Review: Special Attraction by: M.L. Ryan

Good Thursday morning, and welcome to Out Of Control Characters tour of M.L. Ryan's Special Attraction.

 Author Bio
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.

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. 

Thanks to possession by a Xyxok, Hailey Parrish can now become a hawk. She works with a group from another dimension to investigate crimes that are "unusual." Her significant other, Alex Sunderland, and other individuals from a second dimension assist her in this endeavor. Nothing, however, prepares them for their newest target, for what appears to be a serial killer with no remorse becomes a frustrating case when the individual they're tracking disappears without a trace. Even worse, this scum of the earth now wants to take over Alex's home dimension. Will they find the perpetrator? Or will a nation Hailey cares about disappear forever?
M.L. Ryan crafts an interesting story within a paranormal realm. The suspense takes the reader to the edge of their seat and holds them there, as the investigators are frustrated by one event after another without any contact with the mysterious killer. Even the introduction of a dog that appears to be more than he is doesn't detract from the story, as the tension builds to a climax.
All in all, this is a nice tale, with excellently crafted paranormal elements. There were a few things I found distracting to the story, though. There was too much attention to the physical relationship of Hailey and Alex. The beginning of the story was too drawn out, with the focus being the bedroom interruptus seeming to be the main focus of the story for far too long. Near the end, as the reader begins to despair of ever knowing vital information to solving the mystery, the dialogue is used to fill in the blanks, which distracts from the action as the final confrontation approaches.
I'd recommend this story to those who enjoy paranormal suspense, but they must also love a good paranormal love story. 

Giveaway: There is a giveaway for this tour. $25 Amazon Giftcard or PayPal Cash. Open Internationally. The code for the Rafflecopter is provided below Those who submitted links for the Rafflecopter are expected to post the giveaway on their sites (this will be confirmed!). Otherwise, there is no obligation, but posting the giveaway is appreciated.


M.L. Ryan said…
Thanks for hosting this stop!

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