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This book left me with a Hulk-like green tinge when I arrived at work each day. It would take me at least five minutes each morning to recover from listening to Happily Ever Ninja.
Deep breaths, constant reminders that it's "just a book" and steering clear of people helped me calm down. I have never read or listened to a book that constantly had me angry.
I was angry that women have to go through childbirth. I was angry that men sometimes don't see what is right in front of their noses. I was angry that people think they know what's best and they're not always right. I was angry that sometimes wives have to fib a little to husbands to keep the peace. I was angry that pregnancy feels like you're dying. I was angry that the hero made me laugh when I wanted to join the heroine and put him in a chokehold. I was angry that the heroine didn't scream, shout, rant and rave when she should have. I was angry that love makes you forgive too easily.
I was angry because I recognised it all.
I was angry because I could relate to it all.
I was angry because we do it for love, peace and happiness.
In the end, the things that made me angry in the story made me love it more. I'm not alone. Penny Reid again proved to me that she's a master of real women romance. I bow down in gratitude and thanks, Ms Reid, I don't feel angry and alone anymore.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Arrogant, controlling, self satisfied husband and amazing, competent, doing-everything and never getting any respect for it wife. Who apologizes constantly and buries all her feelings.
I wanted him to die. I hate this man.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Have read every book in this series, and so far, this is my favourite. Greg is my favourite of the men in this series. Nothing beats a posh British accent!
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.