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.
I really liked the idea of this book-a life coach of sorts who instead of advising you how to deal with your problems, becomes you and solves it for you. for a hefty fee. Imagine the possibilities! You want a pay rise but don't have the guts to ask for it? Get someone else to do it for you! There are Viking bad guys! That caught my interest at once when I read the description. And I thought this was going to be a book with a smart kickass heroine-I mean she must be to pull off these deceptions right?
Wrong. Ciel is a whiny, useless, somewhat pathetic, annoying, childish moron. She is so incapable that her cousin Billy has been following her on all her assignments to make sure she doesn't get into trouble. She complains non stop about everything and I wanted to give her a good slap. That does not yell 'kickass' to me nor does it fit with the tough looking girl on the cover. Frankly, you wouldn't let her out of the house on her own in case she got lost, never mind trust her to fix other people's problems so you can understand why Billy and Mark are spying on her.
Billy and Mark both seem to be obsessed with this airhead and you find yourself wondering why. I think she and Billy are a perfect match though, with him being an annoying idiot as well. All he wants to do is grab Ciel's ass, spy on her in the shower and make stupid comments in every conversation. His idea of being incognito to look after Ciel is to look like The Queen. Oh that is so clever Billy. Way to keep a low profile huh? This leads to extremely dumb scenes where mall shoppers come up to 'The Queen' and ask her if she had Diana killed. Stop it, my sides are splitting already. This was the kind of 'humour' that was thrown at the reader and none of it was funny. It fell totally flat, at least for me. Ciel and Billy seem to be more interested in each other than discussing a plan to find Trey, who has been kidnapped by Vikings.
Another reviewer on Goodreads said that if you don't like Ciel, the book is impossible to like and I certainly agree with that. If you don't mind an airhead bimbo as your MC, you might get drawn into the story and find it amusing or entertaining. I hated her and Billy so I just couldn't put that aside to see the story.
Not for me.