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.
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
Obsessive reader of at least 5 kindle books a week. Only use audiobooks to survive my daily 90 minute walk to work.
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.
"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!
"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.
"I love the knitting in the city series!"
Didn't read print but loved the audio.
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.
The actions scenes in Nigeria were great. I also like it when the knitting group is together.
There are some funny one liners. Penny Reid's books always make me smile. This series is witty and smartly written.
Not my favorite in the series but I was totally entertained. Definitely credit worthy!
"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.
"A Must For Any Penny Reid Fan!"
Favorite Penny Reid listen so far! Action, romance, humor...this one has it all. Fun read!
"Love the dynamic in this couple"
Greg is a riot and frustrating. Fiona is beyond patient and frustrating and smart. I truly love how they work with each other and again each other at times and have come back together
Fantastic story that included tests of a relationship, ninja skills, lovely words and lots of love!
"5 Call Me Darling Stars!"
I love this story, hard. It captures a relationship from all angles. Some stories only cover the butterfly and rainbow side of a relationship, Ninja gives us that plus the dirty socks on the floor side.
Fiona is a BAMF. She is a no nonsense, straight up ninja. It's fun to see her interacting outside the knit group. Her kids are adorable, funny and real.
Greg, I don't even know what to say about Greg. He is the bee's knees. He is charming and witty and British! I am a victim of Greg's Voodoo, maybe I should put that on a shirt... I love his quick comebacks and his dry sense of humor.
I'm starting to think that more people should call me darling. I'm also thinking I want to be the Pinky to his Brain. Furthermore, if I saw him wearing a Seahawks 2015 Super Bowl Champs tee shirt I would kidney punch him.
Em Eldridge is the perfect Fiona. Will M. Watt is the perfect Greg. They both have a way of sucking you into the story and you can feel their emotions pouring out of the speaker.
This audio is a must listen.
"Real love, Super Spy romance!"
Love a romance that takes place after the Happily Ever After! Loved the juxtaposition of passionate love and mundane challenges - so true!
"Another great novel from Penny Reid"
I've enjoyed every one of Penny Reid's books, both in written and audio form. And this one did not disappoint. Unlike most other romances, this is set after 14 years of marriage but still more than managed to be very romantic, as well as including elements of suspense, drama and international politics. Both lead characters are just so interesting and funny and intelligent! Great to see good brains at work. Also enjoyed the performers - both narrators were suited to their roles and did a great job. Thoroughly recommended.
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