REVIEW :: 5 STARS for Scenes From The City by Penny Reid

Posted November 13, 2014 by FMA in 5 Stars - It fed my addiction!

coverScenes From The City (aka… the Festivus Surprise)
by Penny Reid
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
$.99 Pre-Order Amazon
*100% of proceeds go to Toys for Tots.

This book cannot be read as a standalone. It is a collection of short scenes following the ladies from the ‘Knitting in the City’ series and will only be available from December 1 – December 15, 2014.
‘Neanderthal Seeks Honeymoon’ – Janie and Quinn
‘Friends Definitely With Benefits’ – Elizabeth and Nico
Hacking the Hacker’ – Sandra and Alex
‘Beauty and the Beard’ – Ashley and Drew
‘Ninja at First Sight’ – Fiona and Greg


My Review

Penny Reid, she’s such a tease!  GAH!  This collection of scenes Reid put together in this book, had me screaming for more!

Penny’s writing is smart, effectual and funny.  Drawing the reader into the web she so intricately weaves.  Once caught, you don’t want to escape!

“I have loved you,”
“I love you,”
“I will love you.”

How is it possible to read that ^ and not swoon?

The descriptions this author uses when describing her characters features, are among the best I have read.

“his high cheek bones and the bridge of his undeniably masculine nose

His thick, dark brown hair was standing up and in spiky disarray

His jaw angular-his bone structure more a sharp trapezoid than a square

But his eyes… his dark, dark brown eyes were almond shaped…they struck me at once as expressive and cautious, curious and cynical.

his mouth was generous.  He had generous lips, the bottom larger than the top giving him the appearance of a small frown or pout.”

They give you a clear and concise picture – in your head – of what the character looks like.  There is never any doubt.

Reid is a breath of fresh air.  Such intelligent writing, I get caught up in her every word.  You will not find a weak, passive, whiny heroine in her stories.  They are strong, intelligent and have a mind of their own.  If life attacks, they fight back, they fight to win.

“His cold regard frightened me, but I was more brave than he was scary.”

“I agree.  Without someone to take offense, one cannot give offense.  That stated, values are important.  Ethics are important.  Morality, holding truths sacred, is important.”

On a more serious note…  While I love Janie and Quinn, I did not think there were characters, or a couple, I could love more than Ash and Drew.  Or a hero I could love more than Drew.  HA!  I was so wrong.  Fiona and Greg have TOPPED the list.  Greg is a H-O-T Alpha, who had me drooling.  Seriously!  He is everything you want from a Male MC.

“You don’t like the idea of being owned?  Of wholly belonging to someone?” He asked softly, his eyes warming and dipping to my neck before drifting to my lips.

“Other than to myself?  No.  I don’t like the idea of being a possession.  Do you?”

“Yes.”  He nodded slowly, his eyes no longer cautious, “Yes, I do quite like the idea of mutual ownership.”

I didn’t want their story to end.  (Their book – Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City, #5)  is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City series and is scheduled to come out in 2015.  I’m crossing my fingers that we won’t have to wait too long.)

In full-disclosure, I did not read every collection, as I have not yet read every book in the series-although I was tempted to, and may have sneaked a peek, shhh.  What I did read/sneak a peek at, had me wishing I had more time in my day to read the other few books I’m missing in this Knitting in the City series.  So, my point, PICK THIS UP.  Even if you haven’t read every book.  Don’t miss out.  Especially since this will only be available for 14 days!  And, don’t forget, all proceeds go to Toys for Tots!

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