February 7, 2016

Review - Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid


Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid 
Publication Date: 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor


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My Review 

After reading Ninja at First Sight I was all about reading Greg and Fe’s story. The novella which is featured in the beginning of Happily Ever Ninja shows Greg and Fe first meeting in college. This little read was quite epic for me, from this novella I could just imagine the epic love story and connection they would have. 

The actually story begins eighteen years later. Greg and Fe have been married for fourteen years and like most married couples have fallen into their roles. Fe is the stay at home mother to their two children and Greg is working overseas overseeing oil rigs. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect in the beginning, because they are not even living in the same country when the story begins. I was concerned that most of the the book they would be separated. I was happy to see that wasn’t the case. While this is anything, but your typical novel I was happy to see that Greg and Fe are interacting throughout most of the story. 

These two characters are some of my favorites. Fe is strong willed, determined and a complete badass. Greg is intelligent, witty and completely lovable. Together these two complete each other, but along the way they have fallen off track. 

Seeing the struggles with Greg and Fe was the hardest part. Is it realistic for married couples to become stagnate, of course. However, that fact didn’t make me any happier with their struggles. Mainly because it felt like they had so many secrets and were mostly living separate lives. That was hard for me to overcome, since I had this preconceived image of them in my mind. 

Penny Reid is one author that always impresses me with there intelligent writing and character development. It is so easy to fall in love with her characters. I am pretty sure Penny is a freaking genius, I mean the level of details regarding this plot blew my mind. I love this series, well really all Penny Reid's books, so I definitely recommend jumping in!

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

From the USA Today Best Selling Author of ‘Truth or Beard’ 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


“What are you doing?”
“What do you think I’m doing?” He unbuttoned his pants and unzipped them.
Perhaps it didn’t make any sense, but I didn’t want Greg to see me naked. Not when I was still furious with him. Not when he was angry with me. Even though we’d been together for eighteen years, married for fourteen, and made two children together, when we were arguing I didn’t like the vulnerability of bare skin.
“Oh, no. No, no, no.” I sat forward in the tub, hiding my nakedness. “We haven’t talked through everything yet. I’m angry with you, and I know you’re still upset with me.”
He shrugged. “Then we’ll have angry intercourse.”
“We’re not having intercourse.”
“Then I’ll give you angry cunnilingus.”
Damn him, but that made me laugh.
Greg’s eyebrows bounced once on his forehead and he grinned, his pants falling to the ground.
“I don’t want any of your angry oral sex, thank you very much.” I crossed my arms over my chest, endeavoring to keep my expression stern . . . and failing.
“Of course you do. Angry oral sex is the best kind of oral sex. And we are so rarely angry with each other. We should take advantage of this opportunity.” His thumbs hooked into his boxers with the intent of pulling them down.
“Do not take off your boxers.”

Greg didn’t remove his boxers, but he didn’t withdraw the threat of his thumbs either. “You know, I’ve heard it’s a good idea to fight while naked. I think I read that in a very important medical text book written by Albert Einstein’s cousin, Dr. Olga Einstein.”

About the Author

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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