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The Big Fix

(Ciel Halligan #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Linda Grimes's sexy and hilarious urban fantasy series that began with In a Fix and Quick Fix continues in The Big Fix.

Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients' problems—as them—is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millio
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Tor Books
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
You never realize how much you miss certain characters until you finally get to meet up with them again.

Filled with witty one liners, humorous situations, action packed mystery and a storyline that is truly unique, it is no wonder that time and again, this series has made my best reads list each year it has come out.

Grimes has truly created something fun, engaging, intense and truly imaginative. With characters that are every bit as quirky as they are loyal.

Ciel and her friends are truly what
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars: A not to be missed, hilarious UF series.

Ciel is rethinking her latest adaptor job as she stands holding a slithering snake, wondering if she should adapt her arm to grow a few inches. Ciel's latest gig finds her posing as one of Hollywood's hottest action stars. She is shooting a snake scene for actor Jackson Gunn because Jackson has a horrible fear of snakes. Ciel, as Jack, breathes a sigh of relief when the scene is finished. As she sips her black coffee in Jack's chair
Kimberly Sabatini
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
I love ALL of Linda Grime's Ciel Halligan books, but THE BIG FIX made me go..."WHAT? I can't believe she did THAT!!!!" And I mean that in the most flattering way. I'm still shaking my head LOL!

Grimes' writing is creative, smart, intriguing, sexy and funny all rolled up. I haven't enjoyed an adult series this much since I fell in love with the Outlander books. Grimes had better be writing fast and furious because I NEED my next FIX!
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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My English review

I looked forward to the release of this volume, which finally took a long time to arrive. The covers have also completely changed, giving a new look to the series. Personally, this doesn’t really change anything for me … I already loved the series and this only continues with this new novel. I was ecstatic to receive an ARC and I must say that as soon as it arrived, I threw myself on it.

So we discover Ciel, assigned to a new job that Billy found for her,
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

Fun and quirky, THE BIG FIX wasn't exactly what I expected it was going to be. This urban fantasy series is so different than any other out there right now that I would read it solely for that reason. Luckily, it's got a good story and characters to root for, making it a fresh, worthwhile read in a sea of books that start to feel similar after a while.

Having read IN A FIX, but skipped QUICK FIX, I was concerned I wouldn't be up to date enough on the se
Susan Swiderski
Sincere thanks to the author for allowing me the honor of reading an ARC of this book. What can I say? I gave the first two books in this series five stars, and if I could, I'd give this one six, because as much as I enjoyed her first two books, this one is even better.

If I had to choose only one word to describe this book, I'd say FUN. It's a fun book to read, and my bet is the author had an equal amount of fun writing it. This sexy romp is at times laugh-out-loud funny, and it has more than en
*Source* Library
*Rating* 3.5-4
*Genre* Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery

*My Thoughts*

The Big Fix is the third installment in the Ciel Halligan series by author Linda Grimes. Ciel Halligan is an aura adapter who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients' problems—as them. She can become anyone with just a touch. In this installment, Ciel takes on a job for superstar actor Jackson Gunn who is supposed to be afraid of snakes.

*Full Review Posted 11/25/2015 via Gizmos Reviews

#Wednesday Revi
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review posted here...
The Big Fix is the third instalment of the ‘In A Fix’ series and Ciel Halligan finds herself in yet another difficult situation during one of her ‘jobs’.
Ciel has taken on a job for a Hollywood star Jackson Gunn, using her aura adapter gift to assume his identity for a difficult scene involving snakes because let’s face it – an action movie star who exudes masculinity cannot be seen to be afraid of anything. So in order to save the m
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

The premise of this series leads to so many fun and interesting plot lines. This time around, Ciel has herself mixed up in Hollywood and more than a little over her head at times. Her "messes" are always amusing to see how she digs herself out, and this time definitely takes the cake. It's just a whole lot of fun rolled into one book and I enjoyed every bit of it.

I'm seriously in awe at Linda Grimes ability to make be laugh out loud so many
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally re used for & posted at Vampire Book Club

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

Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may make reference to previous books in the series.

Well, life is certainly never dull when you’re Ciel Halligan; aura adaptor, problem fixer to the stars…. possible accessory to murder?!

That’s right, our favorite human chameleon is back and has gotten herself into a pretty sticky situation in thi
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun series. Each book dives deeper into the abilities of Ciel and her adapter family and friends and I love reading about them. There is plenty of humor, creativity and fun in every book.

Ciel is always finding herself in the stickiest situations and TH BIG FIX has her in a few. With the help of her family (and a few friends) she is able to solve the case of her clients wife getting murdered, pull off helping with her brother's wedding as well as work on her romantic relationship w
May 03, 2015 added it
THE BIG FIX is the 3rd full-length book in the ‘In a Fix’ series featuring Ciel Halligan, the aura adaptor. Ciel is in business for herself, using her chameleon-like abilities to project someone else’s aura to help her clients. This time, her boyfriend Billy has landed her a job with actor Jackson Gunn to do some scenes with snakes, using Jackson’s aura, due to Jackson’s snake phobia. However, Jackson’s wife is murdered and Ciel knows she’s Jackson’s alibi. Now Ciel has to use all of her abiliti ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After "merely" enjoying the second book in this series, I found myself in new territory with the third. While Grimes continues in comfortable territory with her humor and character development, AND jumps feet-first into another how-many-celebrities-can-I-squeeze-in-here scene, an event halfway through this book took my breath entirely away with surprise despite its paradoxical inevitability. If I wasn't sure about finishing the series earlier, I'm hooked now. Diving straight into the fourth in t ...more
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
There's a particular extreme form of romantic waffling that happens in books like these as, I guess, an extra conflict? Usually it results in some terribly annoying character actions. A check of reviews tells me this continues in book 4, so... ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The vacillation between Billy and Mark gives a headache but an overall good read
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

4 1/2 Stars.

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since the last book in the series was published. I didn’t even realize the gap was that big. The Big Fix is the third installment in the ‘In a Fix’ series following Ciel, an aura adaptor and her friends and family. In The Big Fix, Grimes takes Ciel and the gang to Hollywood! Ciel’s latest job is to fill in for an actor who has a snake phobia. But the situation
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I'm in the mood for a lighthearted and fun book that doesn't take itself too seriously. THE BIG FIX satisfied my craving perfectly.

Ciel Halligan fixes people's problems for a living. The catch? She does it AS THEM, or at least looking identical to them thanks to a special gene mutation. Her current job is playing Hollywood heartthrob Jackson Gunn during scenes featuring his arch nemesis: snakes. When Jackson's wife is murdered while she's "him," Ciel wonders where the real Jackson was
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
synopsis: ciel has taken on a client, who has been steered her way by her pseudo-cousin/nemesis/boyfriend, billy. she is a stand in for a hollywood actor who has a fear of snakes. however, when she is shooting the snake scene, the production people come and tell the actor that his wife has just been murdered. when ciel goes to tell the actor that his wife is dead, they can't find him. then a gun turns up in the safe place that the actor was stashed while ciel was playing him. ciel starts to susp ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
For whatever reason, this book didn't hold my attention quite as strongly as the previous two. The mystery/ A-Plot just didn't keep my attention and occasionally seemed a bit... belabored to draw things out. That was more than made up for by the characters though.

Anyone whose read the previous books already loves and knows Ciel, Billy, and the family of adaptors. Now, many of their extended family and friends are bac,k as a wedding is about to occur (not theirs though, as was implied last book.
Elise Skidmore
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Big Fix" is the latest installment from Linda Grimes' Ciel Halligan books, and I have to say that each book just gets better and better as we get to know more about Ciel, her unique abilities as an adaptor (think human chameleon), and her romantic entanglements. Think of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum but with a supernatural twist, and you'll have a good idea of the fun read you have in store for you.
This time Ciel's involved with a Hollywood actor who thinks he may have found the way to c
Brian Palmer
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Action-comedy is a hard genre even before throwing in romance; Linda Grimes keeps this an adorably fun beach read. The Fix series is about a group of people who can shapeshift into anybody else thanks to INSERT UNIMPORTANT TECHNOBABBLE HERE. Given this miraculous ability, they use it to make a living in some randomly mundane job -- a few of them are involved in the CIA, some of them run a clothing shop where they can be their own models, and Ciel (the hero) hires out her services as a profession ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series. LOVE. IT. Ciel Hannigan has a big, loving family and family friends who can "adapt" their auras to project the physical traits of another person. This ability to become a perfect body double is a guarded but valuable secret for the wealthy and for spys.

In this one, Ciel is standing in for a blockbuster actor on set while the real actor is supposed to be lying low on her ranch, out of the public eye. Problem is, he slips his handlers on the ranch right about the same time th
Dr susan
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, read-again
I read The Big Fix in one giant gulp, finishing at 4am. Normally, that would earn a book 5 stars, but the love triangle gets very ugly in this book, and I was not thrilled.

The Big Fix is about consequences (yes, I was reminded about the Buffy episode of the same name, which is appropriate considering the hilarity of a scene with Ciel's parents). Sometimes, the adaptors seem to go through life thinking they are above the consequences of their actions, discovery of their existence, or dealing with
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this more than the first 2 books for a couple of reasons. Firstly all the men seemed to have stopped treating Ciel as a brainless doll who need to be lied to and manipulated for her own good so that was a big positive. The second thing was how awesome Billy was as a boyfriend for 80% of the book. i was never happy with their relationship due to the experience inequity between them but he earned big brownie points with how he handles the whole Mark/Ciel thing. I still would have MUCH pr ...more
Michael Brown
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am glad I caught this in book 4 of the series. While it was a nice concept and most of the characters are readable and not over the top obnoxious, the story was very jumpy and the action contrived in parts. We have a group of people who are 'adaptors'. They can change into any person they want after a little study time. They will sound and look like them and fill in as perfect replicas. If I had started at #1 I might have gotten thru this volume but probably not. The writing is witty but the c ...more
Erin Lyon
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is Ciel Halligan at her best! This, like Grimes' others, is full of humor and action, but this one offers a delicious "holy sh**" moment that was romantic and sexy. Sigh. Team Mark - all the way. The entire series is fun and refreshing, but this installment kept me up all night reading and waiting impatiently for the next adventure. ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I originally read this in 2015, almost 6 years later, I STILL remember the "omg, this can't be happening" awkward moment of the book (happens around the 43% mark.)

It's STILL painful to endure. The love triangle gets complicated, the family dynamics of this crazy group continues. I wanted to smack Ceil so many times. Did I enjoy it? Ummm.... Mostly?

It does resolve itself in the end. Kinda.
Sometimes you need a light, fun read between the other stuff. Linda Grimes serves it up well with a fun series, good premise, regulars you can like (even if there are a ton, and sometimes hard to remember who's on first) and a little mystery thrown in.

#3 in the adaptor series.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This series is always fun :)
Beth Perry
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Linda Grimes gets better with each book! A little mystery, some romance and a contrary
pony make for a fun read.
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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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