Ninja at First Sight (Knitting in the City #4.75) by Penny Reid

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'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 novella 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.


*Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Eeek!! I was so excited when I opened my email this week to see Ninja at First Sight waiting for me. Oh Greg and Fiona I cannot wait for your full length book! It will be amazing!!

Those of you who have read their story from Scenes from the City know Greg and Fiona. Know how they met and how amazingly awesome Greg is. If you have read the other Knitting in the City books you know Fiona a little better, but she has always been a bit mysterious to me. She is already married in the other books while everyone else in the knitting group is looking for love. I am excited to read her story as a married lady, but even more so now that I have read this. Greg + Fiona = All the wins!

For those of you who are new to Penny, or didn't get Scenes from the City when it was available, now if your chance to get to know these wonderful characters. The beginning of Ninja at First Sight is the story from Scenes from the City, so if you missed that you can get all caught up. I don't know how Penny manages to make so many people I wish I knew in real life. So many people who I just want to hang out and be bff with. I love it.

Greg and Fiona are perfect together. Fiona is this somewhat sheltered girl who doesn't have a lot of real life experience and is a little awkward with human interactions. She loves to study people and is super smart and just awesome. I loved seeing what she was like when she was younger.

And Greg? Greg is...I think Fiona describes him best

"He was awful. He was irreverent and offensive and abrasive, and, for some strange reason which should have alarmed me, I found him completely enchanting."

That is him. He doesn't always say appropriate things, can be quite offensive, can be really argumentative, can say things that should drive me crazy, but I loved him. I wish I knew him in real life. He is that guy that loves to debate things, that loves to push people to think more critically about what they think and not just accept everything as fact. Not that I think I could keep up with him as he is a pro debater, but that is why he has Fiona. The back and forth between them is amazing. The things Greg says, oh I loved it. This book is hilarious, I laughed out loud at parts. But also sweet, and touching, and kind. Penny really knows how to get that mix of a little bit of everything that really makes the story great. Even when Greg should drive you crazy, even when you should be angry with him, he does something that just make it so you can't help but smile. You can't help but love him. He is awful, but completely enchanting. And that ending? Absolutely perfect. I know I wanted to keep reading about Greg and Fiona forever, but it has to end sometime and that was the best. Now to wait for Happily Ever Ninja...

*Note: The book is up for pre-order now with Amazon showing delivery to Kindle tomorrow, Nov 21, but other outlets currently showing Nov 28.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


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