Aug 19, 2013

{Review} of Quick Fix by Linda Grimes

Quick Fix by Linda Grimes
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Romance, Magic
AUTHORS BLOG: Linda Grimes' Site

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches — adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?


Grimes knocked this book out of the park; I enjoyed the first book In a Fix but absolutely loved Quick Fix. The humor is all back, but this time the readers get to see how complicated it is for those who are adaptors and the dangers that are starting to get closer to their “world”.

Quick Fix follows the always-entertaining Ciel Halligan, who is a talented adaptor aka a person who can shift into anyone and take over his or her life. As a career she helps people who need her to be them to get a task done that they cannot do. At the moment she is working at the zoo pretending to be Thelma who is trying to get promoted but doesn’t want to be harassed anymore but the man who can promote her. Thus comes in Ciel, but when her “cousin” Billy and his sister Molly come to the zoo and Molly accidently shifts into an orangutan and cant change back, Ciel and her family must find a way to change her back. As well figure out if someone has been experimenting on Molly and possibly other adapters.

Ciel is a girl that attracts trouble, this time around it seems that she isn’t at it alone. With the help of her brothers Thomas, James, Brian and “Cousin” Billy they are all doing what they can to help little Molly turn back into a real girl. But along with that problem a fellow agent that works with Ciel’s long time crush CIA agent Mark stumbles into Billy’s home with a gun shot wound and Billy is accused of it. I loved how this family works together to crack down to truth and problems that they have been dealt with. James being the smart scientist type, Thomas the lawyer, Brian a fellow rebel adaptor and Mark all work with Ciel and their own special talents to help Molly and track down who may have framed Billy.

Ciel also has to deal with her romantic problems, her feeling for both Mark and Billy confuse her to know end. For me I love both guys and she does make up her mind in a way but I almost wish she chose the other. Mark is complicated because he is dedicated to his job. He also knows of Ciel’s crush and also harbors feeling for her but doesn’t know how to show it properly. I like how much he cares for his friends and Ciel and no matter what is always there to help. Then there is Billy who is reckless and a ladies man, but is trying hard to be a one-woman guy. H e adores Ciel and tries to show Mark that he’s the right guy for her. Where Mark is serious; Billy is all jokes and smiles. In the end I can’t choose who I want her to be with more.

Overall the plot is both hilarious and suspenseful, Ciel and family are trying to protect and help Molly who is the youngest adaptor now. But I liked that there was a side story that was connected to not only Molly but also the entire family, it shows the dangers of what it is to be them. The villains surprised me; I had know idea who was behind all the incident that kept popping up to cause problems. The romance is smoking hot this time around and I can’t wait to see where it goes next! But most of all I enjoyed how this was all about family. I can’t wait to see what Ciel gets involved in next and I’m hoping she gets some more action, kick butt situations like in the first book. Don’t miss out on this series that will make you laugh and shock you at the same time.


This is an adult novel with moderate sexual content meant for mature readers If you enjoyed Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series and Christina Henry’s Black Wings series you’ll love Quick Fix by Linda Grimes.
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