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Publisher's Summary

From the USA TODAY best-selling author of Truth or Beard.

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

He has a girlfriend, and she's never been kissed.

He's sullenly sarcastic, and she's earnestly empathetic.

He can't stop thinking about her.

She knows she should keep her distance.

Nevertheless, when opposites attract, the results may be unexpected, but they're also undeniably magnetic.

Ninja at First Sight is a stand-alone, prequel novella (for book five of the Knitting in the City Series, Happily Ever Ninja).

©2016 Penny Reid (P)2016 Penny Reid

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  • Ian
  • Northmead, Australia
  • 03-08-16

Penny Reid is a Master!

What made the experience of listening to Ninja at First Sight: An Origin Story (Knitting in the City) the most enjoyable?

Honestly, Penny Reid is a master story teller. Contemporary romance is littered with tropes, and that doesn't bother me, but I love that Penny Reid doesn't use them. She always surprises me.

What did you like best about this story?

Favorite moment.
Thinking to myself, 'Oh no, she's about to (Spoiler)' and discovering I was completely wrong.

What does Em Eldridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's a good narrator. I didn't really notice her to be honest and that's about the highest praise I can give. When the narrator disappears and it's just you and the story.

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Unnecessary snippet; a teaser?

Any additional comments?

I am a fan of Penny Reid's, although I prefer her Knitting in the City books to her other books. I was looking forward to reading another episode of that series even though it was a novella. What this turns out to be is a prequel to an upcoming book. I'm not sure why it was published except to be a teaser, or perhaps to bring a bit more income to the author. (I do support authors being able to earn a good living.) However I felt that this short book was really unnecessary. If this backstory is necessary to the upcoming novel, a skillful author will work it in to the story line; if not, leave it on your computer.

I think the best books are written quite tightly; they don't require prologues or epilogues. A good story evokes all kinds of questions in the readers' minds but doesn't have the need to answer every single one, up to the number of children and grandchildren the heroine has, for instance. The best books leave us with lots to think but do complete the essential story arc. Penny Reid writes contemporary romance, a genre which is often sneered at, although romance readers know that the best romances are as good as books in any other genre. That said, we romance readers still deserve the best writing, and many romance authors really do deliver, and Penny Reid is an author who can meet very high standards.

So why does this little novella exist? It's not particularly well-done or interesting. If it's a teaser for an upcoming novel, we shouldn't have to pay for it. If it's essential to that novel, it should be included in that novel. It certainly wasn't worth my time and money.

I also wish, once again, to request that readers for books are chosen more carefully. I think that actors or whomever it is who wants to narrate books should get voice training. Em Eldridge doesn't do a very good job differentiating between different characters; her male voice(s) are not believable. In addition, she has a regional accent which she should work to eradicate. In particular, she substitutes short i's for short e's, i.e. pin instead of pen. She is a somewhat sloppy narrator as well, and it makes the heroine less believable as the intelligent, talented young woman she is supposed to be.

This is a book that lovers of fan fiction might enjoy; for me it was a disappointment.

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A lovely short story

I love a good back story. This had so many points from a first-time, naive freshman's perspective. I really enjoyed this extended look into how Fiona and Greg meet.

The narrator did just as good of a job here as she did in their full story.

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Very Enjoyable Novella

Loved this tale of Fiona and Greg from the Knitting In The City Series meeting for the first time and falling in love. Ms. Reid perfectly captured that crazy, butterfly in your belly feeling when you know you’ve found the one. This is a quick novella that gives a little background on Fiona and sets up the next book in the series.

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A fantastic Series!

Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid (Audiobook)
Narrated by: Em Eldridge
Series: Knitting in the City book 4.75

4.5 Stars - Super quick novella!!! Funny and just enough to make you fall in love with Fiona and Greg! There is a cliffhanger.. so be prepared to get the next book asap!! The narrator did a wonderful job.

~Paragraphs and Petticoats~

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Let's start at the very beginning...

I admit, I got the order mixed up. Yesterday, I had a baking day and started listening to Happily Ever Ninja. For some strange reason, I went on Goodreads and realised that this short story came before instead of after like I had originally thought. Without hesitation, I stopped and fixed this disaster of epic proportions. I HAVE to read them in order.

I enjoyed this introduction to the characters and it definitely gave me a little insight into how things started for Greg and Fiona. To be honest, I was a little surprised.

The narrator does a fantastic job and I found her voice and accents a pleasure to listen to.

Now, time to get back to where it's at...

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Penny Reid & Em Eldridge are a winning combination

Love, love, love Penny Reid and love this origin story! Em Eldridge did a wonderful job bringing Penny's characters to life.

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Loved!!!

Loved. Pure Penny Reid. PR must have a super high IQ because her characters sure do. Every book is a joy a read!!!!!
Outstanding narration especially with Greg's British accent. It was quite sexy.

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Great, funny and entertaining story!

I found this series because I had listened to the narrator in connection with another author and I was searching for other books she had narrated. I just loved the narrator in this book. Also, this author is talented, engaging and just downright hilarious! I intend to read the rest of the series.