Happy Little Surprise

One of these days I am going to die of heart attack and the cause will be the lizard that lives in my kitchen.

Not that I have a phobia of lizards but listen.

Imagine this: The windows in your house are closed, its dark everywhere you turn and so silent you could hear a pin drop. Something rustles right before you. You jumped didn’t you? (I know you would have if you actually experienced it)

That’s what the lizard in my kitchen does: every other night he suddenly scampers around the plastic, giving me a fright. I think he’s having one hell of a time watching me jump.

Speaking of surprises, I picked up Linda Grimes’s In a Fix–a delightful little treat. (No worries, I’ve got you clueless souls covered. Goodreads summary is right below for your perusal)

I must say, the cover of this book was a bit misleading. When I first chose this book, I wasn’t expecting  a lot. However, I find certain aspects in this book refreshing.

  1. The characters are all well-grounded. They each have a personality set unique to them.
  2. Plot wise, it was nice that no one was rushing to save the world from ending. It isn’t a plot-heavy story.

The men in the main character, Ciel Halligan’s life are a tad annoying. It took me a while to get used to them and even then it was because Ciel seemed used to it. If I had anyone like that in my life, they can expect never to hear back from me again.

I find Ciel to be very adorable and its hard to imagine her as a proper adult as the author probably imagined.

This book is purely light-hearted; no roller coaster rides, action packed adventures or a glimmering new world. A word of advice if you’re going to read this–do not pick up the book with a world of expectations.

If I were to rate this story, I would give it three out of five stars.


Goodreads Insert:
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.

In a Fix
Linda Grimes
Published 4th September 2012


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