October 27, 2012
Disclaimer: I bought this book with my very own money the first chance I got because Linda Grimes is one of my longest running online writer friends. Therefore you can bet this review is not totally objective.
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.
Given the recent internet uproar about fake reviews, or ‘sock puppet’ reviews written by authors or their friends and family, I feel it necessary to come right out and say that yes, I ‘know’ this author. Yes, I like her. And when I read this book, at times it was hard to separate the author from the main character because so much of Linda’s wit and charm comes through in her writing voice.
This book came along at the exact right time for me. Life was hectic and hard, I needed a break, and In a Fix is the kind of story that takes you along for a fast-paced frolic in the way that a movie like Romancing the Stone does. At times it crosses the line into campy and borderline ridiculous but it’s all in such good fun that I just laughed and went with it.
It does have a love triangle and those are not my favorite, especially in the beginning of a series where there’s the potential for it to get dragged out, but in this book I didn’t mind. For me it’s all in the execution. If the triangle is used as the sole source of conflict between the heroine and each of the men, then it drives me nuts. In this case, though, there are real reasons Ciel should hesitate to get involved with either of these guys. Not only is she faced with Mark versus Billy, but knowing the smart bet is to steer clear of both of them. That’s the kind of triangle I can live with. Now the trick is to continue to execute it well through the next books.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quick, light read this is a great choice. For those who especially love paranormal the aura-altering abilities make for some interesting plot twists and it’s a premise I’ve never seen. The sexual tension is palpable and there are a couple of nicely toasty encounters that are enhanced by Linda’s trademark humor.
I give this book Four Hearts.