Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review: M.L. Ryan - Special Offers

The Coursodon Dimension Series:

Book 1:

Special Offers: Hailey Parrish/ Sebastian Kess and Alex Sunderland



Hailey Parrish is quick-witted, irreverent, and hasn’t had a date in three years.  She only wanted an eBook reader because her collection of paperbacks threatened to take over her small living space. 
Little did she know that the "special offers" that prompted the purchase included much more than a reduced price in exchange for a few ads.  The device came pre-loaded with the essence of Sebastian Kess, an erudite womanizer with magical abilities from a parallel dimension.
When she inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined. And soon her predicament introduces her to yet another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland.  Can Alex and Hailey find a way to return Sebastian to his own body, stay one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is, and not lose their sense of humor?


I was delivered a pleasant surprise with this book. I was contacted by the author for a possible review. After reading the description there was some slight hesitation but mostly intrigued by the trapped in a Kindle concept. I figured it could either go well or horribly wrong and I was intrigued enough to find out.  It turned out to go well! ML Ryan took what could have easily been a very cheesy concept and turned it interesting.  Sebastian on the verge of death transferred his spirit into an electronic device which due to technical issues ended up transferring him to a Kindle manufacturer and then shipped to Hailey when she ordered a “Special Offer” kindle. The whole Kindle aspect turned out to be a very small but pivotal detail of this entertaining tale.
At first it took me a moment to get used to the point of view, it’s told from Hailey’s point of view but much like a person actually telling the story out loud so there are a lot of “I”s and “Then I”. After a few chapters I got with the flow and it no longer bothered me.  The story itself was humorous and entertaining, I found myself in turns laughing and finding myself caught up in the multidimensional world that Ryan built. The story line moved along quickly and you found yourself wrapped up in what was going on.  I never found myself bored with the story line and it kept me up later then I should have been and I was eager to pick the story back up the next day. Too many times I put a book down for the night without much enthusiasm to pick the story back up the next day.  Those books generally get left behind, so I am happy to report this was not the case here. I was eager to return to the story and was not disappointed.

Sebastian instead of being intrusive was a humorous addition to this motley “threesome” he butted in when appropriate and added to the conversation and the laughs and never stole the show. His character was well written and was a great compliment to the characters dynamic.   Alex was everything you want your hero to be; he was sweet, understanding, and thoughtful. When he warmed her side, I definitely had an “Aw” moment. He was very supportive of Hailey and patient. He managed to be sensitive but still remain a hard a$$, this man is no push over and can handle himself in any situation. You don’t get to know him as well as you get to know Hailey and even to some extent Sebastian, because you are never in his head which is a shame. I would have liked to have felt like I knew him a bit better, what makes Alex tic and what are all of his talents; however, overall he was quite likeable and enjoyable. I always like to get at least a little bit into the males head. 

Hailey is our center stage in this book, after a failed marriage she is unsurprisingly gun shy. She hasn’t even had a date in 3 years. When she meets Alex she is a bit on the weary side; after her marriage she is not quick to trust any man, even when she wants to with all of her heart. She is sweet, shy, but does not lack a back bone. Since her divorce and job change she has been in a state of limbo, while content she doesn’t quite know what to do next. Hailey is on a path of self-discovery in this book; by the end she discovers what exactly she is capable of.  I don’t think you will be disappointed in what she discovers. Overall, I enjoyed Hailey and this book. I will be reading book 2 whenever it comes out, I enjoyed it that much. I would suggest snatching this book up at amazon or smashwords, I believe it is a bargain at $0.99.


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