Favorite Line: “You actually walk around with that monster in your pants?” (66)
Racy Li has entered the romance arena with a winner. In Ninjas we are taken on a foray into a world recovering from alien invasion and fighting to prevent a melding with the Demon world below. We meet Liz, an attorney who also happens to be a spy. She is investigating the company she works for and finding romance in an unlikely person, her secretary. Her secretary is much more than he seems. Kent is the Ninja, a man who walks in the shadows. In a world where no one is what they seem, can these two people find common ground?
You know how the tv show Heroes is like watching a comic book? The same is true for Ninja. Reading this book is like reading a comic book, only much better. It’s the pacing. Sometimes you are in the window of the bad guy and other times you are in the bedroom of the heroine. It is non-stop action and excitement.
One major plus to this book is the author’s ability to use scents to pull the reader into Metrocity where the comic book turned romance novel takes place. I could smell many things, not always things I wanted, but they worked well at pulling me into this alternate world. Another plus is Racy Li’s use of foreshadowing. The foreshadowing prevented the novel from feeling forced in any one direction. It also worked at making it believable.
If you don’t like comic books, superheroes, or romance, you won’t like this book. For the rest, I want to point out a few of the many references to comic books. The hero’s name is Kent: perhaps, a reference to Superman’s Clark Kent? He even wears nondescript clothing and thick black glasses. (There is also a scene reminiscent of Spiderman: the girl pulling the bottom of the mask up to kiss her hero.) I also like that the Ninja fights being labeled as a superhero despite his actions being those of a superhero.
At one point, I found my mouth dropping open with the heroine’s mouth before a huge grin split my face. This book touches lightly on bondage and flirts with ideas of voyeurism. The sex is good. I mean really good and the romance too. I’m not sure what interested me more the romance or the action/adventure taking place. I like the emotional conflict that griped the heroine and the hero. Neither one took advantage of the either. This satisfied me. It made me content that the heroine wasn’t alone in her anxiety within herself.
The Ninja is hot. Oh my god, I sooo want the ninja. He can do me any time. This story is the ultimate turn on. It is your deepest, darkest fantasy that you didn’t even know you had turned into a book. The hero is caring. He doesn’t talk (when in his Ninja costume) but the first sexual encounter he pleasures her and the second he massages her. He is all about his heroine.
I appreciate Li’s use of modern technology(blogs) in her novel. Li uses them almost daily in real life and it’s nice to see her incorporate them into her novel. When I think about it, I see that many books mention email but rarely do newer technological advances get written about.
This book is an E-book available from Loose ID for $5.99. I’d give this book 4 stars.