Special Attraction by M.L. Ryan
Book Three of The Coursodon Dimension Series
Warning: This review may contain mild spoilers for the previous two books in the series.
Hailey Parrish’s life continues to become less and less ordinary. The days when she was a chinchilla milker are far behind her. She now works for her lover, Alex Sunderland. Her magical abilities are in better control and she can even shift into the shape of a hawk.
As bodies are discovered dismembered along a hiking trail near Hailey’s home, Alex, Hailey, and Sebastian are three of the magical investigators the Coursodon dimension is employing to attempt to find the murderer. Since the crimes are steeped in magic, the criminal must be found or risk exposing more innocent humans to something that cannot be understood by the human dimension, even if the Courso detectives can’t find a trace of Courso magic at the crime scenes.
Even Hailey, searching as a hawk, can’t seem to bring them any closer to the evil creature slaughtering hikers. Though they do discover a poor, dirty, very large dog abandoned on the mountain. He stinks of sewage. They take him home with them to try to determine if his owner is related to the killings in any way.
Once again, Hailey and her friends will be back and forth across the inter-dimensional border as they try to solve this perplexing crime.
M.L. Ryan continues with the Coursodon winning streak. This is yet another witty, engrossing, novel in the Coursodon series. Sebastian, Hailey, and Alex continue to have their personalities expanded upon, making them more and more complete. They are beginning to feel like old friends. The world-building continues. Soon, Coursodon will have a full-fledged map, with stores and complete town names filled in to compare with each large mirror town (or so it feels). I have enjoyed learning more and more about this world and its unique customs and traits.
Ryan has a way of writing that is not so informal as to be conversational, but is encapsulating, so the reader knows that each word is important and meant for the reader’s ears only. It is a completely engrossing and entrancing.
This series is excellent and one of those I encourage readers to experience for themselves. While there is romance, and it is a strong and beautiful one, there are always other plot elements to keep the reader entertained and lusting for more action.
I must give this book 5 out of 5 glittering stars, simply because there was so much going on, it was exciting, there was never a dull moment.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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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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