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?
Things I’ve learned from reading the Knitting in the City series in general, and Dating-ish in specific, by Penny Reid…
1) The things they’re doing with robotics are simultaneously amazing and terrifying.
2) We’re all a little twisted and nerdy guys with broody stares do it for me.
3) No matter how intelligent men or women are, they’ll still find a way to fuck up a good thing.
I cannot jump into a series mid way. So, I had some catching up to do. I dug in and fell in love with the whole knitting group and all of their crazy, sexy men.
Marie was the one who was always in the background in the earlier books. At least she seemed that way to me. She’s smart and brave, as proven in Friona and Greg’s story. She was so sweet I wanted her to have someone as great as all the rest of the guys from this series and I wasn’t sure Matt was it. I didn’t believe he was going to measure up for me as good enough for Marie. But Marie also has a backbone and I like that she didn’t just accept some of the shit that Matt pulled or put up with some of his behavior that I felt deserved a good dick punch.
Matt seemed way more closed off emotionally than either Janie or Quinn and I didn’t think that was possible. He took everything so literally. And I think that is what caused most of their problems. He has absolutely no idea how to handle his feelings for Marie. I still don’t forgive him for the hallway scene…you’ll understand once your read it. Matt finally comes to his fucking senses but I’m still pissed about that scene and I’m still not won over completely. I’ll have to wait to see how he and Marie interact in the next book before I decide on way or the other if I really like him.
As an installment in the Knitting in the City series, this is a good one. It falls right about into the middle of my favorite scale for the series. I wanted Marie to find happiness even if it was with someone who I don’t think truly appreciated her awesomeness so it works that way. But Marie was the one who made the effort to understand Matt’s oddness and loved him anyway while it seems like Matt needed to be led to happiness.