Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid, 5 Ninja Stars

Posted November 19, 2015 by FMA in 5 Stars - It fed my addiction!

Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid, 5 Ninja StarsNinja at First Sight five-stars
by Penny Reid
on 11/21/2015
Published by Caped Publishing
Genres: College, Romance
Pages: 40K words
Series: Knitting in the City, #4.75
Also in this series: Neanderthal Seeks Human, Beauty and The Mustache, Neanderthal Marries Human, Friends without Benefits

'Ninja at First Sight' is a prequel standalone novella for Knitting in the City book 5, 'Happily Ever Ninja'.

'Ninja at First Sight' is 40k words.

This novalla is the expanded origin story for Greg and Fiona. The first 16k words of this novella are from the short scenes included in 'Scenes from the City', which is no longer for sale.

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.

Review Ninja at First Sight

I know I say this about almost every Penny Reid book, but I mean it this time… the story of Fiona and Greg is my favorite ever from Penny Reid!

In this prequel standalone novella for Knitting in the City book 5, ‘Happily Ever Ninja’, Reid is crafting one of the most romantic love stories I have ever read. It is, without a doubt, that Fiona and Greg will be one of my favorite couples in my reading experience. Their mutual respect, admiration, and love is refreshing. I imagine there will be many single, and not single, women wishing for a man like Greg! He is strong, dominant, brilliant, and incredibly romantic.

And when you were nineteen you were harmless?

You know better, Darling. I’ve never been harmless. And it’s a good thing too, because you don’t want harmless.

Their discussions are not just funny, they are witty and sexy. Two brains coming together challenging one another… I am not sure there is anything sexier than that?

But if you truly own her, own her heart, if she is truly yours, abandoned to you, you cannot discard her. She is where she belongs, hence the ownership.

Possessions don’t have thoughts or feelings; they’re inanimate objects.

Ah, but the women are never inanimate, not the way I do it.


Have you ever read a book and felt like you gained new brain cells? That just by reading it, you were suddenly smarter? That’s what happens when I read a Penny Reid book. Her characters are intelligent. When they argue, they use logic. When they talk, they use words that, often times, this college educated woman needs to use a dictionary to understand. Their words aren’t lazy, they are clear and descriptive. Their intelligence does not allow for arbitrary plot devices. Instead, Reid’s stories are romantic and realistic. I can read a book from her and think, “Yep, that could totally happen.”, or “Wow, that is similar too…” The story of Greg and Fiona is a perfect example.

In Ninja, at First Sight, the story is simple, yet realistic. Two young adults meet in college and fall in love.

What made this story different from other college romance novels, was the ‘way’ they fell in love. I felt like I was a fly on the wall intruding on special moments. Because I ‘felt’ it happen, that moment when they realized they loved each other. This is a relationship built on mutual respect and admiration. Instantly, they realized they were attracted to each other. Yet, the slow burn of their relationship was perfect.

Prepare yourself to be kissed now.

There was never a doubt about Greg’s devotion to Fiona. He was passionate. He was protective and loyal. And he took his time getting to know her. He loved her mind and body and spirit.

Fiona was equally as passionate, yet not as worldly as Greg. At 18, she felt lost in social situations as well as relationships. So it took her time to understand what she was feeling, to put a label on it.

I read the first part of this in Scenes from the City, so much more was added, making this story even more stunning. This story captured the essence of a relationship, the spark of romance, and the excitement of first love. I am anxiously awaiting Happily Ever Ninja.




About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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