Linda Grimes’s sexy and hilarious urban fantasy series that began with In a Fix and Quick Fix continues in The Big Fix.
Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients’ problems—as them—is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millions Hollywood blockbuster. There’s only one thing Jack fears more than snakes, and that's the possibility of his fans finding out he screams at the sight of one. Going from hero to laughing stock isn’t part of his career plan.
Seems like a simple enough job to Ciel, who doesn’t particularly like snakes, but figures she can tolerate an afternoon with them, for the right price—which Jack is offering, and then some. What she doesn’t count on is finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder.
Ciel begins to suspect Jack’s phobia was phony, and that he only hired her to provide him with an alibi—but if she goes to the police, she’ll have to explain how she knows he wasn’t really on set. Up against a wall, Ciel calls on her best-friend-turned-love-interest Billy, and her not-so-ex-crush Mark, to help her set up the sting of a lifetime.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Tor Books
Four and a half stars: A not to be missed, hilarious UF series.
Ciel is rethinking her latest adaptor job as she stands holding a slithering snake, wondering if she should adapt her arm to grow a few inches. Ciel's latest gig finds her posing as one of Hollywood's hottest action stars. She is shooting a snake scene for actor Jackson Gunn because Jackson has a horrible fear of snakes. Ciel, as Jack, breathes a sigh of relief when the scene is finished. As she sips her black coffee in Jack's chair, the director informs her(or Jack rather) that Jack's wife was found murdered, shot in the back. At that moment, Ciel wonders if she has been used for an alibi. With Billy's help, Ciel intends to get to the bottom of the murder. The only problem is that with every turn, there are more unsettling questions. Not to mention the fact, that she is now being roped into helping plan her brother's wedding. Can Ciel catch a killer and pull off a wedding?
What I Liked:
- It seems that it has been far too long since I spent some time with Ciel and the gang. I had forgotten how fun and exciting this series is. It was nice to settle in with some old friends and laugh. If you are looking for a hilarious and rather unique UF series, I highly recommend you give the In a Fix Series a try. It is fast becoming one of my all time favorites.
- What I love about this story is the adaptors. What is an adaptor? An adaptor is someone born with the ability to alter their aura and become someone else. Once an adaptor comes in contact with someone, they can glean a portion of their aura and project it to the outside world, meaning they can become anyone they want, so to speak. Ciel is adaptor, born into a crazy adaptor family. I think what makes this series funny is that when it comes to Ciel and her adaptor family, and her boyfriend, you never know from one minute to the next if you are dealing with the real person or someone pretending to be that person. That lends for some rather funny and sometimes sticky situations. This one has one of those type of situations, and it is a big one. I love the crazy antics of the adaptors, and I thoroughly enjoy the hilarity and the uniqueness of this series.
- Speaking of hilarity, this is a book brimming with humor and snark. I caught myself snickering and smiling at all of the funny one liners. If you love a good, funny read, look no further, try this series.
- The romance continues to be the highlight of the series for me. If you haven't read the series, I won't spoil it, but I will say that is funny and full of wicked banter. This is a romance born of a life long friendship filled with antagonism and wit until it turns into something more. I will warn you there is a bit of a love triangle as Ciel has a long life crush on someone else, but with this book, I think it is cemented in firmly as to whom Ciel is going to be with. I assure you this romance is all kinds of fun. You don't want to miss it.
- This book was centered around the mystery of trying to catch the killer, but there were also several side plots as well that I found just as intriguing. I personally loved the big wedding and the planning. I absolutely loved the big sting scene as well. Ciel gathers up all of her adaptor friends and family and pulls of a fake movie with some of Hollywood's biggest names, except they are really adaptors. You just need to read it.
- I love that this is a series that refrains from cliffhangers. Instead you get a nice, neat story that wraps up at the end. The main mystery concludes, and we are left waiting for the next book. I just hope it isn't another two years.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though the main mystery that follows the Hollywood star and his murdered wife was interesting, I had a couple of niggles with it. There are several suspects and lots of motives for murder, and I am not sure that I was completely satisfied with the explanations at the end. I still wasn't clear on the role of the assistant or the parents. Furthermore, I found that I was actually more invested in some of the other story lines such as the wedding and the romance, over the murder mystery.
- This book has a rather large cast of characters, and I found myself struggling a bit to recall everyone and their roles in the previous books, probably because it has been almost two years since I read the last book. Perhaps a bit more refresher or even a character index would be helpful.
- It has been close to two years since the release of the last book, I have my fingers crossed that I won't have to wait as long for the fourth book. I need my fix!
The Big Fix was another strong, funny and exciting installment in what is becoming one of my all time favorite UF series. I love the uniqueness of the adaptors and the crazy antics that they find themselves in. If you want a hilarious series with a terrific romance, I highly recommend you check out this series.
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.