Linda Grimes' In a Fix, has a truly unique premise, and a very exciting plot. Ciel Halligan has the ability to adopt other people's auras, essentially becoming another person on the outside, but still maintaining herself on the inside. People hire her in order to get things they want, that they might not have the gut to do themselves. This is unlike anything I have ever encountered before in a book. Ciel tries to do her job effectively but her non-related by blood cousin Billy, and her brother's best friend, who she's been in love with since forever, Mark, are always in the way. Each of them are trying to protect her but they never really let her try to make her own mistakes. Ciel is funny, likeable, and interesting. The love triangle is steamy, interesting, and surprising. Unlike most love triangles it is hard to tell who Ciel should end up with.
Ciel has decided to snag an engagement for her client, which should be easy, and she gets to take a beautiful vacation. But something isn't quite right with this job. There are things happening around Ciel that are unexpected, and she is thrown into a completely different job. The only thing she wants to do is protect her client and her client's fiance. The only way she can do that is by forcing her over-protective friend Mark, and her cousin Billy to allow her to help, because all they want to do is keep her out of everything. Yet, the more time she spends trying to help, the less time she spends actually helping. But Ciel is in this for better or for worse.
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. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to take on her clients' appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don't want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.
This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable...that is, until Ciel's island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client's about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, 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.
Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.