August 30, 2012

book review: in a fix

Linda Grimes makes a big splash with her debut novel In a Fix.

The Scoop on In a Fix

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. But when her island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be fiancĂ© is snatched by modern-day Vikings, 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.

(Check out the trailer for the book here: http://www.lindagrimes.com/2012/08/in-fix-trailer.html)
Exciting and fast-paced, In a Fix was a quick read. Though the world of auras was a bit confusing, it was not a detractor. I love a well-developed alternate, fanciful world, and this one was particularly interesting to follow. Urban fantasies are a fairly new sub-genre for me, and one I like. I can already feel my mid working to create its own version.

Ciel is a strong protagonist, which ultimately carries this story far. Her professional and personal lives collide, and I felt completely invested in seeing how everything played out for her. From looking at the cover, you can already tell she is a badass, and she does not disappoint as you turn the pages.

Even after finishing the read, I am still thinking about the story and will probably take another look at it to let the full story sink in. I love that -- when a book makes me want to delve back into the world.

I enjoyed Grimes debut and look forward to her future offerings.

Rating: 4 of 5

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About the Author Linda Grimes is a former English teacher and ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband.

Check back tomorrow for my interview with Linda.

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