Book Review: Neanderthal Seeks Duchess by Laney Hatcher

Looking to escape into a great historical romance novel? Check out my review of Laney Hatcher’s latest romance novel: Neanderthal Seeks Duchess.

The first in a series that’s sure to be a hit, don’t miss my review below.

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Neanderthal Seeks Duchess
by Laney Hatcher

Category: Historical Romance
Tags: Historical, Strong Heroine
Published May 2022
Amazon Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★
Boyfriend Rating: 💍💍💍💍

There are three things you need to know about Lady Jane Morrison:
1. She frequently finds herself the talk of the ton and for all the wrong reasons.
2. A dashingly mysterious gentleman has caught her attention and even more dangerous…she has caught his.
3. She’s rubbish at embroidery.

After scandalous events during the London season, Lady Jane is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Her reputation is at risk as well as all her carefully laid plans for the future. And for better or worse, a chance encounter with a mysterious lord sets forth a series of events that will change their lives forever.


This was such a great romance that swept me away!

I cannot tell you how excited I was to hear that the Penny Reid Universe was going historical. 😊

But instead of creating an entirely new world (which I guess it still IS in a way), the London Ladies Embroidery series is a historical take at similar characters and time period appropriate storylines to the 7 ladies of Reid’s Knitting in the City series.

I still cannot get over what a genius idea this is and I soaked up every word.

Hatcher had big shoes to fill and she did it brilliantly, with fantastic writing and great world-building to move this story along but to also plant great Easter eggs for the series to come.

Fret not, however, if you haven’t read the Knitting in the City series as this can easily be read as a standalone if you have no idea what I’m talking about.

I just loved it all the more because I could see similarities in the characters and yet loved their historical spin.  The ladies are all there as are Q, Dan and Steven!

Jane Morrison of course is different than the Jane of Reid’s series and I loved her more for it. She is quite smart and has the same ramblings of random facts but I loved how she found herself as an accountant for the ladies of the ton to support herself since her family reputation and financial standing were in tatters.

Her clandestine meeting with the mysterious “Q” was magnificent and I loved their continued meetings which sparked and grew their attraction.

There’s just something about a good historical romance that I love and this one totally hit the spot and I cannot wait for more.

Great writing, wonderful story, fun characters, and a sweet love story makes this a must-read in my book!

*Thank you to Smartypants Romance for the advanced review. All opinions are my own.

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