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In a Fix

(Ciel Halligan #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,364 ratings  ·  301 reviews
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.




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
Trisha Leigh
Sep 29, 2011 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
Oct 09, 2012 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
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 12, 2012 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
Scooper Speaks
Jul 01, 2012 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
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 28, 2012 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
Aug 08, 2012 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
Aug 05, 2011 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
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Thanks for the advice Melliane !! It's a very good and funny read :) ...more
Aug 21, 2012 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
May 16, 2012 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 e
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Jul 20, 2012 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
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Joy (joyous reads)
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc
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
Aug 19, 2012 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
Vanessa Booke
Aug 28, 2012 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
Mar 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, abandoned, uf-pnr
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
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
*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
Lydia Presley
Aug 18, 2012 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.

Dr susan
Sep 08, 2012 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
May 25, 2014 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
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced exactly as described. Not a boring moment. Absolutely loved the combination of action and humor. Shipping Ciel and Billy all the flippin way. Can’t wait to start the sequel!
May 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was really excited when I read the blurb for Linda Grime’s urban fantasy debut, In a Fix. I loved the idea of a main character whose career choice was to work as a facilitator–a sort of life coach for those too rich and lazy to actually bother dealing with their own problems. Ciel is a human chameleon, bearer of a genetic trait that allows her to borrow the aura of those she’s come into contact with and take on their appearance. Plus–there were vikings! I’m a total sucker for vikings. They may ...more
Novels On The Run
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it


I saw this book on Netgalley and I liked the cover. Strong girl pose and Viking helmet. Yes, that is right, a Viking helmet. The Viking helmet did intrigue me. I did not read the blurb. I requested the book for review and didn’t think much of it. Then I saw a review went up on a blog. I didn’t read the review , I just saw five stars, so I said okey dokey I need to read this book asap.

So I did :D

YAY for me. I LOVED this book. It has humour,
Amy Fournier
Aug 08, 2012 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
Review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest view

Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

In a Fix isn’t your typical urban fantasy. It’s a magic- and mythical creature-free zone. Instead there are a select number of the population who have a genetic mutation giving them the ability to alter their appearance. By touching another these ‘Adaptors’ can exactly mimic their aura, shifting to a carbon copy of that person. Ciel Halli
I've noticed when some people review books, they review the plot and characters separately. I think I need to do that in this case, because I liked the characters and general world-building significantly more than the specific plot.

Closed urban fantasy world where the heroine and a select group of other characters were born with a genetic quirk that lets them act as aura adaptors. Basically, think "shapeshifters", but they only shift into other people. And they need to "absorb" the aura of that
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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