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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.

Review

★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

So over Christmas I took advantage of the extra time to catch up on this series, I read the whole thing out of order and what with book 5 coming out very shortly, I thought I should finally read both Friends without Benefits, and then this one, Love Hacked.

What the HECK! This was my favourite out of all 4, I bloody loved it. Why didn’t anyone tell me how good it was??

Sandra is a shrink, she has been dating for years, without success. She goes to the same restaurant every other Friday, and ends up counselling her date instead of being woo-ed. As you can imagine, these men never end up becoming more than a friend, in fact, Sandra has lots of male friends, but never any boyfriends.

Alex has been a waiter at the Indian restaurant she takes her dates to for two years, and although she finds him very sexy, he is much younger than her so she just treats him as the very lovely eye candy he is. Also, for reasons unknown, he seems to treat her with some kind of disdain. That is until one night, when he takes the bull by the horns and decides to find out what her thing is with making grown men cry.

“You’re a shrink,” he said
He might as well accused me of being a traitor or a murderer or a Kardashian.

I absolutely loved these two together, I cannot describe how perfect their paring was. She was a quirky, independent and very funny woman, and he, well he was a mysterious stranger who blew hot and cold. I never knew what he was thinking or what he was up to, and then all of a sudden he would come out with the most swoony thing, I bloody adored him.

“Remember that I’ve been watching you for over two years. You are the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. And I’ll never say that you’re pretty, because that word is pathetically inadequate.”

This was a very intelligently written story, it was funny, it was adorable and it was pretty sexy at times. I just thought the whole story was so unique, I have never read anything remotely similar and although it has Penny Reid’s signature style, it has a very different feel to the rest of this series so far.

“The world is an unbelievable place full of unbelievable people doing unbelievable things.”

I just LOVED it, I can’t say any more. Pure brilliance.

Love Hacked is the third book in a series of standalone contemporary romances, focusing on a ladies knitting group. Told in the female POV.

About the Author

Penny Reid

Penny Reid has difficulty writing about herself in the third person. She finds it strange and unsettling. Therefore, Penny will now switch to the first person.

I’m originally from California but now live in the Southeast US with my family after going to college in the area. I work full time at a large University in the field of biomedical research (e.g. clinical research studies conducted under the auspices of the FDA). I work a lot. I also love to knit and crochet; sew bags, blankets, and clothes; carve lino blocks for fabric printing; make homemade soap, jam, marmalade; and- most recently- I’m learning to garden.

I don’t like to sit still unless I’m writing, reading, or knitting and I usually only knit in my knitting group… or at red lights while stuck in traffic. I only read on planes (where I’m trapped). Luckily, I travel a lot for work.

The voices in my head (characters) became so loud over the summer of 2012- specifically, Janie Morris- that I was forced to write Neanderthal Seeks Human, my first attempt at a full length novel. It took me 7 months while working full time, crafting, and raising my people-children.

If I could have any job in the world it would be my job because I feel like what I do makes a tangible difference in the lives of every living person. If I could have any life in the world it would be my life. Happiness is the seed of good fortune and success. Do what it takes to be happy and be a source of happiness for others.

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