Review: Special Offers (The Coursodon Dimension Series #1) by M.L. Ryan
In an attempt to save her poor bookshelves from buckling under the weight of her growing book collection, Hailey Parrish caves and buys herself a brand new eBook reader. But Hailey’s new Kindle comes pre-loaded with something she didn’t bargain for—the essence of Sebastian Kess, a sarcastic lothario who has trapped himself inside its electronic pages. With the help of Sebastian’s protégé, Alex Sutherland, Hailey might just find her boring life packed with adventure, and maybe a little of the romance she’s been missing out on since her divorce. But while the characters are witty and memorable, Special Offers left me thinking, ‘Eh, whatever’.
- Title: Special Offers
- Series: The Coursodon Dimension Series
- Author: M.L. Ryan
- Prominent Characters: Hailey, Alex, Sebastian
- Recommended Reader Age: 18+
- Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
- Sexual Content Level: Light
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Special Offers was not at all the book I expected it to be. The independent and quick-witted Hailey Parrish is a 30-something single divorcé with one hell of a day job. She’s a chinchilla milker. Rather, she manages a chinchilla-milking operation (don’t worry, it’s all completely above board). She loves to read, and finally gives in to the idea of owning an eBook reader when she finds a cheaply-priced Kindle—unbeknownst to her, fully-loaded with a man (Sebastian) from another dimension who is looking for a way back to his own body. Instead he finds himself inside Hailey, and uses every last bit of magic he posses to reach out to Alex, his ward, in hopes to find a way out.
When Alex stumbles into Hailey’s life (well, maybe the other way around), Hailey decides it’s time to get back into the dating game. Without meaning to, she brings Alex home, just to discover his real motive: to locate Sebastian, then locate Sebastian’s missing body.
At times I really enjoyed Special Offers. The ending especially leaves me wishing there was more to the story, and I’m interested in seeing where book two leads. But even though I loved Hailey and Sebastian, and thought Alex was a sweet guy, the story lacked the romance I was hoping for and overall the book is low on action of any kind. M.L. Ryan has, however, built a world I wanted to explore deeper. This book gave me the impression of back-story, with more interesting things on the horizon.
Men really are big babies when they’re sick.
“Hailey, I’m really sorry, but Harrison has some sort of stomach bug and he’s currently curled in the fetal position on the bathroom floor moaning, ‘kill me’, over and over.”
“Wait, so it’s not a coincidence that you were in the bar? Have you been stalking me?”
He smiled sheepishly before answering. “Not exactly, but I have been keeping an eye on you the past few days. Who you hang out with, where you work, that kind of thing.”
“I’m pretty sure that’s the definition of stalking,” I countered…
While creating memorable, quirky characters, Special Offers leaves a little more action to be desired. Watch out, though, because this series has the real potential to go places.
Rating: Special Offers