The hilarious adventures of human chameleon Ciel Halligan continue in the fourth installment of this original urban fantasy series from Linda Grimes, All Fixed Up.
Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients--as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She's hard at work, posing as a well-known and celebrated astronaut, about to make a stunning announcement on behalf of the space program...when the photographer documenting the job sees right through her aura. Worse, it soon becomes apparent that he not only knows Ciel’s not who she's supposed to be, but means her harm.
When Ciel's elderly Aunt Helen—also an aura adaptor—is murdered in Central Park, and the same photographer shows up at the funeral, Ciel starts to feel even more exposed. Then more adaptors are killed in the same way, and she becomes terrified her friends and family are being systematically exterminated ... and it's starting to look like she's the ultimate target. She turns to Billy Doyle, her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, for help, but when an unexpected crisis causes him to take off without a word, she's left to rely on her not-so-former crush, CIA agent Mark Fielding.
Staying alive, keeping control of her romantic life, and unraveling the mystery of why adaptors are being pursued becomes a harder balancing act than ever in this new Ciel Halligan adventure from Linda Grimes.Hardcover, 336 pagesPublished May 24th 2016 by Tor Books
Ciel Halligan is an adaptor. She can take on auras of other people and look just like them. Her latest assignment finds her enduring the Vomit Comet as she poses as an astronaut. Unfortunately for Ciel, the photographer accompanying her senses that she is not who she is pretending to be. Ciel barely escapes, and she thinks that is the end of it, until fellow adaptors start turning up dead, and the prime suspect is the same photographer. To make matters worse, Ciel's romantic life is still a mess as she is caught between Mark and Billy yet again. Will Ciel finally settle her heart once and for all or will the murderer catch up with all of them?
- I still can't get enough of the Ciel Halligan Series because I love the originality, the characters and the whole idea of adaptors. If you want a fun, sexy, UF series with something different, this is series you need to try.
- Speaking of adaptors, I love the concept of being able to borrow someone's aura and appear to be another person. It can make for some funny situations, especially if you are an adaptor like Ciel with a pesky boyfriend like Billy, who always manages to turn up in unexpected places. The antics the adaptors get into will make you laugh.
- The romance continues to be sizzling hot, and even though there is a love triangle, it doesn't bother me because I like the way it is handled. In this installment there is a big focus on the romance, and Ciel makes a choice once and for all, I think, and everything is handled maturely and nicely. I love both men, and I think the romance is wonderful. Don't hesitate because of the love triangle.
- The murder mystery is almost a side story since the main focus is on Ciel and her romantic life. However, when the murder mystery part unfolds it was interesting and well developed. I enjoyed it.
- I love the humor and the focus on family in this series. Ciel and Billy come from interesting families, and I love how important family is to the characters. Add in plenty of humor and you have a strong foundation.
- The ending was neat and nice. No cliffhangers or lingering questions. I appreciated that I wasn't left hanging in any way, yet I am still eager for the next book. I can't get enough of these characters and the series.
- I always adore the humor in this series, I was a bit disappointed that this book had a more serious tone. I missed the wild antics of Billy appearing at inappropriate times as interesting people, like the Queen of England for instance. I wanted more of the humor and the antics.
- I love Billy, but I was a bit put off by his actions at one point in the story. I will leave it at that. He made up for it, but it knocked him down a bit in my eyes.
- I was also disappointed in the choice Ciel made after what Billy did.
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.