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REVIEW: “Special Needs 2 ” by K.A Merikan


“Special Needs” is book two out of a two part series.

— Caretaking. Like a boss. —

So, Ryan isn’t disabled. Okay, he is, but he’s only got a foot missing, that’s hardly a reason to pretend he’s paraplegic and ride around in a wheelchair! Now Liam has to deal with being lied to since the moment they met, and he is not a happy camper. He doesn’t understand why sweet, innocent Ryan would do such a thing. What if there are other things his boyfriend lied about? Or ex-boyfriend for that matter.

Ryan is in a state of complete panic at the sole thought of losing Liam, his first proper boyfriend ever. But the show must go on and after the fire in his hotel, Ryan can’t only focus on his love life. He’s a serious businessman after all. Marketing, networking and promoting will be his new love life. Who needs a boyfriend anyway, when in the end, every guy is either a devotee, or freaks out about his transability? Yet… maybe if Liam stayed around the hotel, they could at least make up and become friends.

There is one more option to consider – walking. If Ryan started walking, would Liam want to be with him again? But how far can he bend to Liam’s wishes before he breaks?

Themes (may contain SPOILERS): disability, deception, alternative lifestyles, fetishism, tattoos, self-image issues, financial trouble, boss/employee, abduction, transability, communication issues, self-harm, BIID

Erotic content: explicit m/m sexual scenes (including fetishism and role play)(less)


**Contains mild spoilers if you haven’t read Book #1**

Book #2 of Special Needs is all kinds of fresh and tidy. K.A Merikan has done some housekeeping and this is much, much better! Special Needs continues after that torturous cliffhanger and Ryan is so busted! His web of deceit has caught up to him and Liam is (understandably) struggling to deal with it. I mean, why does anyone pretend to be paralyzed for God’s sake? I wanted to punch Ryan in his nuts and tattoo a knob on his forehead for the pain he caused Liam. I never dreamed Ryan (the attention seeking git) would win me over again, this was the last straw, so Merikan had some work to do.

The author brings to light a disorder that I frankly have never heard of before. “The term “transability” refers to the desire of able-bodied people to become disabled, or to enact/perform disability, through medical or other means.” The existence of transability is both shocking and morbidly fascinating to me, but it’s real, especially for Ryan, and with this justification for Ryans actions Merikan wins me over. What’s incredible is that she can introduce this ‘weird’ and (to me) sad topic and still deliver a story that is also funny (if you like your humour somewhat dark), witty and sexy.

Our boys are growing up and finally facing truths and dealing with their issues. There is so much emotion in this book: rage, sadness, guilt and shame. Ryan and Liam are so good when they get their shit together. Their journey is still a rocky one but when they find acceptance and trust once again, the chemistry consumes and the sex is fantastic (especially if you can understand Ryan’s particular fetish/need).

Merikan introduces a new (vanilla) gay member of staff which provides some fun on his behalf – the poor bugger. The sex hotel is still dying a death and Ryan is still the WORST businessman ever! I mean, who doesn’t think of advertising a kinky sex themed hotel on fetlife? Gah! *head on desk* And then there is Roger the dodgy neighbour with his basket of liquor, tape and rope. Hmmm …you know where that’s going don’t you? Yup no surprise there, just the extent of it! Geez!

I hope you all like role play because these guys LOVE to play Doctor/patient and something with a nautical theme (lol – don’t ask, these guys are unique okay). Personally I giggled my way through these scenes and rolled my eyes a lot, albeit with a smile on my face. There is something endearing about them as a couple, despite all the drama. Yes, they still drive me nuts and Liam is the most immature (!!!) thirty plus year old man I’ve ever met! Together they can be so ridiculously silly, and cheesy, and then act like petulant children but, that’s just it …a big fat BUT ….the truth is, they are good, caring, insecure, strange, messed up, kinky, loving and utterly loyal … so I love them. Even with horrible mismatched tattoos and blue hair – I loved them!

Overall book 2 is much better than book 1, the writing and plotline seems tighter, and the editing is a million times better. Nothing was left hanging and I felt highly satisfied by the end of this 250 000 word rocky love story. This story as a whole is so worth your time and money. I know that this is not for everyone, the characters are not your norm, and the kink is …an acquired taste. But if you want something different, I urge you to give it a go.  This is a truly unique story that I will never forget.



Title: Special Needs #2
Author: K.A Merikan
Publisher: Self – pub
Pages: 248
Release Date: 10 December 2013
Purchase Links: Amazon.com

2 comments on “REVIEW: “Special Needs 2 ” by K.A Merikan

  1. katinka
    December 21, 2013

    Great review Shell! So it was so worth it after all? Perfect, I’m adding this (re-adding?) to my list.:D


    • shelley
      December 21, 2013

      It was worth it! You know how much I love a unique premise and even though these guys act like they are 12 , they shine. The transability aspect was what boosted the rating for me. The psychology of this would really appeal to you, but whether you can survive the shoddy editing (book 1) and the temper tantrums of grown men, well …you’ll have to see :)


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