October 3, 2012

Review: In a Fix (In a Fix #1) by Linda Grimes


The start of an original new urban fantasy series 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.

 In a Fix (In a Fix #1) by Linda Grimes
Publication Date:  September 4, 2012
Publisher:  Tor Books
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** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
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In A Fix by Linda Grimes was such a fun read!  I enjoyed every minute of it.  And hello (!) modern day Vikings!  I couldn’t help but imagine Alexander Skarsgård (a la True Blood) as the one of the Vikings being portrayed in the book. Mmm mmm mmm!

It revolves around main protagonist, Ciel Halligan, who is a human chameleon.  And because of her super cool talent, she has started her own as a “facilitator”, in which she is hired by various individuals for a special kind of work.  To take on their aura (aka turn into them physically and personality wise), and complete whatever specific task they require.

In this case, Ciel has been hired by the very beautiful Mina Worthington to seal the deal and have her very wealthy and über sexy boyfriend Henry Harrison (aka Trey) propose and bring back the engagement ring as proof.  Ciel thought that this would be an easy job, but little did she know that Trey’s past business dealings have brought forth the wrath of some not so nice Vikings.

With the help of Ciel’s two very hawt, sexy, omg-totally-drool-worthy friends, Billy and Mark, this trio sets out to rescue Trey and protect Mina by using whatever disguise necessary.  Not only is Ciel on a job of a lifetime, but she also has, all of a sudden, been swept away by her crush on Mark and a possible new interest in Billy.

The opening scene was a fantastic way to catch my attention.  An explosion and a kidnapping.  From there it was uphill, and I was so ready to go on this ride.   The way in which author, Linda Grimes introduced this fascinating concept of a human chameleon was done perfectly.  With the various different bodies that Ciel, Billy, and Mark take on, you would think that it would be difficult to keep up and it would become somewhat confusing.  Not at all!  It was done in such a way that was completely entertaining, and absolutely addictive.

The character of Ciel was so fun to read and follow.  She is a hilarious female lead that will keep you on your toes.  There are many times in the book where she was just gung ho and jumped into a situation rather than think it over, but I suppose that is what makes her who she is.  I loved her “love” situation, or better yet…lack thereof when it came both Billy and Mark.  Mark – whom she has been crushing on since she was a little girl, and Billy – who is her best friend and confidant.  I loved reading Ciel’s interactions with these two bad boys.  I found myself crushing on both Mark and Billy.  Although, if I had to pick one, I would lean more towards Billy.  His humor and his sexy little bursts of affection towards Ciel definitely captured my heart.

I also enjoyed the way in which Grimes wrote the story in that it felt like Ciel was talking to the reader.  Confirming her thoughts with us, pleading her case to us…it made it feel like I was really connecting with the character which is probably why I am such a huge fan of this character.  I also enjoyed how, due to these three being human chameleons, it was a constant surprise as to which individual either Billy or Mark would turn up as.

I have definitely found a new favorite author in Linda Grimes.  In A Fix was all sorts of sexy, jam packed with action, and chock full of fun!  If the idea of human chameleons appeals to you, do not hesitate in grabbing a copy of In A Fix.  You will not be disappointed.

About the Author:

Linda grew up in Texas, where she rode horses, embarrassed herself onstage a lot, and taught teenagers they’d have to learn the rules of English before they could get away with breaking them for creativity’s sake. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, whom she snagged after he saw her in a musical number at the now defunct Melodrama Theater in San Antonio. (There’s nothing like a rousing chorus of “If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait” to hook a man for a lifetime.)

Like IN A FIX’s globetrotting main character, aura adaptor Ciel Halligan, Linda has spent her fair share of time overseas, though fortunately under less stressful circumstances. Kidnapping and daring rescues are all well and good in fiction, but she prefers sanity in her real life.

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  1. I have been wanting to read this, and your review just made me want to read it that much more!!! I love you fun you make this sound. Thanks for the great review:)

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    I loved this book, I am so glad you enjoyed it too!

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