Book Reviews

Special Needs (Special Needs 1) by K.A. Merikan at Acerbi & Villani Ltd

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-October-2013

Book Blurb

— 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 caretaker. 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.

#####Special Needs is book one out of a two part series.#####

Book Review

From the very start, what attracted me most to the book was the characters, as well as the tone and humor of the writing, which came through in the blurb and remained the same throughout the book. Both Liam and Ryan are pretty young, and while they're trying to deal with the serious stuff life throws at them, and sort of manage, most of the time they talk and act like big kids. Their tattoos and piercings, as well as some of the really funny T-shirts they wear, add to the atmosphere of the book, as does the fact that Ryan deals with his disability really well. Both of them also have big secrets, and while Liam's is uncovered about two thirds in, Ryan still hasn’t come clean and I guess that will be dealt within the second book.

Liam is a great guy, but slightly chaotic. He's a chef by training, but has had a streak of bad luck (as he would call it), having been fired by a string of previous bosses when they ended their relationship. That right there had me grinning, the "having to sleep with your boss" kink is not one I have run into very much. Liam is determined not to make that mistake again. And Liam's solution? First, he applies for work as a caretaker, away from any restaurants that might have gotten wind of his "reputation". Second, when he discovers how attractive his new potential boss is, he tells him he's straight. Liam may believe that solves the problem, but I knew right away that was not the way to go…not for someone with Liam's libido and kinky inclinations. It did provide lots and lots of very entertaining situations as Liam struggles with his attraction and trying to figure out how to finally tell Ryan the truth.

Ryan is a very interesting character. He is wheelchair bound, but that doesn’t stop him from running a "fantasy hotel" with kinky themed rooms. The place used to be a B&B when it belonged to his now deceased aunt and uncle, but he has invested a lot of time and effort into sprucing it up. Too bad business is not going too well, but he is determined to make it work. He falls hard for Liam, but thinks he cannot have him because he is straight. None of his other efforts to find a boyfriend are easy or very successful though, he just wants Liam. Ryan also has a pretty big secret, and I thought the psychology behind it was fascinating. He isn’t ready to tell Liam the truth, and I can see how this might lead to major disaster in the next book…

If you don’t like big cliffhangers, wait with reading this until the sequel is published (planned for end of 2013). If you don't mind a bit of "Oh my God, how is the author going to deal with that?", you should definitely go for it now. This is a fun and entertaining book, written in a way that made me laugh, and the web of lies turning into a kind of bondage (and not the enjoyable kind) is very descriptive of what is going on. This novel also contains some fascinating insight into the life of someone bound to a wheelchair, not to mention several kinks!

If you like stories written with a snark-like sense of humor, if you enjoy reading about men who couldn’t be called average by any stretch of the imagination, and if you're looking for a read with lots of kinky scenes and some very hot between-the-sheets activity, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 113000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-June-2013
Price $2.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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