PJV Quickie: Funny, full of wit and stuffed with action scene after action scene, ‘In a Fix’ was the surprise read of the year for me. I am utterly overwhelmed with the awesomeness of this book and welcome Linda Grimes into the published author realm wholeheartedly. You have a new fan Ms. Grimes, I can’t wait to read what else you have in store for us!

In a Fix, Urban FantasyTitle: In a Fix
Author: Linda Grimes
Type: Debut, Urban Fantasy
Series: In a Fix #1
Published: September 4th 2012 by Tor Books
Source: Review copy provided by Publisher

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Human chameleon, Ciel Halligan, makes a living as a sort of life coach. Sort of, because as an aura adapter, she can actually take the guise of her clients and fix their problems “hands-on.” Ciel has landed herself the gig of a lifetime, in which she gets to pose as her client on an all-expense-paid vacation to try and lure a proposal out of the clients drool-inducing boyfriend. Piece of cake job, or at least it should be, that is until her clients boyfriend gets kidnapped and the condo they are staying in blows up.

Never one to give up on a job though, Ciel steadfastly pushes her way into helping her best friend Billy and CIA agent Mark, who are both fellow aura adapters and know a little more about what is going on then Ciel is comfortable with. The boys, while begrudgingly let her in on the case, are also there to make sure she doesn’t do anything stupid. Which seems to be a 24/7 job with Ciel. Ciel is tired of all the macho bullshit and just wants to prove that she isn’t the kid sister anymore that everyone thinks she is. She is set on finding the hot boyfriend and maybe showing off to Mark a bit…or maybe Billy and taking down a group of very big and blond Vikings, intent on some very dastardly deeds.

Sounds a bit wacky, doesn’t it? Vikings? Hot CIA agents? Billy the best-friend impersonating the Queen of England! This was such a fun book, I was laughing out loud at times and cringing at Ciel’s silly behavior in other scenes. That girl could get herself in a mess. There was a few scenes where she ran around in only a sheet or as a fat, drunk, easily “chubbed” frat boy. That added to the fun factor, add two, no three, maybe four real hotties running around with Ciel made for suck-you-in entertainment. It was just a great story, bloated with crazy hijinx and sexy-times, but well-written and paced perfectly to deliver a well-rounded comedic, yet original urban fantasy.

Don’t let this one pass you by!

For people that like a little comedy with their Urban Fantasy this one is for you. While the comedy keeps the pace light, it is not your usual slap-stick, chick lit Urban Fantasy. There is a bit of a serious side woven into the Viking hordes and Queen Elizabeth cameos.

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