Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Review: In a Fix by Linda Grimes

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

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
Goodreads Description:

 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-fianc√© 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.

My Thoughts:

Although I thought the premise of the book to be intriguing I felt like there was potential for the story to end up being cheesy. It turned out that I absolutely loved this book! It was a pleasant surprise. I became so engrossed in the book that I read it in one sitting and ended up staying awake until 3 a.m. to finish it. Was it worth the lack of sleep? YES!

Ciel, Billy, and Mark are adaptors, which are people that can take on the appearance of someone else. Ciel has used her ability to start up a business where she will take her client's place to deal with issues that they don't want to deal with. While on one of her assignments things go wrong and she ends up joining Billy and Mark in saving lives and uncovering an illegal operation. 

There is a ton of action and danger as well as some mystery so if you enjoy that type of stuff you are in luck. For me the best part of the book is the characters. I immediately became invested with them and everything that happened to them. There is a love triangle which normally would get on my nerves but in this instance I thought it added a lot of interest to the story. It's usually easy for me to pick the guy I want to root for in the triangle but it wasn't so clear cut in this case. I'm leaning toward one guy right now but I'm definitely not counting out the other just yet.

This was such a fun and exciting book that I highly recommend to fans of urban fantasy. It isn't filled with vampires, werewolves, or faeries so if that is what usually keeps you for this genre you might want to give this story a try. 


*I received this book for review. Any opinions expressed are my own*


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