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Happily Ever Ninja

Knitting in the City, Book 5
Written by: Penny Reid
Narrated by: Em Eldridge, Will M. Watt
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
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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 14 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?

©2015, 2016 Penny Reid (P)2016 Penny Reid

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  • Stacey is Sassy
  • Australia
  • 2017-10-04

I was ANGRY!

This book left me with a Hulk-like green tinge when I arrived at work each day. It would take me at least five minutes each morning to recover from listening to Happily Ever Ninja.
Deep breaths, constant reminders that it's "just a book" and steering clear of people helped me calm down. I have never read or listened to a book that constantly had me angry.

I was angry that women have to go through childbirth. I was angry that men sometimes don't see what is right in front of their noses. I was angry that people think they know what's best and they're not always right. I was angry that sometimes wives have to fib a little to husbands to keep the peace. I was angry that pregnancy feels like you're dying. I was angry that the hero made me laugh when I wanted to join the heroine and put him in a chokehold. I was angry that the heroine didn't scream, shout, rant and rave when she should have. I was angry that love makes you forgive too easily.

I was angry because I recognised it all.

I was angry because I could relate to it all.

I was angry because we do it for love, peace and happiness.

In the end, the things that made me angry in the story made me love it more. I'm not alone. Penny Reid again proved to me that she's a master of real women romance. I bow down in gratitude and thanks, Ms Reid, I don't feel angry and alone anymore.

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  • Catrina
  • 2017-04-07

Every reason to never marry

Arrogant, controlling, self satisfied husband and amazing, competent, doing-everything and never getting any respect for it wife. Who apologizes constantly and buries all her feelings.
I wanted him to die. I hate this man.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-06-26

loved it and all things Penny Reid!

The story was amazing and the narration was beautifully done! I hope more books are in the works for this series!

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  • K. Harrington
  • 2016-04-15

my all time favorite Penny Reid book!

I loved everything about this book. I loved that it was about a long-term relationship after the "and they lived happily ever after...". I loved the humor, suspense, and especially the quotes from her readers starting off each chapter. I'm sure I will be quoting one of my favorite "Greg-isms",' better they learn about it at home than on the streets' when referring to things like welding.

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  • b
  • 2016-04-10

Surprisingly disappointing.

I really looked forward to this next installment of KIC. I had already enjoyed Ninga at First Sight. In fact, I thought I was ready for an interesting experience. Different from the previous works but interesting. I was waiting for, anticipating, even lusting after the droll wit of amazing characters and the situations they faced and over came. I wanted to see how they interacted and grew, how they supported and nurtured one another.

Unfortunately this installment did not fulfill my hopes. The characters all seemed thin, maybe two-dimensional. Characters were were introduced for a second then...Poof!! There was no chemistry displayed within relationships.

This book was hard to finish. I kept falling asleep. In fact the entire thing was somewhat depressive. I see now why it has so few reviews. In the future I will consider atypical reviews when I decide to purchase. I do not know if the narrators let the story down or if the story let the narrators down, but either way it was sad.

The best part of this book was the email vignettes between other couples. The worst part was the distance between Fiona and everybody else. There are more problems than her "ninganess". I am sure there were good things about this book. Unfortunately there were more bad things.

This was a special e-book + Audible reduced price purchase. I am not sure it was worth the cost. While I am not sorry I read this book, it was an unfortunate experience.

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  • sandyloo
  • 2017-03-23

New to audible

I have several of Ms. Reid's books on my kindle. This is the first one I've gotten in audible. The story was very good and the narration was great.
I highly recommend to contemporary romance lovers that enjoy some comedy in the storyline

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  • jodiod
  • Bay area ca
  • 2016-12-11

Quite a twist.

Luckily I knew about the plot twist from a friend. And luckily I love Penny Reid. Really liked Greg and Fiona. They were so intelligent and loving. The adventure was a bit much though.

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  • Ali
  • USA
  • 2016-04-06

I love the knitting in the city series!

Would you consider the audio edition of Happily Ever Ninja to be better than the print version?

Didn't read print but loved the audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love them all. I would suggest listening to the happily ever ninja prequel before this book. It is not madatory but it will help you see why the characters love each other so much. In this story they are married and fighting a lot. The prequel tells the story of how they fell in love and why they are together.

Which scene was your favorite?

The actions scenes in Nigeria were great. I also like it when the knitting group is together.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are some funny one liners. Penny Reid's books always make me smile. This series is witty and smartly written.

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite in the series but I was totally entertained. Definitely credit worthy!

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  • 2019-02-06

Happily Ever Ninja

Oh, I loved this book, I love that we get all times in Greg and Fiona’s marriage and that it isn’t always easy they BOTH have to work at it. This made my romantic heart sing. That might sound weird to you but romance doesn’t always have to be meet fall in love and a wedding. It can mean picking up the laundry and doing the dishes, getting up with the kids so you can have an extra 30 mins of sleep.

This book has this but it also shows how hard it can be. Real romance isn’t easy it is messy and this book has that along with wit and charm.

Penny really knows how to bring us a great story but with all the seriousness and love that I like in my romances.

Oh, the narrators! I love so freaking hard, Greg’s accent... I am all for it more, please!

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  • Angelina S.
  • 2019-11-26

I liked it but it’s not for everyone

Let me start by saying that while I really enjoyed this book, the wildly swinging reviews are enough to show it isn’t for everyone.

There seem to be a lot of folks who hate Greg. Personally, I really love him. I love him more than I did in the prequel. But I was also raised with an extremely sarcastic extended family with a lot of dry humor. I saw a review that mentioned very angrily that Greg refuses to sign some paperwork unless Fiona agrees to skype sex with him. I think the key here is that not everyone sees that he is trying to be funny. He is trying to both deflect the subject and make her laugh. He’s not really trying to force her into it. My point, however, is that if you, as a reader, are likely to find dry, irreverent and completely inappropriate jokes funny, you will probably like him. You will dislike Greg if you don’t like that type of humor. He is offensive in his humor and that is not for everyone. He uses it constantly as an avoidance tactic, in addition to trying to make the people around him laugh.

That said, Greg does make some really poor choices, also. And I guess, I, too, must be a horrible person, because I not only saw those choices coming, some little part of me wondered if I might not at least feel, if not act, similarly in the need to protect. He makes most of his mistakes from a place of his own “good intentions” with spectacularly poor results. He makes so many choices based on fear or his own feeling of needing to “do the right thing” that he ends up doing all the wrong things.

Fiona, also, makes a lot of mistakes. That is glossed over by reviewers because they feel Greg rides roughshod over her, but the relationship, with all of its issues and problems, has developed as a result of both of them using poor coping mechanisms and attempting to control their environment and relationship individually, instead of as a team. Neither is honest about their needs.

As someone who has been married for 23 years, I can relate to many feelings in this book, if not specifics. It definitely inspires emotion. And it is quite romantic.

The story/plot has some big holes. It can be difficult in places to suspend disbelief. Most, if not all, of the espionage stuff feels poorly fleshed out and is just unrealistic. I didn’t mind that too much. To me, it’s just a bit of fantasy that I gloss over because the mechanics of espionage are not as important to me as the feelings happening with the emotions involved. Again, though, you, as a reader, know if that is something that would bother you or not. Take it into consideration. I do, think this entire book could have been written and been as good or better without any espionage at all. They had more than enough conflict and things to resolve that they didn’t need any of the kidnapping stuff.

Finally, in terms of narrators, I was somewhat disappointed. They were not the worst I have heard, but far from the best. The female narrator repeatedly mispronounces a number of words. It was frustrating. As far as the male narrator goes, it is more just a question of taste. For me, his voice sounded weak and dream-like, not at all the dry, hard or caustic tones used to describe Greg. I just didn’t feel it. Though I can’t make any real complaints in terms of intonation, pacing or pronunciation.