REVIEW: PENNY REID ✭ HAPPILY EVER NINJA

REVIEW: PENNY REID ✭ HAPPILY EVER NINJAHappily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #5
on January 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Smart Romance
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four-half-stars

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?

Happily Ever Ninja is best enjoyed if you have read Ninja At First Sight before. The novella will give you insight into the sweet beginning of Greg’s and Fiona’s love which started in college when Fiona left home to study – against her parents’ wishes. I loved their sweet whirlwind romance and the way Greg just adored Fiona from the moment he saw her.

Her. There. She. You. Stunning. Are. Woman. Want.

Now, fourteen years married, Fiona is pretty much a single-mom since Greg works abroad most of the year. She does everything on her own, juggling household and raising her kids and often feels lonely. In the beginning of the book I blamed Greg for being away so much but leave it to Penny to show me that things are way more complicated than a selfish husband.

If you have read the previous installments you know that Fiona is considered the motherly type in the knitting group, wise, calm, intelligent with a not so secret carrier as a badass ninja CIA field agent. In her own book that image of her has been righted a little. She is a spirited woman in her prime but her light has been dimmed. She is exhausted, has a headache and is a little scared that those have to do with the brain tumor that has been in remission for a long time. Fe is still wise and intelligent but the tranquility is gone. The constant separation from the man she loves, the struggle with everyday life is getting to her. When her husband is being abducted in Nigeria the ninja in her returns and nothing will hold her back to rescue him.

I loved Fe. She is a super-mom and super-wife. She realizes over the course of the book that she actually has to voice her wishes to be heard. Always coming second doesn’t work for her any longer. I loved that she started fighting for her love, for her relationship and her husband.

“Marriage is an ultimate sport in emotional multitasking. I’m never only mad at Greg. I’m mad and madly in love; angry and concerned for his well-being; he frustrates and delights me in the same second. We were arguing, but we were still a team.”

Greg was such a delight to read about. I loved his argumentative side that was almost always laced with a dose of dry humor or sarcasm. It was a little heartbreaking to realize that while he loved his job and was away a lot he believed – wrongly – that he wasn’t needed when he needed his family so much in return. Greg’s love for Fe was incredibly touching – even after such a long time she was still everything to him. He was high-handed when it came to Fiona’s safety, overbearing and dominant but his feelings for her had a hint of despair and that caused my chest to ache.

“Because I’m desperate for you—and not just your intoxicating warmth and body. I’m desperate for your beautiful heart and brilliant mind. I’m desperate for you to need me as I need you—insatiably, completely, eternally.”

I enjoyed the aspect, that he took his short-comings seriously when Fiona started being vocal about them. Both of them were completely accepting of their imperfections – they didn’t want the other to change in a fundamental way.

My Fiona wasn’t naïve, yet she was paradoxically an optimist and a realist.

I’m getting a little wistful thinking that my journey with this fabulous group of women and men will come to an end very soon. I’m doing a re-read of Dating-ish right now to be on top of everything when I finally start Marriage of Inconvenience.

I love everything Penny Reid. She has captured my heart – every book by her is special. I know when I open a book by her that I get something original and new.

“My heart keeps discovering new ways to love you,” he whispered, like it was a secret. A magnificent, beautiful, perfect secret.

four-half-stars

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