Monday, May 11, 2015

Early Review: The Big Fix by Linda Grimes

The Big Fix
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Tor
In a Fix Book #3
ISBN:   0765376385
ISBN13: 9780765376381
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher
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.

This is such a fun series. Each book dives deeper into the abilities of Ciel and her adapter family and friends and I love reading about them. There is plenty of humor, creativity and fun in every book.

Ciel is always finding herself in the stickiest situations and TH BIG FIX has her in a few. With the help of her family (and a few friends) she is able to solve the case of her clients wife getting murdered, pull off helping with her brother's wedding as well as work on her romantic relationship with her friend and lover. I really enjoy Ciel and Billy's relationship. They have ups and downs, but they continue to prove they can overcome some hard things. Ciel still has her moments crushing on Mark. I think the events of THE BIG FIX did a good job of conveying her feelings and making her realize what she has in front of her.

I love that each book is a story in its own, there is plenty of mystery and intrigue to keep me reading from start to finish and the characters keep me coming back for more. I look forward to seeing what type of adventure Ciel gets herself caught in next.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.