Ninja by Racy Li

26 Jan

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.

9 Responses to “Ninja by Racy Li”

  1. relliott4 January 26, 2007 at 10:11 am #

    That ninja comment cracked me up. Okay, I’m adding this to my group of books to buy next month. We’re buying property this month, so I must refrain…

  2. Racy Li January 26, 2007 at 5:01 pm #

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the book 🙂 Thanks so much! And you totally just made my weekend!

  3. scooper January 27, 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    relliott- There are other lines I wrote down that I thought about using instead, but this one piqued my interest the most. *wink*

    Racy- A good book is a good book, thanks for writing it. I’d like to think you wouldn’t be pissed if I’d hated it and wrote that. I’m glad we don’t have to find out.:)

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried January 28, 2007 at 10:35 am #

    Hey, Scoop, this has nothing to do with Racy’s book (which is tempting me to explore e-books), but everything to do with you: I am working on a review for Front Street Reviews, and in my post that’ll tell my readers that it’s up, I used the “Favorite line” feature that you use. Not at the top like you do, but I thought of you when I did it.

  5. scooper January 28, 2007 at 11:50 am #

    Susan- Cool. It’s funny how sometimes that one line jumps out at you, while other times you have to decide among many.

  6. Racy Li January 28, 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    Oh don’t worry. Reviews are a fact of life 🙂 (And trust me; no one is as mean as Mr. Racy; he can be a very mean man, but because I’ve him I’ve become a much better writer.) I’d take and honest negative review over some boilerplate positive one because at least I know that the reviewer actually read the book and cared enough to comment 🙂

    And besides, if people don’t tell you when you suck, how are you going to be able to get better?

    Thanks again!

  7. raine January 28, 2007 at 8:01 pm #

    Great review.

    Go, Racy!! 😀

  8. Gypsy January 29, 2007 at 2:50 pm #

    Oooh, I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

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  1. Racy Thoughts - January 26, 2007

    […] REALLY not supposed to be online right now but I just had to tell you all that Scooper just posted the first review of NINJA. And (yay!) it’s a good one! The Ninja is hot. Oh my god, I sooo want the ninja. He can do me […]

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