Book Reviews

Special Needs 2 (Special Needs 2) by K.A. Merikan at Acerbi & Villani

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-December-2013

Book Blurb

— 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?

##### Special Needs 2 is book two out of a two part series. #####

Book Review

This is a wonderful sequel to Ryan and Liam's story from 'Special Needs 1' with a lot of additional detail about who they are and how they relate now that Ryan's "secret" of not being a paraplegic is out. The tone and humor of the writing is wonderful, the issues they grapple with totally real, and the secondary characters I liked so much in part one were back and made sure there was never a dull moment. Ryan and Liam are still just like big kids, very playful and not always aware of the consequences of what they do or say, but they get to struggle with some really grown-up issues.

Liam has a real problem with the fact that Ryan turns out to "just" be missing a foot and doesn’t need his wheelchair. He loved Ryan anyway, but the deception gets to him. He hatches a plan to make Ryan walk, thinking all will be well as soon as his no-longer boyfriend will be able to enjoy life the way Liam does. Even though he means well, he doesn't understand Ryan at all and drives him to the point of total despair just by trying to do what he thinks is the right thing. He needs to learn to listen to what Ryan really needs. Yes, it is highly unusual, but in the end, Liam needs to decide if he can love him the way he is – transability and all.

Ryan is extremely conflicted. Not just does he have to deal with trying to make his sex hotel a success, he also loves Liam and will do anything to make him happy. Liam clearly wants him to walk, so he tries extremely hard to completely change his life. The problem is that it makes him extremely unhappy to the point where he is ready to give up and jumps into the ocean. Only once Liam saves his life can they start a real dialogue. I was fascinated by his explanations and the solution, although it seems "weird" to a normal-bodied person, made sense for Ryan.

This second part is as fun and entertaining as the first, written in a way that made me laugh despite the serious issues Liam and Ryan have to deal with. The web of lies may have been cut at the end of book one, but what follows is a series of misunderstandings that are no less difficult to deal with. This novel also contains some fascinating insights into transability, defined as "The desire of able-bodied people to become disabled, or to enact/perform disability, through medical or other means." This novel questions most people's assumption that able-bodiedness is the norm and the most desirable state of being, showing that there are other people out there who may have a different way of looking at things.

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 who struggle with real issues between them, 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, 248 pages. 135000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-December-2013
Price $4.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback
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