Monday, February 24, 2014

Straight Reading at the Library: Special Attraction by M.L. Ryan

We're talking about Special Attraction by M.L. Ryan. Special Attraction is the third book in the Coursodon Dimension series. One randomly drawn commenter will receive a $20 Amazon/BN GC. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


The weirdness continues….

Thanks to a magical transplant from an inter-dimensional enforcer, Hailey Parrish can transform into a hawk. When someone begins dismembering hikers along the Appalachian Trail, the enforcers make use of her feathery talents to pursue the killer. Unfortunately, like most things in Hailey’s life, there is nothing ordinary about the assignment. Their target turns out to be maddeningly elusive, they rescue a stray dog that makes a sewage treatment plant seem pleasantly fragrant, and stopping the murders turns out to be the least of their worries.

Special Attraction, the third book in the Coursodon Dimension series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.


This is one of the best books I've read recently--and surprisingly so since this is the third book of a series that I've not yet read.  However, the first two books are definitely at the top of my TBR list after reading this one. While this book can definitely stand on its own, I am sure that I would have enjoyed it more had I known the background of how Hailey and Alex came to meet and how Sebastian wound up in Hailey's Kindle.

I love the interaction between Hailey, Alex, and Sebastian --the snarkiness made me smile more than once.  I would like to get to know Alex's sister Tannis--hopefully, she will have a stronger role in the next book.

Ms. Ryan drew me into this story with the first few lines

I only saw legs--human ones--sticking out from under the dense carpet of fallen leaves. That alone was disturbing enough, but there were three of them and none looked like they came from the same person.
 and didn't let up until the very end of the book.

I have found a new author to put on my auto-buy list--now I'm off to get Books 1 and 2.


M.L. Ryan is a professional woman - which is not to say that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job that reflects her one-time reluctance to leave school and get "real" work – and she spends a lot of time in that profession reading highly technical material.

She has many stories rolling around in her head, and she finally decided to write some of them. She prefers literature that isn’t saddled with excruciating symbolism, ponderous dialogue or worldly implications. She also doesn’t like plots so reliant on love at first sight that it makes her feel like her head might implode.

She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and teenage son, four cats, two dogs and an adopted desert tortoise.

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  1. Thanks for hosting this stop and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book!

  2. What a great review. It makes me want to run out and buy all three books.

  3. Wonderful review, sounds like a good book.

  4. Wonderdul review. I have read, and loved, every book in the entire series!

  5. Wonderdul review. I have read, and loved, every book in the entire series!

  6. That is an attention getting way to begin a book. I agree about the review.


  7. Great review, thanks for sharing. I love the book cover: I'd pick it up to browse just based upon that!

  8. The randomly chosen winner was L. Soule (from another site), but thanks to everyone who commented, and to Judith for hosting this tour!