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In a Fix (Ciel Halligan #1)

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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.

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Tor Books
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I don’t much care for books that are almost urban fantasy, but not quite. In a Fix has a bit of urban fantasy, a bit of paranormal romance and a bit of chick-lit, I suppose. It is light-hearted and sure, it’s occasionally funny, but it’s just not my cup of tea.

The paranormal element is so weak, it’s almost non-existent. A group of people, including our heroine Ciel, has the ability to steal the smallest piece of someone’s aura, which allows them to assume the form of this person. It’s like Polyj
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Elspeth
When I signed up to read this book I was expecting a kick ass female lead. A leading lady who is a little bit Mystique, a little bit Jackie Chan, and a whole lot of Ryan Reynolds in the last words department.

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Fucking Ciel wants to be a Mary Sue, but is failing hard.

First off is her morals, she is okay with sleeping with someone elses boyfriend. It's even in her contract, signed and everything, but as soon as her mark goes down on bended knee no more bumping uglies for this leading lady. No
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Jill
Aug 14, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it

Ciel Halligan is able to adapt her aura so that it's an exact replica of any another person's. With her own business as a facilitator she's able to solve her client's problems by 'becoming' them. Now Ciel finds herself in the middle of a CIA investigation involving her friend Billy and her brother's friend Mark, who are both adapters like Ciel.

This is such a great read and especially since In a Fix is a debut for author Linda Grimes. The book is well-plotted, fast paced and with some great, fles
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Melindeeloo
Oct 18, 2012 Melindeeloo rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2.5 stars = pretty good. In a Fix had a five star premise that was intriguingly original - the heroine, Ciel, is an aura adapter and can take on the appearance of anyone whose aura that she's sampled. For her business Ciel is a 'life coach' who solves people's problems by standing in for them. When the story starts out Ciel is on a job that should be all fun in the sun and sultry romantic moonlight nights when things go wrong and her 'cousin' who is also an adapter - and has been secretly keepin ...more
Trisha Leigh
Sep 04, 2012 Trisha Leigh rated it it was amazing
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
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Sep 04, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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 betwee
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Kadbury
Sep 15, 2012 Kadbury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kadbury by: Tynga
Shelves: netgalley, not-ya
I might give this a 4.5 .

This book was so much fun! I need the sequel!

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 eve
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Nafiza
Sep 03, 2012 Nafiza rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2012
This delicious urban fantasy surprised me on several levels. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did considering the main character had something of a harem going on but you know what? I just went with it and enjoyed the heck out of it. Ciel has this irrepressible voice, irreverent and charming – she is the quintessential younger sister with many older brothers who coddle her and protect her even when protecting is the last thing she wants. There is also a delicious friend of older brother w ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Sep 03, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
Debut author Linda Grimes brings forth a new offering in the Urban Fantasy genre. Her characters are not shape shifters but chameleons in the same guise as Raven Darkhölme; more popularly known as Mystique of the X-Men series.

The Gist: Ciel assumed the identity of a client to snag a proposal from the millionaire boyfriend - in which she was successful...for the most part. If you can ignore the whole, someone-tried-to-blow-her-up thing and the whole, kidnapping-for-ransom thing, I guess you can s
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Scooper Speaks
Aug 02, 2012 Scooper Speaks rated it really liked it
Favorite Lines: “Guess you could say I’m a kind of life coach. At least, that’s my cover with all but the select few nonadaptors who know about us. Only instead of teaching people how to solve their own problems, I just do it for them. My clientele tends to be more comfortable with delegating than learning.” (p. 13, e-galley)

In a Fix is a fun urban fantasy novel written by Linda Grimes that had me thinking “go go Gadget arms.” That should tell you not to take it seriously. It’s an outrageously c
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Melliane
Aug 18, 2012 Melliane rated it it was amazing
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My English review

This book was a real surprise for me. I confess I was immediately attracted by the synopsis, well we don’t often meet human chameleons in literature, or it wasn't my case until now. I therefore was very intrigued to discover something new and to learn more about this incredible talent.

We discover a young heroine, Ciel (I never thought it was possible to use "Ciel" as a name, but I really love the idea), a woman who sells her services to the persons who need
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Steph
Sep 03, 2012 Steph rated it really liked it
4 1/4 stars

Really not bad for a debut. I don't say this often, but it starts off a tad too fast and deep in the thicket of things. It was a little confusing at first and a bit hard to get into for that reason. However, after hanging in there for a couple of chapters, it quickly turns more fun than cumbersome.

Fast paced and fun, edging slightly towards light-hearted and humorous UF story telling, Ciel is a for-hire aura-sort of shifter. I still don't quite get the whole slipping on another perso
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Joanne
Jun 20, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-debutantes
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 a ...more
Ashelynn
Sep 03, 2012 Ashelynn rated it it was amazing
Holy crapoly, I freaking LOVED In a Fix by Linda Grimes! Is it rude of me to say I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, because it’s the truth. I SO DID NOT expect to fall so hard for In A Fix, but I am super glad I did. SUCH an amazing book! And so, so hilarious. LOVE. <3

I’m going to admit right here and right now that I have a girl crush on Ciel. She is my FAVORITE and I wish I was her. But only because of Billy (GASP, I know. I was so for Mark until the ending.) (More on that later.
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Cass
Feb 25, 2016 Cass rated it it was amazing
Thanks for the advice Melliane !! It's a very good and funny read :)
chucklesthescot
Apr 06, 2015 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, abandoned
I really liked the idea of this book-a life coach of sorts who instead of advising you how to deal with your problems, becomes you and solves it for you. for a hefty fee. Imagine the possibilities! You want a pay rise but don't have the guts to ask for it? Get someone else to do it for you! There are Viking bad guys! That caught my interest at once when I read the description. And I thought this was going to be a book with a smart kickass heroine-I mean she must be to pull off these deceptions r ...more
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Sep 04, 2012 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Tor/Forge
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A laugh-out-loud, fast-paced, new romantic urban fantasy series with a sexy love triangle, bound to keep readers sleep deprived and waiting for the next in the series.

About: Ciel is a feisty, petite red head with loads of freckles which she dislikes every time she looks in the mirror. But she doesn’t linger too much on her perceived inadequacies and gets on with life since she has a new business; after all she is an adult. Or so she tells herself, even
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Julie
Sep 04, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

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
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Vanessa Booke
Aug 29, 2012 Vanessa Booke rated it really liked it
In A Fix by Linda Grimes is a fun, sexy and entertaining read from start to finish. Ciel Halligan is a great leading lady. She’s funny, smart and just stubborn enough to make things interesting. I loved Grimes writing style! She really knows how to bring characters to life and the situations that Ciel found herself in were some great scenes! I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as I read In A Fix. Ciel’s inner dialogue is priceless. Whether it’s her double entendres or just pinning over Mark and h ...more
Tynga
Aug 19, 2012 Tynga rated it really liked it
In A Fix was a stunningly original and extremely engrossing read. I have to confess, I judge books by their cover, and I wasn’t really thrilled by this one, but oh boy was I proven wrong! From the very first page Grimes hits you with a healthy dose of seduction, spiked with a bombing (literally) for good measure. I promise you, you’ll find all the action you can dream of in this book.

Linda Grimes came up with a very unique concept for this series. Her main characters are called adaptors. Their
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Heidi
Nov 28, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Four stars: A witty, fun UF romp!

Ciel Halligan is an adaptor. She can take on an aura and slide into someone's life. For her, that means a nice little business where she can take the place of a person wanting to avoid a sticky situation. Granted she doesn't always end up in the nicest circumstances, but having her unique ability does have its perks. Unfortunately for Ciel while she is on her latest job, she accidentally finds herself in the middle of a kidnapping and bombing plot. Thankfully, he
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*First thoughts*

Ciel Halligan is known as an aura adapter. She's a facilitator, or an intrepid fixer of other people’s problems who can insert herself into their lives, and in turn, make their lives better or worse depending on the situation. It's too bad that she couldn't fix her own life which is full of trials and tribulations!

Ciel is a very stubborn character who refuses to listen to her step-cousin/nemesis Billy Doyle, or her brother’s best friend Mark who works
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Lydia Presley
Aug 19, 2012 Lydia Presley rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've read a good, steamy urban-fantasy, and In a Fix by Linda Grimes was the perfect solution to that problem.

I'm fairly picky when it comes to urban-fantasies. I like spunky heroines, unique abilities, and men that make me want to swoon a little bit. While Ciel wasn't quite as spunky as I wanted her to be (or maybe Billy and Mark were just a tad too overbearing), I thoroughly enjoyed her antics as she struggled to make her name in a very, very male-dominated business.

Th
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Dr susan
Aug 21, 2013 Dr susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, read-again
I try to be honest when I do these reviews, and I was not certain I was going to like In a Fix. Love triangles are one of my pet peeves; everyone does them, I often feel bad for the guy who does not win the girl, and I get mad at the girl for playing the guys. Ciel fit that stereotype in the beginning, but the story overcame my prejudices, and I found myself liking Ciel and her 'extended' family. Fix is a fast, enjoyable read. I have to admit the plot was somewhat improbable, but in a genre that ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
Jun 05, 2014 Deborah Ideiosepius rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Uncritical, younger fans of the American romance supernatural genera
Never judge a book by its cover is a lesson that I had learnt about books by the time I was twelve (it took me a little longer to figure it out about boys), but which still trips me up now and then.

“In a Fix” tripped me up in a big way: The back cover described it as ‘bright, fizzy, sexy and amusing.’

I was in a bookshop, in the mood for a slightly romancy, paranormal fantasy and this one had an interesting premise, no vampires or werewolves in sight, instead our main character is a shapeshifter
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Melissa
Sep 08, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Oh a urban fantasy with a snarky heroine, hot men (including the Vikings), and a fun adventure that made me laugh more than once? Oh yea... you know I loved it.

In this world, Ciel is a sort of shifter. One that doesn't actually move bones and flesh to take shape per se, but "borrows" some energy off of a aura to mimic that person which includes some of the habits and personality with it. I found that to be an interesting take on the whole "shifter" genre.

The characters are quite entertaining. I
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Cay
Dec 16, 2014 Cay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

After reading the first line of the blurb I knew I have to read this book. "The start of an original new urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan" I mean a human chameleon and urban fantasy? Doesn't it sound absolutely fan-freakin-tastic? Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres, and the idea of using human chameleons as main characters is super unique. I don't think I've ever come across with it in any book yet. Plus the name Ciel* has also got me.

And it's been a wh
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bookczuk
Sep 08, 2012 bookczuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to bookczuk by: Tor
There seems to be a new genre of book coming out now: Sassy, independent women in paranormal mystery/adventures with a bit of flirtation or the occasional tumble in the hay thrown in. I'm not quite sure how to classify that in terms of tags or categories, but In a Fix is right there on whatever shelf that might be.

Ciel is not your average life coach. She is an aura adaptor (but don't call her a shapeshifter) who helps her clients solve the sticky moments in their lives they don't want to handle
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Amy Fournier
Sep 03, 2012 Amy Fournier rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I will start by telling you, this is not a YA book, it is an adult series. It is an action/thriller with fantasy elements to it and it was fantastic!! This book had a great storyline, plenty of action, and takes you on quite the adventure. I thought it was a creative and fun story and had to know what would happen in the end. Most of the characters were really awesome and I love getting to know them.

Ciel has her own business helping people solve their problems by adopting their aura's and standi
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Alicia
This book and I never quite connected. The premise was intriguing. The main character, Ciel, and her buddies are "adapters," people who take on other people's auras and thereby imitate their shapes, voices, and appearances.

Let's start with what I liked about the book. I liked Mark, a man Ciel has had a crush on for most of her life. I found her feelings for him and her hesitance to act on those feelings to be believable. I appreciated that her attraction to him was more than just physical and wa
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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 rou ...more
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