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In a Fix (Ciel Halligan) Paperback – September 4, 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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. Ciel, and a few others, have this rare ability that she uses to run a business and they use for the CIA. It's pretty straightforward. What makes IN A FIX so special is the sizzling chemistry between the main characters, the try-and-catch-your-breath pace, the intense but fun-and sometimes silly-action, and mix of espionage with the supernatural. I had a blast reading this book and will be first in line to buy QUICK FIX when it hits shelves in 2013.
Sexual Content: Kissing. Scenes of sensuality.
Action-packed and spiced with laugh-out-loud one-liners, this book sucked me in and wouldn't let me stop reading until the very end. I can hardly wait for the next instalment of Ciel Halligan's escapades.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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4 out of 5 gnomes
This is a really great start to a series.
Ciel Halligan is an aura adaptor. It means that she can "borrow" other people's appearance, smell, and other...