Series: Knitting In The City #3
on March 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Smart Romance
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There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.
Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra--near desperation and maybe a little tipsy--gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.
This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the third book in the Knitting in the City series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone.
by Penny Reid
LOVE HACKED is the third installment in the Knitting in the City series and so far my most favorite. It is amazing how creative Penny Reid’s stories are, they always have a special something that only this author can pull off. It’s this combination of science, quirkiness, loveliness and wonderful characters in her stories that pull me in and move me every time.
Love Hacked is about Alex and Sandra. Sandra is a psychiatrist whose dates always end up with the men crying. Being on the outside, watching that whenever she meets her date at a restaurant I’d be pretty confused. This is where Alex, the waiter of the said restaurant, finds himself. After two years of watching Sandra and seeing her date yet again cry during their meal he talks to her. Sandra is completely smitten with Alex, despite his aloofness she feels that he is special. As they get to know each other, Alex sheds his natural distrust of people in minuscule doses. But to base a relationship on attraction and the little she knows about him…? Can that be enough?
I loved Alex. He was THE BEST. He was nerdy (yum), had Henry Cavill-good-looks (yum) and wicked smart (ZING!). But his best feature…he was deeply and irrevocably in love with Sandra, so deep that you know that there is no recovery from it. It almost felt desperate, that if she turned her back on him he would never recover. Alex’s trust issues came from a past raised in foster homes and him being too intelligent and smart for his own good. He knew things we all probably never even suspect. For Sandra getting answers from Alex was like pulling teeth. He really didn’t give a lot of himself, mainly because he was scared she would leave. My heart broke a little for his frustration with himself and the world.
“You’ve shown me joy where before I saw only despair. You’ve taught me hope where before I knew only hopelessness. I may be broken, but all my pieces are yours. And I’ll work every day of my life to deserve you.”
Sandra’s natural tendency to help people has landed her a harem of good friends. The men she meets for first dates always tell her their life stories and, frankly, she’s tired of it. She watched her girlfriends Elizabeth and Janie fall in love and wants nothing more than what they have. When she meets Alex she senses the broken boy in him and her innate urge to help kicks in. But it’s not what Alex wants, he doesn’t want Elizabeth the therapist but the woman, who he thinks is the most exquisitely beautiful woman in the world. SWOON! I loved how protective he was of Sandra, how mature beyond his young age.
Their banter was hilarious – at some point Elizabeth got sexually frustrated and the snark came out to play.
“This is just your penis having the feels for my vagina. Your penis is making prank calls! and every single time your penis makes a prank call, my vagina answers the phone. And then you hang up. Or your penis claims wrong number or misdial or no hablo Ingles. It’s infuriating, and it’s called genital call me maybe.”
Of all of the KITC girls I love Sandra best so far. She is such a levelheaded, lovely, sweet, endearing heroine. She has so much love to give and I’m so happy that she was paired with somebody who is deserving of that. She is easy-going, smart, kind. It was hard for her sometimes to shrug off the psychiatrist in her but Alex always called her out on it. Alex and Sandra were perfectly matched. They stole my heart with their sweet connection.
I looked at him, lost in him, found in him. He was my remarkable, extraordinary, unbelievable Alex. Despite what he thought, he wasn’t broken. His missing pieces provided a home for my heart. And I knew—no matter what the future held—that life was good.
What you don’t get to see often enough is a older heroine/younger hero pairing. I loved that Ms. Reid used it for these two, it was perfectly balanced with Alex’ maturity and his need for love. To be able to lean on somebody without them being motherly.
This book is a dream for all nerdy Star Wars fangirls as there are a lot of references sprinkled throughout the story. In the end I wanted to high five Alex for the coup he pulled – what a smart thing to do. I applaud Penny Reid for explaining Bitcoins, which have always been a mystery to me, in a way I actually understood the whole concept. Now, The Beauty and the Moustache is up…Dan and Kat, I’m on to you. Soon you’ll be mine!