Title: Special Needs
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: December 9th 2013
Page Count: 755
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
— Caretaking – You’re doing it wrong. —
Liam slept with his boss. Again. And lost his job because of it. Again. Set on changing his ways and tired of sleeping in his car, he applies for a job as a live-in caretaker, even though he has no experience in it whatsoever. He has a lot of practice in lying his way out of any situation though. Only problem is, his new boss – wheelchair bound owner of a sex hotel – is gay, cute, funny and oh, so fuckable! There is only one logical solution to Liam’s dilemma – pretending he’s straight. Brilliant!
When Ryan inherited his aunt’s B&B, he thought he’d hit the jackpot by changing it into a fetish sex hotel. Things didn’t go as planned though, all of his marketing efforts seem to fail, and the debt is mounting up. Being a wheelchair user doesn’t help in actively promoting his hotel, but his luck starts to change when he hires a new aide. Liam is open-minded, helpful and caring. All that Ryan needs from a caretaker to kickstart his business, but things would all be a lot simpler if he didn’t start crushing on his new employee. And even if, in some other dimension, Liam did return his feelings, how long can Ryan keep his fetish a secret?
The web of lies they weave around each other is more bondage than any of them enjoy.
Contains book one and two of ‘Special Needs’.
Genre: contemporary erotic m/m romance, dramedy
Length: ~248,000 words
Themes (possible SPOILERS): disability, deception, alternative lifestyles, stalking, tattoos, self-image issues, financial trouble, boss/employee, BIID, abduction, communication issues, transability, self-harm
Erotic content: explicit m/m sexual scenes
I read this a couple of weeks back, but I still don’t have the words for a review. On one hand, I’m banging my head against the wall for not reading it sooner, but on the other, I’m glad I read K.A.Merikan’s latest work first. In this duology, I can see things, and really…see them. Like toying with the idea of devoteeism that was fully fleshed out in His Favorite Color Is Blood. Or fully appreciate a character in super crazy jealous mode, you know?
Lengthy, but I never got bored. Sweeter than I thought it would be, and fascinating regarding Ryan’s…special issues. In other words…unique. Yeah, Special Needs is pretty special.