Audiobook Giveaway: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Penny Reid is graciously giving away one audiobook copy of Dating-ish. This book is Jenny's favorite read so far this year! Read on for entry information, synopsis, Jenny's review, and another giveaway from Penny!

Joy Nash is the narrator and she does a fantastic job, as always!

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Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is now LIVE!

'Dating-ish' can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.

20170306 Dating ish 01 (2)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 humankind, 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?


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Jenny's Review

I love learning about new things from Penny Reid. She always teaches me about things I have never been drawn to know but am grateful for learning afterward. Just the other day I read an article that mentioned Bitcoin and I understood the magnitude of what was being discussed thanks to Penny and this series. It’s practical knowledge for the curious mind. I’m completely fascinated by the new knowledge and the relationship. It’s not one or the other; neither overshadows. The multiple facets of this story complement each other and add great depth to the overall story. The two main characters, Marie and Matt, are both intellectuals in their own right and, in order for the story to match the life they would most likely live out in the real world, it needs to be intellectual, too. Penny has a way of smarting-up a book (as opposed to dumbing-down) in a way that feels organic and welcoming. I always feel like the “lessons” I learn add to what I’m reading rather than take away. Nothing is thrown in for show or fluff; each “lesson” holds significance and feels necessary. 

Can we replace the intimacy found in a relationship with paid services or artificial intelligence (AI)? Marie is a brilliant journalist who dives into her investigative reporting with full-on moxie. This leads her to try out services such as professional cuddling, meditative orgasms, and professional dry-humping. What?! These services are real and gaining momentum, people. Matt is an engineer who is tackling the AI end by working to develop a robot to provide comfort and a stable source of affection for people in need (e.g. foster children). How can you be anything but intrigued by these two and their gradual falling in love-ness?

Dating-ish is a Forever Favorite for me. I’ve already read it twice and I’m planning on listening to the audiobook as soon as it releases towards the end of the week. The writing is classic and will withstand the test of time. There are no gimmicks, no melodrama, no purposefully obtuse damsels. The characters are real and easy to relate to. The story is compelling and informative without feeling overwhelming. And the humor gets me every darn time. If you aren’t convinced yet, here is one of my favorite quotes from the unedited ARC version: 

"I mean, if you’re going to send a woman a dick pic, at least send something worth seeing. Not a gherkin dwarfed by hairy potatoes."

How can you not laugh at that?! Seriously, folks, go pick up Dating-ish; you won’t be disappointed. Reid’s unintentional one-liners and seemingly random (yet totally not) thoughts are what make her stories come alive and feel real. Those are the moments I find myself unable to contain a guffaw. The comedic timing is brilliant and catches me off-guard nearly every time. It’s like a surprise tackle-hug from a small child; completely unexpected and full of awesome. 


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Meet Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full-time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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