Happily Ever Ninja, Penny Reid – Book Review

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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 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?

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If you know me, you know I love Penny Reid. You know because I’ve spent the entire post on Ninja At First Sight gushing about her.

I have loved her since the first word I read from her and that keeps on increasing with every word that I read.

The same is true for this novel. Happily Ever Ninja is a sweet and at times intense love story. The fact I love the most about it is that it’s the love story of a married couple. And married for fourteen years, at that. Also, the sweet love notes at the beginning of each chapter that have been exchanged between couples that have been married for years are just heartwarming to read.

The story carries us through the love story of Fiona and Greg, college sweethearts who have been married for fourteen years and have two kids. Even though they’re married, most of the time their relationship is long distance because Greg’s job keeps him away from home more often than not.

He’s home for a few days between months of absence and most of their conversations happen on Skype and on the phone. Their lives were passing peacefully when Fiona finds out that Greg has been lying to her for the past few months and that he’s been kidnapped.

Ex – CIA, Fiona takes it upon herself to rescue her husband and not sit on it while the Government tried to do (read as : do not do) something with the help of her friends.

 The struggle that Fiona faces, raising the kids as a single parent and still loving her husband so fiercely after everything is depicted beautifully. I love her. I love the strength that she has and I love her resilience. I love how she carries herself in a crowd and how she loves her kids and doesn’t ever (mostly) hold Greg accountable for being away so much.

Greg, on the other hand, is a caring husband who loves his wife very much and respects her for everything she’s done and achieved all these years. He loves his kids and spends as time with his family as is possible when he is around.

I love the way story is told and how it draws you in. Penny is an absolute genius.

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Love Always,

A ‘Reider’

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