Sep 4, 2012

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Review: In a Fix by Linda Grimes

Urban Fantasy
September 4 2012
Trade Paperback
334 pages
Received from publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Ciel Halligan

From Goodreads –
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 is the first book by debut author Linda Grimes and it is just wonderful.  A really fun read.

The premise is so unique; it was one of the things that drew me to the book.  Ciel is an aura adaptor.   She can take one someone else’s aura and look, act and sound like the person she takes on.  So cool!  Because adaptors aren’t all that common, they tend to stick together.  This is where the ‘family’ comes from.  Taken at face value, Ciel is related to almost everyone in this book – but really, they are all just close friends.  Even her cousin isn’t really her cousin, and that’s good because Billy, he’s yummy…and one of the men she is interested in. *wink wink*

I think that is a good transition to start talking about the men in In a Fix.  Oh the men!  First there is Mark.  He is a secret agent of sorts and best friends with Ciel’s older brother.  He is very protective of her and sees her as a little sister.  But Ciel has been crushing on him forever and really wants him to see her as more than an awkward girl with an unfortunate nickname.  Then there is Billy.  OMG I loved Billy!  From the moment he appears on the page, he cracked me up.  But yes ladies, there is also a very sweet side to him.  All together now…*swoon*.

Back to Ciel for a minute.  I really enjoyed her character.  To the point that if she continues being this sassy and sweet, I may just have to add her to my favorite characters list.  She wants so badly to be one of the boys.  She wants to be brave and hard core and kick ass…but her heart is just too big to truly allow her to be like that.  What is cool is that this book is written in the first person point of view from Ciel’s perspective and with that we are privy to her internal dialogue – and those paragraphs were some of my favorite moments in the book.  We witness while she is trying to work herself up to doing something because the boys are doing it and we witness when she is berating herself when she can’t quite get there.  Many laugh out loud moments during those scenes!  There is such an innocence to Ciel that makes her so endearing.  You want to cheer her on yet protect her at the same time – which is, come to think of it, exactly how the boys treat her.

Story wise, this book was a little out there.  Ciel is hired by Mina to get her boyfriend Trey to propose.  While on the vacation with Trey where Ciel is to do her job, Trey gets kidnapped and Mina/Ciel gets a mysterious phone call with eerie instructions.  Then the Queen shows up.  Trust me, it’s funny.  Basically, Trey is not quite who we think he is and he gets caught up in some sort of bid from a crazed Swedish organization who want to take back the world from women (there is more to it than that but I’ll just let you read the book to find out what).  I asked myself ‘what the hell is going on here?’ many times while reading it…but in a good way.  Just when you feel something might get explained, it turns into something else entirely.  But don’t worry, it’s not annoying.  It just keeps you on your toes.

The one little thing that I did find a tad bothersome was when Ciel didn’t listen to Billy or Mark and ended up getting herself (either as herself or as her client) kidnapped.  This happens so many times!  I wanted to shake Ciel and say ‘don’t you think you should maybe listen this time seeing as what happened the last few times you didn’t listen?!’  Of course, her not listening does have its key moments in the plot but…  I hope some of Ciel’s haphazard nature cools off a bit in the next book because otherwise that may indicate that she’s not really growing as a character and that would be too bad because really really, I love her.

In a Fix is a brilliant book.  The way the characters interact, the comfortable dialogue and the internal thinkings of our heroine are just amazing.  Add to that a fascinating premise and potential for anything to happen and you have the makings of a series with serious potential.  I have no doubt that this series will continue being awesome and I highly and strongly recommend this book.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“The three of them continued to sleep soundly.  Nils was on his back, head pillowed on a chair cushion, hair mussed, eyes moving rapidly beneath his eyelids, and the merest hint of a smile playing on his lips.  He must be dreaming.  About Mina?

I paused.  He’d been polite to me.  Nice, really, if you compared him to Per, and ignored the fact that he’d maybe been the one to shoot Pete.

Damn it!  I couldn’t do it.  I was going to wuss out.  I couldn’t bring myself to risk killing him.  Shit.  What kind of woman couldn’t hit a man with a frying pan?”


“’Wouldn’t it be better for Laura to stay with the boat?  What if, um, a storm blows in, and, uh, the hatches need to be battened down or something?  I know nothing about battening.’

‘The weather is fine, Howdy.  No storms on the horizon.’

‘Why does Mark get to keep calling you that?  You punched me in the nose the last time I did.’

‘We were eight.  And you called me ‘Howdy-Doody-In-Your-Pants’.  It’s not the same thing.  Now, shut up.'”

Books in the In a Fix series –
In a Fix
Quick Fix (2013)

  1. Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed this book as well. You’re right I think she loves to attract troubles. I loved this book, it’s a nice mix of genres and with this end I’m so curious to reas the second one. Great review Julie!

  2. I’m hearing so many great things about this book. I am thinking it’s one I would enjoy so I plan to keep an eye out for it. Great review, Julie! smiles….

  3. You sold me on this one. I’m in the mood for something different, and this sounds really good!

  4. I am still on the fence, the fact that she keeps not listening, and keeps getting abducted, does not make her TSTL? I hate heroines like that.

  5. melliane – You’re right that this is a good mix of genres. It was well done.

    Christi – Yes, you will like this one. For sure. 🙂

    Colette – It is!

    aurian – Ciel is just so fun, you forgive her crazy lack of listening skills lol. She really is endearing.

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