Welcome to another Monday! If you are in a rut and need a fix of something fun and entertaining how about trying In a Fix Series by Linda Grimes? This is my second foray into this clever and humorous series with chameleon characters, people who can take on other people's auras and copy their looks. I read the first book last fall and was thrilled to be able to get a sneak peek at the newest novel: Quick Fix. If you are a fan of UF books with a bit of romance, you will enjoy these books. I am pleased to welcome author Linda Grimes back to the blog again today for another witty guest post. Linda also is offering a chance to win a copy of her latest book! First, here is a bit about Linda:
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 rousing chorus of “If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait” to hook a man for a lifetime.) Like IN A FIX's globetrotting main character, aura adaptor Ciel Halligan, Linda has spent her fair share of time overseas, though fortunately under less stressful circumstances. Kidnapping and daring rescues are all well and good in fiction, but she prefers sanity in her real life. You can find Linda on her blog, Goodreads, twitter and Facebook.
Please welcome Linda:
So, Heidi posed an interesting question for me to ponder here today. If I had Ciel Halligan's aura adapting ability, who would I, Linda Grimes, like to adapt into for a day?
Now, this is something I have to consider carefully. I mean, the obvious people who pop to mind (movie stars, powerful politicians, etc.) might be fun—for a while—but are they really the wisest choices? Because, geez, what if I totally screwed up a movie shoot, or worse, caused an international incident that started World War III? Not a risk I want to take.
I suppose I could always substitute myself for the head honcho at my publisher for just long enough to okay that seven-figure advance for my next book. See, now this one has real possibilities…but, nah, it wouldn't be ethical. Darnn this conscience! So inconvenient sometimes.
There's always Pam Dawber
or Rachel Weisz
Any one of them could be fun. For obvious reasons. But the ladies might be a tad suspicious of my motives for wanting to stand in for them, and I don't expect my husband would be too thrilled at the prospect, either. (See? There's that darn conscience again. I told you it was inconvenient. Kind of a killjoy, really.) So I better let that one remain safely within the realm of my imagination.
Of course, if I want to go for a completely different perspective, I could actually be Mark, Hugh, or Daniel instead of one of their spouses. Could be interesting to view the world through male eyes. But would I really be comfortable with all the female attention that would surely ensue? Hmm. Probably not.
Now, I had just about decided to say the Dalai Lama. Not because I have a hankering to be the spiritual leader of Tibet, but rather because he strikes me as a simple, joyful man, at home in his world. Sounds like a relaxing way to spend a day. As busy as my life has been recently, there's a lot to be said for a little peace and quiet. But when I ran the idea by my husband and son they said it was boring. (Sorry, your Spiritualness. No offense.)
Okay, I think I've got it—I'd like to be a fantastic singer for a day. Carrie Underwood, maybe. Because I am what you might call musically challenged. Well, you'd call it that if you were being kind. What I really am a painfully bad singer. Since I (like most people, I suspect) tend to want what I can't have, I'd love more than anything to be able to belt out song to an appreciative audience. And since Miss Underwood makes a (sort of) guest appearance in QUICK FIX, she'd do very nicely for my purposes. I could get up onstage, sing my heart out about cheaters and cowboy Casanovas, and look good doing it. Now, that would be fun!
How about you? Whose aura would you like to wear for day?
Some interesting choice, Linda. Hmm... I am not sure who I would want to be for a day. There are plenty of people I would want to be, though. I would certainly like the ability to be able to slightly alter my appearance like the adaptors. Who doesn't want to shed a few pounds with a thought? If you are itching to know more, I highly suggest you check out this series. It is so much fun! Thanks so much to Linda for taking the time to guest post today for me once again. Hopefully, I will get her back here for book three! Now for all of you itching for a giveaway, how about a chance to win a copy of Quick Fix. Thanks to the folks at Tor Books for sponsoring this giveaway. To enter please fill out the Rafflecopter after reading the Contest Policies. This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
Quick Fix(In a Fix #2) by Linda Grimes:
The second installment of the original urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan. Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches — adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
Paperback, 345 pages
Expected publication: August 20th 2013 by Tor Books
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Four stars: A sexy, smart, secondary novel!
Ciel is planning on her latest job impersonating a woman who has her eyes on a board position at the zoo being simple. There is just one obstacle standing in the way, a grabby, older man who is waiting to get caught red handed, and that is Ciel's job, to catch him grabbing her behind. In tow, are Billy and Molly her faux cousins, who are also adaptors. As adaptors, Ciel and Billy can borrow the aura of anyone they have come into contact with, and then they can become that person. Pretty handy skill to have! The job starts off smoothly, but when ten year old Molly starts adapting for the first time, things get hairy. Literally! Molly turns into a baby orangutan, and worse, she can't switch back. This is just the beginning of the mad cap adventure that awaits Ciel, Billy and the gang. There is never a dull moment in the life of an Adaptor, and soon there is a dangerous turn of events that has Ciel, Billy and Molly on the run. Can Ciel outwit the bad guys?
What I Liked:
- Hooray! Another smart, unique and entertaining Urban Fantasy series that I can sink my teeth into. This sequel is smashingly good, and even superior over its predecessor. There is plenty to love in these books from shape shifting, human chameleons, snark, action and treacherous betrayals, and a spicy little romance to top it all off that will have you swooning! If you are on the hunt for another great UF book, look no further. Try the In a Fix Series by Linda Grimes!
- I was again thoroughly entertained by the fun antics of the Adaptors. Imagine being able to borrow the looks of almost anyone? As an Adaptor Ciel can do just that. This time out, she introduces us to more of the Adaptor family and we get to spend time with all of her overprotective brothers and even get a healthy dose of the extended family and the overbearing mothers. The scene with the Adaptor party was one of my favorites because everyone was shifting in and out of identities and there were some fun ones. Ciel ends up going as Clint Eastwood circa Every Which Way But Loose, as she now has a baby orangutan in tow in the form of her ten year old cousin. You are always on your toes guessing as to who is really behind all the faces. I love this clever and creative concept!
- I appreciated that this time around there was a bit more discussion on the supposed science behind the Adaptor abilities courtesy of Ciel's extremely smart, non Adaptor brother James. James is performing experiments to learn more about this genetic ability and he shares some of his findings with Ciel. In the first book, you had to take the Adapting ability at face value, but this time there is an scientific attempt to explain how it works. While not entirely plausible, it is still imaginative and just downright fun!
- Action and danger... this book is packed and moves fast and furious. There is hardly a dull moment and not only are you guessing as to who is masquerading behind all the faces, but also who the bad guy is. You will change your mind again and again and still be wrong!
- I love that there is plenty of humor and snark that liven everything up and keep you giggling.
- Finally, the best for last....the romance! Normally the UF genre is not known for romance but I was so thrilled that this one incorporates a spicy and sweet romance that made me melt! In the first book, Ciel is wavering between her long time crush and her faux cousin. This time around the romance blooms into something that is satisfying and wonderful. The male lead in this one really turns on the charm and you can't help but fall in love. I loved peeling back his outer layers and learning that his womanizing ways are nothing more than a facade as he has always only had eyes for one woman. Raspberries and pickles take on a new meaning in this one! The love scenes are perfect, sinfully spicy but not over the top. I could not get enough of this romance and I can't wait for more!
- These books are also satisfying in that they draw to nice, neat resolutions. No ugly cliffhangers and hanging questions. How refreshing!
And The Not So Much:
- I rarely read books out of sequence, and I normally don't recommend doing so. However, every once in awhile I color outside the lines and pick up a book out of order. This is definitely not a book I would read without having read the first book as there was not a lot of catch up and review from In a Fix. My mind was a bit blurry and I had forgotten some details and I would have liked just a bit more review, especially when it came to Mark and his job functions. I think if you tried to pick this one up without having read the first book you would be lost.
- Even though I absolutely adored the romance, I grew a bit frustrated that the whole love triangle scenario was revisited several times. It seems the losing suitor wasn't quite ready to relinquish is hold on Ciel. I was anxious several times that she would sway and the triangle would rear. Thankfully, that doesn't happen and the little snitches of conflict aren't too bothersome.
- This book moves fast and furious and there is so much going on. At the end, I can't say that I had a complete understanding of all the ins and outs of the crimes and the motives. There was so much to take in. Heads up, read this one carefully so you don't miss anything important.
- I love the whole adapting concept but it does get a little annoying when time and time again there is always someone masquerading as someone else. So much so that you never can trust anyone to be who they outwardly appear!
- I didn't like the little twist regarding the Billy look alike. I found it hard to believe that someone could masquerade without being an adaptor. Why didn't the villains just have someone adapt?
Quick Fix was a highly entertaining and exciting read. I love the entertaining and unique Adaptors. The romance is top notch! The In a Fix books are becoming an addictive little series, and I am eager to get my grubby paws on the third book!
"He led Brian toward the kitchen, out of earshot, leaving me and my big mouth standing there stupidly, trying not to stare at Torpedo Tits. Geez, if you hugged her, you'd be impaled."
"I stood and turned to Thomas, ignoring the Speedo as best I could. Really, nobody should wear those. Even on a perfect body, they're just not decent."
"Plus, my phone is way smarter than I am when it comes to apps. I'm lucky I can dial the damn thing."
"I sniffed the air as Brian leaned in to kiss my check, and detected the aroma of a certain recreational pastime known to be popular with musicians, as well as the unmistakable odor of eau de Cheetos."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.