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Ninja at First Sight: An Origin Story (Knitting in the City)

Knitting in the City
Narrated by: Em Eldridge
Series: Knitting in the City, Book 4.75
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4.5 out of 5 stars (877 ratings)
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This Story Is Flirty

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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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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  • 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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Fun and Witty!

Ohhh why did I wait so long to listen to this! It was witty and funny and just downright fantastic.
What I love is how Penny can make a serious topic and give it balance with fun and humor.
Greg might just give Cletus a run for his favorite place in my heart. That accent lord be!
The narration in this is 100% the best and I want MORE!

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A Nice Side Bar

While this wasn't my favorite in the series, it still has tons going for it. Greg and Fiona are an absolute powerhouse as a couple. They may be opposites in almost everything, but it's a total yin & yang thing. They complete each other to the point that they fill in each other's niches like water rushes to a hole in a bucket. She is completely his kryptonite and doesn't even realize her power.

This is fun, sweet, and passionate with rich dialogue and exceptionally strong characters.

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Cute novella

When I started listening and heard the ages of these two in this romance, I did not have high expectations and thought that I'd probably not make it through the book. I was wrong! This was hilarious and had me laughing through most of it and the repartee was witty and sarcastic - loved it. I also found that I enjoyed the aspect of old fashioned courting being alive heart-warming. It's not a story without reality.
Definitely recommend this romance.

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LOVED IT!!! Fave KITC so far!

5 stars — I honestly don’t know what it was about this one that just totally captured my imagination. I was just sucked in by Fiona from the first page. Which is funny, b/c I can’t say I connected with her as much in any of the other KITC series books, but in this one she is everything I LOVE in a heroine! She’s smart, witty, empathetic, a bit naive…I don’t know. Just. Perfect.

I loved the natural observer that she was, because I can definitely relate to that. And I loved watching her attempt to get out of her own shell. I thought Fern was a great foil for Fiona, and I was so glad that she had her in her life, even for just a short period of time.

And Greg. Wow. Am I the only one who had no idea that Greg had an English accent? Maybe I just forgot. But it totally took me by surprise and I actually initially wondered if he was just faking it for some reason. I think I just need more sleep. He was HILARIOUS, in this totally wrong way. We’re always told how hilarious he is in the other books, but I truly understood what that meant in this one. I loved that he has this dry and perverse wit, but you can also see the depths of his feelings and emotions even through that.

And the two of them together were just SMOKING! Their chemistry had me blushing and smiling all over the place. I loved watching Fiona struggle with her feelings, and I appreciated the way their relationship unfolded, even though he initially had a girlfriend. I also appreciated that while their love was intense, it was still accessible to me (which I’ve had a harder time of with the other couples). Even though it’s a short novella, I felt their feelings for one another, I believed them.

I loved the way Fiona stood up for other girls, and really was a strong supporter of girls having each other’s backs. Some of her comments made me cheer!

The ending totally threw me off!! I don’t even know what to do with myself now, and I’m worried about what I’ll miss between this book and the next. I’m trying to have faith, but it’s hard!!

I think another reason I ADORED this book so hard is that Ms. Eldridge just absolutely freaking NAILS Fiona and Greg’s voices. I felt all of the emotions, and she conveyed the dryness of Greg’s humour perfectly. I loved her accent for Greg (no idea of accuracy), and I really appreciated the range of voices she had for other characters. I can’t wait to hear more from her in Fiona and Greg’s main book. She just has that balance of innocence and wisdom nailed down for Fiona.

So yeah. Thus far my absolute favourite of this series. It’ll be interesting to see how I like the next one!

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Best of the series...

And I almost passed this one over. First love that’s nicely paced. A must listen.

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Debates of mean girls

Wow the self restraint that Greg had was amazing. Fiona and Greg’s debates were sometime hard to follow which only had me more intrigued in their upcoming relationship. I truly want to learn how Fiona becomes a cia operative. Thought it was cool how penny inserted Nico’s restaurant into the story way before they ever met! The world is truly small.

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Fi Fi Fiona

always the most mysterious having a small story about her pre knit city was good.

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I didn’t enjoy the college age characters as much as the rest of the series

I’ve really liked the rest of the Knitting in the City series, but not this story, most likely because I’m not 20. Greg is also my least favorite character of the series with a lot of dialogue that I didn’t enjoy. I was hoping to hear more about what Fiona does between college and the “present day” in the rest of the series.