Special Rewards: Book Two of the Coursodon Dimension Series

Special Rewards: Book Two of the Coursodon Dimension Series

by M. L. Ryan

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Overview

What would you do if you discovered there was a parallel dimension?
Hailey Parrish used to be an average, everyday human. Boring, in fact. After being possessed by Sebastian Kess, a magically inclined enforcer from the parallel dimension Coursodon, her life took a decidedly less mundane turn. Besides coming to grips with the existence of supernatural beings, she risked her life helping Sebastian and her heart falling for his protégé, Alex Sunderland. Now, Hailey has to deal with the bit of arcane power that Sebastian left behind when he returned to his own body and try to stay out of the crossfire in both dimensions when an unknown assailant seeks revenge against Alex.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481021708
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2012
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

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 two adopted desert tortoises.

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Special Rewards: Book Two of the Coursodon Dimension Series 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that SPECIAL REWARDS ( THE COURSODON DIMENSION)  by M. L. Ryan is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
theeternalscribe More than 1 year ago
Though I liked this book, I don't think it was as good as the first.  Among other things, the names in this book drove me nuts!!!  I mean, seriously, what type of name is Wyxinorolyxazam?  I ended up shortening a lot of the names to things like Wyx and Rex because trying to read the entire name about gave me a brain aneurism. I liked getting to see his world and it was so cool figuring out who he really was (and, yeah, there had been hints all along but I ignored them).  I won't tell you though, because that would spoil the surprise!  Again, the author did a good job of mixing various elements.  And it was kind of funny when Alex's dad decided he wanted to take on the human name, Barack (after Barack Obama) and the main character flat out refused to use it.  She went out of her way not to call him by name at all. I was a little miffed when they talked about the crossing points between the worlds, though.  They made mention of a lot of places that, hundreds of years ago, would have been uninhabitable, which would make sense why they wouldn't realize this other world was inhabited.  But at the same time, the author said in the previous book that they were the reason behind various paranormal myths and all the locations she specifically mentioned don't have those myths.  Nevada, the Andes, northern Scandinavia, and the Sahara aren't exactly known for their vampire myths. It also kind of irked me that she loses this $25,000 check and she's bummed out about it.  Why?  Just get the check reissued.  It shouldn't be a problem, right? I liked Alex's dad and sister, who we got to meet for the first time in this book.  And the ending was honestly a surprise.  I didn't see it coming… at all.  Any of it.  Which was great.
Drako87 More than 1 year ago
Book two was an interesting addition. Hailey has powers thanks to Sebastian sharing her body and has a tendency to blow things up when angry. So the book starts with Sebastian teaching her to control her newfound power. At first glance, he's the worst teacher, because he constantly pisses her off. But the point is to teach her how to suppress her powers when angered. Slowly but surely she gets the hang of it. But there are other complications. Alex is summoned by his mother, though he ignores this. Strange occurrences start happening the first time he leaves her. A tree in her yard is mysteriously set on fire. Then, upon his return, Sebastian is arrested on charges of endangering a human. So now they have to venture into Courso for the trial. While there, a snake is smuggled into their hotel room and they're shot at, forcing Hailey to reveal another ability no one expected and that's rare among Courso kind.  From here they are taken to the royal palace, as upon their arrival in the realm, it's revealed that Alex is a prince. Alex and sebastian try to make sense of who is targeting them, figuring that someone wants revenge on Alex and in another attack, a man is apprehended and they think it's done. It's not done and the real culprit is surprising and his logic is that of an insane man. I enjoyed this book as well. Hailey is the type of character I can't help but like. She's a natural sarcastic smartass and makes even tense situations amusing. She's clearly still growing as a person and I find myself wondering what will happen with her and Alex. Also, there seems to be something to her dreams. It's almost like precognition that caters to her sick twisted sense of humor in order to warn her. I can't wait to see what happens next.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dianne Bylo for Readers' Favorite Book two of the 'Coursodon Series' by M. L. Ryan, “Special Rewards”, is filled with a little romance, some fantasy and lots of mayhem! The once ordinary Hailey Parrish deals with her life now that the flamboyant Sebastian Kess, an enforcer from the parallel dimension Coursodon, has left her body, leaving behind some of his magical abilities. Hailey has also managed to fall in love with Alex Sunderland, Sebastian’s protégé, who is the target of an unknown assailant, oh and a royal Prince, too! Of course, a trip to Coursodon is in the cards for everyone, forcing Hailey to adapt to a new world, a new love and new powers. As she learns to control her new abilities, Hailey finds she is less than adept in the “Hocus Pocus” department, subject to temper tantrums that cause her powers to go haywire at the most inopportune times! Somehow she often manages to save the day when needed, all the while providing lots of humor along the way! Still, there are questions . . . Is Alex the real target or is it someone else? Which world are they from? Is there a plan involving the harming of humans? I found “Special Rewards” to be funny, creatively brilliant and a great read! M. L. Ryan has crafted a unique world filled with a variety of characters, all full of their own special flare, personality and life! Her ideas for Hailey’s manifesting abilities are cleverly done, while the plot flows swiftly to its end, leaving room for me to eagerly anticipate the next book!
apizzol1 More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in this series and being very pleasantly surprised I was happy to take on the second book in this series as a review for the author M.L. Ryan. Not only is the author incredibly nice and willing to work with my review schedule, she can write a good story too! Nice with brains! Great combo!  When I started this book, I had totally forgotten how funny ML Ryan is, and I was quickly reminded as I was chuckling within the first few pages. Sarcasm is my favorite humor and there was plenty in this book.  Hailey is one of those characters that have an uncanny knack for always finding some sort of trouble; she keeps the reader on their toes wondering what could possibly go wrong next.  Hailey and her antics keep you entertained throughout the book. You can always count on her to provide you with a laugh or a wince as she gets into some sort of trouble.  The supporting cast in this series also has their own entertainment value. Sebastian or as Hailey calls him “Sabastard” is also good for a laugh, he is such an a$$, but admittedly a likeable one. He just has that way about him! Alex is a steady influence on the characters he’s kind of the rock of the group, somewhat unflappable. But don’t take Alex as a push over, he is definitely an alpha male at heart and is willing to risk his own life for Hailey’s and in this book, he has to do so several times. Hailey’s best friend while doesn’t make as many appearances in this book her presence often packs a humorous punch. One scene in particular that really comes to mind. I still laugh when I think of it!  Although, I wouldn’t call this book “action packed” it does have several moments of action and a few surprises up its sleeve. There are plenty of laughs to go around; which keep you entertained. While this is not always the most exciting, it is not a boring read. I found myself quite entertained and engaged in the story from beginning to end. What I also love about this series, is although this is an indie publishing it is well edited and intelligent. It is obvious this author has a vast vocabulary and/or knows how to use a thesaurus, which is totally welcome when reading!  *A copy of this title was provided to me by the author for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.  Rating: 4
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the hard things about a series, is the high bar an author can set with one book, making the reader instantly want to compare the following book while reading it. While Special Rewards had many of the elements I liked from book 1, Special Offers, I do feel as if this book wasn't quite as strong as the first. Not to say I didn't enjoy it. I very much did and look forward to seeing where things go from here. I am just of the opinion that the first book was better, though I'm sure others may disagree. In Special Rewards we pick up where the first book leaves off. Hailey and Alex have moved in together and their relationship is strong and solid. Hailey is still dealing with the aftermath of having her body inhabited by a being from the Coursodon dimension and the powers he left behind when being extracted. Her emotions cause her to blow things up, and Sebastian and Alex are working to help her get a handle on her new gifts. At first, things are so peachy I started to wonder if something bad would happen....Hailey is visited by officials from Coursodon and offered a large cash reward for her part in saving Sebastian and taking down the bad guy, and things are just really looking up for her. Of course, the fun begins when Sebastian is called back to Coursodon to stand trial for the danger he caused by inhabiting Hailey's body. Aside from that it seems as if someone is out to get Alex, or Hailey, or maybe even both of them. And so the three embark on a journey to Coursodon, where Hailey realizes her powers have evolved to include shape shifting, and a murder plot is uncovered. Through it all Hailey wrestles with the true depth of Alex's feelings for her and tries to adapt to all of the changes happening around her at a frightening pace. I'll start with the things I liked. In book one we are told about Coursodon, but now we got to go there and I really liked it. I appreciated that the parallel dimension was realistic, much like our world, but with a few fun twists. I liked the atmosphere and most of the characters introduced, including Alex's parents and sister. I also liked watching Hailey grow in both her confidence and power, as well as her journey to learing how to be a shape shifter. I also thought her animal form was very cool and unique. Usually these books feature something typical like a werewolf. That Hailey became a bird of prey was an interesting plot point and I appreciated its uniqueness. The passion and heat between Alex and Hailey was nice too and I liked seeing them together in that way...especially once Hailey learns that being in Coursodon increases Alex's sexual prowess (oh yeah!). I did have a few things I could have done without and these are things I think hinder the story from excelling beyond the first. For one thing, the pace of the beginning is slow. It takes a while for things to get going and I found myself bored a bit in the beginning waiting for things to happen. One thing I'll say about the author is that she's clearly smart. Her writing is very intelligent and articulate. However, there are parts of this book where it comes across as too smart to the point where I felt as if the author was pulling me aside for a lecture. I don't mind descriptions of things that pertain to the story or plot, but when it starts to feel as if the author is pausing the story to give me a lesson in something, I begin to question the relevance. I also felt as if the humor changed from book to book. In book 1 Hailey's first person voice was humorous and witty. In this book she was downright snarky and by the end of the book snarky became snide and I found myself annoyed with her. I especially tired of her constantly slamming Sebastian for no reason. Most of the time it was unjustified and made her come off as a...well, you know. I'd have thought she'd be a bit more appreciative considering his efforts to help her control her powers, as well as his generous act at the end of the book (which Hailey still finds a reason to complain and wrinkle her nose at). I'm sure it was meant to come across as funny and as if this is the nature of their relationship, but it didn't read that way to me. It read as if Hailey was being a b----, and I hated feeling that way because I really like Hailey. I was really hoping that Alex would jump in and defend the man that practically raised him and trained him, but he pretty much just nods his head and smiles at Hailey and let's her say whatever she wants. Aside from those things, this was still an enjoyable read and I still feel as if this series is unique, interesting, and worth following. I just liked book 1 more. I look forward to reading book 3 when it comes out and I hope to be able to say it surpassed both books 1 and 2. The potential is definitely there and M.L. Ryan has already proven her talents as an author.