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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 14 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?

©2015, 2016 Penny Reid (P)2016 Penny Reid

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loved it and all things Penny Reid!

The story was amazing and the narration was beautifully done! I hope more books are in the works for this series!

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my all time favorite Penny Reid book!

I loved everything about this book. I loved that it was about a long-term relationship after the "and they lived happily ever after...". I loved the humor, suspense, and especially the quotes from her readers starting off each chapter. I'm sure I will be quoting one of my favorite "Greg-isms",' better they learn about it at home than on the streets' when referring to things like welding.

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  • Catrina
  • Deale, MD, United States
  • 04-07-17

Every reason to never marry

Arrogant, controlling, self satisfied husband and amazing, competent, doing-everything and never getting any respect for it wife. Who apologizes constantly and buries all her feelings.
I wanted him to die. I hate this man.

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New to audible

I have several of Ms. Reid's books on my kindle. This is the first one I've gotten in audible. The story was very good and the narration was great.
I highly recommend to contemporary romance lovers that enjoy some comedy in the storyline

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Quite a twist.

Luckily I knew about the plot twist from a friend. And luckily I love Penny Reid. Really liked Greg and Fiona. They were so intelligent and loving. The adventure was a bit much though.

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  • Ali
  • USA
  • 04-06-16

I love the knitting in the city series!

Would you consider the audio edition of Happily Ever Ninja to be better than the print version?

Didn't read print but loved the audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love them all. I would suggest listening to the happily ever ninja prequel before this book. It is not madatory but it will help you see why the characters love each other so much. In this story they are married and fighting a lot. The prequel tells the story of how they fell in love and why they are together.

Which scene was your favorite?

The actions scenes in Nigeria were great. I also like it when the knitting group is together.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are some funny one liners. Penny Reid's books always make me smile. This series is witty and smartly written.

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite in the series but I was totally entertained. Definitely credit worthy!

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  • b
  • 04-10-16

Surprisingly disappointing.

I really looked forward to this next installment of KIC. I had already enjoyed Ninga at First Sight. In fact, I thought I was ready for an interesting experience. Different from the previous works but interesting. I was waiting for, anticipating, even lusting after the droll wit of amazing characters and the situations they faced and over came. I wanted to see how they interacted and grew, how they supported and nurtured one another.

Unfortunately this installment did not fulfill my hopes. The characters all seemed thin, maybe two-dimensional. Characters were were introduced for a second then...Poof!! There was no chemistry displayed within relationships.

This book was hard to finish. I kept falling asleep. In fact the entire thing was somewhat depressive. I see now why it has so few reviews. In the future I will consider atypical reviews when I decide to purchase. I do not know if the narrators let the story down or if the story let the narrators down, but either way it was sad.

The best part of this book was the email vignettes between other couples. The worst part was the distance between Fiona and everybody else. There are more problems than her "ninganess". I am sure there were good things about this book. Unfortunately there were more bad things.

This was a special e-book + Audible reduced price purchase. I am not sure it was worth the cost. While I am not sorry I read this book, it was an unfortunate experience.

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Not her usual.

I usually enjoy Penny Reid’s books but this story went a little wild. Kidnapping in Nigeria not once, but twice is too much. Disappointed with this one.

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I was ANGRY!

This book left me with a Hulk-like green tinge when I arrived at work each day. It would take me at least five minutes each morning to recover from listening to Happily Ever Ninja.
Deep breaths, constant reminders that it's "just a book" and steering clear of people helped me calm down. I have never read or listened to a book that constantly had me angry.

I was angry that women have to go through childbirth. I was angry that men sometimes don't see what is right in front of their noses. I was angry that people think they know what's best and they're not always right. I was angry that sometimes wives have to fib a little to husbands to keep the peace. I was angry that pregnancy feels like you're dying. I was angry that the hero made me laugh when I wanted to join the heroine and put him in a chokehold. I was angry that the heroine didn't scream, shout, rant and rave when she should have. I was angry that love makes you forgive too easily.

I was angry because I recognised it all.

I was angry because I could relate to it all.

I was angry because we do it for love, peace and happiness.

In the end, the things that made me angry in the story made me love it more. I'm not alone. Penny Reid again proved to me that she's a master of real women romance. I bow down in gratitude and thanks, Ms Reid, I don't feel angry and alone anymore.

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I love Penny Reid's books and have read/listened to almost all of the books in the Knitting In The City series and this one was just OK. The humor was laugh out loud funny, but the story got a little long and boring. Given what plays out between Greg and Fiona I would have expected an exciting and suspenseful story-line, but it fell flat for me. I enjoyed the narration and parts of the book were entertaining. I would suggest it to others, with a note that it's not as good as her other books, but worth a read.

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  • The Artful Dodger
  • 08-22-17

My favourite of the series!

Have read every book in this series, and so far, this is my favourite. Greg is my favourite of the men in this series. Nothing beats a posh British accent!

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  • Susan
  • 09-02-16

Sad to see the end of a great series

Penny Reid again demonstrates her ability to write romance from an unusual perspective. This book is about a couple who have been together for 18 years, with two young children. Because of their jobs (H is oil worker, wife h is former CIA operative), they have a marriage dominated by long periods of separation.

This constant separation means that the h has learnt to cope as a single mother, and carries the burden of the day-to-day monotonous details of trying to raise young kids, hold down a job and run a household, which leaves the H, in his rare moments of attendance, often feeling rather superfluous to requirements. Although there is an undeniable deep love between the two, there is also a huge lack of communication, mainly because the h desperately wants to avoid conflict so that they can enjoy their infrequent times together, and the H, in his need to feel involved in a family that has learnt to function without him, often dictates autocratic decisions to his wife from long distance.

The unusual plot twist in the middle, (H is taken hostage overseas and h flies over to rescue him) is the catalyst for the couple to confront the damage that their lifestyle is causing to their marriage. At this stage I really started to dislike the H. He habitually overruled his wife’s decisions and in times of crisis ignored his wife’s extraordinary abilities. He was like “a bull in china shop” blundering around trying to be the hero, while refusing to utilise his wife’s amazing talents. He was so scared of putting her in danger that he increased the danger to them both by failing to let her help and refusing to accept the contribution she could make to their partnership. What annoyed me most was that he failed to change this attitude throughout the book, no matter how many times he witnessed her “in action”, and continually justified this by explaining how much he loved and needed her and didn’t want to put her at risk. I kept thinking he would suddenly have an epiphany and realise how amazingly capable she is but no, he just kept trying to exclude her from everything.

This is not my favourite Penny Reid book. Many marriages fail because the love dies, so it was weird to see a marriage failing when the love was so strong. I would have liked to see the couple actually make a long distance marriage work as so many people, ( e.g army spouses) learn to do in real life, instead of the solution that came at the end of this book. However Penny Reid does explore the fact that after the “happy ever after”, there does come a long of hard work to make a good marriage. The conclusion was interesting in that things were not really concluded. Instead of wrapping up the ending in a nice, neat little parcel, we are left with the couple in the constant ebb and flow of discussion, compromise and decision making that is needed to make a successful marriage. I guess that this, in reality, is a real “happy ever after”.

Regardless of my criticisms, this is a good book, better than most in the genre, and still worth a credit.