Book Review: In a Fix by Linda Grimes

332 pp.

This review is going to be extremely unfair because I read In a Fix shortly after reading and reviewing Seanan McGuire’s Midnight Blue-Light Special.

The premise of In a Fix is that there are people called “aura adaptors” who have the ability to “borrow auras” from other people and somehow acquire their physiological characteristics. How something presumably non-physical can affect someone’s physical appearance is not adequately explained. The author hand-waves any explanation by having the heroine scoff at the idea of molecular-level shapeshifting, then a few chapters later has the heroine acquire the physical characteristics–including size–of a small child so that she can escape a pair of handcuffs. (No, I am not sure how that works.)

Our heroine uses her ability to impersonate people to “facilitate” certain meetings that her client does not want to or cannot make in person. She is on a case when she is interrupted by her client’s fiancé being kidnapped by “Viking” neo pagan terrorists who are funding their terrorist activities with a line of men’s hygiene products. (No, I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence either.) From there she is met by two other aura adaptors whom she has known most of her life, one of whom she has a crush on. These two gentlemen seem determined to protect her from her own stupidity, because of course Our Heroine gets into many awful scrapes that she escapes from, only to get captured again.

Despite the many twists and turns in the plot and the number of near misses and escapes, there is actually very little sense of urgency or actual danger. There is also very little sense that any of the characters are actual professionals or have any respect for each other’s skill sets. The two male protagonists spend most of their time trying to protect the heroine, and the heroine spends most of the time having romantic longings and occasionally stomping her pretty little foot over being protected. (To draw a comparison to Midnight Blue-Light Special, Verity’s sometime-boyfriend is indeed very overbearing and probably would if given the chance, be over-protective. However if Dominic pulled any of the baloney the male protagonists pull in this book, he’d probably have been shot in the foot. Multiple times.)

What we have here with In a Fix is a paranormal romance with shaky world building and a largely ineffective heroine. For someone willing to ignore either, this might be a quick, light read. (Unless they are Norse-type Pagans but that would be a somewhat different issue.)

In a Fix on Amazon

In a Fix on Powell’s Books

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