In Review: Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City #5) by Penny Reid

Posted May 27, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City #5) by Penny ReidHappily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 308 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Happily Ever Ninja is a tough book for me to review. I loved it in the way that I love all of Penny’s books, no matter how different the feel of each of them, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had a little tougher time connecting with the themes in this book. I’m not married. I never have been. It was hard, at times, for me to fully understand and especially relate to Fiona’s struggle in this book. I got it on a base level, of course, and I felt the feels because we ARE talking about Penny’s writing here, but the deeper connection was missing.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way I can talk about the things I did love about this book. Starting, naturally, with the characters. I was on the Fiona and Greg train from their first meeting during Ninja at First Sight. (Even if he had a girlfriend.) That didn’t change during this book, even if I was left questioning certain actions at times. I still adored both characters. Fiona is a sight to behold. She’s an incredible, strong woman. I applaud and envy her. She’s not perfect and she doesn’t always have it totally together, but she gives it her all. Greg was a tough customer, but I still liked him… even though I did give him the side eye during certain situations.

I also liked the more adventurous aspect of the book, as completely unexpected as it was. I was all but biting my nails as Ninja Fiona (and crew) tackled what I found to be a pretty big twist. Her actions definitely secured Fiona’s super hero status for me! I’m not going to say more than that, however, because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who might not have read it yet. (Which, if that’s you, you should really get on. It is a great book.)

Happily Ever Ninja was a wonderful addition to the Knitting in the City series. It was great to see my favorites again in this story as they were all doing what they do best. And, of course, I loved finally getting Fiona and Greg’s full story. Don’t let my lack of a deeper connection to the characters keep you from trying this one. (And don’t mistake it for me NOT enjoying the book. I did.) I suspect a lot of woman who are married or in a serious relationship will be able to connect more deeply with Fiona’s struggle here than I did. Even if not, it’s a book not to be missed.


Over the years I’d learned absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. The heart becomes wary, somnolent and cynical during periods of prolonged absence, burdened with cares and fears borne in solitude. However, absence does make the body greedy and irrationally amorous with frustrated need. 

“If you knew how I saw you, how I think of you, your ego would become unbearable.” 

“My heart keeps discovering new ways to love you.” 

About Penny Reid

Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she's not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-8 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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