Every once in a blue moon, I’ll find the perfect book. The one book that is so perfect, I can’t find any problems with it. In fact, I’d probably read it five times in a row and love every single word, every single time. You know, that book. In A Fix by Linda Grimes is that book for me. Oh. My. God. I. LOVE. This. Book. Love. Adore. Want to rub my face all over it. (Don’t judge me. You do it, too, to your favorite books.)
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 not your typical urban fantasy story – at all. Ciel is not out trying to save the world, or keep the monsters at bay. She uses her superpower to help the rich get out of doing things they don’t want to do. Don’t want to go to your cousin’s wedding but can’t disappoint mom? Hire Ciel, the human chameleon, to go in your stead. Does Ciel care that she’s enabling people to not take responsibility for their lives? Nope. She’s good at her job, and needs the money.
The most important part of a perfect book is the heroine, and Ciel is the perfect heroine. Smart, independent, quirky, slightly guy-obsessed, though she never lets that stop her from doing whatever the heck she wants to do, hilarious sense of humor, and stubborn – she drove the guys crazy, but had me rolling around on the floor laughing and cheering her on.
There was never a dull moment in the plot. From sexual tension in this maybe, possible love triangle, to exploding houses, people changing into other people and Vikings hunting down Ciel, it was non-stop action. That alone would have been enough, but Ciel’s mental (and verbal) snarky, sarcastic and all around hilarious commentary, and well everything, was hilarious.
When I got to the end of In A Fix, I kept hitting the “next page” button on my kindle, yelling, “WHY ISN’T THERE MORE?!” So, I did what any sane, normal person would do, and went back to the beginning and read it all over again. Yep, I reread In A Fix instantly after finishing it. It’s that awesome!