Review: Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

Posted 2 February, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Happily Ever Ninja by Penny ReidTitle: Happily Ever Ninja
Series: Knitting in the City #5
Author: Penny Reid
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 19, 2016
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About Happily Ever Ninja:

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.

Except… not.

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
Related Books: Neanderthal Marries Human, Love Hacked, Scenes from the City, The Hooker & the Hermit, Attraction, Heat, Capture, Truth or Beard, Ninja at First Sight, The Player and the Pixie, Grin and Beard It


One thing I really love about this book is that I feel weird calling it a romance.

Is it about a romantic relationship?


But is it about the romantic aspects of that relationship?

Not usually.

It’s about all the other stuff, the messy stuff that you don’t get in romances because it makes the fairytale less perfect.

And I’m all for the fairy tale. I actually still prefer that over realistic any day. But it was a cool change of pace to add in now and then.

This was about the passive aggressive arguing, the aggressive arguing, the sadness, the loneliness.

Very, very real.

But then, it’s all taking place within an extremely improbable scenario. If that is realistic for you, I hope you have a Netflix docuseries, or some way to get rich off your story, in the works.

So that stuff was really awesome, but there were 2 minor problems with my reading experience. (Minor, minor)

First, I just don’t get pulled into books when I can’t relate to them. Given that so many parts of this were things I couldn’t easily slip myself into, and the others were things that were practically just as foreign, like parenting.

And I know I called Greg a lovable douchebag in Ninja at First Sight, but he was less lovable in this one. (Don’t stone me through the computer!)

It might just be because I’m writing this on the day of the Iowa caucus, but looking back on my thoughts while reading, he just reminds me of those randos from high school that pop back into your Facebook News Feed now and then with political rants. But then again, I’ve also gone on a political rant on Facebook myself.

The things he thought he had a right to mandate people’s opinions over, the number of times he tried to tell someone how to feel, did not fly for me. Fiona displayed this a bit, as well. They both displayed a bit of superiority you saw hints of in Ninja at First Sight, but I guess then I wrote it off as youthful passion? I don’t know, but I’ve even re-read that book since reading this, and it just doesn’t bother me as much in that one.

Still, when they’re in their happy moments, Fiona and Greg were classic Penny – bantery and weird. 🙂
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About Penny Reid:

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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