ARC Review: Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

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Title: Happily Ever Ninja
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City Book 5
Preorder: Amazon | iBooks
Rating: A-

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?

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I tend to whine to my friends about the lack of romance books that revolve around an already married couple. And it’s even rarer when the book in question managed to avoid the over-the-top plot devices that’s common with this category but is still able to engage me emotionally and mentally. And Penny Reid has done just that in Happily Ever Ninja.

As you guys know, I loved this series. And as the series progressed, I’ve been increasingly intrigued by Greg and Fiona. We know that Fiona is self-possessed, smart, beautiful and Greg is her mysterious and mostly absent husband, but we never really know much about them as a couple and their marriage.

Thankfully, Penny Reid finally gave us their story in Ninja at First Sight and Happily Ever Ninja. In NaFS, we see the younger version of Greg & Fiona when they met and subsequently fall in love with each other in college, and HEN is a continuation of their story. NaFS will be included in HEN, so you don’t have to worry about buying the prequel. Although, if you want to, it’s still free on Amazon right now.

Anyway, HEN is everything I want in a book with an already married couple as protagonists. Their struggle were so on point, I couldn’t help but laugh and yes, shed some tears at some of the things that Fiona and Greg went through in this book. Sure, I may not be an ex-CIA field agent like Fiona. And I know zero shit about Karate. But her feelings and struggles, her annoyances were so relatable that I wanted to hug her and commiserate with her. I mean, seriously, how difficult is it really to load the dishwasher properly???!? SPOILER ALERT: Not difficult.

Seriously though. This book was way too accurate in depicting the mundane and not so mundane situations in a married couple’s life. And Penny Reid did it with her trademark humor and honesty, and it’s just a joy to read.

HEN is told mainly from Fiona’s point-of-view, but we do get a few of Greg’s as well, which is a great thing because it allow readers to understand Greg’s motivation. It definitely helped me reconcile some of his actions because, I have to be honest here, some of Greg’s decisions did not sit well with me. There were times where I intensely disliked him and I could feel my frustration right alongside Fiona, which in hindsight, makes Penny Reid a genius. I reckon this is what she wanted all along and she succeeded! Even though I didn’t necessarily agree with everything they did or the decisions Greg and Fiona made, I still sympathized with them. And I felt such an immeasurable relief when they finally were able to work out their issues because I rooted for this couple.

Simply put, I adored this book. HEN is another great addition to the series. And if you haven’t read this book or the Knitting in the City series, get with the program, people! If you’re like me and you love lighthearted, charming and slightly quirky romances, grab a Penny Reid book. You won’t be sorry, I swear!


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