Happily Ever Ninja
by Penny Reid
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor
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.
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
“What are you doing?”
“What do you think I’m doing?” He unbuttoned his pants and unzipped them.
Perhaps it didn’t make any sense, but I didn’t want Greg to see me naked. Not when I was still furious with him. Not when he was angry with me. Even though we’d been together for eighteen years, married for fourteen, and made two children together, when we were arguing I didn’t like the vulnerability of bare skin.
“Oh, no. No, no, no.” I sat forward in the tub, hiding my nakedness. “We haven’t talked through everything yet. I’m angry with you, and I know you’re still upset with me.”
He shrugged. “Then we’ll have angry intercourse.”
“We’re not having intercourse.”
“Then I’ll give you angry cunnilingus.”
Damn him, but that made me laugh.
Greg’s eyebrows bounced once on his forehead and he grinned, his pants falling to the ground.
“I don’t want any of your angry oral sex, thank you very much.” I crossed my arms over my chest, endeavoring to keep my expression stern . . . and failing.
“Of course you do. Angry oral sex is the best kind of oral sex. And we are so rarely angry with each other. We should take advantage of this opportunity.” His thumbs hooked into his boxers with the intent of pulling them down.
“Do not take off your boxers.”
Greg didn’t remove his boxers, but he didn’t withdraw the threat of his thumbs either. “You know, I’ve heard it’s a good idea to fight while naked. I think I read that in a very important medical text book written by Albert Einstein’s cousin, Dr. Olga Einstein.”
Absolutely ADORED this book! I am a lover of New Adult and College romances, but I have to say I’m so glad this wasn’t one of those…this is after the HEA, and after the newness of love wears off…when real life sets in.
Fiona and Greg have been together for 14 years. They have two beautiful children, and they love each other immensely. Their love story was magical in the beginning. Now, 14 years later, some of that magic is wearing off. Fiona finds herself mostly as a single parent to her two young children while her husband spends much of his time in other time zones for his job, and this arrangement is rapidly becoming very tiresome for poor Fiona. However, an unforeseen and dangerous circumstance causes Fiona to remember the woman she was, and she must make some decisions to keep her family safe and intact.
As I wrote earlier, I loved that this was a romance about a married couple, and it was NOT boring in the least. There was love, steam, action yet it was about real life and what marriage really is. I loved watching Greg and Fiona fall in love in Ninja at First Sight, and I loved seeing them 14 years later. The love between them is still there, but as in each marriage, the love shift a bit as you learn to live with the demands of married life and children. Sometimes marriage isn’t always easy, but the love is always worth it. Greg and Fiona were perfect examples of this. As their life became more rewarding with children, it also became more demanding and time together was diminished. I could really empathize with Fiona. Sometimes as mothers and wives, we lose sight of who we are as individuals. I loved seeing her find herself again yet remain a wonderful mother and wife. She truly is a ninja! Greg could be such a smart a%%, but his love for Fiona never wavered. As with all of Reid’s book, she writes with humor that had me laughing even during serious parts of the book, especially where Greg is concerned. The man is sexy and irrepressible…a deadly combination!
If you are looking for something a little different and want to know what happens after the HEA, you should try this one. It’s refreshing to read a good romance about a married couple. It proves even though you are married, you can still have an exciting, sexy life. As usual, I’m awaiting the next Penny Reid book.
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.