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Contemporary Romance Review: Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid

Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid *Knitting in The City #4.75)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
'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.


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8.5/10

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 "Men aren't stolen. They are responsible for their own actions and decisions - staying with a woman is a decision. Staying or leaving is a decision. You make it sound like men are mindless, powerless to temptation."

She snorted. "In my experience, they are."

"Then you've known only weak men. And weak men deserve conniving women."
This was such an awesome thing to say, peeps! And this little novella is full of beautiful, bittersweet, wise and impossibly big things to say. I've highlighted many more passages, but I won't quote them here. Suffice to say is that this is Fiona and Greg. And they are both beyond wonderful.


If you are familiar with Scenes from The City, then Ninja at First Sight will continue Greg's wooing of geeky and gorgeous Fiona. If you missed out on that short story, don't worry. You still won't have a problem following this story.

Ninja at First Sight doesn't read as novella. It feels like a full-on romance novel with its own happy ending. Except there will be an excerpt from Happily Ever Ninja in the end, and you'll be dying to know more.

Greg is few years older than Fiona, and while they are both in college, he is way more emotionally and physically experienced than she is. And yet, Fiona faced death in her young years, and she feels like she's lived a full life already, and started a new one. I find her ever so fascinating, because she is shown to us in snippets, and her past sounds very intriguing.

Greg is an extraordinary character as well. Coming from a very privileged background, he experienced life in poverty, he is opinionated and determined to make a difference. Yet, he hides his seriousness and determination under the mask of British playboy until Fiona undoes it. He simply can not play with her. She sees through him, and she doesn't notice anything superficial. In some ways she reminded me of Jenny from Neanderthal Seeks Human.

The love story itself is slow-burning and touching. It shows, not tells the romance with many gestures and nuances, and I absolutely loved it! All in all, I don't have to sell this to the fans of Penny Reid, everyone else though? You don't know what a gem you are missing. Start the series, you'll thank me later.


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"Мужчин не крадут. Они ответственны за свои собственные поступки и решения - остаться с женщиной это решение. Остаться или уйти это решение. У тебя это звучит как будто мужчины - бездумны, бессильны перед искушением."

Она фыркнула. " В моём опыте, они такие и есть."

"Тогда ты знаешь только слабых мужчин. А слабые мужчины заслуживают коварных женщин."
Ну вот такими великолепными фразами эта повесть и наполнена! Я их всё помечала и чуть ли не визжала от восторга. Не секрет, что я большая поклонница творчества Пенни Рид. Она и её героини близки мне по духу, и я всегда согласна с их трезвой, мудрой оценкой жизни, так что я нашла Ниндзю с Первого Взгляда совершенно прелестной книгой.

История Фионы и Грега началась в коротком рассказе из сборника Сцен из Города, однако если вы её пропустили, - не переживайте. Всё вам здесь будет понятно.

Фиона и Грег оба студенты в университете, и хотя он на несколько лет её старше и на первый взгляд эмоционально и физически более опытен, Фиона умудрилась за свои 19 лет прожить целую жизнь, заглянуть в глаза смерти, и начать жизнь новую. Мы не знаем полностью что и как с ней случилось, но проблески, что подаёт нам автор необычайно интригуют.

Грег - тоже сложный персонаж. Родившись в роскоши, он испытал бедность, и теперь целеустремленно пробивается в жизни. Он серьёзен, у него  радикальные политические взгляды, и в то же время он прячет свою натуру под маской беззаботного британского плэйбоя. Однако у него это не выходит с Фионой. Он физически не может с ней притворяться, и она вытаскивает наружу его настоящее "я". 

А в итоге, дамы и господа, получается милейшая, искренняя любовная история, читать которую одно удовольствие. Я с нетерпением ожидаю полноценного романа от этих героев, и вам рекомендую от всей души всю серию.

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