Sep 3, 2012

{Early Review} In a Fix by Linda Grimes

In a Fix by Linda Grimes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Shape shifters/Romance
RECEIVED: Review for Tor
AUTHORS BLOG: Linda Grimes' Site

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.

Linda Grimes created an entertaining and unique story, where her characters can become anyone just by being around their aura. I loved the originality and humor that was in In a Fix, and the character that were well written and very memorable.

In a Fix follows Ciel Halligan a woman who wants to be independent and has had enough of her family and friends treating her like she cant do anything. Ciel has an interesting job where she solves client’s problems by actually becoming them; she can replicate anyone because she is able to adapt her aura to theirs. She takes a job that should be simple, go on vacation with her client’s boyfriend and get him to propose. But something goes wrong when she’s almost blown up in her bungalow and her clients should be fiancé disappears. Luckily her over protective friends step in to help, both very good at adapting aura just like Ciel.

Ciel Halligan is a character that really is trying to break free from the hold her family has on her. Especially her older brother, they want her to have a safe job and she doesn’t like being babied one bit. She has a major stubborn streak and pretty much doesn’t listen to the guys trying to help her. She also gets dealt a surprise from Mark, her crush that shows up during the time she’s trying to find her clients fiancé. I loved their interactions and how Mark really cares for her but is trying to not cross that line.

The boys, Mark and Billy really make it hard for Ciel to do her job. They want her protected why they handle finding her clients fiancé. Its hilarious watching Billy enjoying himself as a girl and Mark confusing him as Ciel, the boys have an awkward moment, which made me laugh so much. They also both have feeling for Ciel and of course confuse they heck out of her with mixed signals. But Billy seems to be a bit bolder with his actions. I’m interested to see how this love triangle pans out in the next book.

Then there’s the villains, which I found to be hilarious, modern day Vikings who was to restore the male populations masculinity. It was a bit odd for a plot and having their main target be Ciels clients fiancé made from some funny scenes. Even though I thought their idea was really quirky and strange it made for an extremely entertaining plot.

Overall I enjoyed this action packed and fun filled adventure, with memorable character and a lead that really gets herself in some sticky situations. It may take a bit for the readers to understand the aura changes between the characters, but I found this shifting idea so much fun and I recommend this new series.

This is an adult novel that all urban fantasy lovers should get their hands on a copy. Fans of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series and Jennifer Esteps Elemental Assassin series will love In a Fix by Linda Grimes
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  1. Great review for In the Fix! I definitely need to read this for the love triangle and modern day Vikings!

  2. I've been hearing some great things about this. Kimberley Sabatini really talked it up. Glad you enjoyed and I hope I do to!

  3. Ive been reading a lot about this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. i love romace story about shape if i don't win this book...i must buy it...*sigh*
    thx 4 ur helped !!!

  5. The book looks like a fabulous read. I love the shifting idea.