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Posted June 28, 2012
I am an avid reader and love paranormal romance and paranormal mysteries. I saw this on a facebook ad and decided to read it. A VERY good decision. This book is well written, the characters are likable, sharp-witted and the story is a very original concept. I am looking forward to more books with these characters, the author left it wide open for a very enjoyable series. My only complaint? We have to wait for more! :)
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Posted April 17, 2013
If you just heard the unearthly wail of someone screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”, then you were probably in the near vicinity as I finished up my latest R2R adventure, Special Offers by author M.L. Ryan. Damn you, Ms. Ryan. But let me start at the beginning….
I received this book for free through my online book club Goodreads, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are mine, all mine.
An avid book reading, sexually frustrated, chinchilla milker (no, that’s not a typo) named Hailey is in a funk. She’s a divorced young woman who lives in a 1 bedroom apartment with her cat Vinnie, and who hasn’t been on a date since her ill-fated nuptials ended 3 years earlier. She finally decides to join the e-book era and purchases a Kindle e-reader, never suspecting that one, insignificant event would thrust her into a world of super-secret trans-oceanic missions with gorgeous fellas, underground secret spy chalets for extra-dimensional wanderers, and the shared co-habitation of not one, but TWO super-hunky dreamy alien men. One in her body, and one who she’d like to be in her body. (wink!)
But no, dear readers – I will not divulge any more salacious details. Suffice it to say that the book ends with a cliffhanger (RE: aforementioned “NOOOOOOOOOOO!!”), and I find that I just may have another favorite author. This book has wit and snark in spades, and M.L.Ryan has created a refreshing, cheeky character with Hailey.
Would consider this a ‘New Adult’ novel, since there are some racy parts (wowza – Helllloooooo Alex!).
Get this book. Read this book. Support this author so that she can write more deliciously wicked stuff!!
Posted April 17, 2013
The concept behind this book intrigued me from the very beginning when I first heard about it. Then I hosted it for a book tour and got an excerpt from the book and burst out laughing. I just had to read the book.
The author has this innate tendency to draw the improbable and flat out strange and make you laugh. But it's not just a comedy or satire. The author also does a very good job with romance and action scenes. This book was very well rounded and I ended up immediately going out and buying the sequel in Kindle format (which I never do, by the way - I get so many free books for review, I can't remember the last time I bought a book).
I loved her dream sequences. They reminded me so much of how weird my own dreams tend to get. I could easily imagine myself having dreams like that. And the relationship with her mother was so real. It made me think of the relationship with my own mother, which is strained at the best of times.
All in all, the book took a lot of elements and wrapped them in a worthwhile package that kept you reading right to the very end… then wanting more (without feeling unfulfilled, of course… just ravenous).
Posted April 6, 2013
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
"Special Offers" by M.L. Ryan gives us Hailey Parrish who was not only possessed by an otherworldly being but trapped into her Kindle. When Hailey, who was a singleton and big time reader, decided to buy the Kindle that was loaded with the special daily deal ad's she had no idea she would get per-loaded Sebastian. Sebastian is a womanizing otherworldly being with a lot of powers who takes Hailey to him, leaving a handsome man of a woman’s dreams type fellow named Alex to try to save Hailey.
My first thought when I started reading special offers was “I am reading this on my kindle; this is kind of creepy,” and I am pretty sure, thanks to M.L Ryan, I am never going to look at the Special Offers on Kindle the same way again. The book over all is an interesting read that has an interesting set of characters. I found Hailey to be an enjoyable character that I could connect with on several levels. The fact that she is a book reader who has a book collection that is about to take over her living space sounds very familiar to me. There were for me a few points that dragged a little bit; however, they have not seriously affected the over all quality of the book. I think if you are someone who likes a creative take on the usual possession style story you will enjoy "Special Offers". I promise you will not look at your Kindle the same way ever again.
Posted March 21, 2013
I think my Kindle is defective. It didn't come with a man. Maybe I should send it back.
The thing I loved the most about Special Offers was the characters…no the quirky humor…no the inventive storyline…I'll have to get back to you on that. Long story short, I loved this book. I knew from page one that I was going to like Hailey. First of all, she has this sarcastic wit going on. She made me laugh through the entire book. I loved being in her head. Second, she is a book hoarder, so I can relate to her. Hailey decided it was time for a Kindle because she didn't have room for any more books (I can sympathize). Only her Kindle came with a "special" special offer…in the form of a man. But, there is a catch – that man, Sebastian, wants to share Hailey's body.
Sebastian is so much fun. I loved having his commentary in the story, albeit inside Hailey's head. The banter between Sebastian and Hailey is hilarious. Alex is a sweet guy, and him and Hailey hit it off right away, which is good since they have to work together to get Sebastian out of Hailey's body.
This story was easy and entertaining, and the author's writing style made me a fan.
Posted March 20, 2013
I loved the idea of a soul being stuck in a Kindle and knew I had to read this book.
It was well written and the characters had distinct personalities but something kept nagging me as I was reading. I finally started making notes in my Kindle while reading and almost all of them said the same thing - "too formal". I think it would have been even more fun had the dialogue and description been a little more casual but I enjoyed it anyway.
So, if you like romance, sci-fi and the paranormal, it's definitely worth a read, but you might never look at your Kindle the same way again. :-)
This book was provided to me free of charge, by Bewitching Book Tours, for my honest opinion.
Posted August 5, 2012
A new and exciting paranormal series. The premise for this book is very unique along with some other aspects of the story. Hailey works at a dairy farm milking chinchillas! I really like the heroine. She is smart, sassy and full of snark. I found myself smiling and chuckling while reading this book. The Coursodon are "people" from another dimension, and while it doesn't give a lot of back story as to what they really are, I didn't feel like I missed anything. The book flowed really well and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. There is some light romance, but that is not the main focus of the story. There was one or two mistakes in editing, but believe me, it doesn't take away from the story! I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2012
What I liked: I flat loved this book! I loved the characters, and Sebastian in particular. I loved his sense of humor, and how testy-naughty he can be. And Hailey was wonderful. She discovered herself and managed to hold fast to her magnificent sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and looking forward to reading the Coursodon Dimension Series! I rate this book 5.5 out of 5 stars – easily!
What I didn’t like: Not one thing.
In sum: If you miss this one, you will regret it.
Posted March 24, 2012
I really enjoyed this book! The action, characters, and story line were all well done, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I especially got a kick out of Hailey's career as a chinchilla dairy maid (free range chinchillas!) -- not that it had anything much to do with the whole story. Definitely a book to check out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2012
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Posted November 26, 2012
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