Title: In a Fix
Author: Linda Grimes
Series: In a Fix, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she’s able to take on her clients’ appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don’t want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.
This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable... that is, until Ciel’s island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.
Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she’s been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors—step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client’s intended.
Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.”
In a Fix is the first book in the new series of the same name (In a Fix) by Linda Grimes.
Despite having some problems with the first chapter, problems I blame more on me than on the book, I can honestly say I really enjoyed reading In a Fix.
Ciel Halligan is not your typical kick ass heroine; she is more like a trouble magnet. Even though is not her intention, her luck is almost never with her and trouble finds her whenever she is. Ciel is an aura adaptor, after touching a person she can take some of that person’s aura and transforms into that person, not only physically but also emotionally, she adopts the personality and physical condition of the person she is supplanting. She offers her (supplanting) services as a facilitator in situations a person doesn’t want to be or when they need fixing a problem.
Ciel has been trying to be as independent as possible, but with overbearing brothers, a cousin and a friend that try to protect her even when she doesn’t want to, proving to be a grownup is not easy. Especially when she makes mistakes that place her in difficult circumstances from where sometimes she needs to be rescued.
I had a liked and want-to-shake-a-little-bit relationship with Ciel, I liked her spunkiness and her way to see life, she is funny and charming and is trying to do a life of her own without her family’s help, but sometimes the decisions she made while trying to prove to them that she was an adult made her look childish and irresponsible. Still I liked her and want to know more about her.
The men in In a Fix are so easy to like that is difficult to decide who is the favorite contender for Ciel’s heart.
In one side we have Billy, Ciel’s step-cousin (no blood related) and on the other we have Mark, Ciel’s brother’s best friend.
Billy is fun and carefree while Mark is the serious one that thinks before acting. Billy is involved in not very respectable businesses while Mark is a respectable CIA agent. Both of them are adaptors like Ciel. Billy uses his “gift” for his own benefit while Mark is trying to save the world one assignment at a time.
Billy sees Ciel as she is and trusts her ability to workout things the right way while Mark still sees Ciel as his best friend’s little sister or at least that was he thought of her until Ciel took matters into her own hands and changed his perception of her. How? You need to read the book.
The conflict in the book is a little bit over the top, almost cartoonish at a times. The Neo-Viking villains and their plan to take over the world were too hilarious to take them serious, at least on the beginning of the book. But along the story they did “villainous” things that made me change my opinion of them.
In a Fix is a nice debut book, one that kept me entertain for hours, with many laugh out loud moments, swoon worthy characters, fluid dialogue and a plot that surprised me page after page. The end wasn’t a cliffhanger but one that let me wanting to get my hands in the next installment to be release in 2013, Quick Fix.
If you like your Urban Fantasy light, funny, original and entertaining In a Fix is for you.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
In a Fix
Quick Fix (2013)
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