Happily Ever Ninja
by Penny Reid
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor
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.
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
***I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We met Fiona and Greg in Janie’s story Neanderthal Seeks Human. She’s been a part of each book of the series, actually…or has she? She’s been mentioned. She’s played a part, but what do we really know about Fiona Archer. We know that she married Greg really early in her life. We know that she has two kids with him. We know that she loves to knit and holds her knitting get togethers sacred. But she’s quiet. She’s generally reserved. And as they say here in the south…still waters run deep. Recently I reviewed Ninja At First Sight, which is how Greg and Fiona met and got together. This story takes place almost around 18 years later, after being married for 14 years. So, this isn’t the start of their journey. But this is the beginning of the unraveling…of sorts.
I loved Greg and Fiona in Ninja At First Sight. I loved them both in this book even more. I FEEL Fiona. I FEEL her feelings of being overwhelmed…of being alone…of being there for everyone else and no one being there for her. I also FEEL Greg. The utter love and devotion that he has for his wife…the desperation of her safety…and panic at the thought of her being gone from his life. And these two need to resolve and come together or they’ll fall apart, regardless of how much they try to cling to one another. And this book is unlike any romance I’d ever read, but it’s one of the few that RESONATE with me hardest. Parts of this book were HARD for me to read. Parts made my chest ACHE. Parts made me want to hug my husband closer and simply tell him “I need you.” The thing about this book, though there are situations that are clearly not in the normal person’s realm of possibilities, their emotional impact on one another and the dance that they do is beyond real and is easily something that anyone who’s been with anyone for any decent length of time can identify with.
Ms. Reid’s world has expanded, and her ability to create characters that feel real and like someone that you either know or would love to get to know. And they’re quirky. And they’re unbelievable. Gah…I just can’t. This book has me. It owns me. It has brought me to tears because of it’s beauty and it’s realness and it’s utter simplicity. It made me giggle because it of the hidden language that only people who’re truly intimately aware of another could have. And though this isn’t the normal or typical love story, THIS is by far one of my absolute favourites. So, yes, Virginia…read this book. If you’ve been married or partnered with someone for any length of time, read this book. You’ll see yourself within its pages.
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.