Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Review, Giveaway: Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid


Happily Ever Ninja 

by Penny Reid

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

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

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“I guess I'm what's called a Holitarian. I'm an equal opportunity holiday celebrator, especially if the holiday or special occasion involves cocktails and presents.”

“I'm not the Lorax of Catholics. I don't speak for the trees of the faithful. That's why we have the Pope.”

“The world might be ending. As such I'm here to rescue you and worship your body.”

“I don't cause turmoil. I cause only happiness rainbows and shoeboxes of delight wherever I go.”

“'Is this what you ladies do during knit night?' Greg frowned at the room, as though he were disappointed in us. 'You corrupt my wife with your drinking, gossiping, and double entrendre?'”

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

My Review:

Penny Reid has mad skills – that is really all I need to express. But I will expand as it is expected of me for the sake of reviewing. Her humor is smart and several flights above merely clever. Her wit is sharp and her vast ability to bestow each of her highly intelligent characters with such unique quirks and profound outlooks on life is highly impressive. I adore her writing, and while the banter and dialogues were stellar, the inner musings and insights could meander into the somewhat painful tedium of circular logic, although I assume that was often the intent.
I am relatively new to the Knitting in the City series but had no problem following the story-line and am highly interested in stepping backward and reading the previous installments, as well as any future works she ever plans to publish. Happily Ever Ninja went beyond the adventure in marriage premise I was expecting, and traversed into actual adventure with abductions, explosions, rescues, drama, espionage, ransom, terrorists, corrupt governments, psychopaths, spy rings, and a highly skilled knitting circle. I want to know these people but doubt I could keep up with them – either mentally or physically, although I can knit a mean scarf.

Empress DJ

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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