Review: Special Offers – M. L. Ryan
Hailey Parrish is content to live her life just the way she wants it. Her old-fashioned ways suit her just fine. There’s no need for her to upgrade to the current technological age. Until the moment she finds she has no room in which to store any more of her books. Books are her passion. The smell of one, the feel of the tender paper between her fingertips, and the overall contentment she feels when she holds one between her fingers is unlike anything she’s ever known. Unfortunately, she has no more free space for more.
Deciding to cave in, and get herself a new Kindle, Hailey never imagined just how much trouble owning one would bring. Still, she needs her book fetish taken care of, and the Kindle will provide her with as many books as possible for less than what she currently pays for books. The thought of immersing herself day in and day out in her new books is pleasing, something she looks forward to immensely.
When the new device arrives, Hailey is more than happy to test things out. The device is certainly easy to manage, and allows her to take it anywhere. As she begins to start feeling poorly, she thinks nothing of it. In her mind, she’s coming down with something unexpected. Such sicknesses can be overcome, and she’s determined to do just that. Deciphering what she’s ailing from, however, is another matter entirely. Yet never once does she consider that what’s wrong with her might just pertain to the supernatural.
A chance encounter soon confirms her suspicions. She’s possessed by an unknown entity, one who’s intent on getting back to his own body. With the help of her new friend, Alex Sunderland, Hailey is determined to send Sebastian Kess back to where he belongs, once and for all. Unfortunately, he likes where he is for the moment, and doesn’t seem to be keen to leave her body just yet. She, on the other hand, wants him gone completely. The thought of having someone else see what she sees, and hear what she hears, is daunting, something she can do without. Sending him home, unfortunately, is going to take some doing. Most especially when opposition comes at her and Alex from every side.
A heart-warming paranormal read, Special Offers is definitely a unique book in itself. The thought of a possessed Kindle is honestly something that’s possible, though not in a good way. I say this because I do believe in the supernatural, and grew up being privy to so many things that make you go ‘Hmmm’.
Hailey is just like any other girl, content with the simplicities of life. Sometimes, though, we all need to catch up to speed on technological advances. Granted, doing so is always daunting, and getting used to such things does take awhile. I did note a couple spots where the editing, (punctuation, mostly), needed to be fixed, but it wasn’t a lot that detracted from the story itself. A quick read, Special Offers is one of those books you’ll enjoy no matter what you’re doing.
As soon as Hailey Parrish discovered her husband was cheating with her co-worker, she swore off men. She had to find another job when her boss went to prison for being a pimp in his spare time. Three years later, Hailey still hadn’t gone on a date and she milks chinchilla for a living. Her life is about to get weirder.
While in pursuit of inter-dimensional miscreants who use their arcane powers to prey upon humans, Sebastian Kess was ambushed and mortally wounded. To save his life, he used his own magic to convert his soul to binary code and transfer it into Hailey’s soon-to-be shipped Kindle eBook reader. When Hailey inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined.
Hailey must come to grips with the existence of the parallel dimension of Coursodon and the realization that magically inclined non-humans walk the world while dealing with Sebastian’s arrogant banter in her head. Her predicament also introduces her to another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland. The action moves from Hailey’s hometown of Tucson, Arizona to New England and across Europe as she and Alex try to return Sebastian to his own body while staying one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is.
Special Offers, the first book of the Coursodon Dimension Series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.
About The Author:
M.L. Ryan is a professional woman — not that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job in which she spends a lot of time writing dry science non-Fiction. In an effort to strengthen the less logical side of her brain, she decided to write some of the many stories rolling around in her head.
She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband, son, four cats, two dogs and two adopted desert tortoises.
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