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Book 1 of 4 in the Ciel Halligan Series

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“A fast-paced, sexy romp with characters as original as its intriguing premise!” ―Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author of Outlander

“Linda Grimes's fast paced supernatural debut is fresh, fun, and sexy, and heroine Ciel Halligan faces both the outlandish and the deadly with a perfect balance of equanimity, irreverence, and nerve. I can't wait to see where her wild adventures lead her next!” ―Vicki Pettersson, New York Times bestselling author of The Signs of the Zodiac series

About the Author

LINDA GRIMES is a former English teacher and ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ciel Halligan (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765331802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331809
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 her globetrotting main character, 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Leigh on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
The most fun I've had reading a novel cover to cover in one day in a long, long time. Brava.

Also, I'm seriously rethinking my decision to be happily single. Yeesh, THOSE MEN.

The book has a unique, inherently funny premise - people with the ability to "pinch" auras, resulting in the ability to look like anyone they touch. This alone makes for a million laugh out loud scenes, but my favorite involves a hot man getting busted trying to disrobe what APPEARS to be the Queen of England on a bathroom floor. Priceless. Also, Boner Benjamin. Enough said, right?

Ciel, the main character, decided (with some help from Mark, Hot Bachelor #1) not to use her ability to assist law enforcement. Instead she offers her services to people who want to avoid a certain situation. For example, if you don't want to go to your mother-in-law's for Christmas, Ciel will do it for you! Brilliant. Ciel is smart, sassy, indignant, and gets into trouble every time she turns around. I loved her.

Billy, aka Hot Bachelor #2, has a teasing, supportive attitude that made me grin (and want to take his clothes off) from the beginning to the end of the book. I can't tell you more about the men without spoiling things, but see above. They. Are. Hot.

The three of them, along with a slew of fleshed out, comical, characters (some of whom are VIKINGS) round out a cast that I spent an entire day with, and hope to spend many more alongside in the future.

This is a can't miss for anyone who loves tight stories, great characters, and books that remind them of all the reasons they love to read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AJ VINE VOICE on September 4, 2012
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If Diana Gabaldon blurbed a book about plankton, I'd probably read it. When she blurbs an urban fantasy about shapeshifters and vikings and calls it "A fast-paced, sexy romp with characters as original as its intriguing premise!" I know I'm in for something unbelievable.

How to describe IN A FIX? Imagine a shapeshifting Stephanie Plum mixed with Burn Notice. Ciel isn't as hapless or helpless as Stephanie, but she does attract trouble and is caught between two gorgeous and overprotective guys. As an Adapter, she can assume the appearance of anyone she has come into contact with. The two men in her life are adaptors too. There are several fantastic scenes involving mistaken identity that kept a grin on my face a mile wide.

What also kept me grinning was the romantic tension. Ciel loves Mark, Mark views Ciel as a sister. Billy is an incorrigible flirt who is like a cousin to Ciel. When assuming the identity of others, sometimes this trio has to get closer than they normally would, which causes all three to begin looking at each other in a new light. Billy had to be my favorite. He was playful one minute and than he would slip into something decidedly unplayful. It was just enough to keep Ciel's head spinning. And Mark, while the more serious and guarded of the two guys, definitely seemed to be fighting himself in one or two scenes with Ciel. It wasn't easy for him to maintain the kid sister view of Ciel when they kept getting thrown together.

IN A FIX is a great book to lure new readers to the urban fantasy genre as it's light on worldbuilding and heavy on action. We don't really learn about the origin of Adapters or the possible presence of other supernatural abilities in this world.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on September 4, 2012
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This book was SO MUCH FUN. I expected a kickass character-I mean, just look at that cover-with the viking helmet and the redhead standing over it? You know you're going to get something hard core. But what I wasn't expecting were the hard core laughs. This book, about Ciel, an aura adapter with a serious need to prove herself to the overprotective men in her life, is funny, witty and sexy, with not one, but two (maybe even three) hot guys that vie for her attention. But what I especially loved about Ciel was that she wasn't a bombshell that you would expect men to drool over-the men in her life were attracted to her, the quirky and tenacious woman who can definitely hold her own in the company of strong men. Several laugh-out-loud moments pepper this action-filled page turner. My only complaint was I know there's a book two and it can't come soon enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Krazzyme on September 15, 2012
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I really enjoyed this novel! I was smiling and laughing throughout the entire novel.

Linda Grimes introduces a new type of species that have abilities very similar to that of Mystique from X-men.(a.k.a the blue chick who can change her entire appearance and become any other person) .It was interesting to read about a new type of paranormal creature. I wanted to know more about their history and how their abilities work but even though the author doesn't focus on that ,I wasn't disappointed.

The chameleon abilities of the characters led to a lot of hilarious instances that were a little hard to follow in the beginning because the author starts the novel with a bang (Literally!) but the after the first few pages I was able to keep up easily.I really liked the pace of this novel. There was never a dull moment and I never thought that things were happening too quickly.

The main character,Ciel was likable.She was flawed but I loved the fact that she wasn't perfect and I could easily relate to her insecurities. I was very amused with Ciel's relationship with her family.I hope I get to read more about her family in the sequel.

Billy is Ciel's pseudo-cousin. Basically he isn't related to Ciel but they've known each other since birth. I love Billy. He was such an awesome character.I'm on Team Billy! (I hope there's a Team Billy because I'm not very sure )

Mark was a character that needs a little more of a backstory. Why does Ciel have a crush on him? What's so great about him? There were moments when some of my questions were answered but I'm not very satisfied with the answers. I have a feeling I could really start liking Mark if I just got to know him better.

So my only complain is the lack of a backstory.
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