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Quick Fix

(Ciel Halligan #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  520 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The second installment of the original urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, g
Paperback, 345 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Tor Books
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Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Quick fix is the second book in Linda Grimes’ In a Fix series. This is such a fun and unique series – I am really enjoying it so far. The humor is excellent (I find myself giggling constantly while reading) and the premise is really cool.

The series revolves around Ciel, an aura adaptor. She, and others like her, is able to nab a bit of someone’s aura and become them. That’s right, human chameleons! Some use their ability to help others while others work w
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly. I REALLY loved this second book. There’s always something going on, there’s always humor. It’s sexy, it’s funny, it’s original. Gaaah I can’t wait to read the next one! ...when I find it.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A sexy, smart, secondary novel!

Ciel is planning on her latest job impersonating a woman who has her eyes on a board position at the zoo being simple. There is just one obstacle standing in the way, a grabby, older man who is waiting to get caught red handed, and that is Ciel's job, to catch him grabbing her behind. In tow, are Billy and Molly her faux cousins, who are also adaptors. As adaptors, Ciel and Billy can borrow the aura of anyone they have come into contact with, and then
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Ciel Halligan has the unique ability to become anyone at anytime. She steps into the lives of her clients for a hefty fee to fix a problem for them that they would rather not handle. But her latest job lands her in hot water when her somewhat boyfriend Billy's little sister, Molly, turns into an orangutan which isn't supposed to be able to happen. No adapter has ever been able to change into an animal, and to make matters worse, Molly gets s
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
review posted here...

Quick Fix is the second instalment of the ‘In a Fix’ series and is just as good as the first. Ciel is back and getting into more calamity as an aura adapter who takes on clients and becomes them so they don’t have to deal with intense situations etc. this time around Molly, her 10 year old ‘not really related cousin’ is showing signs of becoming an adapter like Ciel & her brother Billy (who also happens to be Ceil’s maybe boyfrien
Elise Skidmore
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second book in the series is even better than the first. Wonderful, fun, characters and a truly unique story. If you enjoy Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, you'll love Ciel Halligan and Co. ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Romance, Magic

Grimes knocked this book out of the park; I enjoyed the first book In a Fix but absolutely loved Quick Fix. The humor is all back, but this time the readers get to see how complicated it is for those who are adaptors and the dangers that are starting to get closer to their “world”.

Quick Fix follows the always-entertaining Ciel Halligan, who is a talented adaptor aka a person who can shift into
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I really really loved the first novel and waiting a year to read the second novel has been veeeeeery long. I was so impatient to find again Ciel and the whole gang. I must say that the novel has everything: great humor, people with extraordinary powers, and some completely offset situations. So I’m sure you can wonder it, it’s an enjoyable book.

Ciel is up with a job that seems simple, and more than that, she is accompanied by Billy and Molly so what could hap
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

Linda Grimes has taken the cliched version of animal shape shifters and made something a little more unique. In her book's universe, adapters are basically shape shifters that change into other people, rather than animals, by using someones aura, or energy. Changing into another animal if impossible for these adapters... or at least that was true in book 1 of the series...

Quick Fix starts off with Ceil doing a job for a friend of a friend at the zoo. She
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Readers who are looking for a change of pace from the numerous hardcore and gritty urban fantasy series on the shelves will find a decidedly lighter, more fun series in Linda Grimes’ In a Fix books. Both IN A FIX and QUICK FIX are a bit wacky, a lot sexy, and very much in the vein of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

Rather than devote copious amounts of time explaining the worldbuilding that produces individuals who can assume the appearance (or
Patty Blount
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 Pickles to Quick Fix by Linda Grimes

I was fortunate enough to have participated in an ARC tour and read Linda’s sophomore novel in a matter of hours. From the first page, I was laughing out loud. Main character Ciel Halligan and her circle of protectors are back for another job – as auror adaptors – one of the most unique premises I’ve ever read. In Linda’s world, auror adaptors can assume the identity of anyone they touch. Anyone human, that is.

On this particular job, Billy, one of
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Linda Grimes is a genius. It has to be said. She unerringly can combine the paranormal, witty banter, mystery, romance and down right great chemistry between the characters into a flawless story that will have you laughing out loud one moment and swooning the next. She has managed to create one heck of a fabulous urban fantasy series like no other out there.

Imaginative, funny, action packed and still light enough that you can devour it in hours and wish there were more long after you put the st
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters in this series are Fun, Fun, Fun. I could not imagine the greatness of being able to transform myself into different people but Linda does a great job of describing it to us. Ciel and Billy are at the zoo with Molly, Billy's sister when she comes into her adapter 'powers' and turns into an orangutan. As they are escaping a worker thinks they are stealing an animal from the zoo and they have to make a fast get away. Until they can find James and get him to change Molly back they ha ...more
Dr susan
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, read-again
I cannot tell a lie; I love me some gritty, violent, dark urban fantasy. However, everybody needs some less dark, topped with whipped cream, slightly silly urban fantasy to lighten up their life. Ciel Halligan and her extended family are happy to bring a little light hearted fun to urban fantasy lovers, and there is enough violence to please everyone. I must admit I have wondered if In A Fix and Quick Fix are not more science fiction than fantasy, but whatever they are, they are fun. Quick Fix i ...more
Susan Swiderski
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Like her first book, Grimes has produced another entertaining romp, filled with wit, and spiced with a dash of naughty. She makes "aura adapting" seem not only plausible, but believable... and downright FUN. Okay, so having the ability to look, sound, and act EXACTLY like somebody else may invite a teensy weensy bit of danger and hilarity into Ciel's life at times, but no need to worry about her. Not when a couple of hunky adaptors are there to help whenever she gets into hot water... and to ent ...more
Alice Liu
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What I love most about Ciel Halligan is that she is innocent without being naive. It's a rare trait in an urban fantasy heroine, and it allows her character to be vulnerable without being weak. As in the first book of the series (In a Fix) Ciel has a quick mouth, a quick mind (to cover up the damage from the aforementioned mouth), and an interesting way of relating to the males of the species. She is, at once, friend, colleague, and love interest to more than one man, but the idiosyncrasies of b ...more
Brandy Kruse
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awesome follow up to the first book! I love that we get to meet more of the family and see what happens if you are a pre-pubescent adapter or the non-adapter in the family. We also get more on the 'which guy to pick' dilemma, but I won't ruin that! I really enjoy the concept of the Aura adapters and all the trouble you can get in to when you can change your whole body at will. Can't wait to see what happens next! ...more
Trisha Leigh
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Linda has done it again! The gang is back, and Ciel, Billy, Mark, and every other old and new face bring their a-games to this fun-as-the-first romp through the everyday crazy that seems to find our favorite adaptors. It's sexier than the first, for sure, and I for one was happy with the decision Ciel made (also a little jealous, but you know. Fictional guy and all).

If you liked IN A FIX, you won't be anything but delighted with the second installment.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great time reading this book.... Funny, and lots of excitement. Good follow up to first book, getting more involved in choosing her love interest, which is sexy, flirty fun. Recommend it for people who want a nice summer read with an urban fantasy bent.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this second story in the Ciel Halligan series. Ciel is a feisty, determined young lady who always seems to find trouble, but manages to get herself out of it with the help of her friends and family.
Lovetann Ripoll
Pretty fun read except for one serious flaw: her casual Native-American specific racism. This occurs too blatantly to be forgiven, it is really upsetting. Other than that, the books are entertaining, with mixing tropes (sexy triangles, gifted spunky young woman) with some fresh ideas in a energetic way. Fun reads, which I would have given 4 stars to, but the racism was prevalent enough that I had to take her down one star, which is disappointing. I hope she becomes more tolerant (at least) in th ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun but lacking the emotive punch of the first in the series. It feels like the author got so swept up in telling more stories with these characters, in this world, that she speeds through writing them, passing over the work of describing things "first hand" and instead using shortcuts - for example, nothing gets me annoyed more than saying a character "looked like a young Harrison Ford" [not an actual instance from the book, just a hypothetical example]. It feels lazy.

That said, I have the 3rd
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok - sometimes got lost since I didn’t read the first book but then the story would pick up again. It was cute but I’m not push to read more.
Piper Mejia
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Too much telling the story.
R. Pope
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I look forward to more works by Linda Grimes.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club

Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series, In a Fix.

Quick Fix, the second installment of the In a Fix series, sees the return of Ciel and her delightfully confusing body-swapping ways.

When working a job for a client at the Zoo, Ciel’s 10-year-old ‘cousin’ Molly accidentally adapts in
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
*disclosure: I received a review copy form the publicist in exchange for a honest review.

Quick Fix was another fun and whacky installment in the In A Fix series featuring Ciel Halligan, an aura adapter. Ciel is able to adapt to any person she comes into contact with down to a point in appearance and voice. At the start of Quick Fix, readers find Ciel, Billy and Billy’s 10-year old sister Molly at the zoo. Ciel is on assignment hoping that that it’d be a ‘quick fix’ unlike her previous cases, get
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Ciel Halligan is an aura adaptor extraordinaire. She is a human chameleon who is 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. Upon completion of her assignment, Ciel and Billy Doyle, end up having to deal with an interesting situation after Billy's 10 year old sister Molly ends up turning into an orangutan and is unable to switch back and ends up be
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
What happened to the this potentially awesome series?! I loved In a Fix. It was laugh-out-loud funny. The "adaptor" concept was great and I enjoyed the fact that it was a new spin on the old shifter theme. I liked the characters and the story was pretty good (as I recall). Ciel was charmingly naive and I thought her general innocence was pretty believable considering how protective her brothers, brothers' friend and even her own friends were of her. The love triangle that formed was a good one b ...more
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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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