Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #5
Published by Caped Publishing
Published on 1/19/2016
Genres: Adult, Adult Contemporary, Comedy, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Humorous, Romance
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There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.
But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.
However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.
When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?
This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5 (less)
I will be the first to admit that I am in love with Penny Reid. At the very least I am in love with her writing and characters (seeing as I have only ever talked to the woman for a few minutes). With that being said, know that my love is not a blind love but one nurtured consistently by her stories. I had no idea who Penny Reid was until I met her at a book signing last year where her personality sold me on her books and I have not looked back since. This woman and her characters are smart, hilarious, and full of charm.
Let me start by saying if you have not read Ninja at First Sight, please do. It is not mandatory by any means (the same goes for the other books in the series) but it gives a peek at when Fiona and Greg first meet and is a great quick read. Happily Ever Ninja (HEN) takes place quite some time later with occasional flashbacks to their courtship via Greg. I loved hearing Greg’s perspective in HEN. He is a riot! Greg is stubborn, determined, sarcastic, witty, loyal, you name it. He also has his flaws and we see him work through those in earnest throughout HEN, particularly towards the end.
Fiona…where do I start with Fiona? Oh my goodness, I had no idea she was so badass. We see it coming out in Ninja at First Sight and tiny glimpses in other books but SHEESH! This woman really is a ninja. We first encounter Fiona (in HEN) struggling to maintain a stable home life while Greg is constantly working away from home. She’s juggling two young children along with work and health maintenance (she’s a cancer survivor). Fiona experiences what I think a lot of mothers can relate to and portrays mothers in a very real way. I know the feelings she experiences when she’s stressed and/or frustrated. I know what it feels like to behave irrationally when you know you shouldn’t but can’t stop. This story may hit some of you a little too close to home. I know it did for me and I am so thankful to have a book that I can relate to at this stage in my life. I’m all for escapism but it’s nice to feel like I’m not alone. I may not have Fiona’s unique skill set but I am a ninja in my own right. We all are and I think that is important for everyone reading this to grasp. Your life may feel ordinary or too consistent but know that you have something amazing to offer, something unique to you, that makes you a badass, too.
Happily Ever Ninja deals with very true-to-life situations regarding marriage and parenting. Things get real, people, and it’s wonderful and gut-wrenching all at the same time. BUT, don’t think that is all this book is about. I had no idea, NO IDEA, that there was going to be suspense. Real, action-packed, hold-your-breath suspense, folks. I think romantic suspense is my favorite genre and let me tell you this was a very pleasant surprise. Not only is it chock full of action but it’s intellectual action. Penny Reid never dumbs things down and this is no exception. Foreign policies, corrupt governments, illegal activities, and more are all tied in to this adventure. The characters are brilliant but believable and strong in so many different ways. Each person involved in this story has unique contributions and they really couldn’t do anything without each other. Again, everyone is a ninja.
My only complaint is that there were typos more regularly than I prefer but in all honesty I just couldn’t care much about them because I was holding my breath waiting to see what would happen next. Penny Reid is like a life preserver in a sea of sameness and this book is no exception to that; you do not want to miss out on this story. Now, go be a ninja and kick some butt.
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