Saturday, November 17, 2012
Seth's review of In a Fix by Linda Grimes
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.
This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable... that is, until Ciel’s island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.
Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she’s been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors—step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client’s intended.
Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.
I was a bit reluctant to read this book at first. As you might know, I don’t typically read these sort. I'm more of a Dark Tower kind of guy. The premise, I have to admit was interesting. Shape shifters doing odd jobs around the world for clients ranging from a woman who doesn’t want to deal with her mother in law, to spooks working for the CIA.
The story however suffers from typical triangle romance syndrome. I really can’t begin to say exactly how much I dislike triangle romances in books. The main character seems to be a fair representation of a twenty something entrepreneur. She's struggling with a start up company and overbearing family. Her client she has to work for seems a bit on the richer not so smart side of her adaptation is accurate, though that might be her own personality coming through. Things heat up quick when her cottage explodes. Kidnappings ensue, several times in the book. Also, a trip to Sweden occurs. Nationalistic Vikings hell bent on distributing body wash to people to the point they will kill for it. It’s a bit far fetched at times, but so is the whole ‘I can touch you and then turn into you whenever I want’ thing.
On the whole I didn’t mind reading this book. It’s a fun read with just the right amount of pacing. The characters are engaging even when the story isn’t and vice versa.
Seth gives In a Fix: 3/5.
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I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Neither Seth nor I were compensated for this review.