Fantasy Book Review: In a Fix

In a Fix by Linda Grimes

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.

Ciel is a spunky, fearless young woman, who for some reason lets the men in her life walk all over her. In fact, they annoyingly treat her like a child who needs protecting instead of a grown, independent woman. Granted, she often gets herself in awkward predicaments. But rarely needs saving. Ciel is strong and resourceful on her own. So, while Mark is her crush, I disliked him immediately. I found myself liking her best friend Billy more, who treats her more like an equal than a kid sister.

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans should definitely check out this series debut. This is a fresh and fun twist on the genre with characters who can change bodies at will. With plenty of adventure, mystery, suspense, humor, and romance – there is never a dull moment in this exhilarating story. I’ll definitely be looking forward to more in this promising new series.

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