Happily Ever Ninja: Book Review

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Book Blurb:

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?

Meet Greg Archer 🙂

 

And this is Fiona …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Happily Ever Ninja is the fifth book in one of favorite book series – Knitting in the City by Penny Reid. (Check out my pinterest Penny Reid board https://www.pinterest.com/sakshichopra26/penny-reid-appreciation-board-d/ . She is pure gold people). Although Greg and Fiona’s story is stand alone, I would recommend reading all the books in the series for full enjoyment of all the wonderful characters.

I love all Penny Reid books and especially this series. But when I was around the fifty percent mark, I thought I won’t give Happily Ever Ninja a five out of five star rating. I thought it was too close to reality and therefore, did not fulfill/assuage my dire need to escape from real life; something that I usually want to experience while reading romance books. Mundane things like picking up dirty clothes after your husband leaves them all over the floor (bedroom or bathroom or hallway or under the sofa or anywhere actually), doing the dishes, wiping down the counters, paying bills, thinking about investments, following up on the gazillion things that pop up randomly at all hours and so on and so forth aren’t high on my list of things to feel about while reading a romance book.

However, something happened when I wasn’t deterred by the things I wasn’t liking (don’t we all need a break precisely from these things when we read? I know I do) and kept reading anyways. The story grew. The characters grew and kept getting deeper. Instead of just laughing at Penny Reid’s characters’ antics, I started getting very emotionally invested and cried along with Fiona when she cried and finally opened up about her needs and wants. My heart beat right along with Greg even when he was being an ass. I completely understood Fiona’s frequent urge to kiss Greg and then choke him and then kiss him again. Reluctantly I also understood Greg’s need of shielding Fiona (and consequently his children) from all the nastiness going on. I got the characters, I laughed with them and cried with them and made them my own.

What I am trying to say is, by the time I finished, I had fallen in love with this book. Not because it had a perfectly perfect romance, but because it so beautifully described and handled the perfect imperfections of the marriage and the love story of two headstrong, independent, intelligent and self reliant people. People who struggled with but finally understood the notion that relying on each other makes them stronger, not weaker. That needing your husband/wife/partner/family/friends is the most natural thing for a human being and nothing to be ashamed of. That asking and expecting love, respect and companionship from your husband/wife doesn’t make you selfish or entitled or needy. It just means that you want them and that’s that. Took Greg and Fiona the whole book, but then oh well…That was what the story was about, for me at least.

The knitting group made it’s appearance and now has a new member, Aunty Gregina (LOLZ)…All of my beloved characters were there once again to support each other. I swear I go through a crocheting face after reading another book in the Knitting series.

The love story is sneaky here. Penny Reid is being a sneaky ninja. The hero and heroine have a long distance relationship for most of their lives which might not be inherently romantic but once you start thinking about it, the fact that they have been together through thick and thin and so much distance and absence makes this one of the most optimistic and deeply romantic story I have read. Most people give up a relationship as soon as the term ‘long distance’ is thrown in the mix. These two didn’t and didn’t for years. Greg and Fiona argue about any and everything. But then they work and fight so hard for their relationship, through all the realities of managing two kids and jobs and dreams and aspirations.

I am giving Happily Ever Ninja a five star rating because Greg and Fiona’s love story happened and thrived in the midst of raising kids, saving the world’s environment, managing household bills and investments, battling terrorists, doing laundry, being spies, washing pots and pans and teaching kids stuff you don’t want them to learn on the streets! Such a wonderful book 🙂