

Matt is into robots, he believes he can build machines that can replace human affections, and he needs Marie’s input from their “date” for his latest project. This is all fine because Marie also needs Matt’s help to write her latest article, which is about dating. The two enter an agreement where each will help the other with their career assignments. This wonderfully weird couple will explore together the modern age aspects of dating and/or the solutions to today’s human’s loneliness.

As always, but even better than the last book; believe it or not, we get a high injection of interactions from all the different characters from books past, which made my heart giddy with happiness. With this book, Penny Reid goes back to basics; balls to the wall with the quirky, funny, smart writing that we all love, her very best if you ask me.

No matter who you are, or what you are about, this book can translate to you. Because we’ve all been on terrible dates, we’ve all felt lonely or misunderstood, or been let down by love. But reading this story gives you hope and happiness, which seems to be Penny Reid’s mission in life, to make people happy or at least smile big for the duration of her book.

Friendship and passion for love, or for what you believe in, I believe are the root of all these wonderful stories, that even though they are all completely different from each other, go perfectly together. I urge you to indulge in the weird, the fun and the wonderful world of any of the Knitting In The City books.



*****Mel’s Review*****

5 “You Are My Person” Stars!


Marie Harris is a gorgeous woman living in Chicago & working as a contract writer/reporter. She loves her job and her life. The only thing she’s missing is love. She has a great group of friends. Almost everyone in her close-knit group has found their special someone. Marie wants that for herself but is tired of online dating. Just as she’s about to give up, she gets an alert from a site that they’ve found her perfect match. She makes plans to meet a man named Derek with high hopes that they will hit it off. Unfortunately, her date turns out disastrous. The man looks nothing like the picture she’d seen & on top of that he’s arrogant & just plain strange. She leaves annoyed and feeling discouraged.


Marie later has a run-in with her attractive but odd date from hell & finds out his real name is Matt Simmons. She learns he’s a professor at the University of Chicago who focuses on artificial intelligence. He’s passionate about his research & believes machines can help humans. He eventually begins to grow on her & they strike up a mutually beneficial deal. She realizes her first impression of him was wrong. Not only is he confident & funny, but he’s so damn sexy. He’s a brilliant nerd who brings out her playful side. She enjoys his company & while collecting date together they become the best of friends.



-“I think I’ve just always wanted someone to adore.”

-I was beyond attracted to him. I was so far beyond platonic, I’d jumped head first into the deep, dark waters of desire.

-Everything about him felt like the perfect combination of heavenly and sinful.

-I’m desperate for you. I think about you all the time.


Suddenly their friendship has turned more affectionate. As they are becoming more than friends, Marie wonders if he’d ever return her feelings. Soon she wants more than she thinks he would ever give her. Their friendship turns intimate as they indulge in their desire for one another, but can Matt give her what she deserves. She wants it all. She wants her person, her soul mate & won’t settle. Matt has become her crutch lately. She knows she’s important to him, but will he take that leap & put himself out there for love?

I adored this book so much! Every time I read a Penny Reid book I know I’m going to laugh & swoon hard over a new book boyfriend. She creates these beautiful men you can’t get enough of!


-I loved how he made me feel, like I was the most beautiful woman he’d ever known, both inside and out. He not only felt right, he felt like he’d been made especially for me. And I for him.

-“I’m yours. Forever.”



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I could only stare at him, feeling both paralyzed and caught by the thrilling yet terrifying current of his intent. Terrifying because this was Matt. My crutch. My crush


*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I could only stare at him, feeling both paralyzed and caught by the thrilling yet terrifying current of his intent. Terrifying because this was Matt. My crutch. My crush.



DATING-ISH the latest installment of Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series is filled with the author’s silly and nerdy sense of humor which I happen to love so much. At times while reading this book, I felt like I was watching an episode of one of my favorite shows, ”The Big Bang Theory”! I fell in love with Marie and Matt from their awkward and comical first date! The book can be read as a standalone, even though all the characters from the previous books are in this one quite a bit. I’ve only read the first book and now I’m dying to go back and read all the ones I have missed! This was an absolutely fabulous and entertaining read!

Marie Harris is one of the last two in her circle of close girlfriends that is still single. She had been in a relationship for over six years and yet she has never experienced all-consuming love like some of her besties. She had tried joining an online dating site but after a long period of time of finding absolutely no prospects, she was resolved to living her life without romance. Marie was ok with focusing on her career and spending time with the terrific group of friends whom she loved dearly until that online dating service sent her an alert that they’d found her perfect match. She decides to be open and give this site a chance and so she makes plans to meet her soul mate at a local coffee shop.

Her date turns out to be disastrous. The man who shows up is not the man whose picture was displayed on his profile. Marie isn’t too disappointed since the guy is as gorgeous as a male supermodel. But it all goes to hell quickly when she learns that Dr. Matt Simmons is actually conducting a study with his colleague on single women in Marie’s demographic who turn to online dating services to find their Mr. Right. A little misunderstanding has Marie running for the hills and declaring Matt a psycho. And since fate sometimes has to step in to steer people in the right direction, Marie runs into Matt again during one of her knitting get-togethers at Fiona’s apartment. Turns out he’s Fiona’s neighbor but he’s also known Fiona for a long time since she used to baby



Matt and Marie are able to strike up a friendship after their initial misunderstandings are cleared up. Marie is a journalist and her new article is focusing on some highly unusual services that people pay for to feel the human connection. She’s also interested in using some of the data from Matt’s study in her article. Matt agrees to provide her with the data so long as she completes the questionnaire that he had planned on giving her on their first date. What started out as a mutual agreement to help each other with their work projects quickly turns into a deeply personal connection between them.

Unfortunately, they are both skittish and insecure when it comes to relationships and for a huge majority of the book, the two continuously miss clear signs of the growing attraction between them. It was beyond frustrating, to say the least. I wondered how two highly intellectual people could be so clueless about matters of the heart. It was obvious that the only way these two were ever going to find happiness with each other, was for one of them to take that huge leap of faith and risk getting their heart broken by the possibility of rejection.

The slow build to the steam was almost agonizing but well worth the wait and suffering once the passion finally ignited between the main characters.

DATING-ISH is currently available and if you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth bumping up your TBRs!

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