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Review: In a Fix by Linda Grimes

In A FixTitle: In a Fix

Author: Linda Grimes

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Ciel Halligan (Book #1)

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0765368552 (Tor/Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-0765368553 (Tor/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


IN A FIX is the first of an original new urban fantasy series by LINDA GRIMES starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan.

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.

Quick & Dirty: Able to adapt aura’s at will and literally be whomever she needs to be, but will Ciel be able to fix Mina’s problems?

Opening Sentence: “The ideal vantage point for observing a half naked man was definitely across the rim of a crystal champagne flute.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Ciel is pretending to be Mina, but when she follows Mina’s fiance into their vacation bungalow, and can’t find him, she begins to wonder what is going on. When she receives a cryptic call from a strange man and barely makes it out of the room before it explodes, she knows something is different about this case. Ciel is an adapter (not shapechanger), she adapts the aura of clients and then pretends to be them while fixing whatever problem they don’t actually want to deal with on their own. When Billy and Mark show up (they are also adapters) she is on the hunt to figure out what is going on.

But, before that happens she is kidnapped by modern day Vikings and then things really get crazy! Ciel’s original mission was just to see if Mina’s fiance would propose, but know that both Mina and her fiance are being targeted by Vikings things are definitely not going as planned. As Ciel tries to figure out what is going on, and Billy and Mark try to keep her safe and locked away, will she be able to escape after she is kidnapped? Will she ever get the ring for Mina?

Okay, first I am going to say what I don’t like, it really wasn’t exactly clear what Ciel was doing for Mina, or what the heck the Vikings had to do with the story. And the cliffhanger at the end of the book is clearly designed to make you read book two because you are frustrated and need to know what is going to happen. Those were my only issues. I really couldn’t figure out what the Vikings had to do with anything and why they were after Mina and her fiance. Because the adapters were on the case Mina and her fiance were actually quite safe although neither party knew that the other had hired an adapter to be them on their vacation.

That being said, what I really did like about the book was the whole adapter concept. I have read a lot of paranormal, because it was my go-to genre for a really long time, this concept was completely refreshing just when I didn’t think I could read something in that genre that wasn’t the same I read this. Loved it!!! I am not sure the book was written as well as it could have been, it was great but the lack of answers and confusion made me not quite love this book. I will say that I will be reading book 2 because I have to see how this plays out. However, that being said, if it is more of the same I will probably quit the series.

We all like books that answer our questions, I can deal with one that leaves some things hanging, but I need some satisfaction if I am going to invest more time in a series as a whole. Okay, so I complained a little more than I intended because not only was the concept great, the humor was point. At least for me, I like snark and wit and Ciel had both in spades, I was laughing at some of her lines, and some of her thoughts. I really like her as a main character, I actually found the love interests annoying, but while I am not quite feeling anyone, I am hoping book 2 will change that for me as well. So if you are looking for something new in paranormal, and willing to be mildly frustrated then read this book now!

Notable Scenes:

“My favorite aerobic activity is reading steamy romantic thrillers.”

“My job is made possible by a genetic quirk that allows me to adapt my aura into an exact copy of another person’s.”

“Growing up with three brothers and a very annoying pseudo-cousin will drive you to extremes to ensure your privacy.”

“Maybe I lack the wedding gene.”

“Especially if he found out I was outfoxed by a three-year-old.”

“I wasn’t having any more to do with either one of them until after this escapade was over.”

“Pushing the limits was one thing, but tempting fate was just plain stupid.”

Ciel Halligan Series:

1. In a Fix

2. Quick Fix

3. The Big Fix

4. All Fixed Up


FTC Advisory: Tor/Macmillan provided me with a copy of In a Fix. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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