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Quick Fix

Ciel Halligan

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QUICK FIX—the second installment of the original urban fantasy series by LINDA GRIMES.

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them—as them—is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches—adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?

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Decapitation, I thought the second time the hand landed on my butt. Perhaps evisceration. Or I could just stick with a classic—dip him in honey and stake him out over a giant fire-ant pile.
I gritted my teeth and smiled at the man beside me, all the while glaring my murderous intent over his shoulder at Billy Doyle, who was supposed to be recording the incident, not passing the time of day with every female from eight to eighty who stopped to flirt with him. (Granted, that part wasn’t entirely his fault. His field of charm worked like gravity—once
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Praise for Quick Fix

Praise for In a Fix

“Bright, fizzy, sexy and amusing—the perfect antidote to an attack of post-summer blues.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of both hard and soft fantasy and crime drama will love [the] protagonist’s spunky, irreverent attitude as well as Grimes’s character-building skills and unusual storyline.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Seamlessly blending humor and action, Grimes thoroughly impresses with her debut novel. This deliciously sexy and fun-filled romp simply is a must-read.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick!
Praise for In a Fix

“Bright, fizzy, sexy and amusing—the perfect antidote to an attack of post-summer blues.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of both hard and soft fantasy and crime drama will love [the] protagonist’s spunky, irreverent attitude as well as Grimes’s character-building skills and unusual storyline.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Seamlessly blending humor and action, Grimes thoroughly impresses with her debut novel. This deliciously sexy and fun-filled romp simply is a must-read.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • LINDA GRIMES is the author of In a Fix and its sequel Quick Fix. A former English teacher and ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband.

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